Lucas Moura has admitted that winning silverware with Tottenham Hotspur is the next big goal in his career.
Moura has been at Tottenham for nearly four years and has had some big ups and downs during that time.
The Brazilian’s best moment in a Spurs shirt was undoubtedly the second leg of the Champions League semifinal in 2019, where he scored a sensational second-half hat-trick to send the Lilywhites through to the final.
Moura admitted that he sometimes still has a hard time believing the events that unfolded in Amsterdam two and half years ago.
The Tottenham man wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “I believe in miracles, I really do. Whenever my mind goes back to that night in Amsterdam in 2019, I can find no other explanation.
“Man, think about it: We’re in a Champions League semifinal, we’re 3–0 down to Ajax on aggregate with 45 minutes left…. … and then I score three goals in one half? With my left foot? And the winner comes after the final minute?? Come on, man. It’s a joke. It’s a bad movie script.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve watched the last goal. It’s got like 750,000 views on the Spurs account on YouTube, and 100,000 of them are probably mine.
“You might have seen the interview I gave Esporte Interativo after the game. They played back Joe Iggor’s commentary of my third goal on Brazilian TV, and I just broke down in tears. I still get emotional thinking about it. There was something about his words and his passion that just summed up how I was feeling.
“But what really made me cry was all these moments that flashed in front of my eyes. I could see the time I fell off my bike when I was five years old, and when I hurt my big toe playing football in the streets.
“I could even recall flying a kite from my neighbour’s roof and setting off fireworks in his mailbox. I also remembered six dark months in Paris, when I put my future in the hands of God.
“Now, in one game, my faith had been rewarded a thousand times over. And that was when I realised that all of these moments had led me to this miracle in Amsterdam.
“So now I want to share some of them with you here — plus one more that happened to me shortly after. Each one has been part of God’s plan for me. Take one of them away, and the whole story falls apart.”
Tottenham fell short in the final against Liverpool in Madrid, which meant the club’s long wait for silverware rumbled on.
Despite getting to several semi-finals and finals of various competitions over the years, and coming close to winning the league a couple of times, Spurs’ last trophy remains their League Cup triumph in 2008.
Moura admitted that winning a trophy with Tottenham and featuring for the Selecao in a World Cup remain his two biggest goals over the coming years.
He added: “What’s next? My goal is to get back into the national team, because I’d love to play in the World Cup. Also, I really want to win a trophy with Spurs.
“That will be the next moment, I hope. But I realised long ago that these moments do not depend only on me.
“I’ll make sure to do my part, which is to pray, work hard and play as well as I can. The rest, I believe, will be up to him (god).”
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It is impossible not to love Moura. It is evident from the way he plays and conducts himself that he is grateful to represent Spurs. Irrespective of whether he has a good game or not, the Brazilian’s effort can never be doubted.
He is one of many players in the current squad (along with the likes of Lloris, Kane, Son and Dier) who deserve to win at least one trophy with Spurs for the service they have given the club. Hopefully, this will be the season we finally end our silverware drought.
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