After months of speculation, Antoine Griezmann has finally come to a decision on his club future.
Being away on international duty with France at the World Cup was not enough to quell the speculation, made all the worse when the Atletico Madrid forward revealed that he would be announcing his plans in a televised segment later that evening – in a similar manner to LeBron James’ infamous “Decision” announcement in 2010.
After a needlessly elaborate and lengthy 45-minute video piece detailing the past few months of Griezmann’s career (complete with shots of anguish and plenty of pensive looks), it was finally confirmed that the striker would be staying at the Wanda Metropolitano, rather than seek a move to Barcelona (as had been mooted).
— Movistar+ (@MovistarPlus) June 14, 2018
Griezmann, however, was savaged on social media for the manner in which this whole thing was put together, particularly with France’s World Cup campaign beginning on Saturday,
Spoiler, tl:dr, Griezmann stays and annoys world in process. pic.twitter.com/G2NZmh2kG2
— Ger Gilroy (@gergilroy) June 14, 2018
Has a footballer ever done anything as self indulgent and embarrassing than this Griezmann video ??♀️ Did nobody think to tell him it was a bad idea?
— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) June 14, 2018
BREAKING: Griezmann confirms he is staying at Atletico Madrid via a 45-minute documentary in which he makes himself look like an egotistical maniac. pic.twitter.com/T0I02OLXrR
— Coral (@Coral) June 14, 2018
And all that to say he’s staying. Just get on with playing and trying to win the WC Antoine & wise up to yourself!! ?
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) June 14, 2018
I quite like Griezmann, and I’m not a wide-eyed romantic or anything, but the timing of this – like the Bale and Ronaldo stuff after the CL final – is ridiculous, and appears to be something of a depressing trend. https://t.co/v35HCfnF0v
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) June 14, 2018
Griezmann: ‘I would like to announce I am staying at Atletico Madrid’
Atletico: ‘We actually don’t want you now, that was embarrassing you massive weirdo’
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 14, 2018
Griezmann announces that there is nothing to announce.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 14, 2018
Griezmann announces he’s staying at Atletico Madrid in a 30 minute documentary.
Now expecting Cristiano Ronaldo to make a fucking Netflix series to announce his decision.
— Messi World (@MessiWorId) June 14, 2018
Antoine Griezmann has announced he will stay at Atletico Madrid on his documentary special called #LaDecisión. So much hype and drama just to say he stays ?? This guy’s ego is getting to Neymar level pic.twitter.com/B69HIshFe7
— Juan “WorldCup” Direction (@JuanDirection58) June 14, 2018
Moving past that unpleasantness, with Atletico already having confirmed an agreement to sign Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, Diego Simeone’s side are going to have an even more formidable frontline next season.