The inspiring story of Junior Messias took yet another remarkable turn tonight as he netted the winner for AC Milan against Atletico Madrid.
Three years ago, Messias was playing fourth division football having been an amateur just before that, working as a delivery man on the weekends in order to earn enough money to get by. Crotone took a chance on him and he had a fantastic first season in the top flight last season, which persuaded Milan to take a chance on him.
The 30-year-old joined on deadline day from Crotone and took some time to get up to speed, but then when he did get on the field for his debut against Atalanta he sustained a muscle problem that kept him out for a few more weeks.
Now he is back to full fitness, and he made an incredible impact off the bench tonight. Three years ago he was in the fourth tier delivering refrigerators and other household appliances, and tonight at the Wanda Metropolitano his story opened its most interesting chapter: he is a Champions League match-winner for Milan.