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.”