Lucas Pereira, a former Brazilian footballer who played for four years in France with AC Ajaccio, died at 39 from complications related to Covid-19. Raised in Ponte Preta, a Brazilian club for which he had recently managed some transfers, Lucas Pereira played in Corsica from 2004 to 2008. AC Ajaccio greeted him with a statement on their official website: “Lucas, rest in peace , Bear forever! ”
Lucas Pereira , former Brazilian footballer of the French club AC Ajaccio , died yesterday, aged 39 , from complications related to Covid-19 . After four days in the hospital, due to a cardiac arrest, “our friend Lucas Pereira lost the match against Covid” , we read on the official website of the Corsican club. The tributes came from all the teams in which he played during his career, which ended at home in 2012. Recently, he had dealt with some transfers for Ponte Preta , the Brazilian club in which he grew up. In the South American country, the situation linked to Covid-19 remains dramatic, with the number of victims exceeding half a million deaths over the weekend.
On their official website, AC Ajaccio, a club that has played in Ligue 2 for seven seasons now, wanted to say goodbye to Lucas Pereira, who has dedicated four years of his career to the Corsican team:
This news plunges the club into infinite sadness because he had marked the minds on a human and sporting level. Lucas arrived in 2004 when the club was struggling to stay in Ligue 1. The Brazilian made his talent known by scoring 11 goals in his first season, including some memorable heads. Lucas played for the red and white until 2008, scoring 24 goals in 97 games. A special moment will remain in our memories: the goal scored by Lucas on 5 April 2008 against Bastia, which gave the victory to the Bears. Today all the members of AC Ajaccio mourn its ancient splendor and pay homage to it. Lucas, rest in peace, Bear forever!
Lucas Pereira’s career
Raised in the Brazilian club of Ponte Preta, Lucas Pereira had briefly played for Portoguesa before joining AC Ajaccio. He stayed in Corsica for four seasons, half of which in Ligue 1 and the other two in Ligue 2, before moving to South Korea to play with Suwon Samsung Bluewings. His world tour continued with a brief return to his homeland, at Duque de Caxias, and then played two seasons between Qatar, at Al-Markhiya, and Greece, with Ethnikos Piraeus. Finally, he spent the last two years of his career in Brazil, first at Metropolitano and then at America-SP, retiring from football at the age of 30.