RESENDING WITH UPDATED STORY VIDEO SHOWS: FILE OF NEW BARCELONA SIGNING ANTOINE GRIEZMANN FROM ATLETICO MADRID SHOWS: LYON, FRANCE (FILE MAY 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN RUNNING DURING TRAINING SESSION MADRID, SPAIN (FILE MAY 2019) (ATLETICO MADRID - MUST COURTESY ATLETICO MADRID) 2.
GRIEZMANN SAYING FAREWELL IN A VIDEO MESSAGE TO ATLETICO FANS MADRID, SPAIN (FILE MAY 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.
GRIEZMANN TRAINING 4.
PAN ACROSS STADIUM 5.
GRIEZMANN TRAINING 6.
ATLETICO MADRID COACH DIEGO SIMEONE MADRID, SPAIN (FILE JULY 2014) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.
ATLETICO PRESIDENT, ENRIQUE CEREZO CERZO GIVING GRIEZMANN THE NUMBER 7 SHIRT / GRIEZMANN POSING WITH CEREZO AND SPORTING DIRECTOR JOSE LUIS PEREZ CAMINERO 8.
GRIEZMANN POSING ON ATLETICO MADRID PITCH AFTER SIGNING FOR THE CLUB / GRIEZMANN WALKING AWAY AND LIFTING HIS ARMS AS CROWDS CHEER 9.
FANS CHEERING 10.
VARIOUS OF GRIEZMANN ON PITCH JUGGLING BALL 11.
GRIEZMANN TAKING A SELFIE LYON, FRANCE (FILE MAY 2018) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 12.
STILL - GRIEZMANN SCORING THE FIRST GOAL FOR ATLETICO MADRID IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL VICTORY OVER MARSEILLE 13.
STILL - GRIEZMANN CELEBRATING LYON, FRANCE (FILE MAY 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 14.
VARIOUS OF GRIEZMANN RECEIVING MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD AFTER EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL STORY: Barcelona have signed French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros ($135 million) on a five-year deal after paying his release clause, the La Liga champions said in a statement on Friday (July 12).
France forward Griezmann, 28, rejected a move to Barcelona last year but announced in May he was leaving the Madrid side, where he has spent the last five seasons since signing from Real Sociedad in 2014.
"FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid," the La Liga champions said in a statement.
"The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros." Barca's capture of Griezmann ends their long-running pursuit of the Frenchman which has been the worst-kept secret in Spanish football, with the Catalans having tried to lure the forward to the Nou Camp since November 2017.
Griezmann famously revealed he was snubbing Barca's offer in a documentary called The Decision which stoked tensions between the player and the club, not least because it was made by the production company owned by Barca defender Gerard Pique.
He signed a new deal with Atletico until 2023 containing a buy-out clause of 200 million euros, which dropped to 120 million on July 1 2019.
The France striker scored 133 goals in all competitions for Atletico and his signing adds further firepower to a Barca strikeforce already containing Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and could yet be bolstered further by the return of Neymar Jr. Spanish media reports say the Brazil forward is keen to return to Barca and regrets leaving the club for Paris St Germain in 2017 for a world record 222 million euros.
($1 = 0.8894 euros) Barcelona have signed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros ($135 million) after paying his release clause, the La Liga champions said in a statement on Friday (July 12).
France forward Griezmann, 28, rejected a move to Barcelona last year to sign a new contract with Atletico but announced in May he was leaving the Madrid side, where he has spent the last five seasons since signing from Real Sociedad in 2014.
Barcelona's website said Griezmann would sign a contract until June 2024 with a buyout clause of 800 million euros (899 million dollars).
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