Born and raised in Mâcon, Griezmann began his senior career as a member of Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2009, with whom he won the Segunda División title in his first season. He departed five seasons later to join Atlético Madrid for a then-club record €30 million. Although featuring mostly as a winger during his time with Sociedad, Griezmann adapted his game in Madrid to become a complete forward, and quickly became the focal point of the team. He would go on to break the club's scoring record for a debut season, and was named in the 2014–15 La Liga Team of the Season. He was also named La Liga Best Player in 2016, nominated for both the 2016 Best FIFA Men's Player and 2016 Ballon d'Or awards, finishing third on both occasions. Later in 2018 he was again nominated for 2018 Best FIFA Men's Player and 2018 Ballon d'Or, finishing sixth and third respectively. He also won the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, scoring twice in the final and also won the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.