Edu, from Cruzeiro, quotes Adriano and comments on controversial photo: ‘Selfish world’

Ed
photo: Reproduction / Supersports

Edu was Cruzeiro’s top scorer in the year, with 19 goals scored in 41 games

Cruzeiro’s top scorer in Serie B of the Brazilian Championship, with eight goals in 26 matches, Edu was criticized by part of the celestial crowd. Earlier this week, a photo showing the striker allegedly blowing smoke from an electronic cigarette circulated on social media. However, the 29-year-old player denied the accusations and condemned the act of those who put him in the crosshairs of negative comments.

In an exclusive interview with supersports – which will be published in full this Friday (16/9) -, Edu stated that he did nothing wrong and hinted that the smoke in the photograph is a montage. He explained that he was enjoying the last day off given by coach Paulo Pezzolano after the 1-0 victory over Operrio, in Mineiro.

Edu said that he was accompanied by two friends during a pagode show held in a futevlei court, near his house. He also said that the establishment belongs to one of these colleagues and, daily, he frequents the place to chat.

“I spoke more because I was involving Jaj’s name and could end up harming him, because he was not (in the photo), and also because it was on a day off. futevlei. The owner there, who is on my side, is Ian, and on his side is Neylor, who is the security guard at the establishment”, he began.

“Whoever can see the whole image can see that I had two bottles of water on the table and with two partners exchanging ideas, showing something on the cell phone. she looks like a cloud in my face,” he explained.

Edu appeared blowing smoke
photo: Reproduction / Social networks

Edu appeared blowing smoke from what appears to be an electronic cigarette.

When positioning himself on the image, the Cruzeiro striker criticized the people who judged him without having knowledge of the facts. Edu characterized the episode as a “very great misfortune” and said that the smoke in the photo is not real.

“Unfortunately, there are these evil people, but I won’t even say that I’m right or wrong, they interpret things the way they want. I think it was a great misfortune, whoever did this acted with a lot of mf, wanting to get in the way and tarnish me. my image in a situation where I really don’t see any problem”, he declared.

“May God forgive these bad people”

Edu stated that he was upset with the judgment he suffered from some fans. However, he said he is aware that this can happen to any professional athlete due to constant media exposure.

“The people are very mean, but it’s part of it, that’s the price you pay for being a public figure, a player who is in the spotlight. Unfortunately, people much prefer to see the things you do, theoretically, wrong than the right”, he reiterated.

When sending a message to the critics, Edu quoted a phrase by Adriano Imperador that became famous after the former striker showed off a shirt when he scored a goal for Flamengo in the classic against Vasco, for the 2010 Carioca Championship. shirt: ‘May God forgive these bad people,'” he recalled.

“People need to stop generalizing the athlete’s life, saying that the guy has to stay alone at home, that’s not how things work. The world has to stop being selfish. I have my moments of leisure, I’m a human being like any other”, he concluded.

Hired by Cruzeiro during the association’s management, in December 2021, Edu became a key player for coach Paulo Pezzolano.

Although he fluctuated in Srie B, shirt 99 participated in 26 of the 29 games and scored eight goals. He also scored four times in the Copa do Brasil and seven in the Campeonato Mineiro.

Reply from Edu in full

“I spoke more because I was involving Jaj’s name and could end up harming him, because he was not (in the photo). I also spoke out because it was on a day off, I hadn’t had three days off since January, I was working my ass off. On a day off, they took a picture of me, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, on a football court, but in the picture you can’t see it.

The owner there, who is on my side, is Ian, and on his side is Neylor, who is the security guard at the establishment. Anyone who can see the whole image can see that I had two bottles of water on the table and with two partners exchanging ideas, showing something on my cell phone. The very evil people, whoever saw that smoke over there, for God’s sake, it looks like a cloud in my face.

So unfortunately there are these mean people, but I won’t even say I’m right or wrong, people interpret things the way they want to interpret. I think it was a great misfortune, whoever did this acted with a lot of mf, wanting to get in my way and tarnish my image in a situation that, really, I don’t see any problem. It’s one thing for me to be in the wee hours of the morning at 4 am, with training the next day, now, any citizen who works and is off-duty wouldn’t be inside on a Sunday afternoon.

People need to stop generalizing the athlete’s life, saying that the guy has to stay alone at home, that’s not how things work, the world has to stop being a little selfish. You read certain comments that bother you. I don’t care what others say about me, I know my responsibilities and what I can or cannot do. I have my moments of leisure, I am a human being like any other.

I spoke up when I saw that they were associating my friend with Jaj, they really look alike, but when I saw that I could harm Jaj in some way, I did more in order to free Jaj’s image. If someone has to pay for something, that someone is me, because in the photo it’s me and there’s no one from the club next to me, it’s all my responsibility.

As I was saying, there is a futevlei court there and when the event is over he does a pagoda on a deck, a very peaceful thing in an open environment. (The place) is practically on the corner of my house, if I want I can walk, a place I go to every day. I leave training and go there for a drink and a chat.

The people are very mean, but they are part of it, that’s the price you pay for being a public figure, a player who is in the spotlight. Unfortunately, people much prefer to see the things you theoretically do wrong than the right ones. as Adriano (Imperador) once put it on a shirt: ‘May God forgive these bad people’. In a way, let this be a lesson to people who prefer to take charge of our lives rather than live theirs. A kiss from Edu, may you continue to enjoy your Sunday off, as I will too”.


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