Antoine Griezmann has already made up his mind to move to United States after his contract expires with Barcelona in 2024. The French International said that a move to MLS has been one of his long career objectives. The 30-year-old still has three years left on his contract at Camp Nou and says he could then end up leaving Europe to experience the American lifestyle and watch basketball. Griezmann is a big basketball fan and often travels to USA to watch NBA games when he has time off.
Antoine Griezmann opens up on a potential move to MLS
Asked if he will move to MLS at the age of 32 or 33, Antoine Griezmann told Le Figaro : “I still have three years to go. I have to pay attention to my body, because at any time it can change”.
“My contract with Barcelona runs until June 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States”.
“I love this country, the culture, the NBA and the desire for adventure attracts me, but I also have a family that I would have to move out there”.
“I would like to end my career there but still be good enough on the pitch and win MLS, instead of coming in with nothing to give and looking like nothing on the pitch. That wouldn’t make sense.”
The 30-year-old arrived in Camp Nou in 2019 from Atletico Madrid at 120M euros. He netted 13 times this season with his team ending 3rd in Laliga. Antoine was Barcelona’s second top scorer this season with only Lionel Messi scoring more than him. Since arriving in 2019 he hasn’t managed to fully settle at the club yet.
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The 30-year-old forward is a regular starter for Didier Deschamp’s French squad. Antoine Griezmann had a sensational season in World Cup 2018 eventually won the tournament. He came third in the 2018 Ballon d’Or rankings thanks to his performances. Griezmann started in Saturday’s Euro 2020 game for France against Hungary.
This was his 50th consecutive start for the national team. His team ended in a 1-1 draw against Hungary. Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal, the crucial equaliser, for his team. Ahead of winning his 93rd French cap, his national boss Didier Deschamps hailed Griezmann as ‘one of the greatest’ ever. Deschamps is a big fan of the player.
Didier Deschamps praises Griezmann in the pre-match conference
“He will beat a record, you’re right,” Deschamps told in a press conference.
“Above and beyond the fact that he’s playing in consecutive games, and wonderfully so for him, for all his game-volume, he may not be 20 years old anymore, but he takes very good care of himself.”
Deschamps, who guided Antoine Griezmann and Les Bleus to World Cup joy in 2018, added: “He’s a professional and he’s managed to avoid the different injuries that he could have had. The statistics speak for themselves.
“You can see the influence that he has for the French national team, through the goals that he scores, through his assists.
“If we then add to that the capacity that he has to change the game, to get stuck in when we need to defend when we don’t have the ball, he’s one of the greatest players of all time, both in Europe and worldwide.”