Léo Baptistão was Santos’ main supporter in 2021. The striker, from the heart of Santos, rejected further proposals to force Peixe to wear the No. 9 jersey and receive Neymar’s welcome in an official announcement. The first few months, however, were far from expected.
With Rayo Vallecano, Atlético de Madrid, Betis and Espanyol, Spain, and for more than two years in Wuhan, China, Baptistão had difficulty adjusting to Brazilian football. She went abroad in 2009, just 16 years old. And he returned with 29.
The striker played only seven times in 2021 until he suffered a serious leg injury. He returned to the final match of the Brazilian Championship, against Cuiabá in Vila Belmiro, and was booed by almost the entire stadium.
“I got into a tough time here in Santos, I played a few games, I tried to do well and hurt. I came back against Cuiabá, which was a game we were already calming down, but we could also play Libertadores. I, I went to the locker room badly and got that in my head. my “, said Baptistão, to” Santos Cast “, the official podcaster of Santos.
To forget about 2021, Léo Baptistão highlighted pre-season 100% physical and jumping. With a new update by Marcos Leonardo, he changed 9 shirts to 92 to take part of the weight on his back. The first games this year, however, were bad again.
In a fit of rage, Baptistão ran away from home, felt embarrassed, and ended up crying with two friends at a bar in Santos.
It started with Paulista and I also did not do well, I felt my calf a little bit and sat outside for a couple of games. My friends: “Where are you? We saw you more when I was in China. “My wife wanted to go to dinner and I was embarrassed to see my friends because Santos, they don’t do a show and everyone came to the stadium. bomber.
“I called two of my close friends on Monday, we went to a bar and got a breath of beer, I started crying with them saying I don’t know what’s going on and I can’t surrender. They told me to rest and come back. From then on I started to realize that life is more than that. My wife was very supportive of me and my family, at home, I started exercising again, I came back and I recovered. . “, he added.
With a little self-discipline and a little more flexibility, Léo Baptistão actually left. He became quite a founder under Fabian Bustos and has six goals and three assists in 20 games this year. Employed as a central striker, he has positioned himself on the right side of the attacking ranks, where he prefers to play.
After the turn, Baptistão is one of Santos’ hopes for the first game against the Corinthians tomorrow (22), Neo Química Arena, in the 16th round of the Copa do Brasil.
Peixe will have two consecutive fights with his opponent away from home. Wednesday, 21:30, for the Copa do Brasil, and Saturday, at 19:00, for the 14th round of the Brazilian Championship. The rematch of the Copa do Brasil in Vila Belmiro is scheduled for July 13.