Hello lads and lasses? I am back again! This time with a lot of excitement writing this one. As we all know the UEFA Europa league final will be played this evening and,without further ado, let’s take a look at the players who were the men of the match at every Europa league final since 2009 when it was re-branded and see where they are now.Let’s go!
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2009/10-Diego Forlan-Atletico Madrid
This was the very year Diego Forlan would light up South Africa later at world cup, winning the golden ball in the process. However,this was a game played in Hamburg between both Atletico and Fulham, who at the time were flying High under Roy Hodgson.The Fulham defence consisting of a nearly old and skeletal Mark Schwarzer in between the sticks and a defence consisting of Aaron Hughes Brede Hangeland were terrorized by that partnership between Forlan and a kid named Sergio Aguero.Forlan produced the man of the match performance scoring two goals that daY, the same Forlan who struggled to make it at Man United.He spent one more year at the club before moving to Inter Milan where he scored 2 in 18 appearances and then moved to International in Brazil where he scored 10 in 34 appearances. Since then, he has since played for Cerezo Osaka in Japan,Penarol and Mumbai city before finishing his career last year at Kitchee.
2010/11 & 2011/12-Radamel Falcao
This was the game that made Radamel Falcao a household name(2010/11)He scored the only goal in all Portuguese final between Sporting Braga and Portugal.5 minutes after the game, he was off to Atletico Madrid where he would repeat the same success exactly ion with the year later. Since then, his career has consisted of lighting u Ligue 1 for Monaco in his first season, getting injured, missing a world cup, flopping at both Man United and Chelsea, winning a league title back in France for Monaco and surviving a relegation recently with the same club.
This was a game in which Ivanovic would be scoring the match winning goal in the dying minutes of the match against Benfica. It was special for him because he missed the Champions league final the season before thanks to JepShrewes best efforts to make him cry on national tv after breaking the news to him at Camp Nou.He spent 4 more years at the club before moving to Zenit St. Petersburg where he has been ever since.
This was the first of the three seasons in which Sevilla would be winning the Europa league with the hero of the game being Ivan Rakitic ,who produced a man of the match performance after a 0-0 draw with Benfica, who were back in the final again, this time losing on penalties after Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo failed to convert their spot-kicks. Within 5 minutes, he was off to Barcelona where he has gone on to win 4 league titles, a champions league where he scored the opening goal aganist Juventus, 5 Copa Del Rey titles and has reached a champions league final.
Ever Banega has been at the club ever since this man of the match performance and has been involved in the 3 Europa league finals that they won under Unai Emery, who could be winning a fourth title tonight.
This was the most memorable win of the 3 titles they won in a row. They came back from behind to beat Liverpool 3-1, with Club captain Coke striking the net twice. This was his last game for the club before moving to Schalke 04 where he scored once in nine appearances before moving back to Levante in 2018 where he has been ever since.
This is a recent one,a game in which Manchester United beat the kids of Ajax 2-0, with goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan,who will be missing tonight’s game.United finished 6th in the premier league that season but managed to get back into the champions league through the triumph. The united fans will be praying that the gunners don’t repeat that feat tonight. Ander Herrera has been at the club since but he is expected to leave the club in the summer on a free transfer with PSG heavily interested in his services.
Atletico Madrid started that season in the Champions league but dropped down into the Europa league where they comfortably beat Marseille 3-0 in the final with a brace from Antoine Griezmann and Gabi in the 89th minute. Antoine Kept his fans puzzled with rumors he was leaving for Barcelona before creating a documentary that revealed he would be staying at Atletico the next season. He has since won a world cup, complained that it was harsh of him not to be voted the Ballon D’or winner,claimed he will be leaving Atletico at the end of the season,gotten linked with a move to Barcelona and gotten Jeered by his own fans
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