Phil Foden deserves huge credit for the brilliant Dortmund showing days after a close friend died

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JACK GAUGHAN: Phil Foden’s lawyer had such a profound impact on his career that he was considered family … the Man City star deserves huge credit for a match-winning showing against Dortmund days after he was devastated by his death.

  • Phil Foden scored a late winner against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday-evening
  • It concluded a brilliant performance for the Manchester City midfielder
  • The English star dedicated his match winner to his late lawyer, Richard Green
  • Green had a profound influence on Foden’s career and was considered part of his family
  • Foden showed tremendous courage to perform just days after Green passed away

Phil Foden took a quiet moment of reflection, just alone, and lifted his head to the sky in Manchester. Which, perhaps the biggest goal of his career, was for a friend.

The past week has been devastating for Foden, who was left heartbroken when his lawyer, Richard Green, passed away on Thursday.

Green – a bubbly personality, a titan of the Northwest football community – had such a profound impact on Foden’s career that he was considered family.

Phil Foden scored the winner against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening in a brilliant showing

Phil Foden scored the winner against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening in a brilliant showing

Foden (pictured left with his mom and dad) was devastated by the death of his lawyer Richard Green (right) leading up to the Champions League quarter finals

Foden (pictured left with his mom and dad) was devastated by the death of his lawyer Richard Green (right) leading up to the Champions League quarter finals

Foden (pictured left with his mom and dad) was devastated by the death of his lawyer Richard Green (right) leading up to the Champions League quarter finals

He had been there from the very beginning, traveling across Europe to look at Manchester City’s teams and England’s age group. He was there when Foden won the Under-17 World Cup in India four years ago.

So when Foden tweeted last week that he will “ do everything he can to make you proud, ” it was sent with a really deep feeling. On Tuesday evening, the last-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund in a quarter-final of the Champions League was a poignant start.

Ilkay Gundogan hugged the 20-year-old in celebration, Foden hugged him tightly as he stared straight ahead, his expression told a thousand stories. It is a great credit to him that he delivered a performance of such high quality and perseverance.

“That goal was for you, Richard,” he said afterwards. Foden made sure to pick out a shirt with a message for his mentor, someone whose death was marked with tributes from the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Jamie Carragher and Rafa Benitez.

Foden's celebration told a thousand stories, and he later dedicated the purpose to Green

Foden's celebration told a thousand stories, and he later dedicated the purpose to Green

Foden’s celebration told a thousand stories, and he later dedicated the purpose to Green

His late winner concluded an excellent performance and puts City in first place

His late winner concluded an excellent performance and puts City in first place

His late winner concluded an excellent performance and puts City in first place

Green was more than a consultant to the midfielder and his parents and – while Foden’s career is still in its infancy – there have been some very endearing moments over the years.

Perhaps the one most dear to Green himself came after a particularly important game. Foden and his mother, Claire, were at the door of a post-match function when security declared that ‘only family’ was allowed in.

The pair decided not to attend and turned on their heels. Not a chance they would go in without him. They spent the evening as a group instead.

Green told that story with great pride. He proudly told every story about Foden. He loved him very much and that was reciprocated.

Green died at the age of 56, leaving behind a wife and three children. Celebrate if you count the young man from Stockport with the world at his feet.

Green was related to Foden and was in India in 2017 when he won the Under-17 World Cup

Green was related to Foden and was in India in 2017 when he won the Under-17 World Cup

Green was related to Foden and was in India in 2017 when he won the Under-17 World Cup

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