Constantelias could have moved to Barcelona at the age of 15.
In the 23rd round of the Greek Championship, PAOK beat AEK with a score of 2:0. The winning goal early in the game was scored by Khaled Narey. Shot into the near corner and hit.
But all the attention is not on the goal, but on the assist. The prone assistant juggled the ball and passed to Nareya. Left foot – shoulder – right foot.
Who gave the miracle pass – a 19-year-old Greek who rarely watched football as a child
The author of beauty is the young Greek midfielder Ioannis Constantelias. What is known about him:
• He is 19 years old and plays for the Greek Under-21 team. Position – attacking midfielder, can play left winger. Initially, in youth football, he was a striker.
• Born in Volos, he moved at an early age with his parents to Thessaloniki, where he was invited by PAOK. He made his debut a couple of years ago, entering the top ten youngest players in the history of PAOK, and won the Greek Cup with him.
Then he went to the Belgian Eupen on loan, returned to PAOK, where he became a base player.
• 1+4 on goal+ass – performance indicators in the 2022/23 season.
• Transfermarkt value is only 400k euros, but this cannot be a benchmark – the club wants to earn about 50 times more. It will not be possible to get Ioannis for free soon – the contract until the summer of 2027 was signed just the other day.
In an interview with Goal, Constantelias said that he rarely watched football as a child – he liked to play much more. He could be more creative with kids and took that to adult football: “I always try to bring something special when I’m in the final third.”
In Volos, Constantelias played for the Agia children’s team. The head of the club’s academy, Alexandros Malakasiotis, told the Greek site Sportdog: “It’s not every day that a player like this appears, not even every 50 years. Some of his abilities are unique. And acting one on one, he resembles Neymar.
Constantelias himself also talked about the influence of Neymar.
What Constantelias can do is keep the ball, beat, think fast
The first impression of the Greek is that he is fast, agile, gathers several people on himself, knows how to beat one-on-one, while parting with the ball in time and instantly thinks. Another strong point is ball control. Game intelligence is also highly rated.
The observations of the site leftbackfootball.com, where Constantelias’s game was thoroughly analyzed: he takes a great position in someone else’s penalty area, changes several roles at once during the game, perfectly fulfills set pieces. Thanks to the PAOK coach Razvan Lucescu, he is also improving in defense. And the ex-PAOK player Kostas Franceskos is sure that the guy will definitely be taken by the European top club.
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