Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, wants to honour Antoine Griezmann by declaring the France international an “illustrious visitor” of their city following the affectionate gestures recently shown by the player towards their country.
The Atletico Madrid star, who scored a penalty in the 4-2 victory and was named Man of the Match for the third time in the tournament, has no Uruguay roots but does have friends that hail from the country.
“An administration process to declare Antoine Griezmann an illustrious visitor of Montevideo started on Monday,” Deputy Secretary of the Montevideo City Hall, Christian said. “Our mayor, Daniel Martinez, has received countless requests from citizens to declare Griezmann an illustrious visitor when the player arrives to our country in December.
“We expect our mayor to sign the declaration in the next few weeks. Griezmann is not only a great footballer and a World Cup winner but has shown repeatedly his admiration for Uruguay and our culture. Our mayor considered it appropriate to treat him in the same way as other illustrious visitors. Once the declaration is signed, we will formally inform the player.”
The 27-year-old has never been to Uruguay but is expected to travel later this year to the South American country to attend the wedding of Atletico teammate and Uruguay international, Diego Godin.
Godin is the godfather of Griezmann’s daughter, Mia.
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