Junior Messias is surely enjoying his current moment, but it must be remembered that he is still fighting for a place at Milan after next June.
La Gazzetta dello Sport focuses on the Brazilian and begins with a quote from the end of the match against Genoa, where he scored two goals to make it three goals in his last three matches: “My story is a fairy tale, but that’s enough. I’m in Milan because I deserve it.”
The 30-year-old won promotion to Serie A with Crotone and later moved to Milan after an impressive season for a side relegated without much of a fight. With 3 goals in 5 matches for Milan after he got rid of physical problems, he became a reliable element of attack.
However, it must be remembered that Junior needs a good year to convince the property to invest in it. Messias arrived on the last day of the summer transfer window on a paid-out loan with an option to buy worth €5.4m and earns his net salary around €1m.
By May, he will have turned 31 and, given his age and economic criteria, is a profile far from the usual Elliott Management policy, which tries to recruit players like Leao, Tomori, Diaz and Saelemaekers. Messias was especially wanted by Paolo Maldini and is the exception, but he must convince everyone that keeping him is the only option.
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