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Jun 5, 2020, 6:00:00 AM

Morientes Thinks Navas Deserves to be a Madrid Legend

Keylor Navas was instrumental in Real Madrid’s multiple titles. Because of this, Fernando Morientes is asking Madrid to recognize him as a club legend.

Navas played for Madrid from 2014 to 2019 and he had a great stint. He managed to win a La Liga title and a stellar three Champions League titles before leaving to join Paris Saint-Germain last year.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper arrived at Madrid from Levante in 2014 and he was playing behind Iker Casillas. But in the following year when Casillas decided to leave the team, Navas secured the starting nod for himself for the foreseeable future. He grew exponentially in his stint with Los Blancos and he became one of the most recognizable names in the goalkeeper department.

This was most prominent in their three-peat run in the Champions League between 2016 and 2018. He was originally signed to be a substitute goalkeeper but he became the team’s most stable shot-stopper.

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Former Madrid striker Fernando Morientes thinks that Navas should rightfully be named as one of the club’s all-time greats. He has a point because in Navas’ five years with the club, they managed to become arguably the most successful club in the world.

Morientes said, ‘Keylor Navas came as a substitute player for a great goalkeeper in our history as Iker Casillas was. Little by little, he gained the respect of the entire public, but he was also decisive in great moments in the history of the Bernabeu’.

Navas who is playing for PSG now is still looking to have success on the Champions League stage once again. At the moment since the league is suspended due to the pandemic, PSG is waiting for the opportunity to play in the Champions League once again.

They are currently in the round of eight now after defeating Dortmund before all sports leagues were shut down. They had a good series against Dortmund where they defeated them on the aggregate with a score three goals to two.

Navas is confident that his current team will perform well for the rest of the tournament when it resumes. He said, ‘I know the Champions League is difficult, but it's not impossible. So we're ready to fight in this competition’.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA