Pioli: Messias’ rise not a miracle, but hard earned

Junior Messias‘ rise from factory worker to Champions League match-winner has been nothing short of spectacular, but AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli claims it’s not a miracle. Messias, 30, moved to Italy from his native Brazil in 2011 and began playing amateur football while working as a delivery driver. He made his first Serie A appearance in 2019 for Crotone and never looked back.

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