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Antoine Griezmann celebrated his second goal by throwing a handful of glitter in the air

Antoine Griezmann reveals glitter celebration in Barcelona’s win over Real Betis was inspired by Lebron James’ trademark chalk toss

  • Antoine Griezmann scored twice in Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Betis
  • The forward celebrated his second goal by sprinkling glitter in the air
  • Carles Perez, Arturo Vidal and Jordi Alba also got on the scoresheet 
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Antoine Griezmann has revealed his glitter celebration during Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Betis was inspired by Lebron James.

Griezmann celebrated his second goal by grabbing a handful of glitter from a steward and sprinkling it in the air.

James, who is an idol of the 27-year-old, is famed for doing the same thing with a handful of chalk after finding the net in basketball.

Antoine Griezmann celebrated his second goal by throwing a handful of glitter in the air

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Antoine Griezmann celebrated his second goal by throwing a handful of glitter in the air

‘I like his ritual,’ he said after the game. ‘We tried to copy it.’

Griezmann showed his ability to handle pressure as he led the Barcelona frontline in the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

‘I learned that from Messi,’ he said. ‘I have seen him do that many times. When important people are not in the team it’s important for us to take a step forward. We are a team.’ 

Griezmann took his time to get into the game as Betis took the lead early on, but came to the rescue with two goals either side of half-time.

Griezmann revealed his celebration was inspired by Lebron James' chalk toss in basketball

Griezmann revealed his celebration was inspired by Lebron James' chalk toss in basketball

Griezmann revealed his celebration was inspired by Lebron James’ chalk toss in basketball

James performs a chalk toss into the air during a game for Miami Heat in January 2012
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James performs a chalk toss into the air during a game for Miami Heat in January 2012

James performs a chalk toss into the air during a game for Miami Heat in January 2012

Arturo Vidal, Carles Perez and Jordi Alba also got on the scoresheet as Barca bounced back from their shock opening defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

‘After losing you hear a lot of criticism but we have worked this week,’ added Griezmann.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was impressed with the France international’s performance but was cagey when asked if the club needed Neymar given their abundance of attacking talent. 

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‘I have to concentrate on the players that I have and we do not comment on players that belong to other clubs,’ he said.

‘We needed a big game from him (Griezmann) and he responded,’ he added. ‘We know that if the forwards are involved then with the quality they have they will cause problems for the opposition.’