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France's final with Portugal has special meaning for Antoine Griezmann .

Antoine Griezmann considered playing for Portugal

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Antoine Griezmann will take to the field in the final of Euro 2016 with the hopes of a nation resting on his shoulders.

France's man-of-the-moment is on course for the tournament's Golden Boot, but there will be much more riding on the game for the diminutive Atletico star.

For Griezmann, the final is as much about reconciling his own family heritage with his love of France, the country that took in his grandfather in the late fifties, as per Sky Sports.

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Amaro Lopes fled Portugal and with it, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar's dictatorship to take refuge in Macon, a small town on the outskirts of Lyon.

Portugal's loss 

And the Lopes' were not alone, hence why local club Sporting Macon have become a symbol of the Portuguese community in the area.

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The fact that Griezmann will now face Portugal in the biggest game of his already glittering career seems almost too good to be true.

It's the ultimate what might have been, not least because the 25-year-old did actually consider playing for Portugal during a brief spell when he was banned by France for going on a night out while with the under-20s.

France's hero 

The thought of a Cristiano Ronaldo plus Antoine Griezmann attack is certainly a tantalising one, but as it is, two of La Liga's stars will be bidding to outdo each other.

History has taken a very different turn. Griezmann has shone in a French attack consisting of Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet, no less, putting to bed any doubts over whether he made the right decision.

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All the indications are that he could be the man to unite France by leading them to Euro glory after a difficult year off the pitch.

For Portugal, there will be a cruel irony in their defeat if that proves to be the case.

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