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The striker, who was sold by Palmeiras for 64 million Brazilian reals, did not stay at Atletico because he could not pay for housing in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The striker, who was sold by Palmeiras for 64 million Brazilian reals, did not stay at Atletico because he could not pay for housing in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


By: Hugo Fraludio

Palmeiras have agreed to sell striker Kevin to Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk for €12 million (about R$64 million) – plus another €3 million (R$11.2 million) in variables. But what does this have to do with Atletico?

A champion, scorer of five goals, five assists and star of the 2023 São Paulo Junior Football Cup, the 21-year-old's life could have been very different had he stayed at Cidade do Gallo.

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As the young man revealed in an interview with espn After winning the second cup in a row, in 2023, before arriving at Palmeiras, he had a test at Atlético, but ended up not staying in Belo Horizonte because his family could not afford the pension where he lived:

“I arrived (to Palmeiras) when I was 17 years old.” Before that, I tried to play at Atletico, but things didn't go well there and I went to Desportivo Brasil. “I passed (the test in Gallo), but something happened where we had to stay on a pension and pay monthly, but my family couldn’t afford it.”

The incident that the young man narrated occurred between 2017 and 2018, the year in which Kevin went to Desportivo Brasil, a club in the city of Porto Velez, within the city of São Paulo. After two years, he arrived at Palmeiras in 2020.

It is worth noting that since 2018, Atlético's youth department has seen management changes and investment has increased year after year.

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Kevin had his first professional opportunity at Palmeiras in 2021, where he played in two matches and scored a goal, at a time when the main team was preparing to compete in the 2020 Libertadores final, as Abel Ferreira was playing with an alternative team in the Brazilian Championship. .

He was named to the first team in 2023, a year in which he made nine appearances, but did not contribute decisive numbers. In addition to the two trophies with the Under-20 national team, the striker was part of the winning group in the last edition of the Brazilian championship.

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