Bartomeu ranks Griezmann among the best players in world right now
- Barca finally signed Griezmann after a year-long saga.
- The president is obviously happy to have signed the Frenchman.
- Bartomeu claims Antoine is among the best five or six players in the world.
Having finalized his transfer to Barcelona about two weeks ago, Antoine Griezmann finally got the chance to make his Blaugrana debut, albeit in a friendly match. In both games, against Chelsea and Vissel Kobe respectively, the 28-year-old played from the start. Although he didn't contribute directly with goals or assists, his link-up play has been praised by many.
Following his easy integration into the squad, Josep Maria Bartomeu went on to give Antoine a pat on the back:
"Griezmann is one of the best five or six players in the world. The opportunity to sign him presented itself and we didn't have any doubts. We need to think about the post-Messi era and create a future with the best players available," the president told Radio Montecarlo.
As for the French international, Antoine seems eager to start training with Leo Messi:
"He[Messi] is the best. I'm desperate to finally play alongside him. I want to meet him, get to know him, watch him in training, play alongside him, and provide assists... it'll be really nice."
"I've thought about it when I'm in bed, at training, and watching videos. You make the 'film' in your head and I know it'll go well."
"[I want] to be an important player for the present and future. I hope I can help the club grow and the club, in turn, help me grow too."
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