Football: Hush hush as Antoine Griezmann weds the mother of his kid in secret in Toledo

France forward Antoine Griezmann hugging his then-girlfriend Erika Choperena as he celebrated the team's win over Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final at the Stade Velodrome on July 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP
Exterior view of Palacio de Galiana where Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann married Erika Choperena in Toledo, central Spain, on June 15, 2017. PHOTO: EPA
France forward Antoine Griezmann during the World Cup qualifier between Sweden and France in Solna, on June 9, 2017, which the hosts won 2-1. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - France striker Antoine Griezmann tied the knot with his long-term partner Erika Choperena in a secret ceremony at a beauty spot in Toledo, Spanish media revealed on Friday.

The 26-year-old, who last week extended his Atletico Madrid contract until 2022, met Choperena in San Sebastian when she was studying and he played at Real Sociedad.

The pair, who have a one-year-old daughter, were married on Thursday afternoon at the Palacio de Galiana, a celebrated 11th-century edifice in the old Spanish capital.

Several of Griezmann's Atletico teammates attended the ceremony including Juanfran, Koke and fellow Frenchman Kevin Gameiro.

In a short video on Griezmann's Instagram account the player is also seen popping a champagne cork at a celebration around a pool.

"The celebration of this wedding took the media by surprise," said Spanish daily El Mundo.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is also due to get married later this month, with the Argentinian international to wed Antonella Roccuzzo in his home town of Rosario on June 30.

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