On Friday September 7th, Valeo International Academy Player, Patrick Leal signed a youth contract with professional Portuguese team, Sporting CP.
“It’s still hard to believe I’m playing for the same club that developed players that won the Ballon d’Or, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo. Pretty cool” said Leal.
For the last year, Leal, has been training at the highest club level. The VIA program has provided Leal and others with the opportunity to develop into an elite player while training overseas. The VIA curriculum is designed to immerse players into the culture, focus players on academics, and prepare players for both the professional and international level.
Patrick Leal, 15 years old from Newton, MA was able to sign with Sporting before the age of 18, due to his dual Portuguese and American citizenship.