Atletico Madrid forward, Antoine Griezmann has revealed that Manchester United legend David Beckham is the inspiration for his choice of the number seven jersey throughout his career.
Griezmann recently announced that he is set to leave Atletico at the end of the season but failed to reveal his destination. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Barcelona but several English Premier League clubs have also been rumored to be on the pursuit of the forward.
While writing in his new book ‘Getting To The Top Of World Football’, Griezmann revealed the reason behind his shirt numbers,
“Throughout the history of Manchester United, some wonderful players have worn the number seven: George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.
“Five Red Devil icons. But for me it’s the blond-haired playmaker who represents the club best of all. His magical right foot was made for United, with whom he won one Champions League, two FA Cups and six league titles.
I wear the number seven on my back for Atlético Madrid, just as I do for France. It’s in homage to David Beckham. And the reason I have always worn long sleeves is also because I want to be like him. I used to find this style chic.”