Simão: “I will always support Atlético”

A teary-eyed Simão spoke to reporters ahead of his departure to Turkey

atletico winger simao sabrosa says goodbye to team-mates and fans

Simão at his press conference (

On the verge of completing his switch to Turkish side Besiktas, Simao Sabrosa bid farewell to his club of three and a half years and to all of its supporters.

The Atlético captain, winger and set-piece specialist was very emotional when he appeared alongside club president Enrique Cerezo at today’s press conference.

“When I arrived at Atletico, I came in through a big door and my goal was that on the day that I would leave, that I would exit through the same door that I entered, and I think I have achieved that,” he told the club’s official site.

“I would like to be remembered as a professional, that’s the most important thing to me.”

The former Portugal international then talked about the lessons he has learned while donning the historic red and white colours of the club.

“I have learned that when we are united we are stronger, that when we all work hard to achieve the same objective, everything is easier.

“That’s how we were able to win the titles. Atletico is a great club with incredible history.

“I’m very happy to have worn this shirt.”

The 31-year-old expressed his gratitude to his team-mates and fans for the warm reception during yesterday’s Copa del Rey match against Espanyol in which he scored the game-winning goal. He was urged by his buddies to receive a final round of applause from the Vicente Calderón.

“I will never forget it. When I walked into the dressing room everyone was waiting for me to say good-bye. Then, someone told me to go back out because the people were calling my name.

“So I did, and just like today, I couldn’t hold back my tears. I will never forget what I have lived at this club. The two titles that we won, and also the one that we lost in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla with 40,000 Atléticos supporting us even after having lost.

“I will never forget it and from now on I will be one more among them, supporting this club.”

  • Derek Maaijen

    I hate saying goodbye. While maybe not as emotional as Maxi Rodríguez last year it was clear to see that Simao was touched. I’ll always have tremendous respect for him. He seems an intelligent and kind person, who got on very well with everyone in the dressing room. He’s a great professional and I’m sure we’ll miss him a lot this season and maybe even the coming years.

    The slideshow at the end of the video was great btw.

  • palc

    I shed a tear from reading the article. Gracias por todo Simao!

  • Sergio Lopez

    Gracias por todo Simão! Mucha suerte!

  • Mert

    forza besiktas