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Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva (born 13 August 1992), known as Lucas Moura (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈlukas ˈmowɾɐ])[3] or simply Lucas, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Brazil national team.

Lucas Moura
Lucas training Doha 2013 01.jpg
Lucas training with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 27
Youth career
1999–2002 Juventus-SP
2002–2005 Corinthians
2005–2010 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 São Paulo 74 (19)
2013–2018 Paris Saint-Germain 153 (34)
2018– Tottenham Hotspur 41 (11)
National team
2011–2012 Brazil U20 9 (4)
2012 Brazil U23 5 (1)
2011– Brazil 35 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:34, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Lucas started his professional career at São Paulo where he became one of the best players in the Campeonato Paulista. His pace and dribbling skills garnered attention from numerous European clubs, eventually earning him a transfer to French side Paris Saint-Germain. After spending five years at the club, Lucas was then signed by English side Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas was involved in the side reaching their first ever UEFA Champions League final, scoring a historic hat-trick in the second leg of the semi-final of the competition to help Spurs advance.

Lucas made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2011 and has since earned over 30 caps, representing them at the 2011 Copa América and 2012 Olympics.

Club careerEdit

São PauloEdit

Lucas joined São Paulo FC in 2005 after playing for the youth teams of Clube Atlético Juventus and Corinthians and was known as Marcelinho since he played for a Marcelinho Carioca football school as a child and also had physical resemblance with the former footballer.[4] Having had prominence at youth level, he was promoted to play professionally by Milton Cruz. Lucas made his debut with the São Paulo first-team in 2010, scoring 4 goals and providing four assists in 25 appearances. In the same year, he stated his desire to be known for his given name instead of a nickname to "make his own history in football without comparisons".[5][6] In 2011, Lucas scored nine goals and provided four assists in 28 appearances in the Campeonato Brasileiro and 13 goals and eight assists in all competitions.

Paris Saint-GermainEdit

During the summer of 2012, both Manchester United and Internazionale were reported to be interested in signing Lucas.[7] On 8 August 2012, Paris Saint-Germain won the battle and announced the player would be moving to the club in January 2013. He would be the club's most expensive signing.[8] The transfer fee was reported to be in the region of €45 million (£38 million).[9] It was announced that Lucas would wear the No. 29 shirt for the remainder of the season.

On 11 January 2013, Lucas made his debut against AC Ajaccio, in a match that ended as a 0–0 draw. He also played in the Champions League away victory over Valencia on 12 February, assisting a goal in the process.[10] On 13 September 2013, Lucas scored his first goal for PSG in a 2–0 league victory over Bordeaux.[11]

For the 2014–15 season, following Jérémy Ménez's transfer to A.C. Milan, Lucas was handed the No. 7 shirt – the same number he wore while playing for São Paulo.[12] Lucas made his season debut for PSG in their 2–0 Trophée des Champions victory over Coupe de France winners EA Guingamp on 2 August 2014 at the Workers Stadium in Beijing.[13]

He scored his first goal of the 2014–15 Ligue 1 campaign on 16 August, volleying in a Gregory van der Wiel cross as PSG defeated Bastia 2–0.[14] On 5 October, Lucas scored the opening goal in a match that finished 1–1 against title rivals Monaco.[15] With his two goals in PSG's 3–0 victory over Bordeaux on 25 October, Lucas equalled his league tally from the previous season.[16]

On 7 August 2015, Lucas scored the first goal of the 2015–16 Ligue 1 season in PSG's 1–0 defeat of Lille OSC at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.[17]

On 15 October 2016, Lucas scored PSG's first goal in the 13th minute in a 2–1 away win against AS Nancy in a Ligue 1 match with a curling free-kick from the left which nobody got a touch to; that was his fifth league goal of the 2016–17 Ligue 1 season.[18] For the 2017–18 Ligue 1 season, he appeared only as substitute six times for the club, and left in January 2018.[19]

Tottenham HotspurEdit

On 31 January 2018, Lucas signed a contract with Tottenham Hotspur until 2023 for a transfer fee of around £25 million.[19][20] He made his debut for Tottenham in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League match against Juventus on 13 February 2018, coming on as a late substitute in the match that ended in a 2–2 draw.[21] He made his first start as well as scoring his first goal for the club in the FA Cup tie against Rochdale on 18 February 2018 that also finished 2–2.[22]

In the 2018–19 season, Lucas scored his first Premier League goal on 18 August 2018 in Spurs' 3–1 win over Fulham.[23] In the following match on 27 August 2018, Lucas scored a brace against Manchester United as Tottenham won 3–0 in only their third away win at Old Trafford in 27 games.[24][25] He scored his first Champions League goal for Spurs in the group round match against PSV Eindhoven.[26] In the away match against Barcelona at Camp Nou, Lucas scored a late equaliser after Barcelona took an early lead in the game. The game ended 1–1, which sent Tottenham through into the knockout stage together with Barcelona.[27] On 13 April 2019, Lucas scored a hat-trick in the 4–0 win over Huddersfield Town. This was his first hat-trick in Europe and the first ever hat-trick scored at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.[28]

On 8 May 2019, Lucas scored a second half hat-trick in Tottenham's 3–2 victory over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena in the second leg of their Champions League semi-finals. Spurs came back from 2–0 down on the night, and 3–0 down on aggregate to win on away goals. His third goal, in the 96th minute, sent his team into a Champions League final for the first time in their history.[29] This performance lead L'Équipe to award him a perfect 10 rating, making him the tenth ever player to be awarded a 10 rating by them.[30]

On 9 August 2019, Lucas signed a new contract with Tottenham until 2024.[31]

Lucas scored his first goal of the 2019–20 season on 17 August 2019, equalising against Manchester City within nineteen seconds of being introduced as a substitute.[32]

International careerEdit

 
Lucas with his national teammate Neymar in 2012

Lucas was a frequent member of Brazil's Under-20 international side. In February 2011, Lucas was involved for Brazil in the Under-20 South American Championship where he scored a hat-trick in a 6–0 victory over Uruguay in the final. Lucas made his senior international debut for Brazil in friendly match against Scotland on 27 March 2011. On 28 September 2011, Lucas scored his first senior international goal for Brazil against Argentina.

2011 Copa AméricaEdit

Lucas was named in Mano Menezes' squad for the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. Lucas appeared in the group stage matches against Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela as a second-half substitute on all occasions. Lucas once again featured as a substitute in Brazil's penalty shoot-out defeat to Paraguay in the quarter-finals which eliminated Brazil from the competition.

2012 OlympicsEdit

Lucas was selected to compete for the Brazil Olympic football team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London along with club teammates Casemiro and Bruno Uvini. He appeared in three matches as a substitute, including the Gold medal match with Mexico, and started in the 3–0 group stage victory over New Zealand.

Style of playEdit

A quick and mobile winger, who is also powerful, creative, and technically gifted,[33] Lucas Moura is known for his explosive acceleration, agility, and pace on the ball, as well as his excellent dribbling skills, in particular his use of trickery and feints, which makes him a dangerous offensive threat.[34][35][36][37] A versatile player, he is also capable of playing in several positions, and has also been deployed as a forward,[38] in midfield,[39] or as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers.[40]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 25 August 2019[41]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2010 Série A 25 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 4
2011 28 9 4 0 3 1 8[a] 3 43 13
2012 21 6 9 2 9 2 21[a] 6 60 16
Total 74 19 13 2 12 3 29 9 128 33
Paris Saint-Germain 2012–13 Ligue 1 10 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 15 0
2013–14 36 5 2 0 4 0 10 0 1[b] 0 53 5
2014–15 29 7 4 1 4 0 8 0 1[b] 0 46 8
2015–16 36 9 6 1 4 1 9 2 1[b] 0 56 13
2016–17 37 12 5 3 3 2 7 1 1[b] 1 53 19
2017–18 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Total 153 34 19 5 16 3 38 3 4 1 230 46
Tottenham Hotspur 2017–18 Premier League 6 0 4 1 1 0 11 1
2018–19 32 10 2 0 3 0 12 5 49 15
2019–20 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 41 11 6 1 3 0 13 5 0 0 63 17
Career total 268 64 38 8 19 3 63 11 33 10 421 96
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Campeonato Paulista
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Trophée des Champions

InternationalEdit

As of match played 12 October 2018[42]
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2011 10 1
2012 12 2
2013 9 1
2015 2 0
2016 1 0
2018 1 0
Total 35 4

International goalsEdit

Scores and results table. Brazil's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 September 2011 Estádio Olímpico do Pará, Belém, Brazil   Argentina
1–0
2–0
2011 Superclásico de las Américas
2. 10 September 2012 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil   China PR
3–0
8–0
Friendly
3. 11 October 2012 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden   Iraq
6–0
6–0
Friendly
4. 9 June 2013 Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre, Brazil   France
3–0
3–0
Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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