France’s success in Sunday’s World Cup final involved Antoine Griezmann rather heavily as he scored from the penalty spot and whipped in the free kick which led to the opening goal, yet the forward conducted his post-match press conference dressed in the Uruguayan flag.
Griezmann has already spoken openly about his affinity with the South American country, which came to a head when they faced France in the quarter-final of the tournament.
His club relationship with Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez has rubbed off on him and he admitted that he loves Uruguay , so much that he decided to take the flag when a journalist handed it to him in the mixed zone at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The journalist was from Uruguay and the former Real Sociedad forward quickly draped the flag around his waist, still wearing the national shirt of France.
“I have a lot of respect for them, I have worked with many people from Uruguay,” Griezmann admitted following France’s victory over Uruguay.
“I didn’t want to celebrate in front of them. I love the Uruguayan culture and the people.”
France’s victory in Moscow secured just the nation’s second ever world championship, and Griezmann still wasn’t quite sure how to process the events of Sunday.
“I still haven’t fully understood what it means to be a world champion,” he confirmed.
“I’m very proud of all my teammates and the entire group. I’m looking forward to celebrating with all the fans back in France.”
One of the most exciting aspects of Les Bleus’ success is how young most of the team are, they are built to challenge for honours for years to come, especially with 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe looking ready to emerge as the true successor to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We are a young group with a great future,” Griezmann intimated.
“The most important thing is that we have a great time together as a group.
“We have a good atmosphere, nobody gets angry, the coach has done a fantastic job.”