Against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League semi-final first leg last night, Antoine Griezmann had the opportunity to prove he deserves to become the most expensive footballer of all time this summer.
The French forward has been in magnificent form this season, scoring 25 goals in 49 appearances for Atletico Madrid, but could he do it in his side’s most important match of the campaign so far?
The answer to that question is an emphatic ‘no’.
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Griezmann flattered to deceive at the Bernabeu, overshadowed by hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You talk about Griezmann being a £100million player, he didn't do anything today, did he? He did not do anything. So he hasn't put himself in the shop window at all,” former Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman told BT Sport, per the Daily Mail, after the match. “If he is worth £100million then Ronnie (Ronaldo) is worth £200million isn't he?”
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Griezmann's stats v Madrid aren't good
Griezmann’s statistics were damning.
Over the course of 90 minutes, the 26-year-old didn’t have a single touch of the ball inside the Madrid box, he created zero chances, completed zero take-ons and had zero attempts at goal.
Of course, Griezmann’s underwhelming performance isn’t entirely his fault. Had he been on the opposition team instead of Karim Benzema, for example, he probably would have been far more involved.
Football is a team sport, after all, and Atleti were outclassed in their local rival’s back yard.
What Man Utd fans have been tweeting about Griezmann
However, some Manchester United fans on Twitter expressed concern about Griezmann during and after the match.
Here’s what they’ve been tweeting…
Who knows, perhaps Griezmann will step up in next week’s second leg - Atletico’s last ever European match at the Vicente Calderon - and drag his team through to the Champions League final.
Right now, though, it’s hard to imagine Madrid not being in Cardiff on June 3.
Simeone: Atletico can still reach the final
"The second leg is still to come," Diego Simeone was quoted as saying by Goal after the match. "Many people will believe it's not possible, but for me it is.
"Football is marvellous, as unexpected things happen sometimes. I think we still have a chance.
"It's very, very difficult, but football has these things. Until the last drop of possibility we have we will play for it, no doubt.”
He added: "They were the better team, above all, in how well they took their chances. So I must congratulate them.
"I feel relaxed more than anything. We'll try for something impossible. We're Atletico Madrid and we're capable of doing it."
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