If your two star teammates at Barcelona, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, enjoy drinking herba mate before games, and you’ve just joined the team, surely you’ll partake in mate tea as well, right? What better way to mesh with your two attacking partners upfront than with a tea time of mate before big games. I’m not sure just when Griezmann starting drinking mate tea, after all, his French teammate Paul Pogba enjoys mate tea now again too. But if the best soccer player in the world is drinking mate and you play on the same soccer / football team, it’s smart to do whatever it takes to get on the same wavelength, if that’s possible, of said best football / soccer player in the world.
Here’s Griezmann’s history with mate from FC Barcelona’s website. Turns out he was drinking mate before he joined Barcelona: Griezmann likes Uruguayan culture and loves mate. The Uruguayan who introduced him to it was Carlos Bueno at Real Sociedad. Now he can share the mate with the two South Americans who always come to the matches with one in their hand, Messi and Luis Suárez.
Antoine Griezmann has met up with his new Barça team-mates at the Ciutat Esportiva as the squad assembled for medical tests ahead of the first day of training proper on Monday. It was a busy morning for the Frenchman, but that was just the start of it, for from around 6.00pm CEST, he’ll be at the Camp Nou to sign his contract, wear the blaugrana kit for the first time and attend his first official media conference since his move from Atlético Madrid.