Sailors' million-dollar man Lopes unfazed by top billing

Lion City Sailors chief executive officer Chew Chun-Liang with the club's Brazilian signings, creative midfielder Diego Lopes (far left) and defender Jorge Fellipe, at Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday. The team, who also have many Singapore internationa
Lion City Sailors chief executive officer Chew Chun-Liang with the club's Brazilian signings, creative midfielder Diego Lopes (far left) and defender Jorge Fellipe, at Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday. The team, who also have many Singapore internationals, will be strong favourites to win the SPL and progress far in the AFC Cup. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

He will forever be known as Singapore football's first multimillion-dollar signing, but Lion City Sailors' new creative midfielder Diego Lopes insists he will be value for money when the new season kicks off at the end of the month.

In an exclusive interview with the Singapore Premier League club's new Brazilian signings at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday, the soft-spoken 26-year-old said through a translator: "I don't feel the pressure. I always view expectations as a motivation to become a better player.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2021, with the headline 'Sailors' million-dollar man Lopes unfazed by top billing'. Subscribe