‘To win the Champions League again we need to have the best players… Griezmann is one of them’: Lionel Messi believes Frenchman Antoine Griezmann can fire Barcelona to glory
- Lionel Messi has talked up the idea of Antoine Griezmann joining Barcelona
- The 30-year-old says Griezmann can help fire them to Champions League glory
- Barcelona were surprisingly eliminated by Roma in this year’s quarter-finals
- Griezmann is expected to clarify his club future before the World Cup on June 14
Lionel Messi believes the signing of Antoine Griezmann could help fire Barcelona back to Champions League success.
The Catalan giants have won the tournament just once in the last seven seasons while fierce rivals Madrid have lifted the trophy four times in that period.
And for Messi, the signing of the Atletico Madrid forward – who has long been linked with a switch to the Nou Camp – could be the difference.
France forward Antoine Griezmann has long been linked with a summer move to join Barcelona
He is set to announce his decision over his club future ahead of the World Cup on June 14
Argentine Lionel Messi believes Griezmann could help Barca back to Champions League glory
‘I am in agreement that to win the Champions League again we need to have the best players. And Griezmann is one of them,’ Messi told Sport.
‘If the club sign him, brilliant. I don’t know if he’s the priority. That depends on the signing committee and the coach.
‘I can only say that to win the Champions League you have to have the best players. And he is very good.’
Barcelona already boast a wealth of attacking options in Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.
Griezmann, in action against the United States, would add to Barcelona’s all-star forward line
But the Frenchman has given no assurances over a move and could stay at Atletico Madrid
But despite cruising to the La Liga title, losing just once all season, Ernesto Valverde knows his side need more when it comes to facing Europe’s elite next season.
Griezmann has said he will clarify his club future prior to the start of the World Cup on June 14.
‘It’s good that you’re taking an interest,’ Griezmann said after France’s 1-1 friendly draw with the USA.
‘There’s a week to go. I think we will find out this week.’