Heading into last night’s game against Hellas Verona at San Siro, it did not seem possible that Samu Castillejo would be the game-changing substitute.
Tuttosport (via MilanNews) writes how his introduction was decisive for the final victory, and it was almost poetic for the Spaniard. He did not have an easy summer as he was constantly linked with an exit and received and insults on social media by some fans who asked him to leave.
However, he put all of that behind him and focused on helping the team complete a magical comeback at San Siro, even bursting into tears at the end of the game. He won the penalty kick converted by Kessie to make it 2-2 and then he crossed the ball that ended with Koray Gunter’s own-goal.
After all the tension accumulated in recent months, Samu was in tears at the end of the game immediately all his team-mates approached him and gave him a big hug. The Spaniard, in his post-match interview, described his emotions as follows: “My tears say everything for the period that I went through and that I am going through. I am a boy who likes to leave his soul on the field, yesterday my mom didn’t even want me and today I can cheer with the fans at home, destiny wanted me to stay.”