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Born in 2004, Fernando Ovelar was simply 14 years, 9 months and 29 days previous, when, slipped behind the Olimpia defence, he put Cerro Porteno into the lead with a cute end previous the keeper. It’s an astonishing age to make an impression on Paraguay’s most excessive strain match – and maybe a worrying one.
The case of Santa Cruz stands as a warning. The beanpole striker has had a superb profession. Nevertheless it might have been a lot better. When Bayern Munich signed him in 1999, it was with the ambition that he was destined to change into top-of-the-line gamers on this planet. A primary crew participant with Olimpia on the age of 15, he got here to wider consideration simply previous his 17th birthday when he scored three objectives in opposition to Jose Luis Chilavert – and he was nonetheless solely 17 when he led the Paraguay assault on house floor within the 1999 Copa America, the primary time the nation had ever staged the competitors.
His subsequent profession, although, has been dogged by accidents. His physique has regularly buckled beneath the pressure, and it could be the case that his lean body was pushed too onerous too quickly.
A more moderen cautionary story for Fernando Ovelar is provided by one other teenage Cerro Porteno starlet.
Sergio Diaz, a stocky little striker within the Aguero mould, made his Cerro debut on the age of 16, and scored in opposition to Olimpia a month previous his 17th birthday. Till Sunday he was the youngest identify on the scoresheet within the derby’s historical past. He was a consolidated home star when he made the transfer to Actual Madrid in the summertime of 2016.
Since then, although, he has stalled. Maybe the step up has proved too steep. Perhaps the method of adaption has been tougher than anticipated. And it might be that he, too, was over-played in his childhood. At age of 20, he’s now on mortgage in Brazil with Corinthians, the place his begin has been hampered by knee issues.
Fernando Ovelar has each proper to have fun the day that he scored in Paraguay’s largest match. It’s to be hoped that there shall be many related days sooner or later. And they’re to be valued all of the extra within the sure information that the trail forward is not going to at all times be clean.
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