Watch Antoine Griezmann get nutmegged twice in first Barcelona training session

David Cooper - Writer 18:04 15/07/2019
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Antoine Griezmann trained with his new Barcelona team-mates for the first time on Monday after last week’s big-money move from Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old looked delighted to be involved and could not keep the smile from his face as his new colleagues gave him a very warm welcome in Barcelona.

Griezmann ran through a tunnel of players and took part in a light training session with the new signing at one point struggling to snatch the ball back in a game – he then fell on his back laughing.

The striker signed for Barcelona after Atletico met his €120 million buyout clause.


Griezmann will wear the number 17 shirt at his new club.









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Sport360 staff 10:44 15/07/2019
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Antoine Griezmann declared he is looking to become a “key player” as he was unveiled at Barcelona on Sunday.

The 28-year-old striker moved to the Camp Nou this week from Atletico Madrid after the Catalans met his €120million buy-out clause.

He was unveiled at the club’s stadium at a press conference on Sunday evening and the France international spoke about his intention to make an impact at Barcelona.

“A new challenge. I will try to challenge myself. Not to feel too comfortable but rather go out there to try to find my own place,” said the French World Cup winner.


“To become a starting player and become a key player in a new great club. And to try to win La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League. What is left for me to have in my trophies shelf.”









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Antoine Griezmann relishing chance to play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Press Association Sport 09:04 15/07/2019
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New signing Antoine Griezmann is looking forward to being an important player for Barcelona and is relishing the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi.

The 28-year-old striker moved to the Camp Nou this week from Atletico Madrid after the Catalans met his €120million buy-out clause.

He was unveiled at the club’s stadium at a press conference on Sunday evening and the France international spoke about his intention to make an impact at Barcelona.

“I want to be an important player at this great club, and I will try to win La Liga, as well as the Copa del Rey and the Champions League – the trophies missing from my curriculum,” reported Barcelona’s website.

“I’ve worked hard to be an important player in every position. I can play on the left, the right or in the middle, but the only thing that matters is doing well in order to help the team. I offer passing play, assists, goals and joy in my game.”

“It’s always difficult to leave somewhere in which you are comfortable. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Atletico Madrid, and I gave my all for them, right to the end. However, now I want a new challenge, I want to better myself and step out of my comfort zone.”

Asked about having Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, as a team-mate, Griezmann said: “I’m very happy. It’s a joy for me to play alongside him.

“He is the number one player for me, like Lebron James in the NBA. He is someone that every player can look up to, and he will be a legend to my children – and my children’s children in the future.”

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed the difficulties his club had in making the deal happen.

He said: “He is a player whom we have wanted to incorporate into the team for a while. It hasn’t been easy to bring him here but we try to improve the team every year, and with the signing of Griezmann the team will take an important step up.

“We had to pay his buyout clause. We have requested a loan of €35 million, to be repaid over six months, and the other €85 million came from payments that we were waiting to receive.”

Griezmann scored 133 goals in 257 games for Atletico after joining them from Real Sociedad in 2014.

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