Antoine Griezmann is back at Atlético Madrid after two years, but the Frenchman noticed on his first appearance in front of his own audience that he is no longer as popular as before. The 30-year-old attacker was whistled by a large part of the audience when he was allowed to come in after almost an hour in the Champions League match against FC Porto (0-0). Atlético supporters still blame Griezmann for leaving their club for FC Barcelona in 2019.
“Some people like to behave sickly and make a drama of the return of an extraordinary footballer like Griezmann,” said coach Diego Simeone. “Hopefully he will play better and better and that he can respond to the people who criticize him.” Some of the fans in the Madrid stadium also cheered Griezmann.
The Frenchman made a much-discussed transfer from Atlético to Barcelona two years ago, which paid 120 million euros for him. The clubs then discussed for weeks about the amount of the limited transfer fee that was in the Frenchman’s contract. Atlético even tried to block the transfer through legal means, but Griezmann ‘just’ went to play football for Barcelona. However, the attacker was unable to live up to expectations at the Camp Nou and therefore recently returned to the club on a rental basis for which he scored more than 130 goals between 2014 and 2019.