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NEVER GIVE UP! Former coach recalls spotting AC Milan signing Junior Messias as delivery man

AC Milan signing Junior Messias owes much for his career to Città di Varese coach Ezio Rossi.

Rossi has recalled how he worked to get Messias into the semi-pro game in Italy while the former Crotone midfielder was working delivering refrigerators.

"I had no team at that time, so I was coaching a group of political refugees. A friend of mine, Roberto Arena, once invited me to watch a game saying: 'Come with me, there is a Brazilian player who is quite good," Rossi told Tutti Convocati on Radio 24.

“I did it and I saw this talented player. I spoke to him at the end of the match and we met a few days later in a bar. It was during a break from his work, he was moving and delivering refrigerators. I told him that I could have helped him enter the world of football, at least at an amateur level.

“However, he told me his story, he said that he had tried to become a footballer and that at that time he hadn't got a visa even if he was eligible to apply for it. He didn't want to lose his job and I could not convince him. He didn't believe he could become a footballer," Rossi revealed.

“Four months later, I was appointed as Casale's coach in Italy's fifth division and he was the first person I called. I knew he was really strong, but I knew nothing about his attitude. He'd never been a footballer before. I think he only played in the Brazilian third division.

“We managed to get him a visa and I must thank the club because they allowed me to sign a player that nobody knew. His salary was €1,500 a month and that's how his career began.

“The story is not over. I texted him to say that every goal he reaches must be the motivation to do something more. He has the right attitude, so I hope that's what will happen."


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