An emotional Oleksandr Zinchenko was taken back by the Manchester City support after he wrapped the Premier League trophy in a Ukrainian flag on Sunday.
Zinchenko's homeland has been subject to an invasion from Russian forces since February. And the City man couldn't contain his emotions after a difficult few months culminated with a Premier League winners medal at the Etihad Stadium.
The City full-back was immediately consoled by the Portuguese duo of Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias as tears began to roll down his face. City fans also gave him a standing ovation as he draped his nation's flag over the trophy.
Zinchenko said: "It’s unforgettable emotions for me, for all Ukrainians, which at the moment are starving, they are surviving in my country because of Russian aggression.
"I would love to bring this title to Ukraine because they all deserve it.
"It means everything for me. I want to die for these people for all this support. What they have done for me during this toughest period of my life, I’m so appreciative and I’ll never forget this in my whole life."
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He continued: "I didn't even think too much about football. We saw the support that I had. I hope we will keep going because this amazing club deserves everything."
Zinchenko replaced the departing Fernandinho at half-time, and the young Ukrainian changed the game by giving Pep Guardiola's side more width in a tense encounter.
Of course, City conceded again, to find themselves two goals down, before Guardiola's men found the net three times in five minutes to wrap up the title.
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