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

Why did you select AEK?
Obviously for the monetary aspect. Vitória de Guimarães is a speculation that was quickly excluded as a result of the distinction in wage was massive, it was not in comparison with groups overseas. Lech Poznan paid me virtually twice as a lot as AEK, however I see AEK as having a lot of potential. AEK that 12 months employed me and that attracted me, in December it is going to be within the II League, however it’s a group with nice energy that may undoubtedly return to the I, they’ll go up that 12 months. I noticed the membership as having potential for development, much more than Lech Poznan, who, at the moment, was the second, third membership in Poland. My nostril additionally grew a bit in Poland, due to the climate. I know that in Greece the standard of life is nice.

Have you visited any of the international locations?
No. AEK despatched a sports activities director to speak to me, present me the initiatives they’ve and I felt from the primary second that this was what I wished. My revenue is low, the wage is decrease than what they provide in Poland, however I really feel that click on.

But it is at all times higher than Vitória de Guimarães, proper?
Yes, very a lot.

How a lot does a membership like V. Guimarães or SC Braga pay on common?
I cannot be particular, nor can I say a value as a result of I do not bear in mind nicely, however I calculate that it’s round 3000/4000 €. I can say that in Moreirense I earned between 2000/3000 €. In different phrases, now we have a greater wage than different folks in most professions, however we all know that we can’t make a future from that solely as a result of soccer ends in 10 years. When you attain a sure age, the physique now not offers, the accidents are very tiring on a bodily and psychological degree. More and extra gamers are affected by melancholy as a result of soccer is so demanding. 20 years in the past it was just coaching and going dwelling, now now we have to go an hour earlier to do the work within the gymnasium, activate the group, stretch and work within the gymnasium once more on the finish. We have time to get in and out of coaching. And overseas they provide us 5, six occasions, greater than €10,000.

Naturally, the temptation to go away is nice.
When golf equipment wish to signal a participant, they know the way a lot we earn, so they do not have to provide a lot of additional cash, extra, since you transfer to a higher membership from the start. The curiosity in shifting to a higher membership is at all times nice. If you earn extra, that is nice. Clubs play it on a regular basis. Therefore, the distinction between going overseas or staying in Portugal is three or 4 occasions extra. And now we have to multiply that three or 4 occasions the variety of years within the contract. In my case, in Greece, it took seven extra years, it isn’t just about incomes much less, it is about incomes greater than seven years.

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

How was the primary impact?
It was the primary time I felt like I was in a large membership. AEK is the dimensions of Greece, just like the massive golf equipment in Portugal. The distinction is that individuals there are fanatical concerning the membership. Athens AEK was based by refugees from Turkey. The Greeks once they had been expelled from Constantinople, now Istanbul, fled to Greece and created AEK Athens, in order that they noticed the membership as a faith. Their feeling is fanaticism. That place, Greece, Turkey, they’re very fanatic about soccer, they do not stay like we do right here. In Portugal there is a little bit of fanaticism, however we all know the best way to separate issues.

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