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Antoine Griezmann reveals his hero is a former Real Madrid player

Let the rumours begin!

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The stellar play of Antoine Griezmann for Atletico this season has led to numerous reports that clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain may be interested in acquiring his services. Atleti have no intention to sell one of their key contributors though, and there's even been talk in the last week of the Frenchman extending his contract with the club.

Griezmann is currently in his home country, taking part in the European Championships and despite his less-than-inspirational performance in the 2-1 victory over Romania, there's no doubting that the 25-year-old will play a key part should France go all the way in the tournament.

Whilst in his homeland, Griezmann gave an interview to GQ Magazine, where he spoke of his adoration for former Man United and Real Madrid star David Beckham.

"I am a massive fan of his. On the pitch he had class and off it he was always very clean and well dressed. I remember the 2012 Olympics in London when he was in the boat with the Olympic torch and his hair didn't move!" said Griezmann.

He added, "At first I wanted to have the same hairstyle, but then he had his hair long and for me it was too long to wait six months for mine to grow. I've calmed down a bit with the dyes and such but I like to change it regularly. I play with long sleeves because that's what he did and I also wear the No 7 as that was his number."

Appearance seems to be more important than ever in the football world so it's understandable Griezmann would attempt to replicate the style of one of the most famous fashion icons. What matters to Atletico more, however, is the strikers ability to follow Beckham's achievements on the pitch. Tasting success in both the La Liga and Champions League has made the Englishman's resume look quite extraordinary while Griezmann has unfortunately failed to capture either prize in his time at the Vicente Calderon. There's no denying that Atleti's current squad are capable of helping Griezmann achieve these type of accolades so hopefully we'll see him plying his trade in the red and white for at least a few more years.