With 37 appearances for AS Roma in the past season, that alone is a triumph for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after a dismal time at St James Park.
Hardly given a chance in his proper position of centre-back under Alan Pardew, the defender was sent out on loan without Newcastle recruiting a replacement – a factor which almost helped bring relegation to NUFC.
However, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa hasn’t looked back, playing Champions League football and helping AS Roma chase Juventus for the title until their challenge faded late on.
With a permanent deal now triggered after playing a certain number of games, Mapou has now gone down in folklore for the club.
In the second last match of the season, AS Roma faced derby rivals Lazio with a Champions League place to play for, victory for then second placed Roma would see them guarantee that runners up spot ahead of third placed Lazio.
With the score at 1-1 with five minutes to go, up stepped Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to score the winning goal, ensuring Champions League football and the defeat of their bitter rivals.
That day will mean Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will always be a legend for the Italian club’s fans but just have a look at how they chose to show their appreciation at the final home match of the season…
And another one…
For younger readers, there used to be a TV show in the UK called The Black & White Minstrel Show in the 1960s and 1970s which was eventually brought to an end because the TV company realised that this kind of thing had had its day and that it was no longer acceptable.
Whilst obviously the Roma fans are doing this in tribute, I just wonder what Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa though of it?
Maybe the next project for the good people at Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC).
As for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and his teammates (and adoring fans), their next game is a friendly against Real Madrid, with Champions League football again next season to look forward to.
Where did it all go wrong?!!