Fernandinho is the latest Brazilian sensation to come into the Premier League as Manchester City have started their process to tool up and improve ahead of the new Premier League season.
They’ve made a big investment in the 28-year-old without a first team manager in place, which goes to show the belief they have in his quality and ability to play a big role in the team next year.
He seems to have been bought by the club to inject some more power into the City midfield, which will take a little bit of pressure away from Yaya Toure and David Silva.
However, one criticism of the move is that he’s another centrally based midfielder and time will tell over whether he can have an impact in helping City become a wider side, less narrow in terms of their build up play.
Here are five key facts about him.
1) He started his career with Atletico Paranaense and went straight into the first team making his debut at the age of 17-years-old.
2) He spent eight years at Shakhtar Donetsk, signing for the club in 2005, accumulating 184 appearances for the side with 31 goals to show for his career there.
3) He’s played for the Brazilian senior side on five different occasions. He was a member of the 2003 that won the Fifa World Youth Championship.
4) He was voted Player of the Year at Shakhtar in the 2007/2008 season and also won the Golden Football of Ukraine Top Player of the Ukrainian Premier League award in the same season.
5) He scored the winner for Shakhtar in their Champions League match against Chelsea last season, which went a long way to knocking the Blues out of the tournament.
Take a look at the video of some of his best goals and highlights, which includes one stunning pass, which takes five players in the opposition out of the game in a matter of seconds.
Good signing for Manchester City?
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