Griezman will have the responsibility of taking charge of Barcelona
He had some key performances while Messi was still in the squad, but he has never quite lived up to the high expectations that arose when he signed from Atlético Madrid for € 120 million in 2019.
Griezmann, 30, who has 35 goals for Barcelona, used to play a secondary role even against Luis Suárez and young people like OusmaneDembélé and AnsuFati. Sometimes, he wasn’t even a regular headline and had only a few minutes out of the bank.
The French Griezmann will do a double with Memphis Depay in the attack culé
He now has competition from Barcelona’s biggest offseason signing, Dutch international Memphis Depay, but coach Ronald Koeman has already hinted that they won’t fight each other for a starting spot. Koeman said after the preseason that he “liked the connection” between Griezmann and Depay.
Both played well in the team’s first 4-2 win over Real Sociedad, which marked the start of Barcelona’s first season without Messi after 17 years. The Argentine star joined Paris Saint-Germain after Barcelona did not grant him a new contract due to financial problems.