​France's Antoine Griezmann is currently taking Euro 2016 by storm. 

The French forward has carried his club form into the Euros and is the competition's top scorer with six goals. That is already the same amount that Thierry Henry managed for Les Bleus during all of his European Championships, putting Griezmann's goal-scoring exploits into perspective. 


But the 25-year-old's journey to the summit of world football has been a difficult one. Griezmann knew from an early age that he wanted to follow in his grandfather Amaro Lopes' footsteps — a former player of Portuguese club Paços de Ferreira — and become a footballer. 

"In the blank pages at the end of his books, I found drawings of him, where he pretended as if he was being interviewed for television channel Canal +, with questions, answers and everything," Griezmann's brother Theo recalled, and as quoted in the ​MailOnline.

Griezmann's dream to become a footballer saw him try out at some of the biggest clubs in French football including: Lyon, Auxerre and AS Saint-Etienne. But the Atletico Madrid striker had hit a stumbling block after repetitive rejection.


Things were indeed looking bleak for France's star man. 

However, there was a dramatic change in Griezmann's fortune after a scout by the name of Eric Olhats "fell for his technical skills" at a Montpellier trial. 

"At the time, youth football in France was predicated on the physical," Olhats ​explained.

"There was a lot of emphasis on the need to win games and competitions [immediately]. That made it very hard for smaller kids to be taken on."

Griezmann was often told he was too small and would not make it as footballer when he was younger because of his size.

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Olhats, who was a first-team scout at Real Sociedad at the time, was returning from Argentina and decided to stop in Paris and visit an old friend at Paris Saint-Germain's training ground. 

It was there where Olhats, who was not even an academy scout, saw Griezmann playing in a trial game for Montpellier. 

"I fell for his technical skills. His technique may still be improving, but the talent that I saw that day was intuitive." 

After Olhats found out Montpellier would not be taking on Griezmann, he decided to give the then 13-year-old an envelope with his business card inside. 

When Griezmann finally opened the envelope at home which Olhats told him to do specifically, there was a message that read "Do you want to play and live in San Sebastián?"


To achieve his dream, Griezmann moved to the Basque region in Spain and although he struggled with life outside of France, he soon adapted, and by no time he was in Real Sociedad's first-team.

And the rest is history. Griezmann would go on to score over 50 goals for Real Sociedad before his £24m move to Atletico Madrid, where Diego Simeone has since transformed for the Frenchman into one of the deadliest finishers in world football. 

Griezmann, who missed out on the Champions League trophy last season to Real Madrid, is on the verge of achieving greatness in France after once being told he would never make it as a footballer.