Malcom Just Had To Score On His Debut Against Roma, Days After Rejecting Them
Barcelona managed to snatch Bordeaux winger Malcom from under the noses of Roma for around £36 million, last week, just 24 hours after he looked certain to move to Italy.
Let's give this story some background. It was reported that the Brazilian would join Roma, just months after Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United were all linked, but at the 11th hour, the move fell through.
Barcelona put in a competing bid for him and, after bidding more than Roma, he signed on the dotted line for the Spanish giants.
Malcom explains why he turned down Roma at the last minute when Barcelona came in for him, leaving the Serie A side fuming: "I was always relaxed [about the situation], my agents were in charge of it. I had the chance to sign... https://t.co/vlw9sKnTqT pic.twitter.com/IozrDVwcgi- Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) July 26, 2018
Last night, the 21-year-old made his debut for Barca in a pre-season friendly against, you guessed it, AS Roma and well, the outcome was inevitable.
Malcom managed to find the scoresheet with a simple tap-in to make it 2-1 and Roma's official Twitter account, who are known to produce the most amazing chat going, posted the perfect response minutes later.
Fair play, lads.
49' - Goal for Barcelona. They retake the lead through... Malcom, inevitably. ♂️- AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 1, 2018
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Barcelona have already signed Clement Lenglet and Arthur this summer to add to their title winning squad from last season but the capture of Malcom might just be their biggest piece of business to date.
Here's how social media reacted to his performance:
:date: 23rd July: Roma fans wait at the airport to welcome Malcom only for Bordeaux to cancel the transfer- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) August 1, 2018
:date: 24th July: Malcom completes a transfer to Barcelona
:date: 31st July: Malcom scores his first ever Barcelona goal against Roma pic.twitter.com/aDD2GYlE2k
Malcom really scored against Roma :joy:- Brazil Football :flag_br: (@BrazilEdition) August 1, 2018
Malcom was amazing today:- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 1, 2018
Goal Scored :ballot_box_with_check:
Creating Chances :heavy_check_mark:
Threat for Roma Defense :heavy_check_mark:
This is just a start against a CL Semi finalist, La Liga Teams get ready to face our boy.
Brilliant performance from the Brazilian! pic.twitter.com/djd8DLCiCQ
Malcom scores against Roma! Script etc.- Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 1, 2018
Legend has it, that to this day, Roma fans are still waiting for Malcom's arrival at the airport. pic.twitter.com/FEl0BPdeRs- Barça Chief (@UltraAutistic) July 24, 2018
I just had to include that final tweet, Apologies.
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