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Antoine Griezmann: Youth reject becomes France's star man

Published 1945 GMT (0345 HKT) July 8, 2016
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Antoine Griezmann has been one of the stars of Euro 2016, with his goals propelling France into the final against Portugal. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Griezmann leads the scoring charts at Euro 2016 with six goals -- three more than any other player. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
His form at the Euros came after a fine season at Atletico Madrid, helping the Spanish club reach the UEFA Champions League final and finish third in La Liga. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Griezmann started off at Spanish club Real Sociedad as a 14-year-old, having been rejected by a number of French teams because of his lack of height. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
His form did not go unnoticed, and he represented France at the Under-20 World Cup in 2011, finishing fourth. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Griezmann scored 16 goals for Real Sociedad during the 2013-14 La Liga season. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
He went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but failed to find the target, and France lost to Germany in the quarterfinals. Ian Walton/Getty Images South America/Getty Images
Griezmann joined Spanish champion Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2014-15 season in a $33 million deal. He scored 25 goals as Atletico finished third in La Liga. JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Griezmann's goals fired Atletico into the 2015-16 Champions League final. Trailing Real Madrid 1-0, Griezmann had the chance to equalize but smashed his penalty against the crossbar. After a 1-1 draw he scored in the ensuing shootout, but Real triumphed. He ended the season with 32 goals in 54 appearances. JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images