47 Facts About Antoine Griezmann


Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atletico Madrid and the France national team.


Antoine Griezmann was nominated for the Ballon d'Or and Best FIFA Men's Player in 2016 and 2018.


At international level, Antoine Griezmann won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and made his senior debut for France in 2014 at age 22; he has since earned 119 caps, ranking as France's fifth-most capped player, and with over 40 goals scored, he is the nation's third-highest all-time top goalscorer.


Antoine Griezmann finished as top goalscorer and was Player of the Tournament as France finished runners-up at UEFA Euro 2016, and won the Silver Boot as the second highest goalscorer as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Antoine Griezmann won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player, and was named man of the match in the final.


Antoine Griezmann was born on 21 March 1991 in the commune of Macon in the department of Saone-et-Loire.


Antoine Griezmann's mother Isabelle Lopes, a former hospital staff member supervising the cleaning team, is of Portuguese descent, and her father Amaro Lopes was a Portuguese footballer for Pacos de Ferreira.


Antoine Griezmann began his career playing for hometown club UF Maconnais.


In 2005, while on trial with Montpellier, Antoine Griezmann played in a friendly match against the youth academy of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris, and impressed several clubs, notably Spanish club Real Sociedad, whose scouts were attending the event.


Antoine Griezmann was later offered a second-week stay at the club.


Antoine Griezmann's parents were initially reluctant to have their son move to Spain, but allowed him to make the move after positive reassurances.


When he first arrived at Real Sociedad, Antoine Griezmann lodged with the club's French scout while attending school across the border in Bayonne, training in the evenings at the club's headquarters in San Sebastian.


Antoine Griezmann made his debut in La Liga on 29 August 2010, in the season's first match.


Antoine Griezmann celebrated the goal by pretending to drive a truck that was parked near the field.


At the start of the following season, Antoine Griezmann scored on a volley against Lyon in his home nation of France which helped Real Sociedad qualify for the Champions League group stage.


Antoine Griezmann was the La Liga Player of the Month for January 2015 despite appearing in only three of Atletico's five matches.


Antoine Griezmann finished the season with 22 goals in 37 games, and was selected as the only Atletico player and one of three forwards in the Team of the Year at the LFP Awards, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.


On 22 August 2015, Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal as Atletico began the season with a home victory over promoted Las Palmas.


On 27 February 2016, Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal as Atletico won away to Real Madrid.


On 23 June 2016, Antoine Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico, which would keep him at the club until 2021.


On 19 August 2017, Antoine Griezmann earned his first red card during a draw against Girona and received a two-match ban.


Antoine Griezmann was initially booked for diving in the penalty box, then his reaction of using foul language toward the referee earned him a second booking.


Antoine Griezmann was named La Liga Player of the Month for February 2018 after registering eight goals and two assists during the period, including scoring seven in four days.


On 10 October 2022, Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Barcelona over the transfer of Antoine Griezmann who signed a contract until 30 June 2026.


On 7 June, Antoine Griezmann was named to coach Francis Smerecki's squad to participate in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.


Antoine Griezmann was named in the Team of the Tournament.


Antoine Griezmann did not appear in either match due to being sent home early after suffering a thigh injury during a training session.


On 27 February 2014, Antoine Griezmann received a call-up to France's senior squad by coach Didier Deschamps to play in a friendly against the Netherlands at the Stade de France.


On 17 May 2018, Antoine Griezmann was called up to the France squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


Antoine Griezmann did not celebrate his goal against Uruguay out of respect for his Uruguayan mentor and Uruguayan club teammates.


Commentators called that Antoine Griezmann had dived as he began falling before Brozovic made contact.


Antoine Griezmann took the ensuing 30-yard free kick, which was headed by Mario Mandzukic into his own net to give France the lead in the 18th minute.


In May 2021, Antoine Griezmann received a call-up for the postponed UEFA Euro 2020.


Antoine Griezmann was part of the national team which won the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals.


Antoine Griezmann is an accurate finisher with either foot from both inside and outside the area, and is good in the air and accurate with his head, in spite of his relatively small stature.


Antoine Griezmann has been noted by various sources as having a comparatively low rate of scoring from penalties.


Since 2011, Antoine Griezmann has been in a relationship with Erika Choperena, a Spanish native of the Basque Country.


Antoine Griezmann's sister was a survivor of the siege of the Bataclan theatre in the November 2015 Paris attacks, which took place as he was playing against Germany at the Stade de France, which was site of an explosion in the same attacks.


Antoine Griezmann's father became the president of UF Maconnais in 2020, the club for which Antoine Griezmann played in his youth.


Antoine Griezmann has a sponsorship deal with German sportswear company Puma, and has appeared in commercials for the company.


Ahead of Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann featured in advertisements for Beats Electronics headphones, alongside Harry Kane, Mario Gotze and Cesc Fabregas.


Antoine Griezmann has a dancemove named after him in the popular French novelty song "Logobitombo ".


In 2019, the documentary film Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend, which depicted the player's career, was released.


In 2017 he became a global brand ambassador for Chinese technology company Huawei; however, in December 2020, Antoine Griezmann formally cut ties with the company, citing "strong suspicions that [Huawei] has contributed to the development of a 'Uighur alert' thanks to facial recognition software".


However, following the video where Antoine Griezmann was seen laughing at derogatory racial comments made by teammate Ousmane Dembele surfaced online in July 2021, Konami announced they had terminated Antoine Griezmann's contract as the brand ambassador.


In January 2020, Antoine Griezmann launched the esports organisation, Grizi Esport.


On 17 December 2017, Antoine Griezmann caused controversy by sharing a photo of himself dressed as a Harlem Globetrotter on his social media accounts; the outfit included blackface and an afro wig.