THE BALL – “Vlachodimos was one of the most important and influential players” (Benfica)

Ulisses Santos, representing Vlachodimos, came out defending the goalkeeper. This Monday, on social networks, the businessman posted a long text highlighting the importance of the Hellenic international to Benfica.

“We cannot forget, for example, that just talking about this season, it was fundamental for Benfica to enter the Champions League and receive so many millions; was the third best goalkeeper in the Champions League (for UEFA with 277 points); he was twice in the team of the week this season, at the time of the elimination of Benfica he was the 15th best player in the biggest club competition in the world! Already in 2018, he was in the eleven revelation of the Champions League, for UEFA”, can we read.

See the full message:

“Odysseas Vlachodimos has been one of the most important and influential players at SL Benfica since he arrived, on that and in fact it is not possible to disagree. He is an exemplary athlete on and off the field, without more commitment and he must deserve all the respect and admiration.

Sometimes it seems like an easy target, from (some) public opinions, but we can’t forget for example that just talking about this season, it was fundamental for Benfica to enter the League of champions and to receive as many millions; was the third best goalkeeper in the Champions League (for UEFA with 277 points); he was twice in the team of the week this season, at the time of the elimination of Benfica he was the 15th best player in the biggest club competition in the world! In 2018, he was in the eleventh revelation of the Champions League, for UEFA.

In Portuguese competitions, how many times in the best eleven of the rounds, how many times the man of the match, there are so many times until you lose count. Even in the footwork of goalkeepers which is currently being talked about a lot, knowing how to build a game, Ody (according to CIES) is the one who makes the fewest long passes, having great efficiency in passes. Anyway.

The data is endless, and so is the respect and admiration for an athlete who has achieved extraordinary feats and contributed so much to his club.

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