Football is also the most popular sport in the world because it sometimes writes incredible stories that are very similar to a Hollywood movie. He is also known as 30-year-old Junior Messias, who scored the winning goal in the Champions League duel with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with the AC Milan shirt (0:1).
Junior Messias was born in 1991 in Belo Horizonte, the fifth largest city in Brazil. Despite the fact that he came from the country where the football god Pele was born and where football was the number one social topic, at first it did not seem that he could make a living as a footballer in the future.
“I learned to play football in the street with my friends. Sometimes I would kick the ball by myself, wherever I found a place. It was a great feeling because it was what I loved doing, what I enjoyed the most,” Describe his footballing beginnings For MilanTV Messias himself.
2011 was the prime year for Messias, when he made a difficult decision but later it turned out to be the right one. He moved with his wife and son to Turin, Italy with his brother.
“My parents have always supported me. I grew up thanks to my family, my wife and my children. When I first came to Italy, everything was strange to me, because I had never left my hometown before.
But I adapted quickly and found a job. After about 30-40 days, my brother, thanks to whom I came here, returned to Brazil, while I stayed here, ” It reminds us of the difficult beginnings of Messias Apennine Jr.
In one moment, the loss was lost
Three years ago, Messias worked in Serie A, Italy’s top amateur competition. So I played football in my 25s, as well as in childhood, primarily for fun. In addition, he worked as a courier, distributing various electrical appliances, in particular washing machines.
Messias did not sign his first professional contract until the start of the 2018/19 season, when he advanced to the Third Division with his team at the time.
In one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world, Messias played 36 matches last season with 9 goals and 4 assists, making him a clear offensive leader for Crotone. His performance in Milan was also noticed and eventually the Rossoneri won Messi to host him in the summer.
“At some point I gave up. I was 25, but I still played at the amateur level just for fun. I never would have imagined that I would get this far, to such a high level. The amateur league usually lasts for ten months, So in the past I also had a contract signed for just those 10 months.
For the remaining two months of the year, instead of going on vacation, I worked like a normal person. I used to be a courier, but ironically, it was this stage of my life that showed me real values in life. It motivated me to keep working hard.” He said after signing a contract with Milan Junior Messias.
Junior Messias in Milan in a match against Athletic Madrid.
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Today, the 30-year-old Brazilian made his debut in the “Rossoneri” jersey on October 4, when he started as a substitute for the match against Atalant. Well, the climax of this unusual story was the Champions League duel on Wednesday when Milan traveled to Atlética Madrid.
The guests from Italy needed to win at least a theoretical chance to advance from the group. However, in the world of football, it is well known that it is never easy to collect points in the Wanda Metropolitano. For a long time, it looked like both teams would start at home with one point after a 0-0 draw.
In the 65th minute, Messias ran on the grass, who after 22 minutes enjoyed his first goal for Milan, when he sent the ball behind one of the best goalkeepers in the world – Jan Oblak. This goal was ultimately victorious and was worth its weight in gold for the Rossoneri.
“His story is beautiful. But I think this is just the beginning for him, because he has really great potential. When he came to us, at first he had problems joining the team, but now I really feel that he will help the team,” AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli spoke to Messias in the press after the match.
“I am here because of my hard work, I sacrificed a lot. Remember, dreams come true, you just have to believe in them.” He concludes his story with a Brazilian who has never given up on his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.
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