here is Gabriel Veron ::

if Gabriel Veron come even close to fulfilling its potential, then, for the health of the Amazon rainforest, it would be wise to sell the biography only in pdf. This is because the new FC Porto reinforcementat just 19 years old, already has more football history than many in their entire career.

Was born cowboy and, had it been his father’s choice, little Gabriel would still live to help his family in this way, in the equally small town of Assú. If this is not how the story unfolded, much is due to the more dreamy side of the family (the maternal) and perhaps even to a certain nominative determinism…

It so happens that, in addition to being born a cowboy, Gabriel was registered under the name of ace of Argentine football. Juan Sebastian Veronmedium that shone in Europe and albiceleste, was a neighbor’s idol and a family friend who had only had daughters. An atypical request, which was well received by the parents of a future professional footballer. Who would say!

From Barbecue to Ballon d’Or

He began to express his talent in futsal and at 13 he shone on the pitch, after receiving a scholarship from Santa Cruz-RN. He moved to Natal and lived there with four other guys from the club, in the back of a barbecue which belonged to the president of the club.

Gabriel Veron
6 official titles

The rise was swift, to say the least. At 14 he was already gaining training experience with the first team and at 15 he was taken to train at Palmeiras, where it only took two days to secure a contract. He acclimated to verdão with participation in tournaments and, shortly after, received the first call-up for Brazil’s youth teams.

It was with the sweater canary which was publicly announced to the world of football. Already after being the figure of the Under-17 Club World Cup, who won and was top scorer with the shirt of Palmeiras, Veron was called up to the U-17 World Cup and exceeded all expectations.

In that World Cup, played on Brazilian soil, Gabriel Veron was an unavoidable figure, despite being one of the youngest on the team. With the number 7 shirt that he will now wear at FC Porto, the young striker was a starter in every game and recorded three goals and two assists. In the final, against Mexico (1-2), won the penalty that incited the comeback and left Bezerrão with the Golden Ball – award for best player of the competition.

Veron, with the award for best player of the World Cup Alexandre Loureiro / CBF

rise in verdão

After asserting himself in the context of youth football, in a way that left him famous in Brazil and coveted in EuropeVeron needed to prove his worth as a professional.

Grew up at Palmeiras Getty / RODRIGO BUENDIA

That opportunity came less than a month later, on November 25, 2019, when it was launched by Mano Menezes in the 76th minute of a defeat by 1-0 in the field of Fluminense. He regretted the defeat and spoke of «butterflies in his stomach» when he entered, but the following week he had an opportunity to take revenge…

It was on the fifth day of December, at the reception to Goiás, that the boy from Assú completely announced himself to the Brasileirão. He came on in the 58th minute for his second game as a professional and quickly made his mark with two goals and an assist to raise the result to 5-1. At that moment, it became second youngest player to score for Palmeiras, throughout the club’s history. With 17 years, three months and two days on the date of the first goal, he is only surpassed by Juliano Vicentini.

Since then, Veron has spent three seasons with the verdão. He shone in the first full season, still a boy, and motivated comparisons that faded over time. A thigh injury took away the biggest share of 2021, and as such he never got to play above the Brazilian under-17s, but the minutes grew again in 2022, before leaving.

Cheaper than Neymar? Impossible!

Abel Ferreira assumed the technical command of Palmeiras in October 2020 and it didn’t take long to stay Gabriel Veron quality fan. In fact, it was after his seventh game in charge of the Brazilian club, against the Ecuadorians of Delfín (5-0), who said a sentence that now makes FC Porto fans salivate:

Debuted in private with Monaco Catarina Morais / Kapta +

«It is impossible for Palmeiras to sell this player for less than Neymar was sold to Barcelona», he shot, after an encore and assistance from the greatest prodigy of the formation. Just over 10 million euros was enough two years later, a value much lower than the almost 90 million that Santos received…

The state of grace did not last forever. It was terminated by an injury, and after that, Veron returned to competition without the novelty factor. The return to the newspaper headlines came close to the time of departure and for less positive reasons, in a controversy related to a night out.

Still, Abel wasn’t ready to lose this promising 19-year-old boy, for whom he still had big plans in Brazil. That was the bitter side of the exit, which in the field had a lot of sugar: in the last game before the trip to Portugal, Veron scored the only goal in the victory over Cuiabá (1-0). “Come to Europe!”will have thought.