We explain why French forward Antoine Griezmann mocked FC Barcelona when he rejected their offer in order to stay at Atletico Madrid.
We are not sure if you remember but Antoine Griezmann is one of the few players who has actually rejected a huge offer from FC Barcelona, he really kept things in suspense during a few months and went to great lengths to announce his decision publicly. In a documentary produced by Barcelona star Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann took the whole transfer process to a whole new level that gave the fans a more personal look at what a player goes through when he makes a life-changing decision. The fact that Gerard Pique was producing the documentary suggested that the player would make the decision to leave Atletico Madrid, even players from the Catalan club were making public statements practically confirming Griezmann’s arrival to Barcelona. But in the end, the fans saw how the Frenchman completely duked the club, he decided to remain at Atletico because the Colchonero club made him a counteroffer that he simply couldn’t refuse.
Mi afición, mi equipo, MI CASA! @atleti 🔴⚪🔴
Mes supporters, mon équipe, MA MAISON ! @AtletiFR 🔴⚪🔴
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 14, 2018
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was at the helm of the whole negotiation, he is the one who personally convinced Antoine to stay at the club because he was able to seduce the player with a very promising project that included bringing very important players to the club. Also, a nearly €30 million per year wage may have had something to do with convincing the player. But the real key to the final decision came because of the influence that Griezmann has at Atletico Madrid, he knew that leaving to Barcelona would mean he was going to live under Lionel Messi’s shadow and this player loves the spotlight. Staying with the Colchoneros meant that he would stay as the club’s most important player in one of the most exciting projects in European football this season, there is no denying that Atletico Madrid will compete for every single trophy and Antoine Griezmann will be the so-called “tip of the spear”.
"Votez Bleu !" à la Une de L'Équipe en ce samedi 8 septembre.
— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) September 7, 2018
But saying no to Barcelona wasn’t easy, the Catalan club felt very offended after the whole show came to an end. The French player hadn’t spoken publicly about his decision, something he just did this weekend during an interview with L’Equipe: “When you get love at home you just can’t go somewhere else. At the club (Atletico Madrid), they did everything in their power to make me feel at home, that includes the efforts to bring important players and form a competitive squad for this season. I feel like the base or the most important piece of this puzzle, that’s exactly what convinced me to stay. People keep saying that it’s hard saying no to Barcelona, but that’s exactly what I did. And it is hard saying no to clubs like Barcelona, but I am really happy here. This is my home and I want to do great things here. As far as my future is concerned, I would like to give MLS a try but that comes later. Maybe it will be Los Angeles or Miami, both are great cities. I love their mentality and their showbiz culture,” said Griezmann in the interview.
— le magazine L'ÉQUIPE (@lemaglequipe) September 7, 2018
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