Antoine Griezmann is known to be a great basketball player (though he is much less accomplished in other aspects of American culture …), so it was not entirely surprising when he announced Yesterday he announced his long awaited election, whether he should stay with Atlético Madrid next season or travel to Barcelona via a TV documentary called "La Decisión". What's a bit more surprising is how Griezmann and his traders seem to have failed to learn the moral of the LeBron Decision story, that doing such a thing is a terrible idea.
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In "La Decisión", which ran on the Spanish television channel Cero, Griezmann revealed that he should be "I should stay or should I go now for months' decision-making process." Barcelona reportedly had a personal one months ago Agreement with Griezmann hit, and the outrageous confidence that the signing of Grizi accomplished facts Atlético so upset that the Madrid club Barça postulated for FIFA was reportedly manipulated
For a long time it seemed that the Frenchman wanted to go to Barça, but lately Atleti has put a lot of pressure on him to persuade him to stay Will-He-or-Won & # 39; t-He acted heavily on the minds of Atleti fans, which inspired them to rally their team star multiple times during the second half of the season. The anger of the Atlético fans even threatened the club's efforts to retain Griezmann after the boos of domestic fans made the strikers cry on the pitch during Atletico's last Atletico game of the season.
Most of the news that came out of the Spanish press in recent months, however, relied on Griezmann, who signed a huge new contract with Atlético has signed. Barça's Ernesto Valverde was shocked by this turn in the reports, but high-ranking officials in the club joined him only last week, assuring him that Griezmann definitely belonged to them. As Griezmann's self-imposed start date for the World Cup approached his decision, it seemed less and less clear what he would ultimately choose.
And what better way to overcome the PR debacle that has caused your public waffling with the fans of your current team and those of your potential newcomer than all in a TV special to jerk? It was Griezmann's big solution to finally make the announcement on TV, and the boy shot back in the most predictable way.
Fortunately, the English-language Twitter account for Spanish newspapers AS tweeted the show live, so we have a good idea of how stupid "La Decisión" actually was. It does not seem like it's the most cinematic of all experiences.
Cero also released some videos and stills from the series. In one Griezmann is on the phone with someone who explains to him the advantages and disadvantages of staying and going. In another his wife tells him to stay because although he has a better chance of winning the big trophies with Barça than Atleti, he would go down in the club if he won at Atlético Story. Still another he discusses how Atlético manager Diego Simeone and team captain Diego Godín visited him to visit his house because they had noticed how dejected he was boasted by the fans during the last home game  Finally Griezmann announced that he would stay. In a perfect piece of thematic soundtracking, Grizi's televised document of unrestrained and unnoticed narcissism concluded with him his intention to stay in Madrid while Drake's "God's Plan" played in the background.
As with LeBron's decision, Griezmann is wholly in his right to do whatever he wants, to play wherever he wants, and to announce his plans, to stay or go in whatever form he wants. As a player who is clearly afraid of hostility to the enemy, he or someone on his team would probably have recognized that there was absolutely no advantage in making that decision that way. Both Atlético and Barcelona fans were already annoyed that he was torn up for weeks, while Griezmann took his upcoming decision and made it a natural spectacle that frustrated both sides even further.
Griezmann's final decision, however, is probably the best for everyone involved. Atleti's faithless ones will probably still be plagued by the whole ordeal – not least because he did almost the same thing last summer when he made a possible move to Manchester United before finally struggling – but as soon as he got this new long-term contract signs and starts shooting again, they'll probably get over it and learn to love him again. If he had made the opposite decision, Atleti fans would never have forgiven him for the treachery, and Barça fans would probably have tacitly supported him while they always regarded him with a bit of skepticism. Personally, Griezmann could win more by remaining as if to leave.
Griezmann, who hangs out in Madrid, is also good news for La Liga. It's never good for one or two teams at the top of the food chain in the league to fend for themselves by slaughtering the competition, so Griezmann will not stay with Atleti, and especially if he does not play in Barcelona. Barcelona is also lucky here, at least in one way. Adding a great striker like Griezmann is always a clever tactic, but he's not exactly the ideal striker Barcelona should be looking for (they need someone to defend the defenses and not one who wants to play deep with the ball itself). The 100 million euros they would have spent to trigger Griezmann's release clause may now be better spent solving their long-standing midfield problem, even though Barcelona's leaders have a terrible track record of spending money.
Bugs, however: That still looks bad for Griezmann and Barcelona. On the part of the player, it will take some time for Grizi's representative to recover from the bizarre show and the months of indecision that led to it. For Barcelona it is the umpteenth time that they have been humiliated because they were so sure that they could sign or retain a player and finally fail. Last summer alone, there were numerous transfer-market fiascos, such as the failed attempt to sign Marco Verratti, and their utmost confidence that they would not lose Neymar to PSG until the day they actually lost Neymar to PSG could bend Liverpool to their will by buying Philippe Coutinho this summer, just to be rejected just like Liverpool. If there is a silver lining for Griezmann here, it is that he has been embarrassing himself with "La Decisión", but somehow it looks still bleak in Barcelona.