Antoine Griezmann has a job to do with France at the 2018 World Cup. But before that starts (Saturday morning here in the U.S.), Griezmann put himself out there to make a decision. In fact, he would literally call his special ‘The Decision’ in order to choose between staying at or leaving Atlético Madrid. For months, rumors pointed to Barcelona. In fact, they wouldn’t leave him or Atlético alone.
So what did Griezmann do? He put on a television conference, made his decision and chose… to stay with Atlético. Per ESPN’s Sam Marsden, he’s happy with how the future looks.
“They are doing everything possible to make sure the team keeps growing. It’s incredible. I can’t take it anymore, I need to tell the people that I want to stay,” Griezmann said during the conference.
This past season, he found the back of the net 19 times while totaling nine assists across 32 La Liga matches. During their Europa League run, he he scored six times while tallying four more assists. And through 209 matches with Atlético Madrid, Griezmann has 112 goals and 40 assists. Taking a big step up (to a more prestigious club) would’ve made plenty of sense for the Frenchman. But following a second-place finish this past season — despite a 14-point gap between them and Barcelona — he’s going try and lead his club to glory once again. They last won the league during the 2013-14 campaign when Griezmann was still with Real Sociedad.
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to focus on the World Cup. France are one of the favorites for a reason, and Griezmann is a big part of the reason why.