|Benjamin Pavard (middle).||Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0|
It's safe to say that the 22-year-old has been on an incredible journey since he joined Stuttgart, who were playing in the 2. Bundesliga at the time, from Lille in 2016. And after yesterday's final, Pavard said that it is hard for him to fully realize what he has achieved.
"I've come out of nowhere. I don't think I really get it yet. When we get home, we will see the joy of the French people. That will be huge," Pavard told TF1 after the final and added:
"Two years ago, I was with my friends in a fan zone in Lille (during Euro 2016). A year ago, I played in the German second division."
"During the match, two or three minutes from the end, I shed some tears. It's something huge."
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Corentin Halucha, one of Pavard's friends, recently posted a photo that was taken in the fan zone back in 2016:
C’était il y a deux ans presque jour pour jour en @fan_zone_lille_metropole, bel exemple d’abnégation, de travail, de réussite La suite arrive avec les deux autres champions du monde @pierregrebaut @alexisaraujo071196 Le football ça va vite, dans les deux sens, et à force d’y croire de belles choses peuvent arriver Quand ça arrive à un des frérots, ce ne sont que des frissons et du pur bonheur #lemeilleurarrive #allezlesbleus #nopainnogain @benpavard21 ???