Argentina superstar Julian Alvarez sets a milestone of achieving every accolade possible for the clubs he played over the last season, thus “completing football” at the age of 23. He won the elite competition of Europe last night, UEFA Champions League, after Manchester City edged Inter Milan 1-0, courtesy to a banger from Rodri.
Julian Alvarez completes football at the age of 23
Julian Alvarez has been a common name in the football circuit since the last few months, after he starred in Argentina’s campaign in the World Cup in Qatar, where he rose to prominence, leading the “La Albiceleste” to a frantic final victory, after 36 years. It all changed the luck for him in the second half of the group game against Mexico when he was brought on to field in place of first team striker Lautaro Martinez. It was a do-or-die game for Messi and his army and he has been proving his mettle since then.
Following a dream world cup triumph, he has been one of the regulars in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as he has been one of the top strikers for the “Cityzens” , after Haaland. He has featured in almost every game in the league, be it as a substitute or as a starter.
“El Arana”, the Spider, as he is nicknamed by his fans and critics likewise owing to his “Spiderman-esque” celebration after scoring a goal, has been on his peak since the day he joined Pep’s side. His brilliant and out-of-the-box scoring techniques might have led Pep to sign this talented youngster for his club. He came back from some of the masterclasses as he was once a prominent member of one of Argentina’s greatest clubs, the River Plate. In one of the games for them, he had scored a double hattrick, after which his name was touted as one of the future prodigies of Argentina and eventually, the World. He eventually went on to win the Copa Libertadores.
A well deserved national call-up
Banking on some of the masterclasses like these, he came to Scaloni’s radar eventually. He was selected to represent his country in the prestigious Copa America which dawned a new light upon the new Argentina side led by football legend and veteran Lionel Messi. Scaloni’s side won the tournament, thanks to Angel Di Maria’s cheeky chip shot over Brazilian goalie Ederson, thus announcing the beginning of a new era, often spoken of as “Scaloneta supremacy”.
Following that, he was selected to represent as a central attacker besides Lautaro Martinez in the World Cup, with the most coveted prize on of the cup on sight. He sat out the first game against Saudi Arabia, where Argentina suffered a shock defeat in the hands of Arabians.
His breakthrough came when he replace fellow striker Lautaro in the second group game against Mexicans, which turned out to be a do-or-die game for Messi’s side, after which he did not have to look back as he kept on marching forward, starting every cup game.
His essence was felt the most in the semifinal game against Croatia, where he single handedly destroyed the Croatian defense after marching the entire length of the field after one of Croatia’s shot was thwarted by the Argentines, leading to a superb goal and a confirmed berth in the finals of the prestigious tournament.
A perfect sweep of trophies
After lighting up the streets of Buenos Aires, it was time for Alvarez to achieve something in his first season at Manchester City. And as the norm stands, one gives two, two becomes three, he went on to win the prestigious treble at just the age of 23. The procession started with winning the Premier League, where Manchester City toppled Arsenal. who were favorites to win the league and well on course to win it, but Pep’s team had other plans in mind as they went to win the league.
Later, he won FA Cup , when a Gundogan double troubled their crosstown rivals Manchester United, thus completing the club double.
Last night was the night of milestones as Rodri scored the voracious winner against a spirited Inter Milan side, completing a sweet clean sweep of trophies. He also became the first player to win the treble and World Cup in a single season, at just the age of 23. Thus, he will be one of the players to look out for in the future and he will be hard to stop as he has already got the knack of winning trophies.