France forward Antoine Griezmann has never kept the admiration he has for Uruguay within himself, to say the least. And to mark another wave of respect for the South American nation, the Atletico Madrid man won the hearts of one and all by posting the design of the boots he was to wear against Uruguay.
So while one boot had France’s flag, the other carried La Celeste’s with both embedded in the container of Yerba Mate-Tea. Yerba Mate-Tea, which is consumed by some of the most high profile footballers including Griezmann, is a traditional drink that comes from the Yerba Mate plant. As we quoted before, Brazil are its biggest producer and people in Uruguay are its biggest consumers.
For those wondering, Griezmann wore a Uruguay flag:
▪️His mentors were 🇺🇾 Martin Lasarte (manager) and Carlos Bueno (player)
▪️Active supporter of Uruguay (often tweets during games)
▪️Close friends with Diego Godin & Josema Gimenez. pic.twitter.com/QCZc3bWKHj
— Uruguay Football ENG 🇺🇾 (@UruFootballEN) July 15, 2018
If you have been following Griemzmann post his FIFA World Cup triumph, you might be aware of the fact how great he talks and thinks of Uruguay. In fact, he was seen wrapping the Uruguayan flag around his shoulders during the post-match presser after the final against Croatia.
France and Uruguay last met in the quarter-final of the world cup and a goal apiece from Raphael Varane and Griemzmann sealed the spot for Les Bleus in the next round. The talking point though remained the fact that Griemzmann, out of respect, decided not to celebrate his goal. And when quipped about the same, he explained,
“I didn’t celebrate because when I started as a professional I was supported by an Uruguayan who taught me the good and the bad in football and I have a lot of respect for Uruguay,” he said.
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) November 19, 2018
“I was also playing against friends, so I thought it was normal not to celebrate.”
He even compared the South Americans with his Atletico Madrid team. “They’re a tough team, like Atletico Madrid. Everyone works hard in attack and defence. It’s something I see day in day out and I love Uruguayans and Uruguayan culture, so I have a lot of respect for them.”
And months after their world cup encounter, France – who came on the back of a 2-0 loss against the Netherlands – came off against Uruguay in an international friendly, where a goal from Olivier Giroud was enough for the world champions to grab a win. Prior to the game though, Griezmann showed off his new Puma boots which featured half Uruguay and half France flags.