Madrid: French striker Antoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he will leave them in the close season, the Spanish club said on Twitter. The 28-year-old Griezmann has a contract until 2023 with Atletico, but has a buy out clause of 120 million euros (USD 134 million) and has been the target of several approaches from La Liga rivals Barcelona.”Antoine Griezmann has told the club he will not continue as a Rojiblanco (red and white, the club’s colours) next season,” the club said on Tuesday. Within a few moments the player then posted a video explaining himself.”After speaking with Cholo (club coach Diego Simeone), then with Miguel Angel and the people in the hierarchy of the club I wanted to speak with you, the fans, who have always given me a lot of love,” said Griezmann, wearing a plain black t-shirt in front of a simple white background behind him. “I wanted to tell you I have taken the decision to leave,” said the French 2018 World Cup winner. I have had five wonderful seasons here and you will always be in my heart,” said the affable forward known for doing dances from the video game Fortnite, when celebrating his goals. The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.”With 133 goals in 252 games at Atletico the attacker has been ever-present and has rarely been unfit or injured. He was a Champions League runner up in 2016, losing to arch-rivals Real Madrid. In 2018 however Atletico beat Marseille in the Europa League final. Griezmann finished third for the Ballon d’Or in 2016, after France lost in the final to Portugal at the European Championships and was a huge presence as Les Bleus romped to a memorable World Cup win at Russia 2018 after which he also finished third for the Ballon d’Or. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder reached a personal milestone on Thursday when he became the fifth West Indies player to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in One-Day Internationals.The 26-year-old joined the legendary Sir Vivian Richards, Carl Hooper, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo on the list of those to achieve the feat, after claiming a three-wicket haul in the defeat to Afghanistan.Holder described the achievement as “bittersweet” especially with it coming during the Caribbean side’s first defeat of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers in their opening match of the Super Sixes. “I feel pretty good with my personal form. I’m trying to lead from the front,” Holder said.“I’ve been getting some runs and also some wickets. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get across the line [on Thursday] so it’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that I’ve got a hundred wickets and a thousand runs.”Holder has scored 201 runs and grabbed 10 wickets in the tournament, in helping to put his side into the Super Sixes second stage, and closer to qualification for next year’s World Cup in England.He narrowly missed out on a hundred against Papua New Guinea when he ended unbeaten on 99 and claimed his second five-wicket haul in ODIs in the outing against United Arab Emirates.The Barbadian, who made his ODI debut five years ago and was installed as captain two years later, has scored 1,211 runs and claimed 101 wickets from 74 ODIs.Holder said his main focus, however, was ensuring West Indies qualified for the World Cup and was disappointed by the defeat to Afghanistan. “At the end of the day, our main focus is to win this tournament and we fell short [on Thursday],” he lamented.