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Lucas Leiva Player Profile
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 Real name  Lucas Leiva  Place of birth  Dourados, Brazil
 Age  29 (Born 09 Jan, 1987)  Nationality   Brazil
 Height  5ft 10in (1.78m)  Date Signed  01-Jul-07
 Weight  11st 6lb (72.56kg)  Fee  £5,000,000

Appearance and Goal Summary
League
League
FA Cup
FA Cup
L/Cup
L/Cup
 Other
Other
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
194  (53)
1
14  (4)
2
23  (1)
1
35  (21)
3

Appearances
 Season
 League
 FA
 LC
 Europe
 Other
 Total
2007-2008
18
4
3
7
0
32
2008-2009
25
2
2
10
0
39
2009-2010
35
2
0
13
0
50
2010-2011
33
1
1
12
0
47
2011-2012
12
0
3
0
0
15
2012-2013
26
1
0
4
0
31
2013-2014
27
1
1
0
0
29
2014-2015
20
3
5
4
0
32
2015-2016
27
1
5
7
0
40
2016/2017
24
3
4
0
0
31
Total games
248
18
24
57
0
346

Goals
Season
 League
FA
 LC
 Europe
 Other
 Total
2007-2008
0
1
0
0
0
1
2008-2009
1
0
1
1
0
3
2009-2010
0
0
0
1
0
1
2010-2011
0
0
0
1
0
1
2011-2012
0
0
0
0
0
0
2012-2013
0
0
0
0
0
0
2013-2014
0
0
0
0
0
0
2014-2015
0
0
0
0
0
0
2015-2016
0
0
0
0
0
0
2016/2017
0
1
0
0
0
1
Total goals
1
2
1
3
0
7

Discipline
Season
 
 
 
2007-2008
0
0
0
2008-2009
2
0
0
2009-2010
8
0
0
2010-2011
6
0
1
2011-2012
5
0
0
2012-2013
6
0
0
2013-2014
6
0
0
2014-2015
4
0
0
2015-2016
8
0
0
2016-2017
4
0
0
Total Cards
49
0
1

Lucas Levia Bio

Brazil international Lucas Leiva signed for Liverpool in July 2007.

The midfielder's arrival from Gremio was seen as quite a coup for Rafa Benitez, with a host of European clubs apparently circling.

Having broken onto the scene in October 2005, Lucas soon became the youngest player ever to win the Bola de Ouro. The honour is given to the best player in the Campeonato Brasileiro and has previously been won by Zico, Romario, Kaka and Carlos Tevez.

The youngster, nephew of former Brazilian footballer Leivinha, captained his country's U20s to the South American Youth Championship title in 2007, scoring four goals in the process.

No wonder senior coach Dunga was starting to take note. He actually selected the box-to-box midfielder against Al-Kuwait in October 2006, but the game was not an official FIFA tie and so did not count as his international debut. That came a month into his Liverpool career in August 2007 when he came on as a substitute in a friendly with Algeria.

Lucas, who also holds an Italian passport, made his Reds bow as a second-half sub in a Champions League qualifier against Toulouse on August 28, 2007.

The Brazilian notched up more than 30 appearances in his debut season, breaking his Anfield duck in style with a 25-yard curler in the FA Cup against Havant and Waterlooville.

Lucas was absent for the start of 2008-09 after travelling to the Olympics in Beijing, where he claimed bronze after a semi-final defeat to Javier Mascherano's Argentina.

The No.21 tallied a further 39 appearances during his second season at Anfield despite stiff competition from Mascherano and Xabi Alonso. The highlight came when he stood in for the latter as Liverpool thrashed title rivals Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford in March 2009.