Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has ‘a lot of respect’ for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos despite previous hostile comments.
Earlier this month, the Spain international said of Griezmann: “Ignorance makes you very bold,” after the Atleti forward claimed he was alongside football’s greatest players.
However, the two were involved in a warm embrace ahead of Saturday’s Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu, which finished goalless.
“Ramos is my friend for whom I have a lot of respect,” Griezmann is cited as saying by Diario AS.
“He is a truly great central defender who has a consistently high level of performance and he is a great example for younger players.
“Football is a game and it is common for players to have a bit of fun with teammates and others, sometimes I like to mock them but this time it was me who was mocked.”