Life is spinning and that is not the ball. Josip Ilicic stole the day of Tuesday of the Champions by scoring four goals in the triumph of Atalanta about him Valencia, but it is also an example of survival and struggle.

Ilicic, 34, became the first player to score four goals away from home in a knockout round match of the Champions, but it has a very particular history.

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In the summer of 2018, the Slovenian went to the dentist, the adontologist, something routine, but there he acquired an infection, a strange bacteria that reached the lymph nodes in his neck.

The dead woman was on the verge: “It was a difficult moment. I thought I would not get over it. It was getting worse every day. I was satisfied with just being able to live a normal life even if I didn’t play soccer again, but I was afraid to fall asleep in case I didn’t wake up. Luckily, I got ahead but I had to start from scratch: learning to walk, to run … as if I were a child. “

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But now, everything has changed and in this Champions, where the Atalanta has been Cinderella, he has become the prince with great and performances like today in Mestalla. “The Atalanta It is no longer a surprise, we have been doing great things for a long time, our objective is to demonstrate that we deserve to be where we are. We don’t want to stop, we want to continue growing, “he said.

The overall score was 8-4. In the first leg the Italians won 4-1 with a goal of Ilicic and now he scored four. “This is life, to have fun and I enjoy everything it gives day by day.” But not like this day, where he scored four goals.