‘Griezmann was God with Atletico Madrid nevertheless it’s Messi first at Barcelona’ – Futre questions 2019 switch
The French ahead left the Spanish capital for Catalunya hoping to win main silverware, however he has struggled to make the specified influence at Camp Nou
Antoine Griezmann ought to have identified that life at Barcelona is “Messi, Messi, Messi”, says Paulo Futre, with an Atletico Madrid icon questioning why a Frenchman who was “God” within the Spanish capital headed to Camp Nou.
An extended-running La Liga switch saga was dropped at an in depth in the summertime of 2019 when a World Cup winner traded life within the capital for that in Catalunya.
He was thought of to be fairly a coup for Barca, given his exploits at Atletico and for France.
Griezmann has, nonetheless, struggled to ship on expectations since finishing a big-money transfer and continues to face questions of his kind and future.
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Working within the shadow of Lionel Messi is doing little to help his trigger, with the 29-year-old stated to endure a strained relationship together with his talismanic skipper.
Futre believes the flawed profession name was made in leaving Atletico, with Griezmann by no means going to get the credit score he deserves at Barca so long as a six-time Ballon d’Or is round.
“I perceive Griezmann’s transfer as a result of he was making an attempt to win the Champions League with Barca,” Futre informed Catalunya Radio.
“I believe he left to win way more, he will need to have thought it could be extra possible.
“However everyone knows that at Barca first is Messi, Messi, Messi… 50 Messis. After [Luis] Suarez, [Gerard] Pique and Griezmann got here fourth or fifth [last season].
“If Barca win the Champions League, the newspaper covers will at all times be for Messi.
“If Griezmann had not left Atletico, he would have been a legend, greater than me. However I knew that this could occur, that he would have issues adapting. At Atletico, Greizmann was God. At Barca, he generally is a duke or a rely.”
Messi has grown bored with the questions he faces in terms of Griezmann and different supposedly underperforming stars at Barcelona.
He has by no means spoken out towards any of his team-mates, with former colleague Ivan Rakitic claiming that the speak of rifts at Camp Nou is vast of the mark.
He informed El Pelotazo: “What I noticed was that they obtained alongside very properly. I obtained alongside splendidly with Antoine and Leo. The 2 drink mate collectively and spend a number of time collectively within the dressing room.
“If each of them begin to rating targets, there might be no extra speak – that’s the requirement and expectation of an awesome staff like Barcelona. I don’t fear, although, as a result of they’re two spectacular guys. I want all of them the most effective.”
Whereas there could also be no divide between Messi and Griezmann, the latter does have to discover a spark from someplace after registering simply 17 targets via 57 appearances for Barca.
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