The Real Madrid icon netted five goals over two legs against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals before a hat-trick against Antoine Griezmann's Atletico all but secured his club's UCL final berth. Griezmann has been widely tipped to join Manchester United in the summer, something repeatedly denied by the France global.
Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he is happy at Atletico Madrid and joked he would only consider a move to join Derrick Rose at the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association.
Signings ahead of next season, Griezmann feels, will define the extent of Atletico's success. I wish I could continue to enjoy my private and sports life.
"Juventus will win the Champions League and therefore Gigi Buffon the Ballon d'Or", Griezmann told Cadena Ser's El Larguero. "I want trophies, to win things - that is why I came here".
Griezmann said he trusted what Simeone had said but stressed that his own future was not tied to that of the coach. It's true that past year I called him before signing a new deal because I wanted to continue working with him. "We fulfilled an objective, third, we did a great job". It continues. We do not live far away from each other. I do not even know what time I train tomorrow! "He would be a top signing".
I'm very good here.
National Basketball Association fan Griezmann also joked that the only way he would move clubs would be to join the New York Knicks, saying: "Cristiano is LeBron James and [Lionel] Messi is [Steph] Curry".
"I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose", the 26-year-old joked in reference to his idol at the NBA's New York Knicks.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.