Sat, 09 Dec 2023

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Barcelona target Julian Alvarez scored his 20th goal of the season as River Plate secured Argentina's Champions Trophy on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Colon.

The 21-year-old struck either side of halftime before Benjamin Rollheiser and Jorge Carrascal added two more goals in the last 10 minutes at Estadio Unico in Santiago del Estero.

River qualified for the match by winning the Primera Division title earlier this month while Colon earned their place by taking out the League Cup in June -- the first national title in their 116-year history.

"We played a great game and scored at the right times," Alvarez said after the match. "It was played like finals should be played with players giving everything they've got. It's very nice to end the year like this."

The performance capped a remarkable year for Alvarez. In addition to being the most decisive player in the Primera Division, the forward was a member of the Argentina team that won the Copa America in Brazil in June, the Albiceleste's first major trophy since 1993.

Alvarez said he was unsure about his future amid speculation linking him with Barcelona, Juventus, Sevilla, Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Milan and Fiorentina among other clubs.

"I don't know what will happen. Now I'm going on vacation. In January we'll see if I do the preseason or if something else happens. What I do know is that when making decisions I will choose what I think is best.

"Next year there is also the World Cup and everyone knows how important it is for all of us who are on the national team's radar. So we will see," Alvarez added.

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