Why will Griezmann wear Uruguay's colors on his boots tonight?
France will take on Uruguay tonight in an international friendly, and before the encounter, French forward Antoine Griezmann has grabbed headlines for a different reason altogether.
Griezmann tweeted that Puma has made a special pair of boots for this match tonight, on which he will be wearing both the French and Uruguayan flags.
But why this sudden decision? Let us decode here.
The rationale behind the decision
Griezmann decided to order these special shoes because Uruguay is one country, whom he loves and honors.
He will be paying a tribute to the country in this way.
When he first started playing for Real Sociedad, Griezmann's manager was Uruguayan Martin Lasarte, who had a great influence on him.
Further, Atletico's Godin (also Uruguayan) is his friend and the godfather of his daughter.
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Griezmann did not celebrate after scoring against Uruguay
France and Uruguay met during the World Cup in the quarter-finals, which the eventual world champions won 2-0 with one goal from Griezmann. But Griezmann refrained from celebrating because of his respect for Uruguay, saying that he was playing against friends.
Preview of tonight's encounter
France will round off 2018 tonight with their encounter against Uruguay.
They will be determined to grab the victory after losing 2-0 against Netherlands in their last match.
Important players like Pogba, Varane, Umtiti, and Lacazette will miss out on the action owing to injuries, as will Uruguay's Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez.
It is clear that France will go in as favorites tonight.
France Football Team
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Uruguayan Martin Lasarte