The man who walked to the final

Nicolò De Marchi can finally rest in Germany after Juventus took him up on his pledge to "walk to Berlin" for a ticket if the Bianconeri made it to the UEFA Champions League final.

Juventus supporter Nicolo De Marchi proved he’s the ultimate fan by walking from Turin to Berlin for the 2015 UEFA Champions League final! We spoke to him about his 1000km odyssey.

"Once I got to Berlin, the pain disappeared," Nicolò De Marchi told UEFA.com after the 22-year-old proved his devotion to Juventus by walking most of the way from Turin to Berlin for the final.

De Marchi arrived in Berlin on Friday at the end of a nine-day trek in which he travelled over 900km – mostly on foot, with some stretches by bike, and a particularly perilous 12km stretch in which he was permitted to get a lift in a car.

"Everything stems from a tweet by Juventus in which they asked supporters what we'd be willing to do if Juve made it to the final," De Marchi told UEFA.com. "I said I would walk to Berlin if we managed to qualify. That's what happened. I was contacted and offered a chance to have a ticket for the final, which was my dream. Juventus said to me: 'Since there's not much time, and it's a long way to walk, we'll give you a bike too.' I accepted without hesitation."

De Marchi was due to reach the Olympiastadion on Thursday but took an extra day because of fatigue. "All things considered, my feet are fine – the problem is my legs," he said. "My calves have suffered so much in recent days, but once I got to Berlin the pain disappeared. I'm so happy to be here and to have made it.

"The physical effort, which was huge, had been building day by day. I was in pain in the evening, then in the afternoon too. One day towards the end, I got up and my legs barely responded to what I wanted. It was so tough. I don't know how I managed to find the strength. I think it was thanks to the strength of the people, my family and friends who have always supported me."

It has been a painful but fulfilling journey. "The best moments of the trip include when I set off, leaving from the stadium and seeing it empty," he said. "That was beautiful. Receiving day-to-day support from people was very moving. That made me stronger. Also the fact it became more and more difficult with each passing day and I kept saying to myself: 'It's OK, I'm getting there.'

"The worst moment was whenever there was a steep ascent when I was walking or on the bike. I would go round a bend, look and say: 'Oh no, another steep bit,' which meant another huge effort for my legs. It was tough but I always managed it. I carried on calling on my last remaining energy reserves. And now I'm here."

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