His duel with Neymar came to an end on Sunday evening. Marseille central defender Alvaro Gonzalez left the field with a knee injury 13 minutes after Neymar entered the game. But the two men, main protagonists of the first leg – where the Parisian had denounced racist remarks – then of the Champions Trophy in January, had time to meet spectacularly during the victory of the Parisians.
It is indeed while defending on Neymar, who came into play three minutes earlier, that Alvaro twisted his knee. An action that could have resulted in a penalty but neither the referee Benoît Bastien nor the VAR considered his gesture contentious. After twisting in pain, then trying to take his place back, Alvaro was finally out, limping, very disappointed.
This Monday, in a short video posted on social networks, the Spaniard wanted to send some thanks. First to those who sent him messages of support. “I’m fine, my knee is fine, it’s okay,” he explains. Then, he addresses a “thank you also to all those who wish evil”.
Many negative comments had accompanied the images of his fault on Neymar, especially since at the start of the action, he had lifted his foot up to the face of the Brazilian striker to try, in vain, to steal the ball. “Thank you very much and sorry because Alvaro, he is strong”, continues the Marseillais who announces wanting “to return as soon as possible”. Before releasing a “go OM” in conclusion.