- Palmeiras face Santos in Saturday’s Copa Libertadores final
- Gabriel Menino discusses the showdown, Weverton and Alphonso Davies
- The 20-year-old raves about his Brazil call-up and meeting Neymar
A teenager reluctantly dragged himself away from PlayStation, where he revelled in executing drag-back sombreros and rainbow flicks as Neymar, and headed, via a swift mirror glance, for the TV. He sat down to watch Flamengo face River Plate in the Copa Libertadores 2019 final dreaming of three things: winning a youth state championship final the following day, making his professional debut for the club some day, and getting the burgeoning moustache he’d just checked out bang on.
Palmeiras did conquer that Paulista U-20 crown. The youngster did make his professional debut two months later. And today the tache is just how the Morungaba native wants it. Gabriel Menino has, however, achieved unimaginably more in the small window thereafter.
The Paris Saint-Germain…