Atletico Madrid to earn €27M from winning the Europa League

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La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid proved their formidable firepower in Europa League, beating Ligue 1 side Marseille 3-0 in the final here on Wednesday.

Notwithstanding the fact that Atletico possess some of Europe's finest players in Jan Oblak, Diego Costa, Koke and Griezmann, Diego Simeone's side are the ideal anti-thesis to the current definition of success in European footballing dynamics - they may operate on a limited budget, but European Cup finals are their staple hunting grounds.

But Atletico were hit with a transfer ban and the former Real Sociedad ace revealed he could not leave without a replacement lined up.

"It is not the moment to talk about my future, I must enjoy having won a trophy, and celebrate it with the fans", said Griezmann.

And this fan urged: "Jose, if you'd like, you can sign that man #Griezmann".

Griezmann, who may well have put in his last performance in the red and white of Atletico after being heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer, paid tribute to Marseille after the match. We lost two Champions League finals (in the recent past).

Captain Gabi's late strike rubber-stamped Atletico's third Europa League triumph since 2010 and gave Griezmann his first major trophy with the team. "Simeone has taught me a lot, he made me become a better player and I hope I can keep improving every year, in every game".

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I do not know what will happen, it is not a decision for him to say after the final'.

"I was determined to take the opportunity to win one tonight".

"I hope he is happy with us. Firstly, we had the best chance to go ahead, and secondly an error from us meant we fell behind", said Garcia.

He added that winning Europe's second-tier competition represented "more than a trophy - it's a victory for everything we stand for, for hard work and industry".

The loss of their skipper sucked some of the life from Marseille's previously spirited display and Griezmann's second, four minutes after the restart, felt like being the match victor.

"The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates".

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