“I arrived here when few wanted me but with my work I have shown that I can stay”

Junior Messias admitted he knew he had his skeptics when he arrived at Milan but went on to prove them wrong in his last performance.

The Brazilian captured the imaginations of not only Milan fans but football fans around the world with his victory over Atlético Madrid last week, his first for the club and which marked a whole new chapter in a story that made him switch from amateur play. Football in Italy and working as a delivery man.

Tonight, Messias’ double on both sides in the first half completed the scoring as Milan took advantage of Napoli’s draw to cut the difference to one point with a 3-0 win over Genoa in Marassi, meaning the 30-year-old has now succeeded. Three goals in three matches.

Messias spoke to DAZN after the match to reflect on what was an important win but also another big step in his amazing personal journey, with MilanNews relaying his comments.

How do you feel after Madrid’s goal and today’s double? “Now that Madrid has passed. Continuity has to be found. Today it was important to win again and play well again.”

On his relationship with the team: “I’m a person who talks a lot off the field, but on the field you have to talk and help each other, whether you’re 20 or 30.”

About its goals: “It’s normal for me, when you’re at this level you have to get used to it. With Crotone we played well, it’s a pity we were relegated. I used to that last year. This year I ended up in a huge club with fans, and that gives you an extra boost.” Fortunately, we are talking about this thanks to the goals from Madrid and today, because I got here when so few wanted me but through my work I showed that I can survive.”

On his journey: “It’s good to talk about stories, now everyone knows it. Now I have to think about Milan and the season we’re playing and always think about getting better. In my opinion, we can talk about this later [my story]This is Shi and the Lord helped me a lot. We’ll talk about this later.”

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