Juventus defender, Mehdi Benatia has revealed that being the man to lead Morocco to the World Cup is the most beautiful moment of his career.
Morocco has not featured in the World Cup for a long while, missing out of the showpiece since 1998.
The Atlas Lions ran out 2-0 winners over Ivory Coast, with Benatia, who has also lined up for Bayern scoring the second, as Morocco qualified.
“It was the most beautiful moment of my career,” Benatia told Sky Italia.
“I told the players that I’d been lucky enough to win titles with Bayern and Juve and this is what we play football for.
“But after so many years of doing this for our country, this qualification for the World Cup means so much. As captain, I feel it even more, and it was a wonderful moment.
“Every morning I get up and think about it and I’m happy because we didn’t really get to celebrate but in six months there will be an incredible party in Morocco because it’s a country that lives for football.
“Unfortunately we’ve had to watch the World Cup on TV for 20 years but now we’re going and it really is something to be proud of,” he concluded.