Yuri Messias joins Gzira United

Gzira United signed Brazilian forward Yuri de Jesus Messias on a three-year deal.

After playing for Boavista SC, Imperial FC, CS Paraibano in Brazil, twenty nine year old Yuri had moved to Malta in summer 2013 to join Mosta FC. The following season, he joined Msida St. Joseph where he spent two years before moving to Naxxar Lions where he spent another two years. In summer 2018, he joined Nadur Youngsters but in the January transfer window, he moved to Saudi Arabia where he was playing for Al Jabalain. He joined Valletta in summer 2019 but mid-way through the season moved to Frederiquense in Brazil. Last season, he moved back to Malta to join Gudja United but in January, signed for East Riffa in Bahrain.

The Maroons had earlier signed Haruna Garba, Thiago Espíndola de Paula, Emmanuel Mbong, Clive Gauci, Luke Tabone and Kurt Desira. Judivan Flor da Silva was not retained and moved to Nadur Youngsters.