Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura 2.jpg
Moura in 2011
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 52 (13)
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 19:34, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:34, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

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

Moura 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, Moura was then signed by English side Tottenham Hotspur. He 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.

Moura made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2011 and has since earned over 30 caps, representing the nation at two editions of the Copa América, the 2012 Olympics (where he won a silver medal), and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, winning the latter title.

Club career

São Paulo

Moura 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. Moura 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, Moura scored nine goals and provided four assists in 28 appearances in the Campeonato Brasileiro and 13 goals and eight assists in all competitions.[citation needed]

Paris Saint-Germain

Moura training with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013

During the summer of 2012, both Manchester United and Inter Milan were reported to be interested in signing Moura.[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 Moura would wear the No. 29 shirt for the remainder of the season.[citation needed]

On 11 January 2013, Moura 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, he 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, Moura was handed the No. 7 shirt – the same number he wore while playing for São Paulo.[12] He 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, Moura 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, he equalled his league tally from the previous season.[16]

On 7 August 2015, Moura 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, Moura 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 Hotspur

On 31 January 2018, Moura 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, Moura 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, he 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, Moura 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, he 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, Moura 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, Moura signed a new contract with Tottenham until 2024.[31] He 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 career

Youth career and early senior career

Moura (left) in 2012

Moura was a frequent member of Brazil's Under-20 international side. In February 2011, he 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. Moura made his senior international debut for Brazil in friendly match against Scotland on 27 March 2011. On 28 September 2011, Moura scored his first senior international goal for Brazil against Argentina.[citation needed]

2011 Copa América

Moura was named in Mano Menezes' squad for the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. Moura appeared in the group stage matches against Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela as a second-half substitute on all occasions. He 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.[citation needed]

2012 Olympics

Moura 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.[citation needed]

2013 Confederations Cup

Moura was selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil.[33]

Copa América Centenario

In 2016, Moura was named in Dunga's 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario in the United States.[34]

Style of play

A quick and mobile winger, who is also powerful, creative, and technically gifted,[35] 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.[36][37][38][39] A versatile player, he is also capable of playing in several positions, and has also been deployed as a forward,[40] in midfield,[41] or as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers.[42]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 7 December 2019 [43]
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 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 153 34 18 5 16 3 38 3 4 1 229 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 14 3 0 0 1 0 3 1 18 4
Total 52 13 6 1 4 0 16 6 0 0 78 20
Career total 279 66 37 8 20 3 66 12 33 10 435 99
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Campeonato Paulista
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Trophée des Champions

International

As of match played 12 October 2018 [44]
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 goals

Scores and results table. Brazil's goal tally first.
No. 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

Honours

São Paulo

Paris Saint-Germain

Tottenham Hotspur

Brazil U20

Brazil U23

Brazil

Individual

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