Antoine Griezmann, Who is he? And what is his story?
Antoine Griezmann's Day and Place of Birth
Antoine Griezmann, a player of French origin who has proven to be a true prodigy in soccer, was born in 1991 on March 21 to be more specific, in the commune of Macon, in the Department of Saône and Loire Borgona.
About Antoine Griezmann's Family
His parents are Isabelle Griezmann and Alain Griezmann, he has a sister named Maud and a brother Theo Griezmann, and his first born is Mia Griezmann.
It is important to note that his maternal grandfather, Amaro Lopes also excelled in soccer, being a defender in the Vasco da Gama team of Pacos de Ferreira.
Antoine Griezmann's starts in Football
He started with his hometown team Union du Football Mâconnais at an early age.
He tried out for several French teams but was unsuccessful because he was considered too weak to play professionally in this sport due to his physical appearance.
At the age of 13 he was recruited by a Spanish team, Real Sociedad, despite being recruited by a foreign team he kept his studies in his hometown.
He spent four years in Real Sociedad's youth system and when he scored four goals in five friendly matches in the 2009/10 pre-season campaign, Antoine advanced to the senior team.
In September 2009 he made his debut in the Copa del Rey match against Rayo Vallecano, when he played as a substitute. He soon made his debut in La Liga and in September scored his first professional goal against SD Huesca in a 2-0 victory.
Soccer prodigy Antoine Griezmann scored several goals at the start of the campaign and began appearing regularly as Real Sociedad won promotion to La Liga after a three-year absence.
Antoine Griezmann attracted the attention of many European clubs, including French clubs Lyon, Saint-Étienne and Auxerre, Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal, but in April 2010 he signed a five-year contract with Real Sociedad.
The player represented France at youth levels and in 2014 made his debut for the senior national team.
In the summer of 2014 Griezmann was lured to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Curious Facts about Antoine Griezmann
In November 2012, Griezmann was suspended, along with 4 other youth players, from France's national teams until December 31, 2013 for disciplinary reasons related to a night out before training.
Griezmann appears on the cover of the French edition of FIFA 16 alongside global cover star Lionel Messi, having been selected for the role by public vote. He became the first Frenchman on the cover since Karim Benzema in 2013.
His sister Maud was a survivor of the Bataclan theater siege in the November 2015 Paris attacks, which took place while playing against Germany at the stadium in France.