Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes was one of the Brazil national team players to give a press conference on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old has been caught by surprise by his call-up, since he wasn’t part of the initial list, but ended up being selected in the place of David Neres, who’s been sidelined with an injury.
Speaking of his first chance at the national team, Wesley has spoken about the first phone-call he made once he got the news.
“When I received the news of the call-up, the first person I called was my mother. After my father died, she took me to play football, to the court, to the field,” said Wesley (via Globo Esporte).
Since he’s only played professionally for European clubs, Wesley isn’t very known in Brazil. That’s why he used his first press conference to explain a little bit of his story.
“I started playing football very young and went to Europe at 15 to 16 years years old. At Atlético Madrid I had a very good experience. I also played in Slovakia, where I was able to play professionally. At Club Brugge I also did a lot of good things and won two individual trophies. I’m very happy and hope to continue like this.”
Wesley has also spoken about a little problem he has with his body, since one of his legs is longer than the other.
“My left leg is three centimetres longer than the right. I tried to use an insole, but my body didn’t adapt. But I don’t think that changes at all, if it did, I wouldn’t be here. It’s like Garrincha. Garrincha worked out, right? (laughs)”
Getting his first chance with the national team is a step for him to achieve one of his dreams: “I have dreams, one of them is to play the World Cup. I had a chance to be called up, I hope to show my work so I can have more opportunities.”