Guerrero dedicates Club World Cup final victory over Chelsea to Corinthians fans
Corinthians goalscoring hero Paolo Guererro dedicated the 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Fifa Club World Cup final to the Timão fans who travelled in their thousands to Japan.
Guererro, 28, who also scored the winning goal in the semi-final against Al-Ahly, could not contain his delight at winning the title.
“I'm happy,” the former Hamburg striker told Globo TV on the pitch after the game.
“We have a lot of quality, I'm happy for the group. (The crowd) is amazing, this title is for them. They all deserve this, so many people came here and filled the stadium.
“This title is for any supporter who is here and for all Corinthians fans in Brazil. They are a crazy bunch, and everyone is crazy now. Let's celebrate.”
The striker, who won the Bronze award for being the third best player at the finals, continued to praise the supporters, and the sacrifices they had made, in the mix zone after receiving the trophy.
“This was a great farewell to Japan and we think that the Corinthians fans deserve a championship like this. Even here, we saw on television that there were people who sold their car, left their jobs.
“We remembered all these things when we took the field, and we give everything because these people deserve happiness. And today we give this happiness.”
And Guererro was not surprised to find himself the hero of the final, having admitted to dreaming of this moment.
“A striker must dream about it. I dreamed that I would win the title and make the goal. I could not speak before achieving the goal, only after.”