Caio Lucas Fernandes
Caio playing for Benfica in 2019
|Full name||Caio Lucas Fernandes|
|Date of birth||19 April 1994|
|Place of birth||Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
(on loan from Benfica)
|2011–2013||Chiba Kokusai High School|
|2020–||→ Sharjah (loan)||3||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2019|
Born in Araçatuba, São Paulo, Caio started playing football in 2002, aged 8, at local clubs SMER Bosque Araçatuba and América-SP. He then played for São Paulo's youth teams from 2005 to 2009 but could not become professional, so he left the club and unsuccessfully tried to join rivals Santos and Palmeiras before returning to América. In 2011, when he was prepared to give up on football, he was discovered by a Japanese university that was playing in Birigui, Brazil. Almost aged 17, he moved to Japan that year to enroll in Chiba Kokusai High School in Kimitsu, where he played for three years.
After his graduation, Caio joined J1 League club Kashima Antlers in 2014. In his first professional season, under the coaching of Toninho Cerezo, Caio scored eight goals as Kashima Antlers qualified for the AFC Champions League. Moreover, he was named J. League's Young Player of the Year in 2014 and won the 2016 J1 League and 2015 J.League Cup. In 2019, following a three-year spell with Emirati club Al Ain, with whom he reached the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final, Caio signed a four-year contract with Portuguese club Benfica.
- As of match played 28 December 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Kashima Antlers||2014||J1 League||30||8||1||1||6||0||—||—||37||9|
|Al Ain||2016–17||UAE Pro-League||24||12||2||0||5||1||16[d]||5||—||47||18|
- Appearances in Emperor's Cup and UAE President's Cup
- Appearances in J.League Cup and UAE League Cup
- Appearances in AFC Champions League
- Six appearances and two goals in 2016 AFC Champions League, ten appearances and three goals in 2017 AFC Champions League
- One appearance and one goal in UAE Super Cup, four appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
- Rodrigues, Alexander (21 December 2018). "Araçatuba terá representante na Final do Mundial de Clubes deste sábado" [Araçatuba will have a representative in the Club World Cup final this Saturday]. Folha da Região (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- Desiludido após dispensa do São Paulo, ele foi estudar no Japão e acabou virando sheik nos Emirados: 'Só não tenho harém'
- "J-League Preview: 8 Players to Watch in the Campaign to Come". Tokyo Weekender. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Yasuhito Endo Pickedas 2014 J.LEAGUE Player of the Year December". J. League. 9 December 2014. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Reforço do Benfica despede-se do Al Ain" [Benfica signing says goodbye to Al Ain]. Reforço do Benfica despede-se do Al Ain (in Portuguese). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
- Rebelo, Marco (27 June 2019). "Bem-vindo, Caio Lucas!" [Welcome, Caio Lucas!]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "Sharjah signs Brazilian Caio Lucas Fernández from the Portuguese club Benfica on loan for 18 months". Twitter (in Arabic). 23 January 2020.
- Caio at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
- "Bale, Caio and Borre sweep awards". FIFA. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.