Salomon Rondon gets all emotional after making history on Sunday
The future of Salomon Rondon is just one of many issues that are worrying Newcastle fans this summer.
As well as no conclusion on the ownership of manager’s position, supporters have no idea whether player of the season Rondon will be lining up once again for Newcastle in August.
As for the striker himself, any uncertainty about his future is clearly not bothering Salomon Rondon on the pitch.
Sunday night saw him make history.
Salomon Rondon has the Copa America fast approaching and on Saturday (15 June) Venezuela meet Peru in their first group game.
Last night was their final warm up match, playing the USA in Cincinnati.
The previous weekend Rondon was left out of Venezuela’s 1-1 draw with Ecuador, as the Head Coach explained the Newcastle loan striker (and other established players) were overlooked in favour of less experienced players, as he wanted to have a look at them before picking his final 23 man squad for the Copa America.
Whilst on Wednesday (early hours Thursday UK time), Venezuela lost 3-1 to a strong Mexico side, Salomon Rondon played only the first 45 minutes as Murillo gave them an 18th minute lead, Mexico replying though with goals on 32 minutes (Alvarado), 54 (Pizarro) and 76 (Guardado).
Against the USA though it was a different matter, it only taking 16 minutes for Venezuela to take advantage of an England level defensive calamity, with Salomon Rondon doing well to volley home.
That goal brought the Newcastle loan striker level on 23 goals with Venezuela’s all-time record scorer.
On the half hour mark it was 2-0, Rondon playing his part in setting up Savarino for the second goal.
Only six minutes later Salomon Rondon was out in the clear, Venezuela’s record scorer on 24 goals now. The 29 year old scoring a very good solo goal as he smashed the ball through a defender’s legs and into the back of the net.
It ended 3-0 and man of the match Rondon was subbed on 79 minutes, no surprise that he was so emotional after the game when he spoke about making history for his country.
“When I was a kid, I always had a ball at my feet.
“I smashed a few windows at my grandma’s house with footballs.
“I watched games and couldn’t wait to grow up and play for a team and on professional pitches…
“As a kid, I had many dreams…
“I dreamed of playing for Venezuela and, once I achieved that, my goal was to beat Juan Arango’s record.
“After doing so today, I feel really happy and am so proud to be Venezuelan and continue to make history for my country.
“I give thanks to God, my family and all those who have been there for me…
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