Griezmann: ‘Beckham was my idol’

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has confessed that when he was a youngster his idol was David Beckham.

The Frenchman, who is representing his country at Euro 2016, admits that there were things about the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star that he always envied.

“I am a massive fan of his. On the pitch he had class and off it he was always very clean and well dressed,” said Griezmann, in an exclusive interview with GQ magazine.

“I remember the 2012 Olympics in London when he was in the boat with the Olympic torch and his hair didn’t move!

“At first I wanted to have the same hairstyle, but then he had his hair long and for me it was too long to wait six months for mine to grow.

“I’ve calmed down a bit with the dyes and such but I like to change it regularly.”

Griezmann also claims he wears the No 7 jersey because it is the same number as the one Beckham wore, although he says he is not as extroverted as the Englishman.

“I play with long sleeves because that’s what he did and I also wear the No 7 as that was his number.

“However, it’s also true that I’m not like him because I’m quite shy, but that’s something I’m trying to improve upon and I’m working with my sister on that.”

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