There hasn’t been a bigger bridesmaid this year than Antoine Griezmann.
A runner-up in the Champions League and Euro 2016, the Frenchman’s woes continued when he finished third in the Ballon d’Or.
Despite the disappointments, it’s still been a remarkable year for Griezmann and easily the best in his career.
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The 25-year-old’s name has been mentioned with a host of big clubs, including Manchester United - although those rumours seem to stem purely from his relationship with Paul Pogba - and there’s no doubting that Griezmann could play for any team in Europe.
Earlier in the year, he expressed his desire to stay at Atletico Madrid for as long as Diego Simeone is still in charge, and he reiterated those comments in an interview with France Football.
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Griezmann hasn’t even reached his peak physical years yet, but the topic of retirement was raised. Rather surprisingly, the attacker knows where he wants to finish his career - and it’s not in Spain.
“The United States is where I want to finish," he said, per Goal. "I love the States.
"I want to have a subscription to NBA and go with my children to every game. I can already see myself there.”
Griezmann has one MLS club in mind
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham is hoping to launch an MLS franchise in Miami, and Griezmann can picture himself rocking up in Florida to enjoy his final years as a professional.
"I do not yet know the city but why not play for Beckham's franchise in Miami? Playing under Beckham would be the best,” he added.
No plans to leave Griezmann yet
Griezmann’s goals have helped Madrid become a genuine threat to Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. They won La Liga in 2014 and finished three points behind champions Los Blancos last season after losing their penultimate game.
Atleti’s rise to becoming one of Europe’s elite teams - they have reached the Champions League final in two of the past three seasons - has convinced Griezmann to snub Real and stay at Los Rojiblancos.
"I'm feeling good at Atletico Madrid," he added. "Frankly, I don't see myself leaving.
"People often talk about England, but I'm here.
"And then, going from Atletico to Real, it must be difficult. I do not necessarily want to try. I don't think about it."
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