“Pernambuco” reveals the promise of Cristiano Ronaldo after the duel in the Europa League: “Don’t fear” | football
He was on the area for 17 minutes. Little time to keep away from defeat, however sufficient time to make a dream come true. Raised in Cruz de Rebusas, in the municipality of Igarasu, attacking midfielder Vitor Pernambuco got here off the bench – for Sheriff, from Moldova – to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United. At a loss of braveness in entrance of his personal idol, he left the area with a reminiscence.
His shirt is right here. This is priceless. See the particular person’s signature.
Vitor Pernambuco says, laughing.
Pernambucano performed in opposition to Cristiano Ronaldo and gained a memento shirt
The duo’s assembly was scheduled. Vitor adopted the draw for the Europa League group stage with Felipe Viseu, one other Brazilian who’s at Sheriff, in the crowd to be drawn in the identical group as the English giants.
When the draw was made, there was already a battle: who would take the males’s jersey? Whoever arrives first…
– jokes the Pernambucan.
Vitor Pernambuco takes on Cristiano Ronaldo in the Europa League and wins a shirt at the finish of the match – Photo: Personal Archive
Vitor began in the membership’s final sport, for the nationwide championship of Moldova, however began on the bench in opposition to Manchester United. He solely got here on in the second half, on a double substitution alongside Felipe Viseu. It was sufficient.
– I reached him, congratulated him on the sport and requested: Cristiano, can I take your shirt? He stated: don’t be concerned, I’ll give it to you in the dressing room. I used to be assured, however I noticed the gamers method him and ask him.
I stated Cristiano your shirt is mine huh. I belief. He stated, “Don’t fear.”
Cristiano Ronaldo and Vitor Pernambuco leaving the pitch for the Europa League — Photo: Personal archive
Cristiano promised and delivered. He delivered the shirt as a present to the dressing room and even returned to fulfill Vitor to autograph the quantity 7 shirt.
– It was a vital day for me, I performed with a person who’s world-class, Cristiano Ronaldo. It was very good for me, the manner he handled me, tremendous good, I even talked to him. I couldn’t go to sleep – celebrates.
Cristiano Ronaldo shirt with Vitor Pernambuco — Photo: Personal archive
The uncommon assembly occurred after solely 5 years of profession.
Vitor began taking part in soccer at the age of 11 at Professor Padre’s faculty, however grew up in the flat fields of Cruz de Rebucas, often known as Poerao, in the municipality of Igarasu, Pernambuco. He had by no means handed the state membership exams. He tried out at Náutico, however did not move. In Sport and Santa Cruz, the striker says he “did not have an opportunity”.
Vitor Pernambuco performs in the flood fields in Igarasu — Photo: Personal archive
In 2017, he featured in a Friday night time sport when he caught the eye of a scout and moved to Sao Paulo for a possibility at Portuguesa. There he received a brand new surname.
– I arrived with my accent and requested for the ball, folks stated “Baiano” and I used to be indignant. Why do you name me a Bahian? Then I did not contact the ball. I arrived shy, however on the second day I stated: Well, my identify is Pernambuco. I’m from Pernambuco. And it stayed – he explains.
Vitor Pernambuco on the pitch for Sheriff for the Europa League — Photo: Personal archive
After the Portuguesa season in 2018, he nonetheless performed for Jaguariúna and transferred to worldwide football the following 12 months. He went by means of FC Lvivi in Ukraine, Dinamo Tblisi in Georgia, Bodo/Glimt in Norway and at last Sheriff from Moldova. He was champion in the final three golf equipment.
It’s my first time taking part in in a European Championship, so I used to be ready for the proper second. It was a tremendous night time for me.
Vitor Pernambuco champion with Sheriff, from Moldova — Photo: Personal archive