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Jose Fonte Joined A Very Exclusive List Of Trophy Winners Last Night

Jose Fonte Joined A Very Exclusive List Of Trophy Winners Last Night

When Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle at the Stade de France last night, Portuguese defender Jose Fonte joined a very exclusive club.

The Southampton defender now has the honour of becoming the first man to win both the Johnstone's Paint Trophy (now the EFL Trophy) and the European Championships - and we reckon he'll remain the only man on that list for a long, long time.

Fonte has been a fixture of the Saints back four since signing for them from Crystal Palace in 2010, representing them in every division from League One to the Premier League along the way and now his trophy cabinet at home will be looking a bit more healthy.

Meanwhile, Pepe and Cristiano Ronald0 become just the 8th and 9th players to win both the Champion's League and European Championship in the same season following Luis Suárez (not that Suárez, the Spanish one who won it with Spain & Inter in 1964), Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle and Gerald Vanenburg (PSV & Netherlands 1988), Fernando Torres and Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain 2012).

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Antoine Griezmann lost both the Champions League and European Championships at the final hurdle and he joins Chelsea and Germany's Michael Ballack (2008) in the most unfortunate of company.

And if that's not enough stats from last night for you, Renato Sanches (18 years 327 days) and Ricardo Carvalho (38 years 53 days) have become the youngest and oldest winners of the tournament ever and, if you needed any reminding, Cristiano Ronalds now holds a major international tournament trophy while a certain Mr. L. Messi still has nothing to show for him time in the blue and white of Argentina.

John Balfe

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