The Uruguayan forward Sebastian Abreu, who this Friday said goodbye to the pitch after 26 years and 6 days as a professional footballer, pointed out after the defeat of his team, South America, 5-0 against Liverpool that “this is a turn around the corner “, alluding to the fact that he will remain linked to the ball.
After playing in 31 teams – to which are added the Minas of his hometown and the Uruguayan national team – and directing two of them, the Salvadoran Santa Tecla and the Uruguayan Boston River, Abreu will make the leap to the benches and for that reason said, after the game, that he will continue to be “linked to football” and that he will continue to be “face to face” with the journalists who were waiting at the Belvedere stadium, Liverpool.
Lover of statistics, he recalled that this Friday was his official match number 851 and that he accumulated 432 goals, among which perhaps the most famous is not counted: the penalty that Panenka launched in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa against Ghana and that gave Uruguay a pass to the semifinals of the tournament.
“Yes, it is not there, but it is in the retina, in the memory and here (pointing to the chest), in the heart,” he said.
Abreu did not want to highlight the name of any partner, precisely because he had passed through so many changing rooms and argued that that is why the badges that adorn his inseparable mate are “fundamental”. “They make me take me to the moment and the place and make me remember many colleagues, to whom one always has to be grateful,” he said.
Although the former Uruguayan international had dreamed of saying goodbye at the club of his loves, Nacional, thanked the modest South America his signing to play this year in the First Division and for giving him the opportunity “to say goodbye in the way that one always wanted, choosing the right moment and being the one who makes the decision.”
He also wanted to have words of affection for “colleagues, coaches, managers, journalists and friends” that he made in soccer. “I think it is what is harvested, I think it is the most beautiful thing; the career, the trajectory speaks for itself, but the human part is the one that stands out the most and today they are giving me that caress to the soul with so many messages”, Indian.
Abreu played the last 15 minutes of the game that South America played against Liverpool this Friday and that the Negriazules won 5-0 with a great performance (three goals) by Juan Ignacio ‘Colo’ Ramírez, who ruined the party for ‘ Loco ‘a day after being left out of the squad for the Copa América.
The veteran forward had a chance before the end of the game, but failed to score a goal in his farewell. In the run-up to the match, both clubs wanted to pay tribute to Abreu, who was presented with a shirt (Liverpool) and a plaque (South America).
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