Antoine Griezmann plans to switch to MLS in 2024
French and Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann has reiterated that he would like to end his playing career in Major League Soccer to fulfill a long-standing desire to live in the United States, according to Reuters (h / t ESPN).
Griezmann was “fascinated” by life in the United States and frequently attends NBA games in his spare time, Reuters adds.
The 30-year-old joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for $ 142million and said on Saturday he would like to stay at the club until his contract expires in 2024.
“My contract with Barcelona runs until June 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States,” Griezmann told French newspaper Le Figaro, according to Reuters. “I love this country, this culture, the NBA, and I want to discover it more, although I will also have to think about my family.”
Griezmann is one of the best strikers in the world and is often recognized in France and Spain. He believes a move to the United States would give him and his family some much-needed privacy.
“This is also why I love the United States and why I want to go there, because we go unnoticed, which is not the case in France or Spain,” he said.
Griezmann is currently competing for the French national team in the Euro 2020 tournament. He scored in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Hungary to help France take first place in Group F with four points .
Griezmann has spent his entire career playing in the Spanish La Liga. In addition to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, he also played for Real Sociedad.
Lionel Messi, Griezmann’s Barcelona teammate, has also expressed a desire to play in MLS one day. Will they end up moving to the United States at the same time? Only time will tell.