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Retired Brazilian midfielder Emerson talks about his controversial move from Roma to Juventus nearly ten years ago

Emerson during his Roma days
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Former Brazil midfielder Emerson has discussed his controversial transfer from Roma to Juventus.

The retired footballer made the move almost ten years ago for a large fee and has been speaking to Il Messaggero about the publicized transfer.

Before making the move Emerson handed Roma a certificate which confirmed he was clinically ill, the midfielder discussed this and more.

Football Italia quoted the 38-year-old, he said: “It is true that I was ill. I was in Brazil, I was troubled by the ruined relationship I had with the club.

“Take into account that for six months I did not receive a salary and there were other things that I had been promised and that had not arrived.

“I was okay, I had accepted this, I was aware of the situation. But then in comes an important offer and the President tells you no.”

When Emerson was told no, this was when the situation between himself and Roma deteriorated even more.

He added: “Franco Sensi is a person who did a lot for the team and for me. But in 2003 the club was going through a difficult period.

“He called me and told me that there were clubs looked at me. Then he added: ‘I cannot sell you, I do not know how to explain it to the fans. But we need the money…’.

“At that time, even the employees were not receiving their salaries. I mean, for us players it is one thing, we are rich. But at the club there were also people working there who earned €1,000 a month.”


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