AEK are set to complete the deal for Granada attacking midfielder Diego Buonanotte after the Argentine ace agreed terms with the Greek club.
Diego Buonanotte has verbally agreed to continue his career at AEK for the next two seasons and he is set to travel to Greece next week after being released from Granada.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder will probably be in Athens sometime this week to undergo the medical and complete his transfer to AEK.
Info below via: fiveinmidfield.com
The talented midfielder has been mentioned in the same breath as the great Diego Maradona, a comparison not without merit. He was Dubbed El Enano – the Dwarf.
Buonanotte’s debut for River Plate came in April 2006 when he was just seventeen years of age, and he was held in such high regard by River coach Daniel Passarella that, despite his tender years, Buonanotte was thrown into the cauldron of the Superclásico just six months later. His early appearances for his club caught the eye of Sergio Batista, who selected Buonanotte as part of the Argentine squad that took home Gold from the 2008 Olympic Games, with the youngster scoring a sublime free kick against Serbia in the group stages.
On Boxing Day 2009 Buonanotte’s life changed forever. As he drove his three friends Alexis Fulcheri, Emanuel Melo and Gerardo Sune home from a night out near his home town of Teodelina, Buonanotte lost control of his father’s Peugeot 307 in dreadful conditions on an isolated country freeway and collided with huge force with a tree. The impact left the vehicle as nothing more than a twisted mass of metal. Friends of the four travelling in another vehicle behind them were the first on the scene. Buonanotte was pulled alive from the wreckage by fire-fighters, but tragically Fulcheri, Melo and Sune died as a result of their injuries.
Diego suffered a broken collarbone, a broken right arm, damage to his lungs and severe bruising to his chest. Initial reports estimated that it would be at least seven months before he could play football again. Media attention also focused on the revelation that, of the car’s four occupants, Buonanotte was the only one to have been wearing a seatbelt.
Buonanotte made a remarkable recovery, and was even fit enough to return to action in April 2010, just four months after the crash. His first appearance back in a River Plate shirt came just days shy of his twenty-second birthday.