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Atletico Madrid to earn €27M from winning the Europa League

Marseille's French midfielder Florian Thauvin is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during their French L1 match against Guingamp LIVE - UEFA Europa League Final: Olympique de Marseille v Atlético de Madrid SAD
Jennie Wade | 18 May, 2018, 17:15

Griezmann - brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon - scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team's captain coming off in tears.

The scoreline mirrored the Spanish side's last Europa League final win over Athletic Bilbao in 2012 and cemented their status as one of the continent's most consistent teams since Argentine coach Diego Simeone transformed their fortunes. "He was decisive in the most important moment in the game", Simeone told a news conference.

"I hope he is happy with us".

He said that he would love his star player, who had the ideal final preparation for World Cup duties with the French national side with this win, to stay and continue to develop with the side.

Griezmann returned to France to play the final against his boyhood club and did so with a bang, scoring either side of half time to put the game beyond the reach of Marseille. "So on a sporting level we aren't so far from the clubs that have more power than us".

Winning the Europa League was not how Atletico planned their 2017-18 season to end, but they proved Wednesday night that they were clearly the best team in this season's competition, and a four-year wait for another major trophy is finally over.

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Gil Marin added: 'If he decides that he does not want to continue with us, we have to respect his decision.

"If he goes then great, he's given a lot to us over the years. If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing".

The France worldwide has been strongly linked to a move to Barcelona, with Manchester United also rumoured to be keen on the striker.

In more recent times, Barca have pushed for the signing of Griezmann so much so that Atletico reported their La Liga rivals to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"I never gave him anything, he's the only player here who won the World Cup but he has had to work for everything and he leaves a very good legacy for other players to learn from".

Torres returned to Atletico in 2015 and narrowly missed out on a dream triumph in the 2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid as his side were beaten on penalties by their bitter city rivals.

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