Benfica, Porto or Melbourne victory?

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Kamz was training with Australia’s World Cup squad before the 2006 Patafata tournament.

A so-called ‘amazing’ career in football seems straightforward – you’ll be spotted early by a big club, your motivational skills will establish you in the first team and then see you enjoy a distinguished career at the top.

But we all know that in reality it doesn’t work like that. Every situation is irrational and there is a workaround for every Kylian mbappi.

During the Under-1 World Cup in 2005, Australia captain Patphata was the first to say that he had high expectations after signing a three-year deal with Benfica as a teenager.

And, for the price of it, his chances were even given ‘video game approval’, with the Championship manager 2007 placing him in the same position as Gareth Bale after training him with Gas Hiddink’s 200 pre-2006 World Cup squad.

But Patafata’s career in professional football ended at the age of 22, which may not have been the case in any of his top-flight European matches.

‘I was told I had the same path as Anderson’

He joined Benfica in January 200 in a move that also involved Jorge Mendes’ guest agency. In the same week, future Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Anderson joined Porto by signing with the same agents.

“When I arrived in Portugal, I was told that I had a very similar path as Anderson, or I was basically told where I ended up, and at the same time where Anderson would end up. One of us ended up where we should be,” he told Status Performance. Remembers with memory. “It’s all history now so I’m glad to reveal it – the conversation was one step closer to Chelsea. [eventually]. “

Talent was clearly not an issue for Patafatar, nor was there any pressure to paint the face of Australia’s ‘next generation’. “Honestly, I think I handled it pretty well – and there was no Twitter or Instagram. What the media portrayed – it was probably good for football to see who the next generation was.”

Life with Benfica certainly started very well – he was doing business on the pitch trying to reach the first team and often mingled with the stars of the senior team. “David Luiz is alone, but I’ve played with great players. Simo Sabrosa was my favorite, Nuno Gomez was incredible, it was a great time.”

The price of humility?

But his respect for these first-time players for Patfatar raised an issue. “Sima also used to joke and let me bring back his lunch and I used to do it, it was Sima too, but when I went out to the park at the end of the day, I always thought I was better than him,” he said, knowing full well Talking.

“You need that mentality as a kid. If I had a little more of that character behind me, I probably wouldn’t have been able to accept some of the other things that happened in my career. After the reality, in reflection, a lot of people said I was pretty.”

This humble nature was again prevalent when, after a strong first year in Portugal, Patfata returned to Australia on loan with Melbourne Victory – with stiff opposition from Benfica and Gestifet.

“A lot of players with big arrogance, they’re the ones who really shine, the ones who put themselves completely behind. I’m on loan from Benfica the day before my first day. I was kind of picking the ball and the cone. Not because they asked me, I came from here, but I was probably a little bit away from it, and then I didn’t play and accepted it. I put it on my chin. “

‘I was left to make big business decisions without experience’

Although the idea of ​​first-team football spread in Melbourne when considering his options, according to the club and its agents, it was never accepted in Patta, but at such moments, he feels that all young players should not experience one important element – experienced support.

“It’s important,” he says. “It’s a ruthless business and reaching the top is just the strongest and as much as I was concerned, I did it myself and myself. At a very young age I was left with a lot of big business decisions to make without that experience – terms with a 17 year old European club or agents. As discussed, it becomes a bit of a concern.

“And it’s not like anyone else [at] Gestifut, because at the end of the day they are looking after lots of players and business interests and they don’t have time to look after every single young player they get. However it is invaluable – especially as a young player – an independent network that can be a support network, which for no other reason is involved but they are really interested in advising players based on their experience.

“It is possible that unions or federations may consider independent consultants who take into account the interests of the players.”

‘A defining moment’ with Porto’s offer

Things could have changed significantly if such a person had stayed for Patfata, as another proposal came just two days before the team went to play first-team football in Victory in 200 in.

“An offer was published over the weekend and a few days after I was playing against Porto [from Porto], A five-year contract, “he explained.” But I have agreed in principle to join Victory and I am going to follow the character that I had. Someone really has to sit down and evaluate the options – have I made a legal commitment to Victor? Am I legally bound to the club?

“As an 18-year-old I wasn’t in a position to have this conversation with Victoria, Porto or Benfica, but it was my reality. It was just me. It’s important for young players – someone has a really good run and things fall into place. Those counselors were brought in. And it’s not a bad thing for my family or the people around me. It’s just that we There was a critical moment in the scene There was not choosing the next best step for the That was a defining moment.

Patfa returned to Australia and, as Benfica and Gestifut warned, his career in Europe ended before it even really began. In response, he acknowledged that Porto’s proposal was “no-brainer”, but that in the absence of expert advice outside of an agent with a vested interest and a lack of such experience about the family, he had to develop his own strategy. The first-team football policy-making argument has won.

He insisted, but had no regrets. Patfata is looking back with pride because he was able to represent Benfica’s first team as a friend, and he is now doing extremely well for himself, running a law firm in Singapore and in the process of launching an investment fund that will help Europe’s largest financing club. No achievement would have been possible without a conscious decision to retire early.

But in the case of other young talents who also lack arrogance or have no way to land on their feet should not plan their careers, he hopes that his experience may feel the desire to seek the advice of independent experts and embrace hints of arrogance.