Messi (as). Three years ago he distributed washing machines, now he is the star of AC Milan – Nach Welt

Football is also the most popular sport in the world because it sometimes creates really incredible stories that are amazingly similar to a Hollywood movie. The 30-year-old Junior Messiah, who scored the winning goal in the Champions League duel with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday wearing AC Milan jersey (0-1), also knows about this.

Junior Messiah was born in 1991 in Brazil’s fifth largest city, Belo Horizonte. Although he came from the country where the football god Pelé was born and football was the number one social issue, it didn’t initially look like he would be able to make a living as a footballer in the future.

“I learned to play football on the street with my friends. Sometimes I kicked the ball myself wherever I could find a seat. It was a great feeling because it was what I enjoyed doing, what I enjoyed most. “ described his beginnings in football for MilanTV Messiah himself.

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The key year for Messiah was 2011 when he made a difficult but later decision that turned out to be the right one. He moved to Turin, Italy with his wife and son with his brother.

“My parents have always supported me. I grew up thanks to my family, my wife and my children. When I came to Italy for the first time, everything was alien to me because I had never left my hometown.

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 was staying here. recalls the difficult beginnings of the Apennine Junior Messiah.


Junior Messiah at AC Milan in the game against Atlétic Madrid.

Zdroj: SITA / AP


Three years ago Messiah worked in Serie D, Italy’s highest amateur competition. In the 25s, as in childhood, football was primarily played for fun. He also worked as a courier and distributed various electrical appliances, especially washing machines.

Messias did not sign his first professional contract until the beginning of the 2018/19 season, when he was promoted to Serie C with his team at the time, right up to Serie A.

In one of the most prestigious football leagues in the world, Messias played 36 games last season with a great record of 9 goals and 4 assists, making him a clear offensive leader for Crotone. His achievements were also noticed at AC Milan and in the end it was the “Rossoneri” who won the Messiah as hosts in the summer.

“At some point I lost hope. I was 25 years old but still only played at an amateur level and practically just for fun. I never thought that one day I would get this far, to such a high level. The amateur league usually lasts ten months, so in the past I only had one contract for those ten 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 paradoxically it was this phase of my life that showed me real values ​​in life. It gave me the motivation to keep doing the hard work. “ said after signing a deal with AC Milan Junior Messiah.


Junior Messiah at AC Milan in the game against Atlétic Madrid.

Zdroj: SITA / AP

Today the 30-year-old Brazilian made his debut in the Rossoneri shirt on October 4th when he replaced Atalant. The climax of this extraordinary story was the Champions League clash on Wednesday when AC Milan traveled to Atlética Madrid.

The guests from Italy had to gain at least one theoretical chance to advance out of the group. However, in the football world it is well known that at Wanda Metropolitano it is never easy to earn points. For a long time it looked like both teams would start with a point after a 0-0 draw.

In the 65th minute, Messias hit the pitch, enjoying his first goal in the AC Milan shirt 22 minutes later as he sent the ball behind one of the world’s best goalkeepers – Jan Oblak. This goal was victorious in the end and worth gold for the “Rossoneri”.

“His story is beautiful. But I think that’s just the beginning for him because he has really great potential. When he came to us, he initially had problems integrating into the team, but now I really feel like he will help the team. “ AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli spoke to the press after the match with Messiah.

“I’m here because of my hard work, I’ve sacrificed a lot. Remember, dreams do come true, you just have to believe in them. closes his story with a Brazilian who has never given up his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

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