Julián Álvarez becomes the first player in Argentina’s history to wear the FIFA World Champions badge for Club and Country
Julian Alvarez: Manchester City’s star striker who was brought to the club with an absolute bargain at £15m has made more history by becoming the first Argentine player to flaunt the FIFA World Champions badge. The last active player to have this honor was Raphael Varane, who won the World Cup with France and the Club World Cup with Real Madrid in 2018.
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The 23-year-old had been rocking the World Champions motif in Argentina colors following their conquest of Qatar in the 2022 World Cup. However, in the game against Everton, he put on the same badge again, but this time for his club.
However, Álvarez isn’t the only or the first player to have worn the badge for both, club as well as country.
Other Players to Have Worn the Badge
As mentioned earlier Raphael Varane won the World Cup with France where he enjoyed the illuminating badge stamped on his National Team jersey whenever he would put it on. He enjoyed the same privileges with Real Madrid who won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2018.
Raphael Varane’s compatriot, Benjamin Pavard is another player who happens to be a member of this inner circle. Having won the World Cup with France and scoring the best goal of the tournament earned him that lustrous gold motif on his National Team jersey. Following Bayern’s Club World Cup win in 2021, he was one of those players who rocked the badge for his nation and the club he was representing.
Álvarez in a League of His Own
Not even Argentina’s footballing Gods, Lionel Messi and Diego Armando Maradona have been able to accomplish such a feat. To do it all at the tender age of 23 is nothing short of remarkable.
As he is ushered into the assembly of greatness, he will be holding on to this badge for Argentina till a new World Champion is crowned in 2026, and for City, he has about a year to hold it on to.
The World Cup winner played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s historic Club World Cup win, netting a brace in the 4-0 hammering of Fluminese in the Final. With a goal in just 40 seconds, he also became the fastest goalscorer in Club World Cup’s history – etching his name in the annals of football’s immortals.
His biggest fan is perhaps Emilia Ferrero who posted a picture with the two lovebirds posing with the Club World Cup trophy. The caption reads ‘My Champion.’
The Future for Julián Álvarez
As it stands, the future looks nothing but bright for the Argentina sensation who has played a phenomenal role in Argentina’s recent success and Manchester City’s latest triumph in the Club World Cup during Erling Haaland’s absence.
The Trophies he won with the Sky Blues include the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
With Argentina, he has conquered both, continental and international competitions by winning the Copa America and the FIFA World Cup.
He would complete football by winning the Carabao Cup and the FA Community Shield with Manchester City. This is beyond insanity because this lad joined Manchester City only about a year ago.