El Kaabi’s Heroics Propel Olympiacos to Europa Conference League Victory, Matching Messi’s Feat

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Radamel Falcao may be questioning how Ayoub El Kaabi achieved a groundbreaking European record.

Ayoub El Kaabi will be celebrated in Piraeus for securing Olympiakos’ first-ever European trophy after their Europa Conference League victory.

The Olympiacos forward scored the winning goal against Fiorentina, securing a 1-0 victory with minutes left in extra time at the AEK Arena.

El Kaabi is the first player to score 11 goals in a single knockout stage campaign in major European competitions since group stages were introduced.

Radamel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema each managed 10 goals in one UEFA competition campaign, making El Kaabi’s achievement extraordinary.

Moroccan forward El Kaabi is the first non-European player to score 14 goals in a major European competition in a single season since Lionel Messi in 2011-12.

Olympiakos owe their triumph to their star striker, becoming the first Greek team to win a major European competition, while Fiorentina suffers another tournament disappointment.

After losing to West Ham in the previous Conference League final, Fiorentina has now lost five of their last six European finals, with their only victory coming against Rangers in 1961.

Defeat also halted La Viola’s longest unbeaten streak in Europe, ending a 13-match undefeated run in a sudden manner.

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