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เว็บ พนัน บอล ออนไลน์ Carlos Vela turned his back on Europe to join Los Angeles FC aged 29. Should the former Arsenal striker have achieved more with his talents? Nick Wright examines the Mexican's enigmatic career as he prepares for Saturday's inaugural Los Angeles derby…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move from Manchester United to LA Galaxy this week came with the usual fanfare and self-promotion. His tweet confirming the deal, published after an image depicting him as God, was accompanied by the message: "Los Angeles, welcome to Zlatan." A full-page advert taken out in a local newspaper simply read: "You're welcome."

The Swede is the centre of attention in Major League Soccer ahead of the first Los Angeles derby, but the most intriguing new addition in Saturday's game will line up for LA Galaxy's newly-formed opposition. At the age of 29, seven years Ibrahimovic's junior, Carlos Vela has called time on his career in Europe to become the face of Los Angeles FC.

The move, confirmed back in August before he saw out the first half of the season at Real Sociedad, was a coup for MLS. But what did it say about him? How did Vela, one of the most naturally gifted strikers of his generation, end up signing for a team who were yet to play a professional game, in a league of questionable quality, at what should be his peak? เว็บ พนัน บอล ออนไลน์

It is a curious story which began in 2005, when Vela top scored for Mexico during their triumphant U17 World Cup campaign in Peru. With his speed, skill and instinctive ability in front of goal, the precocious striker shot to the attention of European clubs. Within a few weeks, Arsenal had won the race to sign him from Mexican side Chivas.

Arsenal supporters would have to wait two years for a first-hand sighting of Vela as he was sent on loan to Spain to acquire a work permit, but his talents were clear to everyone at second-division Salamanca, where he spent his first season as a professional in 2006/07, scoring eight goals in 31 appearances.

"He was a just a boy but he had great qualities," Javi López, Salamanca's manager at the time, tells Sky Sports. "He exceeded our expectations. He had an enormous amount of innate ability but above all he was a boy who had a lot of confidence in himself. He knew he had weapons for football and he overcame all the challenges in front of him with relative ease."

López describes Vela as one of the "sensations" of Spain's second division that season, but did he see him as a future star? His answer is emphatic but there are caveats.

"Yes, yes, absolutely, yes," he says. "I always told him that he had the attributes to play at an elite level - for any of the big European teams. But it's not just about having the talent. You need mental strength and above all, desire."

The debate over Vela's desire has followed him throughout his career. Did he truly want to fulfil his potential? Was he ready to make the sacrifices required to make it to the very top? Arsene Wenger grappled with the same questions after Vela finally qualified for a work permit on loan at Osasuna and joined up with Arsenal in 2008. เว็บ พนัน บอล ออนไลน์


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