The textile industry has become a significant part of the football world and in the years since FIFA introduced a wage cap, players from the elite leagues have been earning as much as $20,000 per week.
It’s a big boost to the coffers of the sport, but there are risks involved too.
In a bid to better position himself for his future, Fabio Caceres has decided to leave his textile design job to pursue a career in football.
The 32-year-old has decided not to sign a new contract with the Turin giants this summer and has instead decided to pursue an artistic career, which he hopes will be recognised by the Italian league.
Caceres said he has been considering his options for several months but decided to take his time in this way.
“I am going to make the best possible decision for myself,” he said.
“I think this is a good time for me to move on.
I think the Italian Serie A is very much my target and I hope to continue in the same way.”
A footballing journeyThat’s where Cacere’s journey begins.
After being drafted into Italy’s Serie A side in 2010, the then 22-year old played a key role in helping the team to reach the last 16 of the Europa League before being released by his previous club, Sassuolo.
“When I was a kid, I played for Sassuola, in Italy, but I was not very good,” Caceredos son, Stefano, told reporters at the time.
“In Italy I played with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo and the current players.
It was always difficult, but at that time I played well, played at a high level and I had a good career.”
In 2013, Cacerenos move to Turin was cut short due to a knee injury and he spent the next two years at the Torino club, but he has made a career out of helping the Turinese giants to the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Europa Super Cup.
The first of his many attempts at the elite league came in 2015, when he joined the likes for the second successive season in the Champions League, the second time in the competition he made it past the group stage.
Cceres’ contribution to the team has been critical, as they finished the season on top of the table, but it’s not all about his goalscoring prowess.
He’s also managed to raise awareness of the plight of the small and medium-sized businesses in Italy.
“For me, I think this campaign is important to do something about this industry,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s important to show that we can change things.
For the small businesses in Turin, I know that it’s hard to do everything, but this is the best time to do it.
I know we can make it.”
Caceredes goal to change the landscape, but his journey could end here.
His current contract with Torino expires at the end of the season and he has indicated he wants to go on a permanent deal with the club, which would give him the chance to compete for a spot in the starting line-up at the next FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“There is a possibility that I can go back to Italy and join Juventus, but that depends on what happens with my contract,” Cceres said.
“It depends on Juventus, and we will see what happens in the future.”