Viola, the striker who came to Valencia after winning the World Cup

Viola, the striker who came to Valencia after winning the World Cup
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Paulo Sergio Rosa, footballing known as Viola, arrived at Valencia in 1995 from the Corinthians of Brazil. The player had been world champion in 1994 with your selection, in fact, got to play a few minutes in the final against Italy (entered the second part of the extension). But nevertheless, in the set that had no continuity.

The most expensive signing in the history of Valencia at that time

Viola came to the Mestalla club in exchange for 500 million pesetas. Thus, became the most expensive signing of the club's history at that time. This record only lasted a year since, another brazilian, Romario, doubled that amount when signing for Valencia to replace, precisely, to his compatriot.

The step of Viola for Valencia it was fleeting. From the beginning, the club tried to get rid of him as he made quite controversial statements, accusing the management of having been tricked into signing the contract. further, claimed that he never wanted to leave the Corinthians but they forced him.

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Viola, the new Romario (Don Balon)

Despite these troubles, the truth is that the fans took a liking to him and his performance was not entirely bad. In his only season as a Valencian player he disputed 37 matches Between Liga y Copa and I score 12 goals. His great support in the Valencia dressing room was Mazinho, compatriot with whom he had coincided in the world champion team in the United States.

that season 1995-1996 was that of the historical Atlético de Madrid double trained by Radomir Antic. Valencia was the only one who fought with the rojiblancos for the title, with Luis Aragonés on the Valencian bench Precisely, the coach had more than one confrontation with Viola that, like so many other Brazilians, he had a very 'peculiar' way of being.

¡Uh ah Viola, Uh ha Purple!

As we say, the audience of Mestalla fondly remembers the figure of the striker. His dances after scoring a goal, their quirky hairstyles and their sympathy, they made him a player quite loved by the stands. They even sang to him: ¡UH, AH, VIOLA, UH, AH, VIOLA!

After passing through Valencia, Viola he returned to Brazil where he wore the team jersey as Palmeiras, Santos O Vasco de Gama. further, had a new adventure in Europe, specifically in Turkey, where he played a single season at Gaziantepspor. After, back to Brazil where, Attention, keep playing his 51 years old in the Osaco Guild.

In between, How could it be otherwise, had some problems with justice. In 2002 he was ordered to enter prison for assaulting a fan of his team. In 2012, he was arrested again, this time for illegal possession of a firearm. Of course, quite a character that today we wanted to remember.

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