It was May 27: Maxwell hung up his boots
On May 27 2017, Scherrer Maxwell did his last lap of honour. We look back...
We need to dive into the final moments of the 2016-2017 season in order to relive the match from the inside. A week before, the Brazilian had already said his farewells to the Parc des Princes - with the captain's armband - on the final weekend of the Ligue 1 campaign.
But on May 27 2017, as Paris saint-Germain played the final of the Coupe de France against Angers at the Stade de France, the left-back had one final chance to say goodbye.
And of the capital club won that night by the smallest of margins - 1-0 - with an own goal scored by Cissokho in the 93rd minute, it was an emotion-filled occasion. With a 3rd Coupe de France in a row, Paris offered the Brazilian the chance to leave the stage in the grandest of manners: putting an end to his career with one final trophy...
A starter, it was after the victory and on the touchline that the n°17 said goodbye to the pitches. An emotional moment that he recalled for PSG TV three years later: "Of course I was relieved to have won the Coupe de France and to be able to celebrate my final trophy. I had a celebration with my teammates, the coaching staff, the directors. We had a dinner that I'll never forget. I was emotional. It was a pleasure to finish my career at a club like PSG."
Maxwell est revenu sur ce moment émouvant qu'est le dernier match en carrière ❤️💙— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) May 22, 2020
💬 « J'étais très ému, c'était un plaisir de terminer sa carrière à Paris. » pic.twitter.com/RxvfR0cv0T
At 35, the man who'd won everything, from Ajax to Barcelona, taking in Inter Milan, had above all gratified the French capital with 5 seasons of ultra professionalism. From his sweet left foot to his vision, his precise crossing and positional sense, his good humour and humbleness at all times, Maxwell earned the respect and the hearts of an entire city. It was to an ovation from his fans, but also from all those involved with the club and the team, that the Brazilian brought an end to his playing days.
"No words can describe this man. Thanks for all that you've done and will continue to do. Thanks for being my friend," said Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a privileged witness to an exemplary career, at the end of the festivities.
And of course it was Maxwell who had the honour of lifting the 11th Coupe de France in the history of the capital club.
One final trophy - his 14th in the Rouge et Bleu shirt - before taking his career in an new direction, as the Brazilian joined the ranks of the Paris deciders Between Paris Saint-Germain and Maxwell, the story carries on...