Other former soccer players post their new adventures on social networks, César Prates uploads to Instagram videos of his performances intertwined with biblical passages. Armed with the six strings and a personalized Bible with his name on the spine, his religious vocation was always there. “May Jesus heal you”, he told rivals that they fell injured. I related it this week in Sports Balloon: “A shepherd is not done, he always was, he had it inside me”. César Prates plays evangelical hymns on his guitar. His history in Madrid did not lead to epic scenes. Nor of redemption. He was chosen at the age of 21, when he was acting at the Porto Alegre International, from a list of 30 footballers managed by the technical secretariat of Lorenzo Sanz (in Pirri’s hands). Absolute international and praised by Roberto Carlos (“César is one of the best players in Brazil“, he said in that 1996), the problem is that he appeared in a Madrid that had just signed Panucci and had Secretary And till Chendo in the same position. Prates initially went to Real Madrid B (at that time, the official name of Castilla) and did not leave there … Well, it did come out, but it was forced to err by Brazilian clubs and later, sold definitively. To Sporting Lisbon. “Madrid loaned Vasco, Coritiba, Botafogo and Corinthians six months before transferring me”, remembered the defender in Globoesporte, where he confessed “very sad” about the recent death of Lorenzo Sanz from the coronavirus. In Portugal, took Cristiano Ronaldo as a disciple, a criança 17, and taught him the technique of shooting fouls. “Every time he scores such a goal, they call me to tell the story …”The Brazilian has counted, amused and resigned, more than once. From there it passed through the Galatasaray, the Livorno of Commander Lucarelli and Chievo, among others. Retired, he has not lost his relationship with Real Madrid. In 2017 he joined the technical staff of the Madrid Foundation Clinic in Coritiba. Occasionally he shares some of the few images he has of his white time. He grabs the guitar and sings, sometimes in tears of devotion, to Jesus. This is the life of Cesar Prates, almost twenty-five years ago signing of Real Madrid, now evangelical pastor. Chocolate Shepherd, his parishioners call him. A winger who did not succeed as a Real Madrid player but had a long career in Brazil, Portugal, Italy and Turkey until one day, in 2010, he felt the call, as if it were the Los Javis film. Cease he immediately terminated his contract as a professional footballer at the Náutico and began his own career in the Church. Also the musical: accompany his ministry with evangelical hymns. César Prates, in one of his matches with Real Madrid.Rafa Painter. At Sporting Lisbon, he taught Cristiano the technique of shooting fouls. Blanca now has a beard and as a result of her experience she also reaches out to school children with soccer through the solidarity activity of her own foundation. Why the ball, like the guitar and the Bible, is always present for César Prates.