Former DPMM FC star Paulo Sergio leaves Bali United

Fadhil Yunus

Former DPMM FC winger Paulo Sergio has recently parted ways with Bali United due to family reasons amid the delayed restart of the 2020-2021 Shopee Liga 1 season.

The skilful Portuguese joined the Indonesian outfit at the beginning of last year and helped them win their maiden league title.

However, their title defence was interrupted with the suspension of the league since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have communicated with the management that I am resigning from the team. I love Bali United, but I also want to follow my family in Portugal,” Paulo Sergio was quoted as saying to the club’s website.

He added, “For this reason, Bali United and I have agreed to terminate my contract.”

Meanwhile Chief Executive Officer of Bali United Yabes Tanuri said, “We support Paulo’s decision to return to Portugal to meet his family and focus on solving his personal problems. Of course, this is the best choice for Paulo’s future.”

Former DPMM FC winger Paulo Sergio in action for Bali United. PHOTO: BALI UNITED

The CEO also thanked the Portuguese maestro for his services and contributions especially in playing a key role in the club’s success.

He was ranked joint third alongside Tira Persikabo’s Ciro for most assists last season with 10 behind Barito Putera’s Rizky Pora and former Arema Cronus FC man Makan Konate.

With Sergio’s departure, the Tridatu Warriors are left with three foreign imports namely Willian Pachecho, Braw Nouri and Melvin Platje.

The 36-year-old, who was once a teammate of football icon Cristiano Ronaldo in Sporting Lisbon’s academy, cemented his place in DPMM FC’s history when he helped the club to their maiden league title in the Singapore league in 2015.

He scored 18 goals in 39 league appearances with the Gegar Gegar men across two seasons.

After ending a two-year spell in the Singapore league, Sergio announced his arrival to Indonesian football in style after winning the league title with Bhayangkara FC. He was also named as Liga 1 Best Player in 2017 and earned inclusion in the Team of the Season.

At youth international level, Sergio reached the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final with the Portugal under-19 team in 2003.

He has also played for several clubs in his homeland Portugal and spent a year in Cyprus with AEK Limassol where he was a part of the team that reached the final in the Cypriot Cup.