Thomas Partey becomes first Ghanaian to win Europa League trophy

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But the France worldwide is linked with a move to Barcelona in the close-season despite being contracted until 2022. Guardiola apparently hopes that the inclusion of Aguero will help to swing a deal for Griezmann in City's favour despite Barca's groundwork.

Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing. Griezmann was the best player on the pitch lifting his club to victory with a brace.

"The Europa League? I'll tell you that right now it's a piece of s**t", he said in October, as reported by MARCA.

And the France worldwide, who may well have played his last game for the club amid rumoured interest from Barcelona, ensured the trophy would be heading back to the Spanish capital when he lifted the ball over the former Crystal Palace keeper. I left home when I was 14 for that.

Antoine Griezmann
GETTYAntoine Griezmann scored twice in Atletico's Europa League final success

Following Wednesday's final, Liverpool fans were quick to urge their players not to touch the trophy ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26, recalling an incident from their famous night in Istanbul in 2005. "The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates. He's a lad who has given so much", Simeone said. He's played three finals with us and won two (including the 2014 Spanish Super Cup).

"I thought it was emotional", Gabi explained. I wanted to win titles.

"He's given us a lot, he gave us a leap in quality as a team".

Says media with reference to Catalan newspaper Sport, Barcelona are willing to pay Atletico the amount that exceeds 100 million euros, which from 1 July will be activated in his contract as compensation.

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