Antoine Griezmann joins Lionel Messi as the only player to register at least 12 goals and 12 assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Atletico Madrid defeated Cadiz 5-1 on Wednesday 3rd of May, moving past Real Madrid into second place in La Liga thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s stellar performance.
Diego Simeone’s team is currently in second place by one point above Real Madrid, but they are thirteen points behind leaders Barcelona, who need only two more points to win the league.
Antoine Griezmann scored in the second minute to put Atletico ahead of Cadiz and he later added a second to extend his team’s lead.
This season in La Liga, the French forward has contributed to 13 goals and 12 assists.
The Rojiblancos have been the best team in the league in 2023 with Griezmann at the helm.
Antoine Griezmann’s stats this season;
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has played 39 matches for Atletico Madrid this season in all competitions, scoring thirteen goals, and registering 12 assists with two yellow cards.
Antoine Griezmann contract and salary with Atletico Madrid;
Antoine Griezmann rejoins the Spanish club from FC Barcelona on a contract that will run until 2026, for a fee reportedly worth 25 million euros.
Griezmann’s annual salary with Atletico Madrid is reportedly worth 12 million euros.
On the other hand, the number of goals Lionel Messi has scored for Paris Saint Germain is staggering, the former FC Barcelona all-time scorer has been involved in 57 goals for the Ligue 1 club this season.
Messi was released from his contract with the Spanish club in the summer of 2021 due to financial difficulties.
The Argentine was not quite as productive in his first season with PSG as he had hoped, failing to score as frequently as he had become accustomed to.
Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe have formed a devastating triumvirate under Christophe Galtier’s direction.
Lionel Messi stats this season;
The 2022 FIFA World Cup winner has played 37 games for PSG, scored 20 goals, and registered 15 assists.
However, Lionel Messi’s relationship with Paris Saint-Germain has reached an all-time low, but that hasn’t stopped him from wanting to rejoin his former club Barcelona this summer.
After the Argentine’s unapproved trip to Saudi Arabia, PSG suspended him for two games, against Troyes and Ajaccio. This suggests Messi’s future with the Ligue 1 club is uncertain.
It is unclear if Messi will play in PSG’s final three games of the season against Auxerre, Strasbourg, and Clermont after being suspended.
Messi’s contract with PSG is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, and the French champions have already decided not to renew it.
The 35-year-old player decided to leave the club a month ago due to his dissatisfaction with the Parc des Princes project.
Since then, negotiations have been ongoing between the Saudi Pro League and the Argentina international, which would make him the highest-paid player in the world.
What’s next for Paris Saint Germain?
After suffering a shocking loss to Lorient in their previous outing, PSG will look to get back on track this Sunday against Troyes in Ligue 1. Because of his suspension, Messi won’t be able to play for Christophe Galtier’s team.