Antoine Griezmann: Gerard Pique reacts as Atletico Madrid star rejects Barcelona

His decision to announce his club future via live television was heavily criticised on social media with many users labeling the programme as selfish given that France will kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Australia on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Atletico announced a deal in principle to sign Griezmann's France worldwide teammate Thomas Lemar from Monaco for a reported €60 million transfer fee as part of an effort to persuade him to remain at the club.

Links with Barca date to last summer, too, when they first realised Neymar was leaving for Paris Saint-Germain.

This special was filled with clips of Griezmann contemplating his move. Luis Suarez spoke about a deal as if it was already done, Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed meeting Griezmann's agent and Lionel Messi said he would welcome Griezmann at the club. As a outcome of his comments, Atletico reported Barca to Federation Internationale de Football Association for making an illegal approach for their player.

"I'm so happy. I really appreciate the club's confidence in me", Gimenez said in a statement.

The documentary, which ran for half an hour before the decision was announced, revealed that June 3rd was decision day for Griezmann, with Barcelona believed to be the leading contenders to sign him and yet he could not leave the club that gave him his chance to shine on the game's biggest stages.

Multiple people within Griezmann's inner circle told ESPN FC later on Tuesday that they want him to stay at Atletico, and all signs point to him remaining in Madrid.

"And they have lost precious time waiting for today's decision/film/thingy".

  • Stacy Allen