Ever since joining Barcelona, the Frenchman has been in constant struggle to make his way through the pitch.
According to Paulo Futre before joiningBarcelona
should have considered the Catalonians top priority,Messi
. FormerAtletico Madrid
player who moved to Camp Nou in the summer of 2019 was a “God” in the capital team believes Futre but ever since joining Barca both his form and future have been questioned with the team.
Futre admitted that his call to leave Atletico was wrong because being around a superstar like Messi would make it difficult for other players to keep up.
“I understand Griezmann's move because he was trying to win the Champions League with Barca,” Futre said.
“I think he left to win much more, he must have thought it would be more likely.
“But we all know that at Barca first is Messi, Messi, Messi... 50 Messis. After [Luis] Suarez, [Gerard] Pique and Griezmann came fourth or fifth [last season].
“If Barca win the Champions League, the newspaper covers will always be for Messi.
“If Griezmann had not left Atletico, he would have been a legend, more than me. But I knew that this would happen, that he would have problems adapting. At Atletico, Greizmann was God. At Barca, he can be a duke or a count.”
also talked about the two players and their presumed strained relationship.
“What I saw was that they got along very well. I got along wonderfully with Antoine and Leo. The two drink mate together and spend a lot of time together in the dressing room,” he said.
“If both of them start to score goals, there will be no more talk – that’s the requirement and expectation of a great team like Barcelona. I don’t worry, though, because they’re two spectacular guys. I wish them all the best.”