Athletico striker Antoine Griezman said that being Messi’s lieutenant was one of the reason’s for rejecting Barcelona’s offer before the World Cup. Also, his current club Athletico Madrid’s desire for keeping the striker in the club also played a huge role for Griezmann to sign a contract until the summer of 2023.
“ Was it hard to refuse Barca? It was very difficult,”. “You have Barca who wants you, who calls you, who sends messages.” He told Canal Plus on Sunday.
“But then there is the club where you are, where you are an important player and where they build a project around you.”
“[And] subconsciously, being Messi’s lieutenant may have played a part.”
“But my team-mates and people at the club [Atleti] did everything, they came to talk to me, they increased my salary.”
“They did everything to show that it was my home and that I shouldn’t leave. It was really complicated times, especially for my wife where I woke her up at 3 am to talk about it!”