"He's a great player and we would understand each other", Messi explained to Mundo Deportivo.
Griezmann's performances this past season were eye catching as well, despite talks of him not being in the right state of mind after his move to Manchester United fell through last summer.
Liverpool agree £57m fee for Nabil Fekir
Fekir should complete his medical on Friday, which will see Liverpool tie the deal up before the World Cup starts next week. Fekir has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Bayern Munich, but Liverpool have been aggressive in chasing his signature.
"He is an exceptional player and if he was to come back to us it would be fantastic but it looks hard".
"Playing for Atletico Madrid would be better for him because his team-mates are looking for him constantly, if he goes to Barcelona, players look first for Messi".
Republican John Cox secures second spot in race for California governor
Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms in November after succeeding men who resigned. Newsom's begins the race with inherent advantages - he's much better-known than Cox and a Democrat in a heavily Democratic state.
Ultimately nothing came of it as Atletico Madrid's transfer ban meant Griezmann opted to remain loyal to his club for one more season as to not leave them high and dry.
It is believed new Arsenal boss Unai Emery had been keen to sign the Belgium global when he was Paris Saint Germain manager and his representatives are due to meet with club officials this week. "Then it is the boss' problem [to fit everyone in]".
Earlier this week ABC reported the former Real Sociedad player had told friends in the Spanish capital that he had decided against forcing a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
Printing error omits 118,000 names from voting rosters in Los Angeles County
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has asked for a detail report to explain the errors, the Los Angeles Times reported. County Supervisor Hilda Solis issued a statement urging affected voters to obtain and fill out a provisional ballot.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.