Muriqui joy at Asian Champions League success

The 27-year-old forward walked away with the tournament's MVP award after finishing as the top scorer with 13 goals
Muriqui expressed his delight after helping Guangzhou Evergrande claim a first Asian Champions League title on Sunday.

After securing a 2-2 draw in the away leg of their tournament decider against Seoul, the Chinese Super League outfit strengthened their grip on the trophy with a 58th-minute strike from Elkeson. 

Dejan Damjanovic equalised soon after but the visitors were unable to find a winner
at Tianhe Stadium, meaning the Southern China Tigers completed a domestic and continental double on the away goals rule.

“This was a tough match because the competition is fierce and the opposition was tough,” Muriqui told AFC's official website.

“In the last game in Korea we played out a 2-2 draw and that laid a solid foundation for us to come back to Guangzhou.

“We had an advantage playing the second leg here and we capitalised on that. We played with our own style and we won.”

Muriqui finished the competition as AFC Champions League's top goalscorer with 13 strikes to his name and walked away with the Abdullah Al Dabal MVP as a result.

The continental triumph saw Evergrande become the first Chinese club in 23 years to win an Asian title and the first team from the nation to win the competition in its revised format.