Junior Messias truly has made a dream come true by signing for Milan, as he was in Serie D until three years ago and supplemented his income by delivering washing machines.
The 30-year-old Brazilian completed the transfer today from Crotone, on loan for €2.6m with an option to buy for a further €5.4m plus bonuses.
It’s a remarkable rise for Messias, who only made his Serie A debut last season for Crotone, contributing nine goals and four assists.
His previous clubs before joining Crotone in 2019 were Casale, Chieri and Gozzano, playing in Serie D until stepping up to Serie C in 2018-19.
Before that, Messias played the sport purely as a hobby, supplementing his income with jobs that ranged from recovering bricks from demolished buildings to delivering washing machines.
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It was former player Elio Rossi who met him during one of those local games in Turin and managed to get the €1,500 per month salary for Messias to become a football player at Casale.
Some of his relaxed approach to the sport is still visible in his Serie A performances, as his jersey was ripped during a match last season.
Rather than flounce off or wait for a new shirt to be delivered, he simply tied a knot in the torn part and carried on.
Even if Milan don’t take up their option to buy from Crotone, Messias will experience a fairy tale regardless, going from Serie D to San Siro in just three years.