Griezmann wins over gamers with Fortnite celebration

Griezmann celebrates with an homage to the game, Fortnite. Pic: Getty

Antoine Griezmann has won over gaming fans all over the world with a hilarious goal celebration inspired by the international phenomenon, Fortnite.

Those who have played the video game or have children that are obsessed with it, will no doubt be familiar with the ‘Take the L’ dance move the online shooter has popularised.

It seems as though Griezmann is one of the countless millions of players on various formats of console or PC who are entrenched in the Fortnite universe.

So much so, the France international decided to pay homage to the game by dedicating his goal celebration in the crucial Europa League semi-final against Arsenal to the video game.

Griezmann is by no means the only professional footballer who has displayed his open love of the game, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli drawing tens-of-thousands of viewers to a recent live stream of him playing it.

The significance of Griezmann’s ‘Take the L’ move – usually reserved for players boasting after they’ve vanquished an opponent in the game – would not be lost on Arsenal considering how big a blow the goal could be to their European cause.

The Gunners will be filthy with themselves for not being able to see out a win against 10-man Atleti, who had defender Sime Vrsaljko and Atletico coach Diego Simeone sent off in the opening stages in London.

Alexandre Lacazette’s 61st-minute header gave a dominant Arsenal the advantage but Griezmann literally had the last laugh, bursting through on goal with eight minutes to go and capitalising on a Laurent Koscielny error to level it 1-1.

In Marseille, Florian Thauvin headed home at the back post in the 15th minute to open the scoring for the hosts after Dimitri Payet’s curling free-kick tricked Salzburg goalkeeper Alexander Walke.

Clinton Njie netted the second for Marseille after more fine play by Payet, to give the French side a commanding lead.

The second legs take place on May 4 (AEST).