Camavinga names Real Madrid legend as idol, reminisces Champions League triumph with club: “It was crazy

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Speaking to Real Madrid TV (h/t Mundo Deportivo), midfield prodigy Eduardo Camavinga opened up on winning the UEFA Champions League in his very first season at the club, terming the experience as ‘crazy’.

Camavinga was signed by Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 from Rennes, in a deal worth around €30 million.

Even though he had a relatively slow start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu under manager Carlo Ancelotti, the French midfield sensation played his part in the Merengues winning the Champions League, La Liga, and the Spanish Super Cup.

Reminiscing the UCL triumph ahead of Real Madrid’s Round of 16 clash against RB Leipzig tomorrow, Camavinga said:

“The 2022 Champions League in my first season was crazy. The road was even crazier, I was talking to the others and they had never experienced anything like that before.

“We were losing and we came back, we felt a lot of emotions from the beginning to the end. The road to winning it made the victory even better.”

“I will always remember the moment when I received the trophy because it was my first title,” he further added.

Camavinga then went on to stress the importance of the Champions League for himself and Real Madrid ahead of tomorrow’s match, saying:

“The Champions League is important for the club and for me too. The fact that I’ve already won it helps. I have a lot more experience in the competition but I want to win a lot more.”

Tomorrow’s game will be played away in Germany, with the second-leg tie set to go down at the Santiago Bernabeu in early March. Hailing the atmosphere at Real Madrid’s home turf, Camavinga remarked:

“I started playing as soon as I arrived, so I didn’t have time to see my face in the stadium. The first thing I remember is the anthem, it’s incredible, sometimes I sing it when I arrive on the pitch. It’s an iconic, legendary stadium. It’s the best club in the world and I only have good memories.”

Discussing what it means to play for Real Madrid, he added: “The fact that I play for the best team in the world is an immense source of pride. You have to celebrate it every day because not everyone has the opportunity to play here.”

Finally, signing off, Camavinga went on to name Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane as his idol, saying:

“Zidane is an idol for the French. I discovered him through YouTube and through my father, who also loves football. I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of my idol.”

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