One of Milan’s newest signings, Carlos Bacca, didn’t have the easiest path to professional football, however hard work and determination has earned him a move to one of the game’s most prestigious clubs
Many footballers are corralled at a young age and molded by the youth systems that discovered them. From this point, they typically progress through the ranks before making it to the senior squad. Some are coined “can’t miss” prospects while others have to work harder to get a look from professional scouts. What new red and black striker Carlos Bacca had to do prior to bursting on the scene as a quality number nine is rare, unique and inspiring. In an article from Bleacher Report, the Colombian’s talent is recognized after a Europa League victory over Dnipro, however it’s his story on how he became one of this summer’s most coveted scorers that is one of great inspiration.
At the young age of 20, while many others his age are playing in Europe, Bacca lived in his hometown of Puerto Colombia where his only footballing came with his local squad. While he wasn’t on the pitch, he could be found selling fish and working as a bus-conductor to support his family which isn’t the typical routine of aspiring footballers, however its this drive that eventually led him to land with Club Brugge before earning a transfer to Sevilla in 2013 in which he solidified himself as a recognized threat up top for the back-to-back Europa League winners.
Last week, Carlos Bacca made the biggest move of his career as he signed on with 7-time Champions League winners in A.C. Milan for a fee of €30m. Expectations are high for the 28-year old Colombian with his new club and he will be asked to be a huge contributor to next season’s campaign. Here are the statistics of Carlos Bacca during his professional career (statistics via transfermarkt.com):
Atlético Junior (Jan 2006- Jan 2012 w/loans in between 2006-08)
> (Appearances: 97; Goals: 51; Assists: 24)
Club Brugge (Jan 2012-July 2013)
> (Appearances: 54; Goals: 31; Assists: 15)
Sevilla FC (July 2013-July 2015)
> (Appearances: 108; Goals: 49; Assists: 22)
The Colombian international has a great amount of pressure on him as he joins the rossoneri, a club already heavily investing into the mercato with the intent to regain qualification into a European tournament. The ex-Sevilla star will be asked to go above and beyond in order to ensure the 2015-16 campaign for the San Siro outfit is a successful one, but the 28-year old is no stranger to overcoming obstacles that are placed in front of him. Humble and hungry, Carlos Bacca is ready to make a statement in Italy.