Antoine Griezmann has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to world football, but few know what it cost the former Real Sociedad winger to carve his name into the sands of time – in terms of the round leather game. Today, he is considered a hero in his native France and is often compared to French football legends Zinedine Zidane and Thiery Henry, whom he admired as role models even in his formative years.
Apart from his football history, there are some striking details about his personality that we present to you in this article. His family, his wife, and children, as well as detailed facts about his sister, Maud Griezmann’s escape from the scene of the Paris attack of November 2016. Read more…
Antoine Griezmann Bio, Age
Antoine Griezmann was born on 21 March 1991 in Mâcon, Saône-et-Loire in France. He was born into a rich family of his father Alain Griezmann, who was a powerful figure in the corridors of power in France and also a city councilor, and his mother Isabelle Griezmann, who used to work as a hospital cleaner. He is the second child of his parents’ three children, and he has an older sister, Maud Griezmann, and a younger brother, Théo Griezmann.
It is not clear where he received his high school education, as some reports say it was a grammar school in Bayonne. However, we are certain that he attended one, as his father could afford such a necessity, but it is not certain that he attended college. His flair for football may be due to his pedigree, which carries a footballing heritage.
Antoine Griezmann is of mixed descent, as his father has German roots while his mother is of Portuguese descent. Her father, Amaro Lopes, was a footballer who played as a defender for F.C. Paços de Ferreira and the Portuguese national football team. The young Griezmann did not have the opportunity to get to know him well, as his maternal grandfather died when he was still a child.
Antoine Griezmann began his football career as a small child, playing for a small club in his hometown of UF Mâconnais. It is important to mention that the young Griezmann was of a very petite stature, which for a time was an obstacle to his career. He was always rejected by the clubs when he went to examinations, not because he lacked the necessary skills, but because of his miniature size. Several academies of major teams in Europe, including his youth club Olympique Lyonnais, gave the same verdict on the up-and-coming football star.
By the time Montpellier arrived and called him, his fate had changed. During his probationary period (Montpellier), his more impressive performance in a friendly match against a team from the Paris Saint-Germain Academy was enough to convince Spain’s LaLiga side Real Sociedad (who were relegated at the time) to offer him a probationary period and then a youth contract in 2005, and so began the fate of Antoine Griezmann at the age of 14. He started in their youth system before moving up to the senior team in 2009 after four years in the youth squad.
After helping them rejoin the LaLiga, he signed a five-year contract with them in April 2010, despite the interests of several other major sides across Europe. He would play four more seasons with Real Sociedad before moving to Atletico Madrid, the top team in the LaLiga, in 2014.
At the national level, Griezmann played for the youth squads of the French national team – U-19, U-20, and U-21 teams – and was even expelled from the national team at some point along with his three other teammates for a year as a disciplinary measure for an offense. He even considered changing his allegiance to Portugal, which he was able to do because of his maternal lineage, but while he was thinking about it, he received a call-up to the senior national team on 27 February 2014. Antoine Griezman made his debut on 5 March 2014 in a friendly match against the Netherlands, in which the French team won 2-0. Since then he has represented his country at all major tournaments.
Family – Siblings, Brother, Sister
Antoine Griezmann has two siblings – an older sister and a younger brother. His younger brother, Théo Griezmann, is also a footballer and plays in the Sporting Mâcon amateur team in the Portuguese league. Griezmann is said to be very fond of his younger brother and hopes to be a role model and motivator for success as he (Théo) continues to develop his football career.
His sister, Maud Griezmann, is his picture rights manager but is also lucky to be alive. She was among the people besieged by the terrorists who raided the Bataclan Theatre during the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris – an attack that left 89 dead and more than 100 injured. She says she went to the concert accompanied by her friend Simon Degoul to see the performance of the Eagles of Death Metal band, an episode that has become a near-death experience for her.
Apart from being her younger brother’s agent, the two siblings are terribly close. You may wonder why he let her be his picture agent, and we can tell you that it may not be far from the fact that she supported him in his career choice when they were growing up. She often played goalie for him while he practiced his shots. Maud also has Antoine Griezmann’s birth date tattooed on her.
Is Antoine Griezmann Married? Wife, Girlfriend
The attacker from Athletico Madrid married his longtime girlfriend Erika Choperena on 15 June 2017 in what could be called a secret wedding, as the event only became known after the football star published pictures of the event on his Instagram page. He had been dating the Spanish-born girl since 2011 after they met during their studies in San Sebastian. Griezmann was running his soccer business for Real Sociedad at the time, and when he moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014, Choperena followed her lover to the country’s capital. Their love grew stronger and stronger, and on April 8, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a girl they called Mia.
He was fined for love by the Spanish FA Football Association in March 2017 after he scored a goal for his team from Atletico Madrid, sending a message to Erika Choperena saying ‘Feliz Cumple Gordita’ (Happy Birthday Chubby). A fine of 520 euros was imposed for this gesture.
Erika Choperena is a child psychologist and had a beauty blog called Cordialmente Erika, which she had to close as her popularity grew due to her association with Antoine Griezmann. Choperena enjoys her private space while allowing her celebrity husband to soak up all the superstar’s euphoria.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Griezmann had a small physique in the early days of his career which almost became a log on the leg of his progress. He was rejected by several teams because of his size, and this would have shortened his later amazing career in football. As an adult, his physique has now increased, and one would doubt that he was ever small when the story of his early journey is told. The way he looks now, his body measurements are chest – 38 inches, biceps – 14 inches, and waist – 31 inches. Thanks to the gym, his physique is now athletic. With a height of 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in), he is still taller than some soccer players, while his weight is 72 kg (159 lbs).