One of the most important signings of the European market was the return of Antoine Griezmann to Atlético Madrid. Of course, it was a step below Lionel Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain and Cristian Ronaldo's to Manchester United, but the Frenchman's return to the place where he was at his best generated a lot of expectation in the Spanish capital.
The fact is that the 30-year-old striker had to fork out a large sum of money to return to the Colchoneros, according to European media reports. Aleti paid 10 million euros for a one-season loan with a purchase option that will be exercisable in exchange for an extra 40 million euros in June 2022.
How much will Griezmann earn at Atletico Madrid?
At Barça, the French striker, once Leo Messi left, became the highest paid player in the squad. A salary of 20 million euros net that with the debt that has the entity celebrate having taken off despite having devalued his team.
Atleti could not pay so much to Griezmann that, according to Cadena Cope, did not hesitate to lower his salary by half. Therefore, from now on he will earn 10 million net per year (not bad either), 50% less than what he earned at Barcelona.
Farewell to Barcelona
The Macon native posted a profound message of farewell to Barcelona with a self-criticism in the networks: "Dear Culers. I say goodbye thanking you for your affection. I gave everything for this shirt, I have been involved with this great club and I leave sad for not having been able to enjoy more of you in the stands, but proud to have been one of yours. Visca el Barça!".
He will now have to win the backing of Atletico fans, who were somewhat hurt when he left for the Catalan side in 2019 despite leaving more than 120 million euros to the club's coffers. Grizou lifted three titles with Los Madrileños (Spanish Super Cup 2014, Europa League 2018 and European Super Cup 2018) and is one goal away from reaching the fourth place in the institution's top scorers' table of the Argentine naturalized Spanish Jose Garate. Griezmann has already scored 133 goals and it would not be unreasonable to expect him to surpass Luis Aragonés, the all-time leading scorer with 172 goals in the future.
After starting the first three matches of the season with Barça (wins against Real Sociedad and Getafe, plus a draw against Athletic Bilbao) and without scoring goals, Antoine scored in France's draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the fourth matchday of Group D of the European Qualifiers on the road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
This Saturday, France will visit Ukraine, while on Tuesday they will host Finland with the aim of qualifying for the next World Cup. As for his debut in the red and white jersey, everything points to Sunday, September 12, when the team coached by Cholo will visit Espanyol in Barcelona.