The Hard Tackle understands that Alexsandro de Souza, also known as Alex, could sign for FC Goa before the end of the transfer dead line date. However, there can be a twist in the tale, as MLS club Orlando Pirates are also gunning for his signature.

Alex who started his professional career with Brazilian club Coritiba, operates as an attacking midfielder, capable to even operate as a center midfielder. Amassing a total of 123 appearances over the course of two seasons with his parent club, saw him move to Palmeiras. Successful performances infused with skill and talent, saw Alex win the Libertadores da América cup title, in 1999, a Rio-São Paulo cup title in 2000, a Copa do Brasil title and a Mercosul cup title in 1998 for Palmeiras. The Parque Antárctica club made him a well-known figure, in the array of superstars in Brazil.

After another great season, Alex was sold to Parma, of Italy. There he had a hard time with coach Cesare Prandelli, and eventually returned to Cruzeiro, after playing only friendly matches for the Italian team. At Cruzeiro, Alex had the best performance in his career. Made team captain and wearing jersey number 10, he led his team (which also had other remarkable players, such as Deivid, Edu Dracena, Luisão, Maicon, Aristizábal, Zinho, Felipe Melo, Gomes and Cris) to winning the Brazilian triple crown (that is the State Championship, the Brasileirão and the Brazilian Cup). Cruzeiro won the Brazilian League (Brasileirão) with a record breaking 100 points, 13 ahead of the second place, Santos, with more than 100 goals scored in 46 games.

A wanderer in the annals of global football, Alex soon joined Turkish Giants, Fenerbahçe. Belting 400 appearances in his eight years with the Turkish Champions, saw Alex become an international figure.

A player with talent, class, maturity and experience, Alexsandro de Souza is perhaps a very good find for the Goan Franchisee. In his 19 year career, Alex has played for some of the best teams, won big trophies and collected numerous accolades in the process.

Operating as a modern day midfielder, one who can score as well as provide defense splitting passes, Alex’s inclusion in the Goa based franchisee will certainly take them a step above. FC Goa who have already announced, the legendary Zico as their marquee manager, will cash in on a blank cheque, if Alex signs for them.