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The Brazilian professional footballers’ union Sapesp celebrated the introduction of the new EsportePrev pension system with a special event.

 

Sapesp and Petros (Private Pension Foundation linked to Petrobrás), who have jointly developed this pension system, celebrated its official introduction by holding a gala night in the football museum of the Pacaembu stadium in São Paulo, in the presence of a large number of former major stars from Brazilian football, and also of Sports Minister Orlando Silva and Pensions minister Carlos Eduardo Gabas.

 

Luís Eduardo Pinella, financial director of the Union of Athletes and also a former footballer, stated: ‘We are hoping for full membership of all professional footballers, and for protection of the athletes’ net worth, with a view to a dignified and independent retirement which guarantees the individuals and their families a better quality of life.’

 

Rinaldo Martorelli, president of Sapesp and FENAPAF, started his speech objectively, pointing out that professional footballers can be considered victorious because of the advances of recent years. ‘Yes, we can say that we are winners’, extolled Martorelli, who is now also the president of FIFPro Division Americas.

 

Martorelli received applause from all of the guests when he ratified the act with his signature and thereby fulfilled a dream pursued for many years. ‘We are going to create mechanisms by which we can enter into conversations with all parties.’

 

These are the unions which have set up the EsportePrev benefits plan:  Rio de Janeiro State Footballers’ Union, Rio Grande del Sur State Professional Athletes’ Union, Rio Grande del Norte State Professional Footballers’ Union, Paraiba State Footballers’ Union, Mato Grosso del Sur State Footballers’ Union and Sapesp (São Paulo State Professional Athletes’ Union).