Julian Alvarez is on his way to making HISTORY as he tries to become the first player to win both the World Cup AND a European treble in the same season… and he’s already edged out Lionel Messi in Champions League !
- Julian Alvarez can become one of the most decorated football players in history
- World Cup winner now chasing iconic European treble with Man City
- City beat Real Madrid on Wednesday to reach the Champions League final
Julian Alvarez, still just 23, is set to become one of football’s most decorated players as he continues a historic feat this season.
Playing in his first campaign on European soil, Alvarez has become an important player for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who beat Real Madrid 4-0 (5-1 on aggregate) on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League final. champions.
The victory kept City’s hopes of a European treble alive and well. The reigning Premier League champions can wrap up another domestic title this weekend, with an FA Cup final against Manchester United and a Champions League final against Inter Milan to come.
Alvarez, who has provided 20 goals for City this season, will however be hoping to achieve more than the treble, having also won the World Cup with Argentina in December. The striker has played a crucial role in Qatar as he has scored four goals in seven matches.
The Argentine, if City win in all three competitions, will become the first footballer in history to win the World Cup and a European treble in a single campaign.
Julian Alvarez is on course to make history as he chases four major trophies this season
Alvarez won the World Cup with Argentina in December with a European treble now possible
Only 11 players in football history have won the Champions League – or European Cup – and the World Cup in the same season, including Franz Beckenbauer, Roberto Carlos and current Manchester United star Raphael Varane .
Alvarez is looking to join this illustrious group, although he faces competition from Inter Milan star and fellow Argentine Lautaro Martinez, who can achieve the same feat.
Martinez, who has already won the Italian Super Cup with Inter this season, also has the chance to win the Coppa Italia against Fiorentina on Wednesday, May 24.
While Alvarez is just chasing records at this point, he etched his name in the history books on Wednesday night by becoming the youngest Argentine to score in a Champions League semi-final.
Alvarez overtook Lionel Messi as the youngest Argentine to score in the Champions League semi-finals
City beat Real Madrid 4-0 (5-1 on aggregate) to reach the Champions League final
He did it at 23 years, three months and 17 days, while the former defending champion – his idol and fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi – achieved the feat at 23 years, 10 months and three days.
Alvarez now turns his attention to the Premier League, where City need just one win from three games to secure their third straight title. They face Chelsea at home on Sunday, but that could be decided before they even step onto the pitch, should Arsenal lose to Nottingham Forest on Saturday night.
The FA Cup final will come next, with Manchester City and bitter rivals Man United facing off at Wembley Stadium on June 3.
City’s final game of the season will be the Champions League final – to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey – a week later on June 10.