We have to wait a lot and read about a bunch of stuff regarding the Antoine Griezmann move to Barcelona that many started to believe that there was no chance for the Frenchman to land in the Camp Nou this summer. Well, all of that came to an end on Friday, as Barcelona finally announced Griezmann as their new player.
The Blaugrana had a back and forth with Atletico Madrid over the signing of the forward, and that won’t stop in the near future since Los Rojiblancos plan to take legal actions against the current La Liga champions as they don’t think the €120 million Barcelona paid to take Griezmann out of the Wanda Metropolitano are enough.
Yet, it looks like the player doesn’t care about that at all. Antoine has finally spoken about his move to Catalonia and dared to use an unusual train metaphor to describe how his move to Barcelona went down. Right after his announcement, Barcelona shared a welcome video where Griezmann discussed his long-awaited move to the club, as well as what it means for him to wear the Blaugrana’s famous colors.
“When I was a boy, my dad taught me that trains don’t come around just once,” Griezmann said. “Now it’s time to take on the challenge of a new destination. Finally, our paths cross. I’ll defend the Barça colors with all my determination and commitment. It’s our time. This is our path.”
It’s been a long wait for Griezmann. He’s spent the last 14 years of his life playing in Spain, first with Real Sociedad, where he became one of the figures of the team, which made Atletico disburse €54 million in order to take the Frenchman to Madrid. Now, five years after that, Griezmann made it to Barcelona, being one of the best players in Europe at this moment.
Now there is another question for the Blaugrana and that is where the World Cup winner is going to play from now on. He can replace Luis Suarez through the middle of the field or go back to play on the left flank just like he did during his days with Real Sociedad. Either way, that’s up for the club and their manager Ernesto Valverde.