Leandro Romagnoli celebrates with San Lorenzo fans after his side won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history. The competition is a kind of Champions League for South American teams and is fought out between 38 teams.
It is a fairytale for a side who were close to extinction a few years ago. They were in a crippling amount of debt and were threatened with relegation but a new owner and new lease of life has allowed this 106 year old club to banish it’s demons and achieve something incredible. The team, started by a priest who was keen to provide a safe environment for kids to play football, beat Club Nacional of Paraguay 1-0 in the final.
For Leandro Romagnoli it was the realisation of a childhood dream. He has supported San Lorenzo since he was a toddler and made over 150 appearances for the club between 1998 and 2004. He then left to play in Mexico and Portugal before returning in 2009. When he was a young boy he vowed to his mum that he would make history for ‘Los Santos’ and now he has. It was a special night for the club, but possibly more so for a 33-year-old achieving a lifelong ambition.