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Antoine Griezmann reveals Major League Soccer dream

Lizzy Becherano
Antoine Griezmann would like to play in MLS one day
Antoine Griezmann would like to play in MLS one day / Markus Gilliar/Getty Images

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has spoken about his desire to play in Major League Soccer in a revealing interview. 

The French national player has been outspoken in the past about his wishes to reach the United States and revolutionize American football, but now Griezmann crystalized the dream with a clear timeline. 

"My contract with Barcelona runs until June 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States," Griezmann told French newspaper Le Figaro on Saturday.

Beyond MLS, the striker praised the USA and explained the attraction of the lifestyle for him.

"I love that country, that culture, the NBA, and have a desire to discover it more, although I will also have to think about my family. This is also why I love the United States and why I want to go there, because you go unnoticed, which is not the case in France or Spain.”

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Antoine Griezmann playing for FC Barcelona against Levante in La Liga Santander / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Griezmann's comments come on the heels of transfer rumors linking Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami. But the player has never been one to shy away from honest transfer questions. In 2018, Griezmann made a documentary titled 'The Decision', highlighting his thought process on whether to stay at Atletico Madrid or join La Liga giants FC Barcelona

Griezmann ended up joining Barcelona in 2019 from league rivals Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of €120m.

Despite Barcelona narrowly losing out on the La Liga trophy this year, Griezmann gave a decent performance throughout the season. In 43 overall appearances, the forward scored 15 goals and eight assists to contribute to the thrilling title race against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. 

Griezmann is currently with France at Euro 2020, where the forward played his 50th consecutive start against Hungary and scored to mark the moment. During the country’s famous 2018 World Cup run, Griezmann recorded four goals and two assists in seven games to lead France to the trophy.