Who is Erika Choperena? Everything you need to know about Antoine Griezmann's wife

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The Spanish child psychologist has shied away from the limelight and prefers to let her France international husband take all the media attention

Antoine Griezmann is one of the most famous footballers in the world, having finished Euro 2016 as top scorer and has been linked with a host of top clubs thanks to his goalscoring prowess with Atletico Madrid.

The France international had an amazing summer in 2016 with his country, and followed it up in 2017 by marrying girlfriend Erika Choperena at a secret ceremony in Toledo at the 11th century Palacio de Galiana.

But who is Griezmann's wife Erika Choperena?


WHO IS ERIKA CHOPERENA?


 

El que a buen árbol se arrima... #39*

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Erika studied education in San Sebastian and then went on to complete her studies and become a child psychologist.

She ran a beauty blog called Cordialmente Erika, but was forced to deactivate it in 2014 when news of her relationship with Griezmann became public and the site became inundated with visitors.

Despite her husband's celebrity, Choperena likes to remain out of the limelight, with Ludivine Sagna (the wife of Griezmann's France team-mate Bacary Sagna) telling TV show Touche pas a Mon Sport that she is "very kind but very discreet."


HOW DID SHE MEET GRIEZMANN?


 

Un domingo diferent!

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Griezmann and Choperena met while the France forward was playing for Real Sociedad and she was studying in San Sebastian. They began dating soon after, and had their first child in April 2016, a daughter called Mia. As she is Spanish and he is French, the couple are raising Mia to be bilingual.

He admitted in his autobiography that he pursued her before she eventually agreed to go out with him: "For a year and a half, I sent her messages, I tried to seduce her. We have been together since December 27, 2011."

When he joined Atletico Madrid in 2014, Erika moved with him. Just a month before their wedding in July 2017, Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2022.


DOES ERIKA CHOPERENA ATTEND ATLETICO GAMES?


 

 #TeamErikaChoperena #ErikaChoperena

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Erika supported Griezmann at Euro 2016, and accompanied him to the end of year gala where he was named the second best player in Europe - runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite attending France games to support her husband, Choperena is rarely spotted at Atletico Madrid games as she prefers to keep a low profile and distance herself from the paparazzi.

Griezmann's love for his partner saw him receive a €500 fine from the Spanish football association in March 2017, after he celebrated a goal by lifting up his jersey to reveal the message "'Feliz Cumple Gordita' (Happy Birthday Chubby)".


WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?


 

Cuando te das cuenta de que nada puede ir mejor...

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Erika Choperena is very happy to concentrate on her own career and thus will undoubtedly remain out of the media spotlight wherever Griezmann ends up.

With Atletico Madrid signing Diego Costa in January, Griezmann's days at Atletico could be numbered thanks to interest from Europe's elite. The 26-year-old has been repeatedly linked to Mancheser United, but Barcelona and other top clubs have also been mooted as future destinations for the forward.

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