AC Milan’s ex-delivery driver, who only got professional at the age of 27, scores in the Champions League.


AC Milan’s ex-delivery driver, who only got professional at the age of 27, scores in the Champions League.

Junior Messias, a former delivery driver and current AC Milan midfielder, scored a crucial winner against Atletico Madrid to keep their Champions League chances alive.

In their must-win Champions League encounter against Atletico Madrid, AC Milan needed someone to deliver – fortunately, Junior Messias was among their ranks, and he knows a thing or two about delivering.

After all, the Brazilian has worked as a delivery driver for longer than he has as a professional football player.

In just five years, the 30-year-old has gone from transporting washing machines and rescuing bricks from collapsed buildings while competing in Serie D to scoring the game-winning goal that keeps AC Milan’s faint Champions League ambitions alive.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder expertly timed his run into the box, meeting Franck Kessie’s enticing cross into the six-yard box and headed past a stranded Jan Oblak.

Messias sank to his knees and pointed to the sky as the AC Milan players and backroom personnel erupted in frenzy and happiness.

Messias has fought his way to the top of European football in the most difficult way possible.

Most footballers at this level believe themselves to be in their prime years at the age of 30, but Messias is just getting started.

Messias was creating the foundations for his football career, as well as retrieving bricks from prior foundations of demolished structures, before he was ghosting behind Diego Simeone’s defenses.

He’d then bring the materials to new construction sites while also playing for Serie D clubs Casale, Chieri, and Gozzano.

Which team do you believe will win the Champions League? Please leave a comment below. Perhaps his scanning talents and awareness of his surroundings were acquired during his time as a delivery driver.

While he was playing in Serie D, former player Elio Rossi approached him after one of his games in the lower division and convinced him to join Casale for a €1500 per month contract.

After that, he moved on to Serie B side Crotone, where he truly made his impact.

His outstanding efforts helped propel the team to Serie A, where he scored nine goals and added four assists in his first season.

That’s an incredible return for a player who merely got pro at the age when most players believe their career to be at its pinnacle.

The club he grew up supporting came knocking on his door the following season. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.


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