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Antoine Griezmann’s decision to leave Atletico Madrid has plunged the club into chaos and fired the starting gun for a summer scramble among Europe’s elite.

Top scorer in each of his five seasons, Griezmann was the stardust of Atleti, offering spontaneity and craft in a team renowned for discipline and grit.

But he grafted too, which is why he was the perfect fit. Griezmann would run and chase as much as he passed and shot, his willingness perhaps except for one of the world’s premium attackers, a class in which he now deservedly belongs.

“I said it last season and I’ll say it again – Griezmann is the best player in the world,” coach Diego Simeone said in October.

In a team that creates more chances and gives him a greater chance of converting them, Griezmann is likely to deliver an even better return than his 129 goals for Atletico in 256 games.

One more against Levante on Saturday will edge the Frenchman clear of Fernando Torres but Torres left a hero. Griezmann’s exit will leave a bitter taste.

“The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it’s what I feel I need,” Griezmann said in a video for the fans.

He will be too late for the last outing in front of them at the Wanda Metropolitano, perhaps out of respect for Diego Godin, the godfather to his daughter, who was given a rousing farewell on Sunday after the club’s final home game of the season.

Perhaps Griezmann was wary too, unsure if he waved to the stands whether it would be waving hands he saw coming back.

The hope was he would be playing there in the Champions League final on June 1, the dream of hoisting a European trophy on home turf a key factor in his decision to reject Barcelona last year.

Godin would have led them out but, at 33, with his best years behind him, he goes with the blessing of the fans, a La Liga title, two Champions League finals, two Europa Leagues, three Super Cups and a Copa del Rey under his arm.

Griezmann, five years younger, should be entering his prime and departs with only one Europa League and a Super Cup. Worse, most suspect he is about to strengthen Barcelona.

‘Best still to come’ 
“I think my best time is still to come,” Griezmann said in December. “I know I can get even better.”


But his choice is a reflection on Atletico too, raising questions about their future under Simeone, who was there on Tuesday with chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin and sporting director Andrea Berta when his star player said he needed something new.

Two of Atletico’s three outstanding players – Griezmann, Godin and Jan Oblak – are about to move. Oblak signed a new deal last month but it contains a release clause, reportedly set at 120 million euros, hardly an obstructive price for arguably the world’s number one goalkeeper.

Lucas Hernandez has already agreed to join Bayern Munich. Juanfran, Filipe Luis or Rodrigo could be next.

Admiration for Simeone is unwavering among supporters but frustration simmers too over style and progress. Atletico sit 11 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, one year after the gap finished at 14.

Griezmann’s early decision at least allows time for what is Simeone’s biggest rebuild since he took charge in 2011.

He also begins it in a summer when Atletico’s rivals are expected to respond to the success of the Premier League with spending sprees of their own.

Neither Griezmann’s rejection of Barcelona nor the fans whistling him at Camp Nou, will deter the club from a fresh approach.

There have been whistles there as well for their own Philippe Coutinho, whose future would become even more uncertain with Griezmann’s arrival.

A reduction in Griezmann’s release clause from 200 million euros to 120 on July 1, means there is alo time for others to enter the bidding.

Paris Saint-Germain is likely to offer the fiercest competition, particularly if they lay down a financial package Barca cannot match.

Griezmann at PSG could, in turn, give encouragement to Real Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez retains a strong interest in both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, each seen as the sort of statement signing to launch a glorious new era under Zinedine Zidane.

Another is Paul Pogba, who Madrid might find easier to lure if United framed Griezmann as his replacement. For Atletico, the knocks could keep on coming.

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Moses Simon opens goal account in French League

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Super Eagles winger Moses Simon scored his first goal of the season for his club FC Nantes in a four goal thriller, a match with a close contest .

Their opponent Saint-Étienne were leading by two goals before Simon got the first goal for his team to reduce the deficit for his team.

The talented striker had an outstanding performance in the match where he actually show cased what he knows how to do.


His second haif display was completely an outstanding performance when he became a constant menace to the defense line of the visitors.

According the pacy winger, “It’s better to loose a point than loosing the three points completely. It was a very tough match knowing fully well our opponent were yet to loose in their last four matches, so they gave us a fight.

“As you can see, they were two goals up, before we came from behind to level scores. I’m so excited I scored my first goal of the season in week four, more to come from me as the season progresses, but what is most important for me is team not personal acheivement.”

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Don't Take Mikel To AFCON 2019 – Odegbami

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An Ex-Super Eagles Player Segun Odegbami, has told managers of the Nigerian senior team not to take Mikel Obi to AFCON 2019.

Segun Odegbami who noted that Mikel Obi has been absent from the Nigerian National team since Nigeria’s last group stage game against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, added that he should not be taken to AFCON 2019 because he is not the player he was.

He told ThisDay; “Recall Mikel? History is against such decision. Mikel is not the player he once was. We have seen his best and it cannot be recreated or better.


What did it fetch?” Odegbami added that new players cannot emerge if the old players do not retire, sighting himself as an example, after he took over from Baba Otu Mohammed after he (Otu) had just been named Africa’s best right-winger but was disappointing in a few games.

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Group stage · Matchday 1 of 3
           
 
   
Today
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 12
France
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 13
South Korea
 
 
           
 
   
Tomorrow
14:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 14
Germany
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 15
China
 
 
           
 
   
Tomorrow
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 16
Spain
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 17
South Africa
 
 
           
 
   
Tomorrow
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 18
Norway
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 19
Nigeria
 
 
           
 
   
Sun, 09/06
12:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 20
Australia
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 21
Italy
 
 
           
 
   
Sun, 09/06
14:30
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 22
Brazil
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 23
Jamaica
 
 
           
 
   
Sun, 09/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 24
England
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 25
Scotland
 
 
           
 
   
Mon, 10/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 26
Argentina
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 27
Japan
 
 
           
 
   
Mon, 10/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 28
Canada
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 29
Cameroon
 
 
           
 
   
Tue, 11/06
14:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 30
New Zealand
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 31
Netherlands
 
 
           
 
   
Tue, 11/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 32
Chile
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 33
Sweden
 
 
           
 
   
Tue, 11/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 34
United States
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 35
Thailand
 
 
Group stage · Matchday 2 of 3
           
 
   
Wed, 12/06
14:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 19
Nigeria
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 13
South Korea
 
 
           
 
   
Wed, 12/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 14
Germany
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 16
Spain
 
 
           
 
   
Wed, 12/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 12
France
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 18
Norway
 
 
           
 
   
Thu, 13/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 20
Australia
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 22
Brazil
 
 
           
 
   
Thu, 13/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 17
South Africa
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 15
China
 
 
           
 
   
Fri, 14/06
14:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 27
Japan
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 25
Scotland
 
 
           
 
   
Fri, 14/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 23
Jamaica
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 21
Italy
 
 
           
 
   
Fri, 14/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 24
England
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 26
Argentina
 
 
           
 
   
Sat, 15/06
14:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 31
Netherlands
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 29
Cameroon
 
 
           
 
   
Sat, 15/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 28
Canada
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 30
New Zealand
 
 
           
 
   
Sun, 16/06
14:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 33
Sweden
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 35
Thailand
 
 
           
 
   
Sun, 16/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 34
United States
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 32
Chile
 
 
Group stage · Matchday 3 of 3
           
 
   
Mon, 17/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 15
China
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 16
Spain
 
 
           
 
   
Mon, 17/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 17
South Africa
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 14
Germany
 
 
           
 
   
Mon, 17/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 19
Nigeria
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 12
France
 
 
           
 
   
Mon, 17/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 13
South Korea
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 18
Norway
 
 
           
 
   
Tue, 18/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 21
Italy
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 22
Brazil
 
 
           
 
   
Tue, 18/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 23
Jamaica
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 20
Australia
 
 
           
 
   
Wed, 19/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 27
Japan
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 24
England
 
 
           
 
   
Wed, 19/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 25
Scotland
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 26
Argentina
 
 
           
 
   
Thu, 20/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 31
Netherlands
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 28
Canada
 
 
           
 
   
Thu, 20/06
17:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 29
Cameroon
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 30
New Zealand
 
 
           
 
   
Thu, 20/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 33
Sweden
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 34
United States
 
 
           
 
   
Thu, 20/06
20:00
 
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 35
Thailand
 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Fixtures 32
Chile
 
 

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