The defender signs with the São Paulo side after spending time at América-MG and Ceará
Santos closed the Brasileirao of 2022 with the eighth best defense, alongside State of Ceara and Fluminense. But the 41 goals conceded, an average of more than one per round, were considered exaggerated and fixing the defensive sector became one of the manager’s objectives. Odair Hellman🇧🇷 Aware that Edward Bauermann And maicon needed help, the club made official this Wednesday the arrival of Messiahfrom América-MG, but that was in State of Ceara🇧🇷
“Santos FC already has its first reinforcement for the 2023 season. Defender Messias, 28, arrives on a permanent basis, with a three-year contract,” the club made official on its social media.
Upon them, Messiah! pic.twitter.com/6hGAWDnkl9
— Santos FC (@SantosFC) December 7, 2022
To avoid criticism for bringing in a player who was in a relegation campaign – Ceará fell to Série B -, Santos’ management released a video of the reinforcement’s plays, with tackles, attacks and even throws.
Messias was born in São Matheus, Espírito Santo, and is also notable for his height, 1.92m. Revealed by América-MG, he already has international experience defending Rio Ave, from Portugal. He has been in Ceará since 2021 and his official presentation will be on the 14th, the date of the cast’s return from vacation to start the pre-season.
In addition to the announcement of another defender, Santos had already exercised their right to sign midfielder Rodrigo Fernández earlier this week. The 26-year-old Uruguayan was on loan until the end of the year and belonged to Guarani, from Paraguay. His new contract will also be for three seasons.
Odair Hellmann tests positive for Covid
Santos reported this Wednesday (7) that coach Odair Hellmann has tested positive for Covid-19. He will respect isolation and is under the care of the club’s doctors. The coach will continue to plan the season virtually.
Odair Hellmann, 45, was announced on November 16 and has signed a contract until the end of 2023. He was a technical assistant in winning Olympic gold for the Brazilian team at the Rio 2016 Games. Odair was at Al-Wasl FC, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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