The Uruguayan goalkeeper who fought Covid-19 by tattooing his head

The Uruguayan goalkeeper who fought Covid-19 by tattooing his head
The Uruguayan goalkeeper who fought Covid-19 by tattooing his head

Of the many side effects of Covid-19, one of the least commented is that it generates a strange alopecia. That was what happened to Sebastian Sosa (Montevideo, 36 years old), the substitute goalkeeper for Uruguay who makes his debut today in the World Cup against Korea. The replacement for Rochet and Muslera had an impressive hair, a vigorous crest that fell apart when it was infected during the pandemic. Excuse the bad joke, but the coronavirus scored a great goal. He lost all his hair and Sosa, neither short nor lazy, stood up, redoubling the bet. He tattooed the entire back of his head with a huge lion. “The king of the jungle, a king since ancient times”, was the challenge launched by Sosa.

It happened in the first part of the pandemic. At the end of August 2020, her hair began to fall out at an unusual rate. “I was almost hairless from one day to the next, so I decided to tattoo the lion, as an answer”, explained the Celeste goalkeeper. It took her seven hours to get it on her skin in one of the most painful areas to receive ink.

Bland, hairless, in the goal of Independiente Argentino.

Sosa has barely played a game with Uruguay, but his career has been very long. Between his country (Central and Peñarol), Mexico (Pachuca, Monarcas Morelia and Mazatlán) and the country on the other side of the Río de la Plata. He now himself defends the Argentine Independiente but he was under the sticks in Boca Juniors, Vélez Sarsfield and Rosario Central. An aesthetic change, that gigantic lion on the neck, which drew a lot of attention in Argentina. In a television interview he showed it to the pigheaded Ruggeri, who did not give credit. “Re crazy! If I had met him on the pitch at a corner kick I would have told him something, then he would beat the crap out of me, but something was letting go… ”joked the former Argentine central defender among others from Real Madrid.

He appears in the World Cup while still in mourning. Two weeks ago, when he was concentrating with the Uruguayan squad in the United Arab Emirates, he received a terrible call. His mother, Irene Silva, had passed away. Sosa (known in the Uruguayan squad as Duck) quickly traveled to Montevideo to say goodbye and also wanted to capture it in their networks. “I gave you everything as a son, I love you, Ma!” the mother of Duck who plays his first World Cup being, now, a lion.

'Pato' Sosa, with his father and mother, Irene Silva, who died two weeks ago.

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‘Pato’ Sosa, with his father and mother, Irene Silva, who died two weeks ago.

The article is in Spanish

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