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'Griezmann May Join Barca Because Of Messi'

Following his announcement that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid, it has since been claimed that Antoine Griezmann may look to join FC Barcelona purely to play alongside Lionel Messi.

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The 28-year-old and Atletico confirmed he will be moving on at the end of the season after spending the past five years at Los Rojiblancos.

High-profile LaLiga commentator and football journalist Graham Hunter believes Messi may play a major role in where Griezmann goes next as he is somebody most players want to play with.

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"If the Catalans are willing to deposit his €130 million buyout clause on 1 July and persuade Griezmann to reject other offers, then Messi is jewel in the crown," he wrote for ESPN.  

"To play next to arguably the greatest footballer of all time, to learn from him, to benefit from his largesse and to accompany him on to the podium to lift trophy after trophy – well, that's a legitimate dream for any elite footballer, not just a guy like Griezmann.

"Luis Suarez has been Messi's best-ever strike partner for a number of reasons.

"His hunger, total commitment to winning relentlessly, additional goal power, and centre-forward play which complements the Argentinian's need to flit around the spaces which emerge when a No. 9 is on the ball.

"Suarez is a hugely intuitive, genuine and generous 'amigo' for Messi to play with, but at 32 he's not getting any younger and his record of failing to score away from home in the Champions League for three and a half years isn't just atrocious, it's an indication that things will never get better again on that front.

"I'd say it's a good bet that Suarez is off to David Beckham's Inter Miami FC project in a year at the latest.

"He's not going to be offered a new contract and the supreme domestic form we've witnessed this season does not suggest that there's not room for someone to challenge, and eventually replace, him.

"Indeed, the way in which Griezmann happily feeds Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, or even his French international team partners, indicates that there's a potential dovetail with Messi.

"Others have tried and succeeded, or failed, to relative degrees – but the evidence is that a Messi-Griezmann axis is, hypothetically, perfect."

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Griezmann scored 133 goals in 256 games for Atletico since his arrival at the club in 2014.

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