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Cipriano: The forward who became a back, the 30 million and Wenger!

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When Omonia's new acquisition was one of Sao Paulo's greatest talents!

Σιπριανο: Ο φορ που εγινε ; μπακ, τα 30 εκ. κι ο Βενγκeρ!

Marquinios Cipriano is the third in Omonia, which announced that it has agreed with the Brazilian left-back for a 2+1 year contract. This is a full-back with attacking qualities, a characteristic that results from the fact that in the academies of Sao Paulo he played mainly as a forward!

In fact, at the age of 17 he was particularly famous for his scoring ability, having scored 21 goals in the U-17 Campeonato Paulista in 2016! A performance which gave him the opportunity to wear the national emblem on his chest (he reached Brazil's U20), but which also brought him into the sights of several European teams. Among them, Arsenal, Juventus, Porto and Atlético Madrid are included, with the latter even rumored to have rejected an offer of 7,000,000 dollars!

At that time his case for those interested was extremely difficult, as he had a release clause of 30 million euros! This proves how much the people at the Brazilian club believed in his prospects, who eventually loaned him to Shakhtar in the summer of 2018 for one million euros.

As he himself mentioned in statements he made in 2022 (after his return to Brazil on behalf of Cruzeiro), when he went to the Ukrainians he moved from the top of the attack to the left wing and along the way he was permanent by his coaches as a left back. In the same interview, he also emphasized that his move from the Donetsk team helped him develop a lot in the tactical, as well as the defensive part.

“I left Brazil at the age of just 18. I went there (Shakhtar) as a striker and soon moved to the left wing. I learned a lot tactically and defensively. Offensively I knew enough, but I improved there as well. I learned a lot at Shakhtar and I am grateful to them, and the same at Sion, where I also learned a lot. In Ukraine it is more about strength while the championship in Switzerland has more technique. I learned a lot and developed a lot”, his reference.

At 24 years old… and after Shakhtar he went through Sion, Cruzeiro and Avai, he returns to Europe on behalf of Omonia, with the hope to live up to the expectations of those who chose him, helping both defensively and offensively!

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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