Atletico's Antoine Griezmann reacts after missing a goal during the first leg of the Coupang Play Series match between Team K League and Atletico Madrid at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, 토토사이트 South Korea, on July 27.
Atletico Madrid (Spain) forward Antoine Griezmann (32, France) has expressed his desire to follow in the footsteps of his idol Lionel Messi (36, Miami) and one day play in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.
“I'm following Messi,” Griezmann told ESPN on Sunday, “he's the best player in history and he's scoring a lot of goals and winning games (at Inter Miami),” he said happily.
Messi, who has played for Barcelona (Spain) and Paris Saint-Germain (France), defied the odds in this summer's transfer window, choosing Inter Miami over the Middle East and his hometown club Barça.
AT Madrid's Antoine Griezmann attempts a shot during the first leg of the 2023 Coupang Play Series match between Team K League and Atletico Madrid at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea, on July 27.
Messi scored nine goals in six games for Miami after the move, leading the team to the League Cup final. Messi has scored in every game he has played.
Griezmann thumbs up the move, saying, “It was the best move for MLS to make, both from a marketing and soccer standpoint.”
Griezmann, who currently plays for AT Madrid, is one of the best players in the Spanish Primera Liga. He scored 15 goals and provided 16 assists in the league last season, helping his team to a third-place finish.
Griezmann moved to Barça in 2019 after stints at Real Sociedad and AT Madrid, 스포츠토토 but failed to live up to expectations and returned to his parent club on loan for the 2021-22 season.
Griezmann said he wants to achieve his best with AT Madrid before moving on to MLS.
“First, I want to make history by winning trophies with AT Madrid,” he emphasized, “and then my goal is to play in the MLS in the United States. Right now we have Messi, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and others, and that's positive for the MLS.”
AT Madrid's Antoine Griezmann greets the fans during the second leg of the Coupang Play Series match between Atletico Madrid (AT Madrid) and Manchester City FC at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea, on June 30. AT Madrid won the match 2-1.
In recent years, superstars such as Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad), Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) and Neymar (Al Hilal) have been attracted to Saudi Arabia by the “oil money”.
“If an offer came my way, I would talk to my family first,” Griezmann said, adding, “They pay very high salaries. “They offer very high salaries, but right now I'm focused on winning titles and winning with AT Madrid,” he emphasized.
“I want to get better and better and win not only the league but also the UEFA Champions League (UCL),” he said, 스포츠토토맨 adding that he is determined to become the best goalscorer in the club's history.