The Columbian winger Pablo Armero visited the clubhouse one last time before leaving for Italy, where he will defend Udinense for the coming five years. Even though at times heavily criticised by a large part of Palmeiras’ supporters, Armero made a graceful exit. “I thank the supporters for always backing me up, my colleagues and also the directors, who always gave me confidence. Palmeiras is an internationally known team and I leave happy, because I’ve made friends and I’ve worked in a great country. I’ve learnt a lot in Brazil”, the now ex-Palmeiras player said in an interview for the club’s webpage.
Armero arrived in January 2009 and played a total of 80 games for Palmeiras, scoring one goal. Last year, he was elected the second best left winger by the Brazilian Football Federation.
As a player of the Columbian National Team, Armero came quite a bit short of the success that was expected of him wearing the Palmeiras jersey. On the other hand, few players have shown so much heart, dedication and commitment as Armero did during his stay in the club. Who can forget the tears streaming from his face after being substituted already in the first half in a game against Corinthians in January this year? Or his ecstatic joy while commemorating a pass that lead to a goal in Palmeiras’ 4-3 win against Santos in March, giving birth to the hectic “dance” now known as “the armeration”?
Men like these don’t grow on trees in this day and age. For this and other reasons, Anything Palmeiras wishes Pablo Armero many years of success in Italy or wherever he chooses to exercise his profession as footballer.