Jonathan Toro has signed for Gil Vicente, a team in the Portuguese First Division.

Jonathan Rubio Toro’s dream has turned into a reality. The young Honduran has just signed for Gil Vicente, adding another player to list of those who have made the jump from Fundación Marcet to professional football.

Interest in Jonathan had been growing the past months with various teams from top divisions in Europe looking at him. From Portugal to Switzerland, the Central American star was not short of offers. When it seemed like FC Sion was going to get his signature, Gil Vicente FC put an offer that couldn’t be refused on the table that left the Swiss club gobsmacked.

The Honduran number 10, in agreement with his family and Marcet, without a doubt chose to go with Gil Vicente, a team in the Top Division in a country that has a great footballing tradition within Europe. The perfect place for the promising youngster to unravel his talent during the next few seasons.

“It’s a huge opportunity for my career”, Jonathan remarks. “I really like the organisation of the Swiss, also the quality of life in the Alpine country. However, Portugal is a much better option from a footballing point of view, as the league there has a much higher level”.

Jonathan had been training at the installations here at Fundación Marcet for over three years. From the day he arrived in Barcelona the coaches at our football academy had no doubts – the Honduran forward had everything going for him to get to the highest level in football.

Being at Marcet helped him develop his talent and get better as each day passed. His consistent hard work gave him his first prize as he was selected for his country’s U-20s national squad last may.

Fundación Marcet’s talented youngster trained last autumn with Sion, the team from the Swiss First Division, but it was eventually Gil Vicente who put the more interesting offer on the table just before the transfer market closed.

An offer that has made the list of players that have been through the doors of Fundación Marcet and ended up at Top flight clubs just that little bit longer, putting Jonathan Rubio’s name alongside giants like Oliver Torres, Jackson Martínez and Carlos Kameni.