"In my career I could win many trophies, I had the luck to play in great teams, to be part of the best generation of Spanish players who achieved everything there is, but when you have a dream since you were small, like this, to win with your team".
And with Griezmann looking all but certain to move to Barcelona this summer, the French ace will need to help his side to that coveted bragging rights 2nd place, above Real in the final standings this weekend.
The France worldwide netted twice in Lyon, as Atletico brushed aside Olympique de Marseille 3-0 to win the prize.
Marseille had been desperate to win the second European trophy in their history, on French soil, 25 years after beating AC Milan in the inaugural Champions League final.
Antoine Griezmann is expected to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid that will end all talk he could be lured away by either Barcelona or Manchester United this summer.
"If he stays I'll be delighted and if he leaves I'll be grateful for everything he's done for us".
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Striker Antoine Griezmann figured he owed it to coach Diego Simeone to win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid.
With Liverpool fans hoping for any possible advantage over Madrid ahead of their showdown on May 26, fans are praying none of Jurgen Klopp's players "jinx" the side as Payet appeared to. "I've never given him anything for free but he represents everything we're about", the Uruguayan is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. The team began the game with some difficulties, but as time went on, and with the goal, we got comfortable. "Simeone has taught me a lot. So on a sporting level we aren't so far from the clubs that have more power than us".
"Your feeling for a club gets stronger every game, every year. Even without him, we'll continue to grow".
Atletico's triumph comes after agonising defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016.
As he now looks towards World Cup success with France, Griezmann was pleased to lift a trophy under Atleti boss Diego Simeone.
"It wasn't meant to be in the Champions League, but I said to myself that tonight was going to be night and so it was".