Four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, two league titles, one Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups and one World Cup; 16 titles for the serial winner, 25-year-old Raphael Varane.
He is a defender who’d already entered the history books at Real Madrid and, since July 16, 2018, he’ll remain part of French folklore.
With the conquest of Russia after beating Croatia in the World Cup final, Varane has only increased his legend.
A legend that he began to write in 2011/12, when he lifted his first trophy: the LaLiga won with 100 points, which was the 32nd for Los Blancos.
He was 19 years old and barely played 9 games in the domestic competition, however now has 233 appearances under his belt and another 49 with the French senior side, for whom he debuted on March 22, 2013.
Things have changed a lot since then.
Because now Varane is an undeniable player for both club and country.
A talisman who has played 10 one-off finals in his career… and won them all!
Curiously, he did not play in the Copa del Rey final that Atletico won against Real in 12/13.
That May 17, 2013, the Frenchman was injured for a week and was subbed against Espanyol for a problem in the right knee.
In addition, for Les Bleus, he also did not contest the 2016 European Championship final for a lesion in the femoral biceps of his left leg.
On that event, Portugal won 1-0 against the French in Paris.
“As Dembele tells me, I’ve completed football,” Varane enthused after the World Cup final.
“The reality is that it has been an ideal season, what I’m experiencing is unbelievable, unbelievable…
“My career has started very spectacularly.”