Modern day French international sides have been known for producing flair teams headed by a potent goalscorer and as the country prepared for Russia 2018, their most important player was undoubtedly Antoine Griezmann.
Born in Macon in France in 1991, the striker has so far spent all of his professional career playing his club football in Spain but rumours are rife that he could be moving on from Atletico Madrid after the 2018 World Cup. For now, he’s an important part of the Atleti and French national set up and as we’ve seen in the past, he’s also the type of player who attracts plenty of enhanced odds promotions from around the sportsbooks.
Griezmann began his youth career in France and was spotted by Spanish side Real Sociedad while playing in a junior tournament. They took him on and offered the player his first professional contract and that’s why the striker has yet to play professionally in his native France.
In 2009 he made his debut for the first team as a substitute while he scored on his first start for Real in a league match against Huesca. Quickly he became a first choice and in five years at the club he enjoyed a healthy if unspectacular scoring record, finishing with 46 goals in 180 league games.
That record was enough for Atletico Madrid who were keen to keep the Frenchman in Spain and in 2014 the club paid a fee that was believed to be close to Griezmann’s buy out clause of 30 million Euros. His first goal for his new side came in the Champions League of 2014/15 and this has proved to be a productive competition for the player over the years.
In his time at Atleti, Griezmann has really blossomed and become one of the world’s best players and he has won a host of individual awards both in Spain and across Europe. However, at the time of writing, his only major honour with his team came in the Supercopa De Espana in 2014 and that’s why so many rumours have emerged linking the player to clubs that win trophies on a consistent basis.
As of February 2018, Antoine Griezmann has 95 goals for Atletico Madrid in 189 games so that’s clearly a record that will attract buyers along with the bookmakers who tailor price boosts next to his name.
While playing in Spain, Griezmann may have gone under the radar of the French national side as he didn’t receive his first senior call up until early 2014, at the end of his spell with Real Sociedad.
His debut came in March of that year, in a 2-0 win over the Netherlands and while he didn’t hit the target, the player had done enough for manager Didier Deschamps to include the striker in the French squad for the 2014 World Cup.
His first goals duly came in friendly warm ups for the big tournament in Brazil; Griezmann opened his international account against Paraguay in Nice before notching a brace in a big win over Jamaica seven days later. The player drew a blank in the 2014 World Cup but has since progressed to become his country’s first choice striker and a vital part of any side.
As he prepared for the 2018 tournament in Russia, Antoine Griezmann had scored 19 goals in 49 full internationals and he will doubtless be looking to prove something when he steps on to the biggest stage of all.
The following stats list Antoine Griezmann’s scoring record in domestic competitions across the last few seasons.
|Season||La Liga||Copa Del Rey||Champions League|
|2014/15:||22 Goals in 37 Games||One Goal in Five Games||Two Goals in Nine Games|
|2015/16:||22 Goals in 38 Games||Three Goals in Three Games||Seven Goals in 13 Games|
|2016/17:||16 Goals in 36 Games||Four Goals in Five Games||Six Goals in 12 Games|
While we may have profiled more prolific strikers, those are healthy returns and Antoine Griezmann is also known for scoring important goals in games where it really matters. Because of that, the bookmakers are more likely to issue Antoine Griezmann price boosts for the big matches in the Champions League and in the latter stages of the Copa Del Rey as Atletico progress. Of course, his importance to the French side should also lead to a host of enhanced odds offers and promotions for the 2018 World Cup and beyond.
He’s been with Atleti since 2014 but there are strong indications that Antoine Griezmann was close to moving to Manchester United in the winter transfer window of 2018. Whatever the truth behind that story, it seems that his future is far from certain and it would surprise no-one if he were to move to another big European club after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The fee in question would surely reach up to somewhere in the region of 100 million Euros and as we mentioned, while his strike ratio isn’t the most impressive, Griezmann has that happy knack of scoring important goals when it really matters.
The future is very much in the balance but wherever he plays, Antoine Griezmann will always be a target for enhanced odds and offers and we will let you know about the best of these as they are published.