At 36 years of age, the experienced Felipe Melo likes to mentor younger teammates. Last Friday, when asked about athletes who usually simulate fouls, the Palmeiras defender revealed that he also gave advice to rivals, but without naming names.
“There are some players here in Brazil that I prefer not to mention their names, because if they don’t, they will be bullshit. But they are players with potential and I have already spoken to them… Young player, who is really good, with potential. “, said Felipe Melo in a live promoted by Esporte Interativo.
“I said: ‘Stop going to the ground, man. Look at your potential! See what Messi does: take three hits, get up and score! Suddenly, you can build an important move, which will surely end in goal, and prefer to fall ‘”, said Felipe Melo, about his advice.
Holder of the Brazilian National Team at the 2010 World Cup, the veteran defended clubs like Juventus, Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Galatasaray in their long stint in Europe. At Palmeiras, he usually pins his rivals, which does not prevent him from giving advice.
“There is rivalry, but it is not my enemy. I want the kid to fly, because I want Brazil to become world champion again. So, we support these kids who are going up. They are the future of our team”, declared Felipe Melo.
Currently, prevented from attending the Soccer Academy due to the covid-19 pandemic, the defender has been fulfilling the distance training program developed by Palmeiras. In São Paulo, football will be resumed only with the approval of the municipal and state health authorities.