Antoine Griezmann admitted yesterday that he was moved to tears of happiness when his big-money move to Barcelona finally came through after a controversial exit from former club Atletico Madrid.
The World Cup winner is in Tokyo with Barca ahead of a clash with Chelsea on Tuesday after the La Liga giants shelled out 120 million euros to match his release clause amid a blistering row between the player and the two clubs.
“I called my father and I started crying with joy because the transfer was all done, it all was over,” Griezmann said in an interview with sports daily Marca.
“I was with my friends, with my wife, with my children and it was an incredible moment.”
The 28-year-old added he was targeting European glory with Barcelona after two humiliating exits for the Catalans from the Champions League in the last two years – to Roma and Liverpool – after throwing away commanding first-leg leads.