But where will it stop? Returning to Atlético Madrid in 2021, after a contrasting stint at FC Barcelona, the French midfielder displays an exceptional level of play. This Tuesday evening, “Grizou” reached the high point of its sparkling form by dazzling the great success of the Colchoneros (6-0) of its entire class. The 2018 world champion scored a new double, including a sublime bicycle kick on the hour mark against the Scottish team, who showed themselves to be completely overwhelmed by the Frenchman's recital.
Already the author of 11 goals in 15 matches this season, Griezmann has never had such a prolific start to the year. These high-level performances are a continuation of last season where he scored 16 goals and delivered 19 assists in 48 matches, and his formidable 2022 World Cup with the France team. His current level of play is reminiscent of his third places at the 2016 and 2018 Ballon d’Or, where we thought “Grizou” was at the top of his game. But today, the tricolor knows how to do many more things on the pitch: play in attack, attacking midfielder, in the middle, in recovery... It wouldn't even be surprising to see him excel as a central defender. The secret ? Griezmann revealed it on Tuesday evening after the meeting.
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“I am full of confidence. I'm enjoying being here a lot so we have to continue. The secret is that I love football and I enjoy it a lot. I played as a midfielder, I try to do what a midfielder does: scratch balls, pass, get into the opponent's area. I'm trying to do what everyone should do in this position, I'm learning. It doesn't matter what my position is. I watch a lot of football to learn two or three movements that need to be done and then imbue it with my sauce.
As a great enthusiast, the vice-captain of the France team therefore takes great pleasure in devoting himself to his team, which delights his Argentinian coach Diego Simeone. The latter did not fail to salute the superb performance of his No.7 after the match.
“I had no doubt, when some did not want him to return, that he was born to play for Atlético,” the Argentine first declared. “He went out, went his own way and managed to turn things around. He's hungry, he projects towards goal, he understands what's expected of him when he plays in midfield, he gives assists... I'm lucky to have a player like Griezmann. There is no doubt that he will be one of the best players in the club's history. He reads the game to bring balance and compensation for the whole team.”
One of the best or maybe even the best player in the history of Atlético Madrid. With his two new goals against Celtic, the Frenchman has 168 goals with the Colchoneros. He is only 5 points behind the Madrid club's historic scorer, Luis Aragones. Given his current form, Griezmann should beat this record very soon and add a new line to his immense list of achievements.