THE three Special Oines… Antoine Griezmann is celebrating an amazing hat-trick – as his new baby arrived with the same birthday as his first two children.
The Barcelona striker welcomed second daughter Alba on Thursday – joining Mia, five, and son Amaro, two.
Alba is Griezmann’s first Nou baby – as the French World Cup winner only completed his £107million move to Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2019.
The 30-year-old announced the birth of his latest child on social media: “Alba Griezmann April 8, 2021 at 10:24 a.m” – followed by a heart emoticon.
Barcelona tweeted their congratulations – while Griezmann’s Spanish wife Erika Choperena posted birthday wishes to the couple’s other two kids.
The qualified child psychologist put on Instagram: “Today it has been 2 and 5 years since you arrived.
“You revolutionized our world to make us grow, learn and be better. Mom and Dad can’t be more proud of what you have made us build.
“We want you infinite, crazy and free!”
Griezmann understandably missed Barca’s Thursday training, ahead of El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Saturday.
And although it might mean less to him than normal, due to the joys of (off) spring, he is again under pressure for his starting place.
Griezmann’s front-work has been under the spotlight – even though he proved again today that he could hardly be called cot-shy….
And boss Ronald Koeman is thought to be considering playing just two in attack.
Unfortunately for Griezmann, in-form Ousmane Dembele is a useful bet to keep his spot aside Lionel Messi.
Holland star Frenkie de Jong might be moved back from defence into a three-man central midfield – meaning one less player up front.
Barca are second in LaLiga, a point behind Griezmann’s old club Atletico but two above Real.
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