It was 2014 in Brazil where the header from the Matt Hummels was enough to end the French hopes of the world cup glory as the rampant Germans cruised into the semi finals and one player was down to tears, the young French winger who was more popular for his trending haircuts.
Two years later the same French man who owns pretty simple haircut now made sure that the France team breaks its German voodoo which has haunted them for 50 years in every major international tournament by scoring an emphatic brace and that man is the Atelico Madrid star striker Antoine Griezmann. The rise of this player from a utility man to become a major goal threat for the French team has been truly remarkable. He will be the player that will surely haunt the Portuguese team in their dreams before 10th of July.
The Rise to the top
The French man inherited a legacy in football form his father as he played under his father’s team for the first time until he was spotted by Real Sociedad which was a second tier club back then but the diminutive striker flourished there as a left winger unaware of what was destined for him but the real turnaround came into the career of this lad when he was signed by Diego Simeone who changed his position from being a wide player to a more central position behind the striker.
That decision clearly proved beneficial as in his new role, the Frenchman was able to tore apart defenses and had a stellar 32 goals campaign where he guided his team to the champion’s league finals.
Becoming a national hero
Dider Deschamps always considered Atelico hero as a great talent but was reluctant to make him the star man for his team as he was played in a different position.
It was round of 16 encounter where the French team was on the brinks of elimination when Ireland scored a goal in the starting minutes and the boss in an act of desperation introduced Griezmann on his favored role and what then he has not looked back scoring 5 goals in the knockouts.
Just the beginning
This is just the start for the French man who is bound to win the golden boot at the Euros. He may not be on same level like the others top players but will soon be and then he will be the greatest asset for the French football.
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