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Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann: David Beckham is my idol

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has revealed that he wears long sleeves on the pitch because of his admiration for David Beckham.

Griezmann, 25, was top scorer at Euro 2016 with six goals for runners-up France and dons long-sleeved jerseys no matter what the weather conditions are -- including during his club's La Liga opener against Leganes in the middle of a summer heatwave.

"I wear long sleeves when I play because of Beckham, he did as well and he is my idol," he told Onda Cero.

"He had a lot of class on and off the pitch. That is what I liked about him. No one had the right foot he had. I've never spoken to him but I would like to."

Griezmann watched Beckham play for Manchester United as a boy and also wears the No. 7 jersey to honour his childhood idol.

Beckham, 41, was known for having a preference to wear long-sleeved shirts when he played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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