England’s champion for the fourth time in the last five years, Oleksander Zinchenko, Manchester City’s Ukrainian full-back defender, dedicated the title to his compatriots, who would like to be able to “one day carry this trophy.”
“It’s an incredible emotion for me and for all Ukrainians who, for the moment, are starving and trying to survive in my country because of Russian aggression,” he told the Sky Sports microphone, his eyes full of tears and his voice choppy.
“I am very proud to be Ukrainian and I would like to be able to one day bring this trophy to Ukraine and all Ukrainians because they deserve it,” he added as the citizens celebrated the title on the Etihad pitch.
A rare starter but an essential player in City’s rotation, Oleksander Zinchenko also evoked the support the club has given him since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“That means a lot to me. Honestly, I could die for these people and the support they have given me.
I greatly appreciate what these people have done for me, what they have given me during this period, the most difficult of my life, and I will never forget it,” he confessed.
“In some moments, especially at the beginning, I didn’t think so much about football because it was impossible to live at the same time what was happening in my country, but with the support, I have received we have achieved it,” concluded.
Manchester City won the title of champion of England on Sunday thanks to a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa, achieved after losing 2-0.