After a lack of consideration at his club F.C. Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann was going through a meager period, prior to the coronavirus pandemic bringing all European competitions to a complete halt. The 29-year-old French striker did not want to gamble with a club that "didn't appreciate him at his true worth" and chose to switch it up. To get back on his feet, he chose the Saudi club Al-Hilal!
“We’ve invested 120 million euros and we’re not feeling any of the benefits,” he said. Those were the harsh, harsh words from Barcelona sports director Roberto Fernandez Bonillo at a press conference last night at the legendary Camp Nou. “Antoine Griezmann simply didn’t perform as well as we’d hoped, so we’ve done everything we can to help him get back on his feet elsewhere,” he said.
Obvious integration concerns
It is common knowledge that the first step to finding success at Barça, is to fit in the locker room. That is something the 29-year-old world champion failed to achieve. It’s no secret that the comradery between him and the club’s main players, with Messi at the head of the line, is not optimal, which then often translates onto the field. “Whenever human relations have an impact on sports results, it’s necessary to set things straight or, if that’s not possible, to change tack,” said the man who is making peace with his Barcelona failure. “If it didn’t work, it’s because fate decided otherwise. I’m still proud of what I’ve achieved and I’m looking forward to coming back stronger in the future. Perhaps a nod to the club’s management that they will have to count on “Grizou” once again as a formidable opponent in the years to come?
Rumors, and more …
He was announced in Real Madrid, England, Turkey, and even China, but it was with the leading club of the Saudi Arabian league, Al-Hilal, to which the Frenchman decided to sign up for. He repeats, to anyone willing to listen, that his choice is above all based on sportsmanship. Joining his fellow countryman Bafé Gomis, Al-Hilal’s ability to pay his release clause has undoubtedly weighed heavily in the equation. Just as we’d like to see ‘Grizou’ flourish at a club where he feels at home, however far he may be from home, we’d like to wish all of our readers a happy April fools!