AC Milan on their website have officially announced the signing of Crotone attacker Junior Messias on a loan with an option to buy. The 30 year old is having a ‘Cinderella’ moment as he will be playing Champions League football this season having only made his professional football debut at 27 in Serie D followed by a rapid rise to Serie C, B, A and now even further.
Messias moved to Italy in 2011 playing for amateur teams Casale and Chieri, before making his debut in professional football with Gozzano in Serie C. In the summer of 2019, he signed for Serie B side Crotone earning promotion to Serie A. Last season, he debuted in Serie A where he scored 9 goals and provided 5 assist in the top flight despite his side being relegated.
The reported figures around the deal are 2.6 million euros for the loan and the buy out clause set at 5.4 million plus 1 million in bonuses. The total cost if redeemed will be 9 million euros.
Messias will wear the number 30 jersey.