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“I am aware of my abilities and also try to be mentally strong”: Duván Zapata

Football – Serie A – Genoa – Atalanta – Stadio Luigi Ferraris Municipal, Genoa, Italy – December 21, 2021, Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata, Reuters / Jennifer Lorenzini

Even if Duvan Zapata could not be in the last game of the year against Genoa due to injury, and finished 2021 in the best way, being listed as Player of the Month. And he managed to add 100 goals in his career in Italy. After learning the medical opinion, Atalanta reported that the Colombian has a return plan prepared by the club and is expected to be ready for the January 16 match against Inter Milan.

In addition, due to his impressive performances throughout the year, the British newspaper The Guardian included him in the 100 best players of 2021, being the only Colombian on the list alongside Luis Diaz. It is noteworthy that this year he reached the number of 100 goals in the Italian Serie A, and this season he scored 12 goals and made 7 assists in 22 games he played.

Similarly, the Valle del Cauca striker has won three consecutive awards as Atalanta Player of the Month, November is the last in which he won the title, after scoring 5 goals and providing assistance in the 5 matches he played.

Now, this Friday, in an interview with the official media of the Italian national team, Zapata spoke about the award for the best player of the month for the month of November. Thank you for this recognition. I am very happy to win it for the third time in a row. My teammates certainly deserve to be here with me, but that’s an individual discretion unfortunately, and I hope they’re here too.”

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He also admitted that he hopes to continue this performance until the end of the season: “I hope to continue to score goals especially for the team, in order to continue to grow and do well. It is very good to be rewarded for your performance, but the most important thing is for the team’s performance to get positive results even if you fail to score.”

On the other hand, Zapata has been very clear about what he has to improve this new year and what he hopes to achieve: “I work hard to achieve my goals, I still have others to achieve my goals, and perseverance helps me a lot. I am aware of my abilities and I also try to be mentally strong, not to be happy with little and I think that is my strongest side.”

Finally, he told what other sport he would have devoted himself to had he not become a professional footballer: “I will definitely be an athlete, in my childhood I loved to play baseball and American football too, I think I could have chosen one of these sports.”

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