Gustavo Peralta is Palmeiras’ most recent signing, joining the team’s U20 division. The 18-year-old forward has played for the Paraguayan youth team and has, according to the local press, characteristics similar to those of Cristiano Ronaldo: physical strength, speed and an ability to make good use of scoring opportunities. Transferring from Nacional, he stands 180 cm tall.
Peralta is however not just another player. He has a 80% hearing disability, since birth, and hasn’t developed speech. Thus, some adaptations are required, already underway at the club: staff and some of the players are taking a course in sign language – including Peralta, as the sign language is not universal. He is adapting fine, being a natural leader, joyful and communicative, always interacting with his teammates – often through his mobile phone, as he also did in Paraguay. On social networks, alongside his father Hilario Peralta, Gustavo celebrated the signing of the contract:
Thank God for this opportunity and especially Palmeiras for allowing me to join this great family of excellent professionals.
Peralta’s arrival is just one more indicator that Palmeiras’ radar is indeed locked not only on Brazil but the whole South American continent in search for promising young players. Earlier this year, Colombian striker Iván Angulo was signed, initially also for the U20, but the kid has already been promoted to the main squad, available for Scolari.
Welcome Gustavo; may you be very successful at Palmeiras!
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!