While on international duty with France, Antoine Griezmann cleared some misunderstandings about his relationship with Leo Messi.
Antoine Griezmann has declared that his relationship with Barcelona colleague Lionel Messi is well built. He also showered the Argentine with praise by saying that he can turn a “melon” into a “caviar”. Ever since the arrival of Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in 2019, both the stars have been dragged into rumours of their bond. Moreover, the Frenchman’s uncle hit out at Messi last year. And Antoine’s former advisor also had the opinion that Leo’s attitude towards Griezmann was shameful. However, it seems that the France international has cleared the fog for us all.
While speaking to L’Equipe, Griezmann said of Messi: “[Our relationship is] good. We get along well. We sometimes write messages to each other, we communicate a lot in training. On the pitch, he’s obviously a super-easy player to play with. You send him a melon, he turns it into caviar! We don’t have that pressure to miss a pass with him. In the game, things get better and better. This year, it was a bit complicated because we had a lot of injuries and we played in a system where everyone was not necessarily in their best position. But we are going to start a new season with new recruits, it will go better.”
Griezmann opens up about discontent at Barca.
In addition to his situation with Messi, Griezmann also talked about his two-year spell at the Catalan club. He revealed that he was not happy when he was not selected as a first-choice player during games.
The 30-year-old said: “Yes. When you lose the league, for example, it makes me sad. At the start of the season too, because I wasn’t playing, I didn’t feel important. I am used to playing every game, the big matches.”
“I found myself on the bench against Real Madrid (a 3-1 loss in October 2020). It made me mad to see my teammates warming up on the pitch while you’re next to it. But these are the coach’s choices and you have to accept them and do everything possible to change his mind.”