Chelsea star Kai Havertz etched his name alongside one of the all-time world soccer greats in the history books of the European game on Saturday night.
Havertz, of course, joined the rest of Thomas Tuchel’s troops on his return to the pitch recently.
This came with Chelsea, on the back of a hard-fought victory over Saudi side Al-Hilal earlier in the week, having gone toe-to-toe with South American champions Palmeiras for the Club World Cup title.
And, when all was said and done, it was Havertz who proved decisive in adding the latest piece of silverware to an ever-growing collection in West London.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 12, 2022
After proceedings in Abu Dhabi were sent to extra time due to Raphael Veiga disallowing Romelu Lukaku’s opening goal, Chelsea had the opportunity to eliminate Palmeiras once and for all from the penalty spot with 117 full minutes left. the watch.
And Havertz was not wrong with his later effort, sending Weverton the wrong way to seal a special night in Pensioners history.
Chelsea have won the Club World Cup!
Kai Havertz’s penalty in extra time gave #CFCs the winner.
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) February 12, 2022
However, as mentioned above, the Havertz winner was not only decisive from a collective point of view for Chelsea at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.
Also, it turned out to be remarkable for the German from an individual perspective.
This comes with Havertz managing to join seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in a totally exclusive club.
According to Opta statistics, the promising Chelsea striker is the first player since Messi in 2011 to win the Champions League final and subsequent FIFA Club World Cup:
2 – Kai Havertz is the first player to score the winning goal in both the UEFA Champions League final and the subsequent FIFA Club World Cup final since Lionel Messi for Barcelona in 2011. Occasion. pic.twitter.com/HD9YOX9U9y
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 12, 2022
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