Nottingham Forest forward Gustavo Scarpa has recalled what it was like training alongside Ronaldinho earlier in his career. The Brazilian played with the ex-Brazil legend back in 2015 and he’s explained that it was a dream come true.
Scarpa swapped Fluminense for the City Ground in January. During the 2022 campaign in Brazil, he helped the team claim the league title alongside Forest midfielder Danilo.
Now, the 29-year-old is trying to establish himself at Forest. He was an unused substitute against Manchester City at the weekend but has made eight appearances for the Reds.
Scarpa has looked like a useful performer when called upon. He’s played as part of the front three and has also done a job in Steve Cooper’s team as a central midfielder as well.
The player has claimed that moving to the Premier League is a dream come true for him. He’s also spoken about another dream of his being fulfilled earlier in his career when he played with Ronaldinho.
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He told the club’s official website: “When I was younger I always wanted to play next to Ronaldinho. That was one of my biggest dreams alongside playing in the World Cup and playing in the Premier League.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play Ronaldinho in 2015 at Fluminense and now I’m here in the Premier League so I’ve been lucky so far.
“He had an incredible free-kick technique which we’d all watch and admire in training. I was quite young at the time so I didn’t talk much to him. I just remember staring at him trying to learn as much as I could.”
Scarpa has recalled what it was like training with Ronaldinho
It’s quite remarkable that Forest have a player that used to rub shoulders with one of the all-time greats. Ronaldinho was an unbelievable player and perhaps he’s the reason for Scarpa being considered a trickster himself.
Scarpa has slowly but surely been trying to get up to speed at the City Ground. He’s worked hard whenever he’s been called upon and there is definitely more to come from the talented forward.
The talented Brazilian will hope for more opportunities to play before the season is out. If he does, he will hope to help Forest ensure that they survive in the Premier League for at least another season.