Adam, the winning bet

The Portuguese critics surrender to the Atlético exporter who came to be the tutor of the young Maximiano and what he has done is to become one of the leader's heavyweights.


Adán lives an extraordinary moment in Portugal. The Spanish goalkeeper, at 33 years old, is seeing how the critics of the neighboring country unanimously point out him as the best goalkeeper in his championship, also adding some extra leadership values in a very young team like Rúben Amorim's. But not only the criticism, also the coaches of the league teams have recognized him for the third consecutive month as the most outstanding goalkeeper of the championship.

Adán ended his contract with Atlético last summer. The meta had received several proposals, but there was one that caught his attention. Hugo Viana, Sporting's sports director, persisted in convincing him and the Lisbon club explained its future plans to him on a whirlwind trip to Lisbon. A large one was being rebuilt and Adam was going to have an important role within a youth team. Adán had barely played seven games in two seasons at Atlético, two of them in the league, but he had left a very good feeling inside. Oblak highlights it in public and in private, a great work routine was generated between them and an excellent harmony. Adan understood his role and helped the Slovenian as one of the best goalkeepers in the world as much as possible, but at the same time he was ready and eager to play.

Sporting explained to him that there was a medium and long-term project in goal like Luís Maximiano. In Lisbon he was going to have the opportunity to fight more closely for the title, but he also appreciated the work he had done with Oblak and the one he could advise the young Portuguese goalkeeper. But Adán did not arrive in Lisbon on vacation, as the Portuguese newspaper Record points out in today's edition, and has become "Sporting's winning bet. It is insisted that he came to "be in the shadow of Maximiano and the opposite has happened." Amorim chose him as a starter in the first official match against Aberdeen, in the Europa League and since then the Spaniard has only gained strength.

In 22 games played in the league, Adan has left his clean sheet in 16 of them, needless to say that he is the goal with the fewest goals in the league with only 11 goals and several actions of merit. It is Sporting's best defensive brand in the last five seasons. But in addition, his role "in a team of young lions" stands out. If Sporting wants to secure the league title 19 years later, they need Adam's phlegm. Precisely another Spanish sportinguista like Pedro Porro underlined it in As. "He is a great person and has a very important weight in the dressing room. He has many battles behind and he knows what this is, he helps us a lot", says the side about his goalkeeper. "Thank God, Hugo Viana convinced him to come and forget about other proposals," explained Amorim after the match against Braga in which Adan gave his team victory with two saves of merit that ensured the result.

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