There were no shortage of candidates, but it’s a familiar face who takes our prize for Atlético Madrid’s best player during the month of March.
After 4 goals in 5 games, scoring in every La Liga game we played and helping us progress in Europe, it’s Antoine Griezmann who gets the acclaim for the second time this season.
Having sent Barcelona packing in the Champions League on Wednesday and in the midst of a red-hot streak in front of goal, it’s a wonder to think that some corners were questioning Griezmann not so long ago.
The Frenchman himself took to twitter after our trip to PSV in late February to address critics after he missed a golden chance in the 0-0 draw in Eindhoven.
Most of the negativity was coming from outside of the club and fanbase, but even so, it was a worry to see our star player and primary goal threat suffering from such a sudden loss in form.
Thankfully, those doubts were unfounded, and since then he has looked better than ever, silencing those who said he didn’t perform in big games and elevating our attack to it’s best level all season – at a crucial stage as well.
In the very next game he slotted home the winner at the Bernabéu, the first of seven goalscoring league games in a row, before starting March with another goal from the penalty spot against former club Real Sociedad.
He then scored and assisted in a 3-1 win against Mestalla, beating Diego Alves from long range before a clever pass sent Yannick Carrasco through late on to seal the result.
Another goal at home to Deportivo followed, before the return leg against PSV in the Calderón where he calmly dispatched a penalty in our epic shootout in after a tireless performance up front on his own.
Perhaps his best moment though came in our only defeat of the month, when he curled in a delightful edge of the box free-kick against Sporting to give us the lead at El Molinón.
For a while it looked as if his stunning effort would be enough for all three points, but the hosts turned things around in the last 15 minutes to grab a crucial win, and leave Atleti’s title hopes in tatters.
It was still quite special though, and he proved it wasn’t a fluke with a similar effort for France less than a week later in their 3-2 friendly win away to the Netherlands.
As we all know, with five games left in La Liga the race is still very much on, and Grizi has picked up where he left off since the start of April, leading the charge both domestically and in Europe with 29 goals in all competitions
Next month’s player of the month award could be the closest ever, with him, Koke, Torres and more or less the whole team all in stunning form as we look to stun Real Madrid and Barcelona for the second time in three years.
Griezmann it is who takes the honours for March though, and it isn’t the only reason for celebration for him either, as he became a father for the first time two weeks ago to a new-born baby daughter.
Do you agree with our choice? Who else has impressed you recently?