Antoine Griezmann (born 21 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the France national team as a forward.
When he first arrived at Real Sociedad, 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 Sebastián. It took him time to break into Real Sociedad’s first team but after four years in the club’s youth system he made his debut, called up by Martín Lasarte for Real Sociedad’s 2009–10 pre-season campaign. In the pre-season, he scored five goals in four appearances and an injury to the team’s regular left-winger led to Lasarte selecting him for the start of the season.
Across five seasons at Real Sociedad, he scored 52 goals in 201 official matches. In 2014, he transferred to Atlético Madrid for €30 million. Griezmann has scored over 75 La Liga goals in his career.
Griezmann was a French youth international, who represented his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level. In 2010, he was part of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship on home soil. He made his debut for the senior national team in 2014 and played at that year’s World Cup, helping France to the quarter-finals. Griezmann was the top scorer and Player of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 2016, where the French were runners-up on home soil.
UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu, who led the panel of technical observers that named Griezmann as the best player of UEFA Euro 2016, said that he “works hard for his team and possesses technique, vision and quality finishing” and branded him “a threat in every game he played.” A quick, modern, and versatile left-footed forward, with an eye for goal, Griezmann has been described as a “team player”, and is capable of occupying several offensive positions in or behind the main attacking line, due to his technical skills, ability to drop deep and link-up play between the forwards and midfielders, or score many goals with both feet as well as his head.