“Hugo Almeida arranged a meal with Ronaldo and I went too. I, who had just left Padroense, was there with Cristiano”

Why did you lastly select AEK?
Of course for the monetary half. Vitória de Guimarães was a speculation that was quickly dropped as a result of the wage distinction was big, not comparable to groups overseas. Lech Poznan paid me nearly twice as a lot as AEK, however I noticed AEK as having nice potential. AEK employed me that 12 months and they had been tempting me, they had been within the II league in December, however it was a workforce with nice power that may positively return to the I, they’d go up that 12 months. I noticed a membership with a lot higher growth potential than Lake Poznan, which was the second, third membership in Poland on the time. I turned my nostril up a bit in Poland due to the climate. I know the standard of life in Greece is sweet.

Have you ever visited any nation?
No. AEK despatched the sporting director to speak to me, to point out me the tasks they had, and I felt from the primary second that this was what I wished. I might earn much less, the wage can be decrease than what they paid me in Poland, however I felt it clicked.

But it’ll at all times be higher than Vitoria de Guimaraes, proper?
Yes, very superior.

How a lot do golf equipment like V. Guimarães or SC Braga pay on common?
I cannot be particular, nor can I say the worth as a result of I do not keep in mind very properly, however I calculate that it was round 3000/4000€. I can say that at Morerens I earned between 2000/3000 €. In different phrases, we’re paid greater than most different folks in most professions, however we all know we will not make a fortune out of it as a result of soccer might be over in 10 years. When you attain a sure age, the physique not offers, the accidents are very tiring each bodily and mentally. We have extra and extra gamers affected by melancholy as a result of soccer is extra demanding. 20 years in the past you just had to coach and go dwelling, as we speak you need to go an hour earlier to do health club work, group activation, stretching and lastly health club work. We have time to come back in and out of coaching. And overseas they gave us 5, six instances extra, above €10,000.

Naturally, the temptation to give up is nice.
When golf equipment need to signal a participant, they know very properly how a lot cash we make, so they do not must pay a lot, just a little bit extra, since you go to a good membership from the beginning. The want to go to a good membership is at all times nice. If you are going to earn extra, that is nice. Clubs play with it a lot. So the distinction between going overseas or staying in Portugal is three-four instances extra. And you need to multiply that by three or 4 instances the variety of years of the contract. In my case, in Greece, it took one other seven years, it wasn’t just about incomes a little bit extra, it was about incomes seven years extra.

Let’s return to Greece and our arrival in Athens. Was it alone or with a spouse?
I went with my spouse.

How was the primary impression?
It was the primary time I felt like I was a part of a large membership. AEK was the dimensions of Greece, just like the large golf equipment in Portugal. The distinction is that the folks there are fanatical concerning the membership. Athens AEK was based by refugees from Turkey. When the Greeks had been expelled from Constantinople, now Istanbul, they fled to Greece and fashioned AEK Athens, so that they see the membership as a faith. Their sentiment is that of fanaticism. In these areas, Greece, Turkey, they’re very fanatical about soccer, they do not dwell right here like we do. Portugal is a bit fanatical, however we all know find out how to make issues completely different.

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