They call him the “new Neymar” and at only 18 years old he is the most expensive player in the Libertadores: Gabriel Veron, the young star of Palmeiras who dreams of eliminating River

Goals of Gabriel Veron in the Copa Libertadores 2020

Gabriel Veron is one of the great promises of the Palmeiras. With only 18 years, the striker became the most expensive footballer of the current Cup Libertadores. He “New Neymar” carry the second name in honor of the Witch Verón, the emblem of Estudiantes de La Plata. Although he was in doubt due to an injury, the footballer recovered in time and will be able to say present in the semifinal series against River, which will kick off this Tuesday at the Libertadores de América stadium.

Veron is his middle name and does not have a tilde by the Brazilian language. He was baptized in such a way by his parents Gracielly Silva and Carlos Alexandre Fonseca Da Souza in honor of Juan Sebastián Verón, whom a family friend had as an idol and dreamed of giving it to the male child he never had (he had three women). Gracielly and Carlos accepted without knowing who La Brujita was, who at that time shone at Manchester United in England.

“I really like this name and I will honor it. I’ve seen his plays on YouTube, although never live. He was a terrific footballer. I think he will be proud of me “, He confessed in an interview with the official FIFA site, where he surprised with a phrase: “My father is a cattle rancher, he is a cowboy, he takes care of cows and horses. He works in the fields, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps, although I couldn’t ”.

The wonderful pirouette of Gabriel Veron, forward of Palmeiras, to score against Delfín for the current Copa Libertadores (REUTERS / Alexandre Schneider)

Although he is right-handed, he can play as a winger for both wings. Gabriel’s main qualities, in addition to speed, of course, are dribbling and luxuries, these that led him to receive the nickname of the “new Neymar”. However, it is apparently faster than its compatriot and several compared him with Mbappé. Some they nicknamed him the Lightning, a name that he adopted as a tattoo on his twins.

Gabriel Veron arrived at Palmeiras in 2017, after shining in the inferiors of San Pablo. He made his professional debut against Fluminense, on November 28, 2019, for matchday 35 of the Brasileirao. His debut in the networks was in the second match against Goiás, for whom he scored two goals for a final 5-1. In a short time at Verdao, he already showed his great qualities by winning two U-17 club World Cups. In 2018, with nine goals, he was the figure in the final against Real Madrid. A year later, he did the same against Leganés.

But the Brazilian not only shines at Palmeiras, but also with your selection, with which it was champion and in 2019 he was chosen as the best player in the U17 World Cup that developed in Brazil. He scored three goals, one in the semi-final against France. According to the portal Transfermarkt, is he most expensive soccer player in the current Copa Libertadores with a token valued at 25 million dollars. A ridiculous figure for the leadership, who signed a contract until 2025 with a clause more than double its value: 60,000,000 euros.

This earned him world-class teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, between others have it noted as a possible reinforcement. Having recovered from a muscular problem, Gabriel Veron will have the great opportunity to prove his worth four years later in a historic series against the last runner-up in America.

This is how Gabriel Veron, the young star of Palmeiras plays:

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