Time To Shine
A little background on our protagonist: Maxi was born in the 8th of March in 1985 to Jorge and Sabina Villaverde and was an only child. The family never really struggled for money, as Jorge was a banker and Sabina owned a pharmacy. Maxi's best friend is Cristian Álvarez, who he met on a sunny day while playing street football and since then, they were inseparable. Maxi's parents were strict and decided not to let him pursue football and instead, focus on his studies. That enraged Maxi who at the time was already at the youth team of Rosario Central. He decided not to stop, keeping it a secret from his parents. When at the age of 19 he was offered a professional contract by Rosario Central, Maxi told his parents and instead of being supportive they were angry at him. Disappointed, Maxi rented an apartment and moved out of the house, growing more distant from his parents day by day.
Friday, September 14th, 2007 (10:32 am)
"Rosario Central looking for a late goal with this corner here. Cross comes in the far post and Villaverde scores! Rosario Central beat Newell's Old Boys with a late late goal!"
I suddenly open my eyes because of a noise. My doorbell is ringing. "Fuck, I'm late again." I thought. I opened the door and saw my teammate and best friend, Cristian Álvarez, looking at me with utter disappointment. Cristian and I were childhood friends, climbing the ranks of Rosario Central together. He had already made his debut for RC against River Plate last March and since then, he was slowly becoming a first-team player.
"Well well, look who decided to answer the door. Coach is gonna kill us if we're late again." he said.
"Don't worry, I won't be the cause of you getting dropped. In my case, I won't be in the squad against Newell's Old Boys anyway." I replied, still half asleep. "I've been training the hardest I can and even though coach is saying I got potential, he never gives me the chance to prove it. I haven't even been on a matchday squad yet."
"You'll get your chance my friend, don't you worry. If Castellano hadn't gotten injured against River Plate, I don't think I would have made my debut anytime soon. But you see, that one chance I got, I took it. That's what you have to do when that chance is given to you. Until then, keep training and showing coach your potential. You're only 22 anyway."
"Yeah, you're right. Last time you gave me adivce though, we ended up in a police station." I replied while laughing. "Anyway, let me wash up and then we'll leave for training."
And so we left for training, which was not that intense, since we were 2 days away from the Rosario derby and coach didn't want us to injure ourselves. Before we were allowed to leave, Carlos Ischia, the club's manager wanted to announce the squad list for the game. As he was going through the list, I wasn't paying that much attention, as I already knew my 'fate'. That was until I heard the last name on the list, "Maximiliano Villaverde", and it was mine. That match was the chance to prove myself and it was exactly what I was planning to do.