Corinthians' Copa Libertadores win was 'priceless', says Emerson

The veteran forward was in a buoyant mood after scoring twice in the final, and said it was a victory for everyone involved with the club
By Andres Roman

Corinthians forward Emerson has described his side's first ever Copa Libertadores title as 'priceless' after play a match-winning role in the final.

The 33-year-old scored both goals as the Timao beat Boca Juniors 2-0 in the second leg of the competition decider to claim a 3-1 aggregate victory, and was delighted to have helped make history.

"It is something that is priceless," he told "It is good that the objectives have been met. It is good to be a champions for these people, for this club.

"I was thinking: why am I here? Corinthians has over 100 years of history, many players have passed through here and have not had such fortune. I asked God for this moment."

The former Flamengo forward then went on to praise his team mates, and hit back at the critics who dismissed him and the club earlier on in the tournament

"I have not won this alone. The group have won. And when I speak of 'the group', that is not only the players and the coaches, but also the employees around the club. The entire club can consider themselves champions.

"Many people have criticised me, saying I am not professional, but I am very happy to show everyone that I am a professional, and I am a Libertadores champion. That fills me with joy.

"At any club, I play on merit, not by name. My effort is visible and I think I have demonstrated that."

He concluded by affirming his belief that it was destiny for the Brazilian side to walk away with the trophy.

"I like major challenges. I feel comfortable under pressure, and that was certainly there in the final against Boca Juniors. But, before the game, I dreamt that I was going to score a goal, and we would win the cup."