Antoine Griezmann Honors Idol Kobe Bryant Following Move to Atletico Madrid

Published 09/08/2021, 10:47 PM EDT
031258.SP.0806.lakers18.WS –– Lakers Kobe Bryant and 76ers Allen Iverson have a few words with each other at the end of the fourth quarter of the NBA Final game between the Lakers and the 76ers, Friday, June 8, 2001 at the Staples Center. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Coming up, every athlete has an idol because of whom they start to play sports. Likewise, in basketball, many players decide to honor their favorite player by wearing the same jersey number. One prime example is Kobe Bryant, who serves as an inspiration to many. However, one football player is now honoring the Lakers legend.

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives the NBA Most Valuable Player trophy from comissioner David Stern prior to game two of the Western Conference semifinal at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Bryant is the only NBA player to have both his jerseys retired with the same organization. His numbers 8 and 24 are both in the rafters at the Staples Center. He had a hall of fame worthy career in both those jerseys. Hence, no one can wear them anymore.

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However, the story of football is completely different. Football star Antoine Griezmann has decided to wear the number 8 to honor Kobe Bryant as he returns to Atlético Madrid.

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Griezmann honors idol Kobe Bryant

Griezmann has been one of the biggest stars in the world of football. He made headlines when he moved to Barcelona two seasons ago. One of the most talented strikers in the sport, he is now back with his previous club, Atletico Madrid.

In his first stint, he wore the number 7 with Atletico. But, now on his return, he has decided to wear the Number 8, just like his idol Kobe Bryant did in the first half of his career. Currently, Griezmann is away on international duty playing for France.

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The Frenchman is a big fan of basketball and the NBA. Notably, he has a basketball court in his house in Madrid. His favorite players include Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose. He has collaborated with the NBA on a few occasions.

Laker Kobe Bryant appears to be smiling while the San Antonio Spurs’ Bruce Bowen laments in the third quarter Tuesday in game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at the Staples Center.(LAT photo by ^^^) (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Coming to football, Griezmann is at Atletico only on a loan deal from Barcelona. He joined the Blaugrana in 2019. While he did not make an instant impact, in time, he became an important player for them. However, because of their financial issues, they were forced to send him on loan. Hence, his move is not permanent and he will return to Barcelona next season.

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Do you like Griezmann’s way to honor Kobe Bryant? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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