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ALPHONSE AREOLA – As France celebrated their second victory after 20 years, we celebrate as Alphonse Areola, their goalkeeper, is the first Filipino to be declared world champion.
On July 15, we celebrated as Sen. Manny Pacquiao gave pride to the Philippines when he won the fight against Lucas Matthysse. Furthermore, not only did he impress the Philippines, he also impressed the whole world.
According to the report, the social media was filled with congratulatory messages for the boxer-senator. Furthermore, they were also curious as to who will Pacquiao fight in his next match.
Elsewhere, in the world of football, another man represented the Philippines on that same day. That man is Alphonse Areola, who played with France in the World Cup.
According to a report on Inquirer, Alphonse was born in Paris to Filipino parents on February 27, 1993. He is the third child among four siblings.
He started playing football when he joined the soccer club at the age of seven. When he substituted as a goalkeeper, he realized he liked it and pursued the role.
Based on the report, Alphonse was the youngest player to sign the contract with PSG at age 16. He represented France in many competitions and won twice, including this World Cup.
After they were crowned World Champion, he tweeted:
— Alphonse Areola (@AreolaOfficiel) July 15, 2018
Even more, netizens were also in awe and reacted to the French-Filipino player. Here are their comments:
@iamjayem Represent! ????
— Owen Alzona (@oalzona) July 16, 2018
Felicitations! Mabuhay ka! Isang tagahanga na Pinoy. ?
— joeytrenas77 (@joeytrenas77) July 16, 2018
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