Alphonse Areola has made history by being the first Filipino to be a FIFA World Cup champion. Photo: Instagram@areolaofficiel

A Filipino goalkeeper has made history after becoming the first Filipino to be a FIFA World Cup champion.

Alphonse Areola, 25, who was born to Filipino parents who immigrated to France. He was one of 18 players with an immigrant or non-French background in the 23-man France team at this year’s FIFA World Cup, the Manila Standard reported.

Photos: Instagram@areolaofficiel

Areola started playing football at the age of seven and became the youngest goalkeeper for Paris Saint-Germain Chambly when he was 16. He has represented France in different world competitions, including the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2013.

The Filipino goalkeeper was offered a chance to join the Philippines’ Azkals football team before joining Les Bleus for the World Cup in Moscow. However, he opted to join the French national team.

Photos: Instagram@areolaofficiel

He said it was his dream to have a football team for the Philippines and he was happy that it is happening.

“I am happy and proud of the Azkals because they have made rapid progression,” Areola said.

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