Vasco fans provided further evidence of the high participation. Invited to participate in a crowdfunding promoted by the club to build a statue of Roberto Dynamite, Vasco fans reached the goal of R$190,000 in less than six hours after the campaign was launched. The site scored 100% donations at 20:20.
Five minutes after reaching the goal, the value had already exceeded 205,000 R$, and there were more than 800 donors.
Dynamite, Vasco’s biggest idol, is very happy when he learns that he will have a statue in Sao Janorio
In a video broadcast by the club, Roberto was moved to find out that he would receive a statue in São Janorio. When he arrived at the studio of Mário Pitanguy, the plastic artist responsible for making the work, he was moved and asked with a laugh:
– You guys are kidding right? – He was surprised, then patted his chest thanks, adding:
– For me it is a unique emotion. It’s as if I was scoring a real goal at that moment. This was a gesture he made through the goal. I would do this and then turn around to thank the fans. Because this is the moment. When you open your arms you are opening to receive and give at the same time. I think your reaction, your happiness and satisfaction with scoring this goal is the same as the reaction of a fan in the stands. You’re sitting here (pointing to my chest) because my heart is racing.
Roberto was touched by a characteristic smile on his face and once again thanked the Vasco residents and the club:
– This will be a statue, but she will survive. My message, my looks, my legs and my heart is to say to you: Thank you very much. You are and will always be a part of my life. Until the day I left. But you can be sure that we are in Roberto’s heart and that we will continue to live in your hearts. This is what will represent and symbolize all of this. Love and respect to all of you. Thank you Vasco da Gama. Thank you, Vasco fans!
Roberto Dynamite will have a statue in Sao Januario – Photo: Reproduction
Torcida do Vasco has reached 100% of requests to make the statue of Roberto viable – Photo: Reproduction
Rewards offered to donors include, in addition to the certificate and name honored, exclusive campaign coin, poster and T-shirt signed by Dinamite, a visit with Roberto to the studio where the statue is being sculpted and even a miniature of the statue (donated R$3,000).
The initiative also relied on symbolic donations from Vasco President, Jorge Salgado, who was among the first to donate R$1,000. Vitor Roma, Deputy Marketing; Danilo Pinto, Deputy Liaison; Zika Polhes, Deputy Legal Counsel, was other members of the current board and made equally important donations.
To make the statue, which will be made by artist Mario Petangi, viable, the club set a goal of collecting 190,000 Brazilian reais. Vasco president, Jorge Salgado, was very happy to be able to honor Dynamite, the greatest goalscorer in Vasco history, with 708 goals.
– Roberto Dynamite, undoubtedly Vasco’s biggest idol, the club’s top scorer and the Brazilian championship. For many years he was a Vasco icon player. Then we will pay a fair tribute to this great former player, like our eternal, Roberto Dynamite! Congratulations Roberto! Congratulations to everyone who participated in this campaign! It is a campaign that will be successful and fair to you, Roberto! – said the chief.
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