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Member of India's World Cup squad made his big break to Europe

Member of India's World Cup squad made his big break to Europe

India international Sanjeev Stalin has just finished signing a contract with Portuguese side Clube Desportivo das Aves.

Last season, Clube Desportivo das Aves just finished 14th in a total of 18 teams at the Portuguese top-flight league Primeira Liga so this year, the club is in need of fresh faces to help them reach new heights.

Sanjeev Stalin emerged as a promising candidate since the 19-year-old has demonstrated a good form in the colors of Indian Arrows with 28 appearances at the Indian top-tier competition I-League.

The left-back was a part of the historical journey of India U17 at the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup, which was the first time Indian football has taken part in a World Cup at any level. The youngster made his mark in the tournament with an assist from a clinical corner to earn India their first goal at the world stage.

It has been a long process since 10-year-old boy Stalin entered the @Chandigarh Football Academy@ to realize his dream of playing professional football – the one that his father failed to fulfill.

Member of Indias World Cup squad made his big break to Europe

Letting Stalin follow the professional football route was a big risk for his family as they barely made ends meet at that time. Nevertheless, the risk has paid off as the gifted youngster has become one of the biggest talents of Indian football.

And it was not just luck that brought him to the top-flight football environment in Europe. Playing in the most developed football region has been his life-long dream and he has worked hard for it since he was a 10-year-old rookie in the Chandigarh Football Academy.

Clube Desportivo das Aves was also the home of the legendary Zinedine Zidane’s son, Enzo Zidane, in last season before he moved back to Spain. With the new signing of Sanjeev Stalin, the Portuguese side will have three Asian players in their squad: Iranian Mehrdad Mohammadi, Portuguese Chinese-naturalized Pedro Delgado and Stalin.