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UEFA ChampionshipCamavinga labels Madrid's UCL triumph a 'dream come true'

Camavinga labels Madrid’s UCL triumph a ‘dream come true’

Eduardo Camavinga described Real Madrid’s Champions League final triumph as a “dream come true” as he reflected on a glorious first season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Camavinga came on as an 85th-minute substitute at the Stade de France.

With Vinicius Junior’s goal, Madrid won their 14th European title, giving the French midfielder LaLiga and Champions League winner’s medals in his first season in Spain.

Camavinga has made 44 appearances since joining Rennes in August, despite being behind veteran midfield trio Casemiro, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos in the pecking order.

From the bench, the 19-year-old, who has been hailed as a future star for both Los Blancos and France, made several significant contributions to Madrid’s Champions League run. First, producing an energetic performance as Carlo Ancelotti’s team recovered from a 5-3 aggregate deficit to eliminate Manchester City in the semi-finals earlier this month.

Camavinga expressed his satisfaction with the “dream” victory to Canal+ following Madrid’s 1-0 win against Liverpool, noting that it was for such situations that he joined the Spanish giants.

“It’s a crazy thing, and it’s a childhood dream come true. Touching the cup and experiencing matches like that it’s crazy. That’s why I came here,” he said.

“From the moment we come here, we know that we are in the best club in the world.

“And we only play big matches. So I am thrilled to have played in the final and won it.”

Camavinga has some way to go to match the honours of some of his Madrid teammates.

With Benzema, Carvajal and Modric won their fifth European titles in Paris. No one has won more.

Touching on the illustrious careers of his colleagues, Camavinga laughed:

“Some have five Champions Leagues here, but I already have one. I still have four left [to win]. So we’re going to enjoy it. Next year, we’ll see.”

Camavinga, who is 19 years and 199 days old, became the youngest player to play in a Champions League final since Juventus’ Kingsley Coman in 2015 final against Barcelona (18 years, 358 days).

Coman is also the only Frenchman to have played in a Champions League final younger than Camavinga.

And He believes he has improved as a player after making 16 starts in his first season with the club.

Though he insists his playing time is of secondary importance compared to the team’s performances.

He said in comments reported by Marca:

“It’s been an incredible season, an extraordinary accomplishment, very positive.

“I’ve learned a lot in this first year from the players here, from my coaches too.

“So I think I’m a better player than a year ago.

“The first thing to remember is this victory, the team’s work and [only] after that, whether I’ve played more or less is important.”

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