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Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona sign France forward from Atletico Madrid after triggering his release clause

Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid after the LaLiga champions paid his £108million release clause.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Barcelona announced they had bought Griezmann out of his Atletico Madrid contract, with the France forward signing a five-year contract at Camp Nou.

His deal with Barca includes a £718million (€800m) release clause.

The statement read: “FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

“The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros.

“We will shortly be publishing the full schedule for the presentation of Antoine Griezmann as a new member of the Barça first team.”

Griezmann moves to Catalonia after five seasons with Atletico, during which time he established himself as one of the finest players in world football.

The 28-year-old, born in Macon, France, began his career with Real Sociedad in Spain’s Segunda Division, and his fine performances in his debut season helped the Basque club win promotion to LaLiga.

Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona

He quickly proved himself in the top flight, and over the next four years came to the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Griezmann truly found stardom in 2013/14; he scored 16 league goals and also helped France reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, before sealing a €30million move to reigning LaLiga champions Atleti.

During his time playing under Diego Simeone, Griezmann has won the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana – and also reached a Champions League final.

Griezmann joins Barcelona after a protracted transfer saga

He played 257 games for the Madrid club, scoring 133 goals.

Griezmann has also netted 29 times on the international stage, with 72 caps won for France. He was a key player as Les Bleus won the World Cup last summer.


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