Antoine Griezmann says he copied team-mate Lionel Messi and NBA superstar LeBron James as he scored his first Barcelona goals in Sunday’s win over Real Betis.
The France star, a €120million signing from Atletico Madrid, struck twice as the champions secured a 5-2 victory at Camp Nou.
Griezmann got his first by prodding in Sergi Roberto’s cross before bending home a fine strike from the edge of the area in the second half.
Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal completed Barca’s scoring, with Betis’ goals coming through Nabil Fekir and Loren Moron.
Griezmann celebrated his second by throwing confetti into the air and standing with arms outstretched, mimicking James’ famous ‘chalk toss’ warm-up routine.
The forward also revealed how that goal came from watching Messi – who was in attendance but sidelined due to injury – do the same in training.
“I saw Leo do that in training and I copied him,” Griezmann told Movistar.
He added of his celebration: “I like the ritual that LeBron James does before the games and I tried to copy him. I hope I can keep copying him for many more games – that would be the best signal.”
After the game, Griezmann took to Twitter to say: “How beautiful it is to score at Camp Nou! Thank you for your support, may our colours shine!”
Barca’s win was the first of the new season, Ernesto Valverde’s side having lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao in their opening fixture.
They face Osasuna on Saturday in their final match before the international break.
Que bonito es marcar en el Camp Nou! Gracias por vuestro apoyo culés, que brillen nuestros colores! pic.twitter.com/cva9iowYs8
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) August 25, 2019