Cuban superstar middle blocker RobertLandy Simon, who has recently extended his contract with Superliga’s Cruzeiro, will soon be a dad. The news has got him thinking about the possibility of one day applying for Brazilian citizenship (Globo.com):
“Let’s see if I can ask for citizenship, as I am expecting my daughter. I think I will be a Cuban forever, but I like Brazil very much. The country has great food, great bars and restaurants to drink some beer or some nice wine.”
Simon is one of the best and highest paid volleyball players in the world. Standing at 6’10”, the 30-year-old middle-blocker looks like he is playing with cheat codes. He was first called to serve the Cuban national team at only 17 years of age, and captained it from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, he was a silver medalist of the FIVB World Championship with the Cuban national team. He has since defected from Cuba, and played in Italy, Quatar, and Korea.
Simon’s addition to the Brazilian national team would, of course, be legendary. However, not everything is as simple as it seems. According to FIVB’s rules, no national team may have in it more than 1 naturalized player, and since his teammate and fellow Cuban national Yoandy Leal has already been cleared to play for Brazil after 2019, competition would get heated for a spot on the team.
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