Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Star Passes Luis Suarez's La Liga Record After Hat Trick vs Celta Vigo

Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Star Passes Luis Suarez's La Liga Record After Hat Trick vs Celta Vigo

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at October 24, 2023 at 8:26 AM
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  • Antoine Griezmann is slowly reaching new heights at Atletico Madrid
  • He bagged a hat-trick against Celta Vigo over the weekend, which saw him overtake Luis Suarez's La Liga tally
  • He is also close to becoming the club's record goalscorer

Antoine Griezmann's impressive hat trick against Celta Vigo on Saturday, October 21, saw him surpass Luis Suarez's La Liga tally.

The Frenchman's treble saw Atletico register a comfortable 3-0 win over the struggling Celta Vigo. The win leaves them fourth on the table with 22 points.

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Antoine Griezmann is still looking for his first La Liga title. Photos by Alvaro Medranda/NurPhoto and David S. Bustamante/Soccrates.
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The 32-year-old returned to the club after a two-season spell at Barcelona. This season, he has scored seven goals in 11 appearances for Atletico Madrid. Last season, he scored 16 goals and provided 19 assists in 48 appearances.

Interestingly, Griezmann has played for Spain's biggest clubs and has never won a La Liga or a Champions League trophy. He won the Europa League, Spanish Super Cup, and UEFA Super Cup during his time at Wanda Metropolitano.

Despite the lack of the biggest trophies in club football, he won the 2018 World Cup with France.

Griezmann surpasses Suarez La Liga record

With the hat-trick, Griezmann now has more La Liga goals than his former Barcelona teammate, Luis Suarez. He now has 181 La Liga goals, while Suarez has 179, per Squawka.

Moreover, he now has 165 goals for Atletico and is the third-leading scorer in Atletico history. 119 of those goals have come from La Liga, while 27 came from the Champions League.

Griezmann also scored 40 La Liga goals with Real Sociedad and 22 with Barcelona. He scored his first Atletico goal on September 16, 2014.

Furthermore, Griezmann is only four goals behind the club's second-highest scorer, Adrián Escudero (169), who played for the club between 1945 and 1958.

He also needs just eight goals to equal Atletico's record goalscorer, the late Luis Aragonés, who scored 173 goals. The forward will surely become the club's all-time goalscorer at some point this season, barring any injuries.

Griezmann praises Messi's MLS impact

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Griezmann openly acknowledged his interest in watching Lionel Messi perform in the MLS, where the latter has maintained his trademark dazzling form, consistently finding the net in every game.

The French forward also lauded Messi's significant influence on the league and noted that the presence of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, former teammates who joined Messi at his new club, has elevated the overall quality of the MLS.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.