On the day of the Shock-King, Ecuadorian defender recalls a controversial episode of 2019, apologizes to the Sao Paulo supporter for new excuses and talks about making history at Tricolor
Robert Arboleda is a player who arouses an ambiguous feeling in the fan of the Sao Paulo. Despite having consolidated as a starter in the defense of the team in recent seasons, the defender also made several overseas mistakes, such as posing for a photo with the shirt of the Palm Trees, rival of Tricolor on the night of this Friday, 16, at Allianz Parque, at Paulista championship. The incident happened in late 2019, but to this day it is remembered by some of the most critical São Paulo’s. Today, the Ecuadorian admits that the episode was the worst moment since he closed with the Morumbi team in 2017.
“The worst moment since I arrived (in São Paulo) was (the photo with) the Palmeiras shirt. It marked me a lot with the São-Paulines. I am very sorry for that. It was a gamble, which I never thought would be so bad. A bet, a joke between friends in my neighborhood. It has nothing to do with the feeling and passion I feel for São Paulo. Nothing changes, ”said Arboleda in an interview with“ Esporte Espetacular ”, again claiming that the controversy was caused by a bet made with his friend Billy Arce, currently in Brighton, England.
Arboleda says that the vacation period granted by the club before the beginning of the 2021 season served to seek its tranquility. “I made a“ conscience ”with myself on vacation. I was not on the right track. Many mistakes. I talked to my mother, my family and reflected a lot. This is my moment, I will continue working and on the right path. I’ve been very happy here since the first day I arrived. It’s my house. I went through a lot, good times and bad times, but I am a person who fights day by day. I want to make my history and be a champion here ”, he commented.