Junior Messias signed for AC Milan on Tuesday on a season-long mortgage from Crotone.© Twitter
Junior Messias hailed a dream come true on Wednesday after finishing his unimaginable rise from newbie footballer and supply man to the Champions Leaguealong with his deadline-day switch to AC Milan. Brazilian Messias signed for Milan on Tuesday on a season-long loan from Crotone with an possibility to purchase for a reported 5 million euros and can have the prospect to play on the highest ranges of membership soccer after starting his profession in Italy within the newbie recreation a decade in the past. “When I saw the writing ‘AC Milan’ I was excited because it’s my favourite club. it’s the team I’ve always supported and I’m really excited to be here,” stated Messias to membership channel Milan TV.
“I never thought of reaching this high… Dreams come true, you just have to believe in them.”
Messias arrived in Italy to stay along with his brother in 2011 and slowly rose by means of the decrease reaches of Italian soccer — at one level transporting fridges for a residing — earlier than being picked up by Crotone in January 2019.
He helped the southern membership as much as Serie A and final season scored 9 occasions in 36 league appearances for a group which went straight again down after a yr within the prime flight, incomes himself the prospect to play for seven-time European champions Milan.
However his rise was removed from easy, with a 2017 transfer to historic membership Pro Vercelli — winners of seven league titles within the early years of final century — blocked as a result of Serie B golf equipment had been banned from signing gamers with out EU passports from newbie leagues.
“At one point I lost hope because I was already 25 years old and was playing amateur football just to have fun,” Messias stated.
“In the amateur leagues you play for 10 months, but for the other two months of the year I worked rather than go on holiday. I would normally do my deliveries.
“That interval taught me the true values of life… I’ve acquired the place I’m due to onerous work. I made loads of sacrifices.”
Those sacrifices have led to him running out at the San Siro for one of the world’s most storied clubs, giving him the chance of facing fellow European greats Liverpool in this season’s Champions League.
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