And so it ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
Just a week ago, Antoine Griezmann scored a brace against Marseille in the Europa League final to hand Los Rojiblancos the trophy.
So then, when he came on for the last 30 minutes of Atleti’s final game of the season at the weekend, you would have expected him to receive a hero’s welcome.
Griezmann replaced Koke on the hour mark and was greeted with whistles from the home fans at the Wanda Mertopolitano.
Evidently, those in Madrid have made their minds up regarding the rumours linking the Frenchman with a move to Barcelona.
The atmosphere worsened as Griezmann began to influence the game.
Every touch was met with an eruption of whistles — a traditional indicator of displeasure in Spanish football.
As the situation became apparent to those on the pitch, Fernando Torres comforted his team-mate.
El Nino, who was cheered throughout his final game in the famous red and white stripes, put his arm around Griezmann as a show of support.
Gabi was visibly disappointed by the crowd’s reaction as well.
He put up seven fingers towards the home fans, in reference to Griezmann’s squad number.
Diego Simeone then instructed Diego Godin to approach the fans and ask them to chant Greizmann’s name.
The Uruguayan centre-back approached fans behind the goal and his message was relayed throughout the stand.
Pockets of fans then began to chant in favour of Griezmann, with Godin and Simeone encouraging others to join in.
However, praise for the 27-year-old didn’t last long.
Torres approached once more during a break in play and put his arm around his downbeat companion.
After a few words of support from the fan favourite, Griezmann was reduced to tears.
His sombre mood was apparent for the remainder of the game.
It may be that the last image we ever see of Griezmann in an Ateltico shirt is of him stifling tears among a hostile environment.
We can understand the fans’ frustration with the situation.
Nobody wants their team to lose their best player.
However, Griezmann is not Madrid born and bred, he’s been at the club for four years.
Prior to the Europa League success, all he had to show for his time with Atletico was a Supercopa medal.
He has scored 112 goals in 208 games for the club and has tried his utmost to help his side compete with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid both domestically and in Europe.
Surely he deserves recognition for his efforts?
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