With around 200 million residents, Brazil is considered to be an unexpected source of football players. But it was in New Berlin, a city of 2,500 inhabitants inside Uruguay, which left the most expensive of them. The largest transfer in the history of Brazil's football, Giorgian De Arrascaeta is one of those cases almost impossible. But with the dedication of his parents and the help of his people, he left the sloth out of the field to become the capital market of the transfer market in 2019. Flamengo will pay almost R $ 90 million by the end of 2020 by a midfielder of 24 years .
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There is a blood competitiveness. There were jokes Alfredo De Arrascaeta who worked across Uruguay. So he had no doubts when his son was named. She is called Giorgian, a very important horse in her racing time. The boy was thinking of pursuing his career, but giving her up after seeing his father breaking an arm while competing.
Y Giorgian bach on the boats of the father's race: the passion of the turf until today – Monday: Personal archive
He started football usually starting for any child from New Berlin. On the banks of the Uruguay River, in the field of Baby Soccer, where he coaches the team of the United Club of Pescadores. But it became clear soon that Alfredo and the son of Victoria were not the others.
"She had a huge quality, quite different from the rest, a non-normal capsule, it was a spectacular boy, with all the qualities to succeed. She never fought, her love was the ball," she said. Hugo Valli, who was President of the Fisher Club in the Arrascaeta period.
At home, his father Alfredo made his part. He competed with the horses, gave bread to supplement the income, and in his leisure time he used the small garden to train his son's abilities. He pledged by offering 5 Uruguay pesos for each goal that scored in the local tournaments. Soon he failed to keep the promise, because the goals happened to come out more than the family's money.
– In one season, he scored 49 goals. Then I have to win more races and sell more bread to pay for the Giorgian, "he said.
With the United States Anglers Club and the yellow shoes, Arrascaeta stood out in a local competition – Photo: Gustavo Rotstein
The family did what they could, and Giorgian returned with a talent that surprised everyone, something that even started off had stopped. The yellow color was the boy's xodó, which did not change it for free. I am now defended by Alfredo and Victoria.
"We could not afford another pair. He loved his shoes and used until he could not do more. When he was called to the state of Río Negro, they did not know his name, but they said: let's find out who it is because he is the boy with the yellow shoes, "his father remembered, who also had costumes and pictures of the time. The family home is the same as always, although the current economic situation is far from hardship at other times.
At 15, Giorgian New Berlin left and traveled 400 kilometers to pursue his career in Montevideo. After being rejected in a test in the Danube, he has been approved by the Applicant and soon happens to be one of the highlights of the basic categories. At that moment, the talent was more than a fragile physics, and the results appeared. In 2013 he was the promoter U20 Libertadores and Championship Clausura & Tournament, who already had the professionals. In 2014 was the highlight of the semi-finalist Libertadores team, attracting the attention of clubs in Europe and South America.
But even far away, Arrascaeta never left New Berlin out and helped even be impractical. The Fisherman's Club received $ 9,000 to sell to Cruzeiro, and the money was invested by buying a bus that takes athletes in competitions for the Río Negro condition. At the back of the vehicle is a picture of Giorgian with the boys as a kind of thanks.
The New Hall's parents' Hall is a memorial to the Arrascaeta career – Photo: Gustavo Rotstein
It is usually re-swapped. During the World Cup in Russia, sensitively with the support of the school students where he was studying as a child, he ordered 250 shirts from the selection of Uruguay with his / her name to be presented. On vacation, go to New Berlin to find relatives and friends. Horse riding is the optional subject. Giorgian and dad are self Scalado, Kemey and Yesse Yoee, who compete for the country. Kemey, on the road, is tattooed on his leg.
He was in New Berlin where he took refuge when he took a litigation with Cruzeiro before transferring to Flamengo.
"There's a pretty cool place." A small, quiet and safe city. I like barbecue and be with my friends and my family. I can draw a bit and a focus and I'm sorry, "said Arrascaeta.
On the edge of the Uruguay River, children from New Berlin wearing shirts introduced by the local idol during the World Cup – Photo: Gustavo Rotstein
With money from Arrascaeta from Defender to the Cruise, the United Pescador Club bought buses to transport its players – Photo: Gustavo Rotstein