Mateo Kovacic, Chelsea midfielder, lifted his fourth UEFA Champions League this Saturday, but the most special of all, because he finally felt like a protagonist.
The Croatian player, formerly of Real Madrid, He had already played the ‘Orejona’ on three occasions, always with the Whites, but he could never have enjoyed it on the field.
In the season 2015/2016, the first in his stage as a Madridista, was not chosen for the squad that beat Atlético de Madrid on penalties in the Milan final.
In the final of the following season, the one that Real Madrid beat Juventus in Turin in Cardiff, the Croatian was on the bench, but Zinedine Zidane did not give him entry. Same case as in 2017/2018, when Madrid were crowned with the third Champions League in a row in Kiev, but Kovacic did not leave the bench either.
Faced with the impossibility of imposing himself as a starter, Kovacic left Real Madrid, first on loan and then permanently and two seasons later he achieved his goal.
He left with ten minutes to go, to sign his first appearance in a match for the European Cup. The Croatian helped to endure the last arreones of Manchester City and was finally proclaimed champion dressed in shorts and on the field. The fourth time was the charm for Kovacic.