Venezuelan winger Yeferson Soteldo has had a 2023 season marked by indiscipline and talent. The player, who returned to Santos FC in August, has been the subject of criticism for his behavior off the pitch, but he has also shown his ability to shine on the pitch.
The high point of Soteldo’s season came on October 2, when he was ejected from a game against América-MG for provoking a fight with an opponent. The player, who was already separated from the main group of the team due to an act of indiscipline in July, apologized to the fans for his behavior.
Despite the extra-football problems, Soteldo is one of Santos’ most outstanding players this season. The Venezuelan scored two goals and provided four assists in the 12 games he played, making him an important part of the team’s attack.
Since his return to the Brazilian Serie A, Soteldo has once again worn the Santos number 10 shirt, a shirt considered one of the “heaviest” in football history as it was worn by Pelé and Neymar Jr. Yeferson won the love and affection of the fans of the Peixe team, who even expressed support for the Venezuelan on social networks in the run-up to their duel against the Brazilian team.
Our number 10 training for the national team Thursday is the day of Brazil vs. Venezuela in the Qualifiers!, published the official Santos account on the social network
In addition to sending messages of support and affection for Tomás Rincón, who scored a goal in his last game,
Both Soteldo and Rincón will have many opportunities to start at La Vinotinto on Thursday; both will come in for a good moment and competition, in addition to knowing firsthand what it is like to play in Brazilian territory.
Soteldo’s future will depend on his ability to control his behavior off the field. The player has undeniable talent, but his undisciplined behavior could end his career. If Soteldo can overcome his extra-football problems, he could be a key player for Santos for years to come. The Venezuelan is a fast and skilled player with a good ability to create scoring opportunities.