The departure of Gabriel Veiga of Celtic It affected virtually no one. The 21-year-old footballer was one of the big sensations of last season The league and he showed through great performances that Balaídos was a bit too small for him. But the destination he chose to continue his career left many spectators of this beautiful sport in “shock”.
The greats of Europe fought for their services. real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle…An endless list of high-profile teams that have “drooled” over their termination clause: almost 40 million euros. But he decided to sign Al Ahli from Saudi Arabia and “give away” all of their football to a league with little reputation.
Everything pointed to the man from O Porriño emerging as one of the most dominant players in the competition, but the beginnings were anything but easy. It took him six games to provide his first assist and nine to make his goalscoring debut, compiling a very poor record in his first twelve games with the team. Al Ahli.
KESSIÉ, YOUR BEST PARTNER
But eventually it “exploded.” He did it in the win against Abha (0-6) with a double of goals and assists with the great help of a former Barça player, Franck Kessie. The Ivory Coast midfielder took the lead first in the 20th minute, leaving him alone against the goalkeeper who couldn’t finish the shot. The second, in the 45th minute, after a top-class individual game on the right wing.
What an evening for Gabri Veiga 🇪🇸
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Kessiewhat came out Barca Last summer he left his special mark on the game for 12.5 million euros. He was the author of the 0:4 in the 38th minute and his partner in the goal Gabriel Veigawho retaliated with a great filtered pass that left him completely alone in front of the goalkeeper. Veiga He ended his great game with his presence Riyadh Mahrez for the sixth and final goal of the Al Ahli.
MANY FAMILIAR FACES
Gabriel Veiga He wasn’t the only one who decided to wear the team’s jersey. Al Ahli the last summer. In fact, the Saudi team has many great footballers who competed at the highest level in the best teams in Europe last season.
Edouard Mendy, Roger Ibanez, Merih Demiral, Ezgjan Alioski, Roberto Firmino, Allan Saint–Maximin, Riyadh Mahrez Or the former Barça player himself has made the decision to turn to exotic competition, which, as we know, offers economic conditions that few teams can compete with.