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The official Konami interview went slightly better but still had its rocky patches. When asked what his best Yu-Gi-Oh! experience was, he replied, “Four of five months ago when I was selected for international duty, and traveling to Russia and Kazakhstan, I started to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! again and it was amazing.”

After being asked if he had a deck as a kid, he replied that he had his own cards, but not many kids to play Yu-Gi-Oh! with. “Now that I have a lot of them at home, I have everything I need to Duel, but I have to train more as it’s quite complex nowadays.”


It seems evident that Griezmann watched the anime as a kid, but really didn’t play much—nor does he appear to play now. And you know what? That’s fine! This might be a cash grab, but that’s what endorsements are. Famous people get paid money to promote things, whether that’s cars, shampoo, or, here, a trading card game. I think it’s just neat to see a world-famous soccer player promoting Yu-Gi-Oh! It’s also great to see him interviewed on a Yu-Gi-Oh! centric YouTube channel, albeit in a Konami-sponsored clip.

While, sure, he doesn’t know the Trading Card Game inside and out, his ambassadorship might bring in new players, who could totally fall in love with the game. That’s a good thing.


At the end of the Konami interview, he’s asked why he teamed up with Yu-Gi-Oh! Griezmann’s response was telling and made it seem like this was more than simple cash-for-PR. “Thinking back to my childhood makes me feel good,” he said. “I know that one day, I will be able to show my son what his dad used to watch when he was young, and I’m sure he is going to love it. It will be a kind of legacy.”

And wait until he finds out his dad has his own Yu-Gi-Oh! card.