The story of the Junior Messias, from a Serie D player to a Champions League hero

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NBCNEWS – There is nothing more comforting when Brahim Diaz et al successfully won the match against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Thursday morning (25/11/2021), why is that? yes of course because they can still hope to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League this season.

In one of the scariest stadiums in world football, Stefano Pioli’s side won 1-0 thanks to a stoppage-time goal from last summer’s signing Junior Messias.

The Brazilian came into the game for his first Champions League appearance in the 65th minute and delivered the game’s decisive goal with a superb header in the 87th minute.

It was an extraordinary moment for the Rossoneri and there is an interesting story about the Belo Horizonte born player.

Playing in Serie D

According to the Italian Football report, the 30-year-old striker played in Serie D three years ago, the highest level of non-professional football in Italy.

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Before he first entered the league in 2015 with Casale, Messias only played football as a hobby after emigrating from Brazil and had to earn money through various other jobs such as brick making, demolishing buildings and delivering washing machines.

The South American joined fellow Serie D side Gozzano in 2017 and helped the team get promoted to Serie C in the 2018/2019 season.

Messias then made his professional debut back on 23 September 2018 against Cueno and scored his first goal at the same level three days later against Piacenza.

In January 2019, Messias was sold to Serie B club Crotone and he played in the second tier for the first time in August of the same year.

Messias shone at Crotone, helping the club secure promotion back to the Italian top flight (Serie A) in the 2020/2021 season.

Messias went on to score nine goals in 36 Serie A appearances last season, prompting Milan to sign him on loan for 2.6 million euros with an option to buy 5.4 million euros.

After his heroics in Madrid, the Rossoneri might end the story of Messias’ career by making the move permanent.

Let’s look forward to it!

(muflih miftahul kamal/muf)

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