Gabriel Veron is a young Brazilian sensation who is making waves with FC Porto currently. The young Brazilian winger has impressed club scouts all over Europe with his skills. FC Porto might just be the stepping stone for a more lucrative professional football career. Let’s find out more about him
Gabriel Veron: All You Need to Know
When was Gabriel Veron born?
Gabrien Veron was born Gabriel Veron Fonseca de Souza on September 3rd, 2002. He was born in Assu, Rio Grande do Norte. Gabriel Veron’s father worked as a gaucho (cowboy).
When did Gabriel Veron start playing football?
Gabriel Veron started out playing football at a very young age and started impressing scouts from the time he was just eight years old. He decided to try his hand at building a professional football career at the age of 13.
Gabriel Veron’s life really began to change when businessman João Quebra Osso, president of Santa Cruz de Natal, received an invitation to observe a series of tryouts in Ipanguaçu, a city neighboring Assu. There were about 300 boys dreaming of a chance at a professional club in Natal. Veron stood out in the tryouts and Quebra Osso, then, took him to the steakhouse he had in Natal. The boy would live there while he trained at Santa Cruz de Natal and eventually joined the youth club of Palmeiras.
He arrived at the club in 2017, to play in the under-15 category. The following year he played in the under-20 and under-17 categories, where he was even a world champion twice. His good performances earned him a place in the Brazilian U-17 team. After playing in the 2019 U-17 World Cup, where he was the champion and won the best player award.
When did Gabriel Veron make his professional debut?
On 25 November 2019, Veron was promoted to Palmeiras’ first team, debuting on 28 November 2019, in a 1–0 loss to Fluminense. He scored his first goal for the Verdão on December 5, 2019, where he scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist in the 5-1 thrashing of Goiás, becoming the second youngest to score for the club.
On July 22, 2022, Veron was announced as a new signing for Porto, one of the top clubs from Portugal. He signed a contract valid until 2027. The transfer cost was not disclosed, but the Brazilian press reported that Porto paid around 10 million Euros for Veron.
Brazilian National Team
Summoned to the U-17 Brazilian National Team in 2018, Veron played in the 2019 U-17 South American Championship but gained prominence at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where in addition to the title, he was elected the best player of the tournament.
On October 6, 2020, André Jardine summoned Veron for a training period with the Brazilian U-20 team.
What are the expectations from Gabriel Veron at Porto?
Upon leaving Palmeiras to play for FC Porto, attacking midfielder Gabriel Veron will go to his first opportunity in European football in one of the best possible destinations for his career. In addition to the beautiful city in the north of Lusitania, the athlete will have the chance to develop in a team used to polishing young prospects.
After going through ups and downs since joining Verdão’s professional squad in 2019, Veron failed to live up to the expectations created. At that time, the young man was coming from a title in the U-17 World Cup, a tournament in which he was elected the best player.
The sequel, however, left much to be desired. Not only for the poor performance in some matches but also for being involved in some controversies off the field, such as the recent punishment after being caught at a party on the eve of Palmeiras ‘ elimination at the hands of São Paulo in the Copa do Brasil.
And at the end of his story with the current two-time champion of the Libertadores, Gabriel Veron will now begin a path that could be one of recovery in the so far short career of the young athlete. The current Portuguese powerhouse team is seen as one of the best gateways to football on the Old Continent.
Which are some famous Brazilian stars that started their European career with Porto?
There is no shortage of examples of names that arrived in Porto at a young age, but who later shone and headed for other top teams in Europe. Hulk, James Rodríguez, Pepe, Falcao García, Deco, Éder Militão, Alex Sandro, and Danilo are some of the names. More recently, Luis Díaz, Vitinha, and Fábio Vieira were others who left the Dragons.
All the names mentioned above left the Portuguese club after giving technical feedback and were sold for values greater than twice as much as when they were signed. This fact is something that Palmeiras will certainly be aware of, as they will retain 10% of Veron’s economic rights.
In the case of defender Pepe, signed from Marítimo in 2004, Porto profited 15 times more than it invested when it sold him to Real Madrid, in 2007. Today, the defender is back in the Portuguese team, where he is the undisputed locker room leader and an idol of Portuguese football.
Why is FC Porto a good fit for Brazilian players?
Gabriel Veron will arrive in a European country, with a new culture, but he shouldn’t have so much difficulty adapting. Besides the language being the same, the young Brazilian will find compatriots in the blue and white squad.
Currently, Porto has eight Brazilians in its squad, three of which are naturalized Portuguese citizens. They are: Pepe, João Marcelo, Wendell, Otávio, Galeno, Pepê, Fernando Andrade and Evanílson. The latter even received a proposal from Manchester United recently and almost entered the list of names that earned the club a hefty sum.
Pepê, Otávio and Evanílson won the last Portuguese Championship. Now Gabriel Veron will have to prove why he is one of the big names in Palmeiras’ youth team. In a place that welcomes young people, the Brazilian will be able to show his talent.