Antoine Griezmann eager to hitch Lionel Messi in MLS

Antoine Griezmann has beforehand acknowledged his curiosity to play in Main League Soccer in some unspecified time in the future in his profession and the Frenchman recommitted his plans for the long run on Wednesday.

Griezmann, who just lately kicked off his newest La Liga marketing campaign with Atletico Madrid final week, spoke to reporters on Wednesday about his want to play in MLS. The 32-year-old loved a optimistic 2022-23 marketing campaign underneath Diego Simeone scoring 15 objectives and offering a league-high 16 assists.

Though his present plans stay centered round Atletico Madrid, Griezmann hinted about reuniting with new Inter Miami star Lionel Messi in Fort Lauderdale.

“Sure, I’m following [Messi],” Griezmann stated in a La Liga press convention Wednesday. “Leo is the most effective in historical past. He’s filling stadiums, he’s scoring quite a lot of objectives and he’s successful video games.

“He’s unbelievable and I believe it’s the most effective factor MLS have accomplished to herald Leo, when it comes to advertising and marketing and when it comes to soccer.”

A former Actual Sociedad youth participant, Griezmann has been one of many distinguished faces in Europe over the previous decade, starring for Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona throughout his profession. He’s additionally registered over 120 caps for his native France, successful the 2019 FIFA World Cup with Les Bleus and remaining a veteran chief within the squad underneath Didier Deschamps.

Griezmann would change into the most recent European star to take his abilities to MLS, following within the footsteps of Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lorenzo Insigne, and David Beckham earlier than him. His present contract with Atletico is ready to run till June 2026 and for now he’s centered on attempting to win trophies there earlier than making the transfer to North America.

“I’ve all the time stated it,” Griezmann stated about his curiosity in MLS. “My goal is to finish up there, with all the things that I like about American sports activities, enjoying in MLS and having fun with myself, having the ability to win issues and be at my greatest degree.

“First I wish to make historical past right here and win trophies at Atleti. After that we’ll see… I believe the arrival of Leo [Messi], ‘Busi’ [Sergio Busquets] and Jordi [Alba] is nice for the league. That and signing youthful gamers, particularly from South America, it’s the most effective factor the league can do.”

Atletico Madrid completed third in La Liga final season and subsequent travels to Actual Betis on Sunday.

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