Erick Pulgar: understand the debate and meet the Chilean on his way to Flamengo

Oh the flamenco He is shut to signing Chilean midfielder Erick Pulgar, from Fiorentina. He is anticipated in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday night time and will endure medical checks earlier than signing a three-year contract with the Rio de Janeiro membership.

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The negotiations with Flamengo Pulgar, nevertheless, created an issue in a part of the red-black individuals. Some followers, in opposition to the recruitment of the participant, launched the #PulgarNão marketing campaign on social networks.

But in the finish, who’s Erick Pulgar and what are the controversies surrounding the Chilean steering wheel?


Described by Flamengo’s vice-president of soccer Marcos Braz as “the head of the discipline”, Pulgar, 28, has come to compete with Thiago Maia for a spot as Dorival Júnior’s first-choice midfielder.

According to Chilean journalists, he’s identified for being a participant with good method and a great shot in the center, for having good dynamics and for being tactically utilized. Pulgar additionally stands out for his good aerial recreation, good endurance and marking energy.

Pulgar in motion for Chile (Photo: AFP)


Born in Antofagasta, a metropolis in the north of Chile, Erick Pulgar began his profession in a neighborhood membership, Deportes Antofagasta. Promoted to the first workforce at the age of 17, he performed as a central athlete at the starting of his profession.

He performed for his hometown membership for 3 seasons, till he was transferred to Universidad Católica in 2015. At Cruzados, Pulgar grew to become a midfielder and noticed his profession take off. The good performances attracted the consideration of Jorge Sampaoli, who referred to as him for the first time for the Chilean National Team, additionally in 2015.

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Erick Pulgar grew to become a frequent identify in the choice and began enjoying alongside Arturo Vidal, his future Flamengo teammate. Present in Eduardo Berrizo’s final call-up, he has performed 40 video games and scored 4 objectives in Roja’s shirt.

Pulgar’s first alternative in Europe was in Bologna (Italy), the place he stayed for 4 seasons. At his finest, in 2018/19, he made 30 appearances, scoring six objectives and offering two assists, attracting the curiosity of Fiorentina. His first season at the Viola was even higher, with seven objectives and eight assists in 41 video games.

However, the following yr was a decline, shedding his place in the workforce, particularly after being recognized with Covid-19. Last season, 2021/22, he was let go to Galatasaray, from Turkey, and was not in Fiorentina’s plans for subsequent season.

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Pulgar excels in the aerial recreation (Press Release/Chilean National Team)


In 2013, at the age of 18 and beginning his worldwide profession at Club Deportes Antofafasta, the first controversial a part of Pulgar’s off-field life passed off. The Chilean midfielder fought in opposition to a 66-year-old man and didn’t assist. The sufferer died, and the participant was arrested.

In his statements to the police at the time, Pulgar acknowledged that he fled as a result of he was afraid, as a result of he didn’t have a driving license, regardless of having two years of expertise behind the wheel.

A number of years later, the participant was convicted in Antofagasta of near-murder. At the time, the athlete already had a allow, however on account of the incident, his driving license was suspended for a yr. The sufferer’s youngsters have been offended with the sentence and began a case in opposition to Pulgar in the twenty eighth Court of Santiago.

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In June of this yr, the athlete took half in a criticism of rape, made by a 24-year-old lady. Although Pulgar was not charged as against the law, the sufferer says that the crime would have taken place at the driver’s home, in Santiago. He was questioned by the native police and denied the accusations.

In an extended publish on Instagram – which was later deleted – Pulgar spoke by way of an official assertion. In it, he declared that he made himself obtainable for investigation and that he was “not conscious of the issues that had arisen” in his House. Finally, he acknowledged: “I’m not accused of any crime.”

Full identify:
Erick Antonio Pulgar Farfan
Age: 29 years previous (15/01/1994)
Favorite Foot: Right
Height: 1.86 m
Weight: 78 kg
Clubs: Antofagasta, Catholic University, Bologna, Fiorentina and Galatasaray.


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