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An emotional Lindsey Horan reflected on her maiden Champions League triumph while on loan with Lyon, saying it was the type of moment that made all of the risks she has taken worthwhile.

The U.S. women’s national team star started and played all 90 minutes in Lyon’s win over Barcelona in May to win her first European trophy, having previously won six major honours with the Portland Thorns in the NWSL.

Horan, who made the initial leap to Europe to sign with PSG in 2012 as a teenager aged 18, ended a decade-long wait for continental silverware across the Atlantic with last month’s triumph – and says the Champions League win was a career-defining moment she will never forget.

Horan said:

Winning the Champions League is something I’ve dreamed of ever since I was a little kid. To have a Champions League final like that in Turin with an almost sold-out crowd, to see the growth of women’s football – that was a magical, special feeling.

Stepping out on that field, doing something, winning something that I’ve always dreamed of, it’s amazing for any footballer. I took that risk at 18 and it almost felt like it didn’t pan out because I didn’t really win anything at PSG. I got an incredible experience, learned a lot, and grew as a player and a person.

I went into the national team and won trophies with them, won a World Cup, but felt like I still wanted more and felt that this was a risk I wanted to take. I wanted this challenge. To be able to come in on my own and win trophies, when I look back and reflect on my career, that’s what makes it so worthwhile and incredible.

By Amara

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