Cícero de regresso ao futebol

Cicero returned 450 days later

He has the name of a Roman philosopher, but it is in football that Cícero Alves, 23 years old, stands out.

Born on May 10, 1997 in Penaforte, in the Brazilian state of Ceará, Cícero emerged for football in Salgueiro-PE, where he was also known as Clebinho.

In 2016 Cícero Clebson Alves Santana moved to Atlético Mineiro, where in 2017 he won the Brazil Under-20 Cup and the Mineiro Championship of the same level.

He made his professional debut on January 11, 2017 against Bayer Leverkusen, in a match counting for the Florida Cup that the Germans won 1-0.

In 2018/2019 Cícero arrived at Estoril Praia, playing 17 games in the sub23 team and 13 in the main team.

On May 11, 2019, 4 minutes of the match of matchday 33 of the Pro League took place at the Municipal Stadium of Arouca, when the Estorilista suffered a foul inside the Magicians area, remaining on the ground writhing in pain. At 8 minutes he was replaced with suspected knee ligament tears.

There followed days, weeks, months of recovery, a lot of struggle and resilience, 450 days without re-equipping. It was fate that Cícero Alves, number 5 of Mágico Estoril Praia, would return to the competition precisely against Arouca, at the start of the LigaPro 20/21, and it was fate wanted Cícero Alves to play 8 minutes in his return match, the same ones that he had played the last time he wore the Magician’s jersey.

“Returning was one of the best feelings of my career, when mister called me the film from the last 450 days crossed my mind. It is bad to be out and want to help the team, without succeeding. We had a tough time in these 450 days, but I always believed that I would come back stronger. The motivation of family and friends was very important at the time, but now I am back and I only think about giving my best for Estoril Praia ”, said the midfielder in statements to the Estoril Praia website.

Welcome back Cícero!