Lionel Messi has launched a recruiting pitch for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The 5-time Ballon D’Or winner believes that Barcelona would be the ‘best club in the world’ if the French superstar were to join them at Camp Nou.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, the Argentine stated: “With the good players it is easy to understand each other. And Griezmann is one of the great players, going through an exceptional moment in his career.
“Then we would see how the coach fits everything together, but obviously he is a great player and we would understand each other.
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“It is still not 100 percent, but obviously the more quality we have the better. We want to be the best team in the world, and to do that we want the best players. Then it is the boss’ problem to fit everyone in.”
Barcelona have been strongly linked to the Atletico forward for a long time now. However, they are not alone in the pursuit of the 27-year-old.
Griezmann has been one of the most consistent world-class forwards for Atletico Madrid over the past 4 seasons.
The combination of pace, finesse, skill, the ability to make the best footballing decisions in every play, and the impeccable finishing that the former Sociedad striker brings to the table will surely bolster any team in world football as of today.
Interest in him has peaked as of now, but the Frenchman has a long-term contract with the Colchoneros running until 2022.
His release clause is in excess of £150 million, and that may be a stumbling block for any club in pursuit of the star forward.