Atletico Madrid’s exceptional start to the 2023-24 season can be largely attributed to the outstanding performance of their ever-reliable forward, Antoine Griezmann.
The French star, currently in his second stint with the club after an underwhelming period at Barcelona, has seamlessly adapted to life in the Spanish capital.
According to Fotmob reports, Griezmann played a crucial role in 31 league goals last season, helping Diego Simeone’s side secure the third spot behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old has continued his stellar form, particularly shining in the recent match against Villarreal.
In the game, Griezmann showcased his brilliance by setting up centre-back, Axel Witsel with an exquisite pass, contributing to Atleti’s comeback victory.
He then capped off the performance by converting a cross from Marcos Llorente, marking his eighth goal of the season. Despite Samuel Lino adding to the lead, Griezmann stole the headlines.
Greizmann hits new milestone
The goal against Villarreal not only increased Griezmann’s tally for the current campaign but also held significant importance in the Atletico Madrid record books.
The La Liga club confirmed on social media that he has now reached 169 goals for Los Rojiblancos across his two spells with Simeone, putting him on par with Adrian Escudero in terms of goals scored in all competitions for Atletico.
Only Luis Aragones, with 173 goals, stands ahead of him.
SIR ANTOINE GRIEZMANN. pic.twitter.com/jazDmqrkxb
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 12, 2023
Griezmann seems poised to break the record before the end of 2023 and with two upcoming games, including a high-profile clash with Barcelona on December 3, his goal-scoring prowess is likely to continue making headlines for Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann praises Messi’s MLS impact
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Griezmann openly acknowledging his interest in watching Lionel Messi perform in the USA, where the latter has maintained his dazzling form, consistently finding the net in every game.
The French forward also lauded Messi’s significant influence in MLS and noted the presence of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, former teammates who also joined the Argentine, having elevated the quality of the league.