Odisha FC is delighted to announce the signing of Brazilian striker Jonathas Cristian de Jesus ahead of the eighth season of the Hero Indian Super League to bolster their forward line. The veteran forward has plied his trade in countries like Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Germany. He started his professional career with the Brazilian club Cruzeiro in 2006.
The striker has played in top leagues like Serie A, La Liga, and Bundesliga in Europe and represented clubs like Pescara, Torino, Elche, Real Sociedad, Hannover 96. Furthermore, he has scored more than 100 goals in his glorious career so far.
Jonathas said, “I am very excited for this new challenge in my career. The project that Odisha FC showed me had a big impact on my decision. I am very motivated and I am looking forward to playing in the [Hero] ISL and achieve greater things with Odisha FC. Ama Team Ama Game!”
Head coach Kiko Ramirez stated, “Jonathas has to be our goal scorer. He will give us work inside the pitch and he will make it very difficult for opposing defenders. In addition, he comes to the club with a lot of hunger and motivation to make a big impact in the [Hero] ISL. Apart from his great character, he has a lot of quality, he is good in the air and he can create chances on his own.”
Speaking about the new foreign signing, Odisha FC Club President Mr. Raj Athwal said, “We are thrilled to have signed a player of Jonathas’ quality and experience. His record speaks for itself, having played and scored in all the top leagues worldwide including Serie A, La Liga, and the Bundesliga. Jonathas is a huge signing not only for Odisha Football Club but Indian football in general.”
Odisha FC had finished the previous season as wooden spooners as they could only manage two wins from 20 matches. Thus, Jonathas will aim to help the team in turning the tables in the eighth season of the tournament.