The video that convinced Adelaide United to offer a trial to phony footballer Dexter Rosales

“It has been a strange few days with all the speculation around this mystery man – it doesn’t look great from our end. We’re not the first club to be given a false lead with a supposed trialist, but other clubs probably just don’t promote it to the world like we did.” – Spokesman for Adelaide United.

“Dexter Rosales was never a contracted player here at Ajax and never was on trial, I checked Google and saw that there was a [picture] card with the name Dexter Rosales, but that picture of the player in the Ajax kit was Mauro Rosales. Mauro was a player from Argentina who was at the club until 2006, but the card and text is not ‘Ajax official’. We do not know if Dexter Rosales does or does not exist, but we can confirm that he never was at Ajax.” – Spokesman for Ajax.

In today’s internet age, you have to feel a little sorry for Adelaide United – this sort of thing can happen to the best of us.

Adelaide announced last week that they were trialling two overseas players, one of whom was former United States youth international Dexter Rosales.

And what a CV he had. Rosales had represented Ajax, River Plate and Valencia. Whilst he had a Twitter account, Wikipedia page, YouTube video (see below) and even an Associated Press article, quoting Ajax boss Frank de Boer.

His supposed agent, Dimitri Kascovic, got in touch with Adelaide who offered the trial. Until the A-League club dug a little deeper and realised Rosales did not exist.

There should have ended this sorry tale but it has received further legs with the Australian version of FourFourTwo tracking down the scam artist to a man named Dexter Rosa Monsalve, a part-time DJ from Miami.

Now, Dexter Rosa Monsalve says he wants the trial offered by Adelaide United. And like all of us who didn’t make it professionally, says  he ”never got the opportunity” to make it big and is “impressive.”

Monslave adds: “I have nothing to hide and I will go to Adelaide and pay my way to try out – and let my game speak peacefully.”

It seems unlikely however, that Monslave, can perform like Dexter Rosales does on his recruiting video below.

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