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

Why did you select AEK?
Obviously for the monetary sector. Vitória de Guimarães was an concept that was quickly dismissed as a result of the distinction in wages was so nice, it was not corresponding to overseas groups. Lech Poznan paid me nearly twice as a lot as AEK, however I noticed AEK as having extra potential. AEK in that yr that employed me and was persuading me, in December it was in League II, however it was a really sturdy group that may return to I, they are going to go up that yr. I noticed that the membership had extra potential than Lech Poznan, which at the moment was the second, third membership in Poland. I also raised my nostril in Poland slightly, due to the climate. I knew that life was superb in Greece.

Have you traveled to different nations?
No. AEK despatched a supervisor to speak to me, present me the companies they had and I felt from the primary second that this was what I needed. I acquired a small amount of cash, the wage was decrease than what they gave me in Poland, however I felt that I was clicking.

But it is all the time higher than Vitória de Guimarães, proper?
Yes, very excessive.

How a lot does a membership like V. Guimarães or SC Braga pay?
I cannot clarify, and I cannot say the value as a result of I do not keep in mind nicely, however I estimate it was round 3000/4000 €. I can say that in Moreirense I received between 2000/3000 €. In a manner, we’ve got increased salaries than different folks in many roles, however we all know that we can’t make a future due to this as a result of soccer ends in 10 years. When you attain a sure age, the physique doesn’t give anymore, accidents are very tiring on a bodily and psychological stage. More and extra we’ve got gamers who are apprehensive as a result of soccer is essential. 20 years in the past it was just going to coaching and going house, as we speak we’ve got to go an hour earlier to do workout routines, group video games, stretching and workout routines once more on the finish. We have time to go in and out of training. And overseas they gave us 5 instances, six instances, greater than € 10,000.

Naturally, the temptation to depart is nice.
When golf equipment need to signal a participant, they know very nicely how a lot we earn, so that they need not give some huge cash, just slightly additional, as a result of you’ll transfer to a greater membership from the beginning. Interest in transferring to a superb membership is all the time excessive. If you need to get extra, then nice. Clubs play lots with this. Therefore, the distinction between going overseas or staying in Portugal is three or 4 instances. And we’ve got to multiply it three or 4 instances by the variety of years of the contract. For me, in Greece, it took one other seven years, it wasn’t just some huge cash, it was some huge cash for seven years.

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

What was the end result?
It was the primary time I felt like I was in a giant group. AEK was the expansion of Greece, much like the large golf equipment in Portugal. The distinction is that folks there are very obsessed with this group. Athens AEK was based by immigrants from Turkey. When the Greeks have been expelled from Constantinople, now Istanbul, they fled to Greece and fashioned AEK Athens, so that they see the membership as a faith. Their ideas are emotional. In this a part of Greece, Turkey, they like soccer lots, they do not reside like us right here. There is a little bit of emotion in Portugal, however we all know the best way to hold issues separate.

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