He worked as a waiter to survive, and today he will make his debut at the European Championship

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Football knows how to write incredible stories, and that is exactly the story of the Slovak national team player. Vernon De Marco.

The 31-year-old De Marco will debut today at a European Championship, but his football path was not easy at all.

Even as a child, De Marco left his native Argentina and moved to Austria, where he took his first football steps, but initially trained in basketball.

"Until I was 12 years old, I coached basketball, then I decided to try my hand at football, and obviously I was not wrong," said De Marco.

At the beginning of his career, in the days when he was of age, he had to work as a waiter in a hotel to survive, his salary from football as a member of Constantia was only 225 euros.

"In Mallorca I played for Constancia of the fourth division and I had a salary of 225 euros a month, it was not even enough for gas. "I had to do something else, so I found a second job in a hotel in Mallorca."

His career took a turn for the better in 2012 when he received a call from his agent.

"I remember well, it was 2012 and that phone call changed my life. Around 23 pm I was in the cinema when my agent asked me and offered me a move to the second league in Slovakia. Honestly, I didn't know where Slovakia was at that time and I was looking for it on a map. I thought for a while and then I accepted, it was the best decision I've ever made," admits De Marco.

The first club he played for in Slovakia was Zemplin Michalovce and he stayed here until 2016, followed by a transfer to Slovan Bratislava from where he signed for Lech from Poland, to return to Slovan in 2021. In 2021, he also received Slovakian citizenship.

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