Junior Santos presented at Botafogo and revealed: 'I gave up even in football'

Junior Santos presented at Botafogo and revealed: ‘I gave up even in football’

Botafogo officially introduced its striker Junior Santos on Thursday afternoon. With the number 37 shirt, a player who can play as a striker and on both sides showed the joy of being in the Rio team.

Without a chance to play in the core divisions, the striker revealed that he gave up being a professional player before he had his first chance on the team, in fact. After passing through Osvaldo Cruz, from the interior of the state of São Paulo, he reached Ituano, where he began to stand out even more.

– It’s a very big fight. I came to give up being a professional player. Then I had the chance at Osvaldo Cruz, then Ituano. In three months as a professional, he’s already had four goals against Paulista, which is pretty solid. I was the top scorer in Copa do Nordest and Fortaleza. Sene asked about my work. A year as a professional he has already achieved great things. In the amateurs, there are a lot of young people who need someone to watch them. Diamonds come from clay and must be mined.

Júnior Santos has been officially introduced as a Botafogo player – Photo: Renata de Medeiros / ge

Still without a confirmed debut date, Junior expects to play as soon as possible for Botafogo. Coming from Japan and not playing since July 30, he says he still needs to adapt to Brazilian realities.

– Yes, the expectation happens. I am already training with the group, I was performing in Japan. We struggle a bit with schedules, readjustment. But I’m ready to restart. It will depend on the coach, if he thinks I have the conditions to play.

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The striker poses for a photo at Nilton Santos – Photo: Vitor Silva / Botafogo

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Junior Santos is organized and can now take to the field for the next Botafogo match. The team returns to the pitch next Sunday, at 11 am (GMT), when it faces Juventus outside its home, in the 24th round of the Brazilian championship.

Check out other answers from Junior Santos

Wearing Botafogo shirt weight

For me, wearing this shirt is a dream come true. A very big club, with a lot of tradition. One of the reasons for accepting this proposal is the project being prepared. Botafogo is restructuring itself, I liked it very much and I am very happy to be here.

– It was very difficult at first, because when you get there, you are used to rice and beans (laughs), then you had to eat vegetables, rice and meat seasoned differently. You don’t eat well. We leave here thinking it’s easy to play football and it’s not. You have to adapt and completely change your personality. it is very difficult. But I was able to achieve great results and it stood out there. My adaptation as a professional was very good, I adapted a lot. Here in Brazil I only spent one year as a professional. Today I feel like a more complete player.

You have 50 goals in your career, what is your goal this year?

My first goal is to reach out and be able to help Botafogo in the best possible way. But I hope to reach 58 goals.

The difficulty of the team in attack

– I think Botafogo is undergoing a restructuring, the players get to know each other, they adapt, and it takes time. The team needs teamwork, there are teams that have been playing together for four or five years, and that makes it easier. I’m coming, focused, when I get the chance and hopefully I’ll respond with goals. I expect to score, because I am a striker.

A striker, but also plays on the wings?

– I can play on my side. In Ponte, we had 9 straight wins with Gilson Kleina. In most matches, it is played from the side. I can play on the side, too.

– I liked the pictures a lot (laughs). They were great, but the model helped a lot, didn’t it (laughs)?

Because he liked it, see more photos of Junior Santos in a Botafogo shirt

Junior Santos, a new promotion for Botafogo – Photo: Vitor Silva / Botafogo

Junior Santos, Botafogo’s new promotion at Nelton Santos – Photo: Vitor Silva/Botafogo

Junior Santos, Botafogo’s new promotion at Nelton Santos – Photo: Vitor Silva/Botafogo

Junior Santos, Botafogo’s new promotion at Nelton Santos – Photo: Vitor Silva/Botafogo

Junior Santos, Botafogo’s new promotion at Nelton Santos – Photo: Vitor Silva/Botafogo

Junior Santos, Botafogo’s new promotion at Nelton Santos – Photo: Vitor Silva/Botafogo

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