11 forgotten Brazilian wonderkids who romped with the chairman’s daughter, from Kerlon to star.
Nothing beats signing a Brazilian wonderkid for your club, but as Brinkwire Sport discovered, bringing one of South America’s best to Europe isn’t always a good idea.
In life, there are three things you can count on.
Death, taxes, and 30-second YouTube clips of Brazilian wonderkids doing crazy things.
The proliferation of football content has resulted in such prodigious young talents becoming stars before they can say ‘rabona,’ but that doesn’t stop the rest of us from getting as excited as a child at Christmas about them.
There’s no greater thrill than signing a South American teenager with his own highlight reel, especially if he has some of that trademark Brazilian flair.
However, as Brinkwire Sport discovered, not all of them live up to their lofty reputations, and some end up being far more carni-fail than carnival.
Kerlon, who is half human and half seal, became famous after videos of him dribbling while balancing the ball on his head went viral on YouTube.
While some resorted to signing the Cruzeiro man on Football Manager, it was Chievo who brought him to Europe.
Injuries cut short his time with the Italian minnows, and he returned to Brazil in 2011 after a loan spell at Ajax and a move to Japan.
Kerlon announced his retirement after a three-month period without a club in 2017.
His legacy will live on in the streets.
Let us know in the comments section below who your favorite Brazilian wonderkid is.
Vampeta is, without a doubt, the best name on the list.
He made an impression when he first arrived in Europe with PSV, but he returned to Brazil in 1998.
After that, he joined Inter Milan, but after only one appearance, he returned to his homeland in a deal that also included a certain Adriano.
While Vampeta went on to have a nomadic career in the Middle East and Brazil, Adriano established himself as one of the best forwards of the decade.
Alexandre Pato was once regarded as one of football’s brightest prospects, especially when he was at AC Milan.
He was also a lady’s man.
Pato began dating the daughter of former President Silvio Berlusconi shortly after winning the Scudetto with the San Siro club.
Their courtship, on the other hand, would not.
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