The former Atletico Madrid legend provides his opinion regarding Antoine Griezmann’s situation at Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann should have known that Barcelona is all about Leo Messi, says Paulo Futre. And it is amusing for him why the France international left Atletico Madrid where he was a divine figure. In the summer of 2019, Griezmann ultimately made his decision to take a new path in the Catalunya capital. Also, it was clear at that time what the Frenchman could bring to Barca.
However, Griezmann did not live up to his expectations following his big transfer move. And questions are rising concerning his form and future at the club. Furthermore, it seems unlikely that any player would overpower the control Leo Messi has at Camp Nou.
Under the shadow of the GOAT.
Futre thinks that Griezmann made a mistake to leave the Spanish capital. And it will be quite difficult for him to deserve credit as long as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is present.
“I understand Griezmann’s move because he was trying to win the Champions League with Barca,” Futre told Catalunya Radio.
“I think he left to win much more, he must have thought it would be more likely.
“But we all know that at Barca first is Messi, Messi, Messi… 50 Messis. After [Luis] Suarez, [Gerard] Pique and Griezmann came fourth or fifth [last season].
“If Barca wins the Champions League, the newspaper covers will always be for Messi.
“If Griezmann had not left Atletico, he would have been a legend, more than me. But I knew that this would happen, that he would have problems adapting. At Atletico, Greizmann was God. At Barca, he can be a duke or a count.”