Barcelona started their post-Lionel Messi era with an impressive 4-2 win over Real Sociedad and reminded their fans that without their greatest ever, they still have plenty left in the tank. Martin Braithwaite scored twice and got an assist in the game, surpassing all expectations of him in the wake of the Memphis Depay transfer and attention on Antoin Griezmann.
Now, after a decent start from Depay following his assist for the opening goal and with Griezmann not scoring, the Frenchman has dropped down to 10/1 to be La Liga's top scorer in 2021/22, making him the fourth favourite.
As of now, Angel Correa, Braithwaite, Erik Lamela and Karim Benzema are top of the charts after one game, with all four netting braces on the opening weekend. Griezmann is set to be one of Barcelona's top men this campaign, however, given how he has scored more La Liga goals than anybody else in the squad and is now 30.
Back in 2014/15 and 2015/16 was when the forward netted his most goals in the competition, bagging 22 goals in both campaigns in what were his first at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann then failed to get more than 20 goals in the league until he departed for Barcelona, and only 22 came in his first two seasons with the Spanish giants.
With the assistance of Depay and the intent from Ronald Koeman to find their new superstar without Messi, this really should be Griezmann's time, and in truth, if it is not, his transfer to Barcelona could end up going down as a disaster.