The front Julian Alvarez today became the third Argentine soccer player to win a world of FIFA and a Champions Leagueafter the historic consecration of Manchester City against Inter in the Istanbul final. In addition, he is the only player who also managed to succeed in the Libertadores Cup and the America Cup.
The Cordovan player did not have minutes on the pitch at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, but he did make a valuable contribution throughout the campaign with three goals and two assists in 10 appearances in the tournament.
The “Spider” scored two goals in the group stage against Copenhagen of Denmark and Sevilla of Spain and the last one in the second leg semifinal against Real Madrid, last year’s champion.
Julián, 23, closed a perfect season by winning the treble with the British club (Premier League, FA Cup, Champions), which came after lifting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in December 2022.
These titles, achieved in his first year as a Manchester City player, add to six achieved with River Plate (one of them, the Copa Libertadores 2018) and another two with the Argentine National Team (Copa América 2021 and Finalissima 2022).
Álvarez completed the Argentine trio of winners of a World Cup and a Champions League. Messi and Di María were the first to do so in Qatar, after winning four Champions Leagues with Barcelona (2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015) and one with Real Madrid (2014), respectively.
The joy of Julián Álvarez
Álvarez defined his first season at Manchester City as “incredible and magnificent”, once they had won the Champions League.
“I learned a lot, I grew a lot as a player and as a person. It was magnificent, incredible, everything happened in a very short time”he commented to the ESPN channel during the celebrations in Türkiye.
“It was a great challenge to come to another country, from another football, but everything happened very quickly in the personal. Luckily we ended as we all wanted”pointed out the Cordovan.
“We knew that the final was going to be difficult, Pep (Guardiola) told us to try to be calm, that the goal would come and it did. We are very happy with the victory”ended.
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