This Tuesday, December 7th, the Brazilian defender will play his 50th European match for Lyon...A special moment for the OL captain...
The adventure began on September the 15th, 2004 at Gerland against Manchester United. Recently arrived in Lyon to take over from Edmilson, the divine bald player was not yet the famous “Policeman” but would quickly sort out the defensive sector and become one of the darlings of the OL fans. And for this first European game in the jersey Olympian, he also opened the scoring in the 35th minute following a free-kick from his compatriot Juninho.
A run on the most beautiful Continental scene consistently marked by a qualification for the last 16 of the competition, marked by two quarter-finals, even more marked by a semi-final. Marked by great moments of joy such as this qualification on the pitch of the Bernabeu ... marked by sadness after the elimination at the San Siro against AC Milan or that against Roma... marked by anger against Barcelona at the Camp Nou or at Gerland against Bayern ... marked by moments of pain as those related to his broken nose in Eindhoven or his KO at Liverpool. Cree is a player who speaks out, a player who never leaves anyone indifferent.
Beyond his defensive position, Cris has scored 3 goals: in 2004-2005 against Manchester United at the Stade Gerland for a 2-2 draw, then a goal at Fenerbahce in a 3-1 success. The last goal was in the 2005-2006 season for a win at Rosenborg 1-0.
With this 50th European match with Lyon, the Brazilian will be positioned in the 5th place in OL’s history behind Coupet 87, Govou 75, Juninho 65 and Réveillère 57. His 50 games are made up of 48 games in the Champions League proper and 2 in the preliminary round.
Results? 28 victories, 11 draws and 10 losses, including 3 in the group stage.
Let us not forget that the former Cruzeiro player had discovered the European stage during his short stint with Bayer Leverkusen, which means that Cris will be playing his 54th European match on Tuesday night.
Happy 50th European match Cris, in the hope that you add as many as possible again. This would include that you are still in form and embellishing a little more your great career. And we do not imagine just the trophy that is so coveted...