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Ex-Manchester United man Rodrigo Possebon wins trophy in Brazil

Former Manchester United starlet Rodrigo Possebon finally has something to smile about.

We ran a feature last week on the fate of former Manchester United starlet Rodrigo Possebon.

From coming off the substitute's bench to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, four years later he finds himself playing in Brazil's Serie D.

Or perhaps that should be past tense.

For now Possebon can categorise himself as a Brazil Serie C player, after helping Juventude clinch promotion in a play-off in his homeland.

In a match attended by more than 20,000 fans, Juventude triumphed against rivals Botafogo 2-0, with Possebon playing the entire 90 minutes in midfield.

The youngster was pictured celebrating with his teammates after the victory, which the club hope will be the first step back in the direction of Brazil's top flight.

They won the Brazilian domestic cup and competed in the Copa Libertadores just over a decade ago.

Possebon's career after leaving United had been on a real downwards spiral, Juventude are his third Brazilian club, and he also spent time at Italian side Vicenza without playing a game.

He had looked set for a promising career at United but his development was stunted by a terrible tackle by Middlesbrough's Emmanuel Pogatetz.

Possebon is 24-years-old and still has the opportunity to carve himself out a stellar career. This confidence boosting win can be the first step in his upwards climb back to the top.

image: © Crystian Cruz

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