What next for Euro 2016 Golden Boot winner Antoine Griezmann?

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Updated: July 13, 2016

It’s been a season of extreme high’s and real lows for Antoine Griezmann.

If you look at his season stats on paper, it might not seem so bad but in reality, this is a man who has had to collect runners-up medals in both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals.

To lose out on such accolades at such an influential time in your career must be absolutely devastating for the Frenchman and it now poses the question, what next?

As mentioned, there have been highs as well as lows for Griezmann but I’m sure these successes will seem small compared to the immense lows he has endured over the past season alone. For example, he was the Golden Boot winner at the Euros and also dispatched a massive 32 goals for Atletico Madrid this season. But weigh that up with the two defeats in the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals and those achievements seem a little small in comparison.

There is little doubt that Antoine will take time over the summer now to reflect on the season just gone and he will need to really pick his head up in time for the La Liga openers, but that will be tough.

But Griezmann himself needs to realise how much importance he holds at both his domestic club and on the international scale. No-one quite realised how good he would be at France this summer and he was huge for his team. And it’s also fair to say they wouldn’t have achieved the success they did without him, despite falling short right at the last minute to Portugal.

I think it’s also important to point out that despite Atletico’s and France’s shortcomings in their respective finals, Griezmann will be the subject of intense transfer speculation after his strong performances. As someone that went into the finals with a reputation, it’s clear that many fans and clubs around the world will be aware of his talent going forward.

It would be an extreme surprise if Griezmann doesn’t make a move to a top, top side in the next few years unless Atletico really pull it out of the bag this season. His movement, pace, trickery and willingness to make forward runs was so evident out in France and he really would be an asset to any top side in Europe.

You do have to wonder if, had Jose Mourinho not signed Zlatan right from the off, whether he might have moved for someone like Griezmann as he attempts to build his Manchester United empire.

But regardless of transfer speculation, Griezmann needs to get over his Euro 2016 heartbreak, get back on the training pitch and back to his best. He’s a player of real quality and expect to see a lot of him in the future going forward, whether it’s in Spain or elsewhere.