Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva (born 13 August 1992), known as Lucas or Lucas Moura, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a right winger for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national football team.
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. 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". 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.
During the summer of 2012, both Manchester United and Internazionale were reported to be interested in signing Lucas. 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. The transfer fee was reported to be in the region of €45 million (£38 million). It was announced that Lucas would wear the No. 29 shirt for the remainder of the season.
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. On 13 September 2013, Moura scored his first goal for PSG in a 2−0 league victory over Bordeaux.
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. Moura 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.
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. On 5 October, Moura scored the opening goal in a match that finished 1−1 against title rivals Monaco. With his two goals in PSG's 3–0 victory over Bordeaux on 25 October, Lucas equalled his league tally from the previous season.
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 América
Lucas was named in Mano Menezes' squad for the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. Lucas appeared in the group stage matches against Paraguay and Ecuador as a second-half substitute on both occasions. Lucas did not feature in Brazil's penalty shoot-out defeat to Paraguay in the quarter-finals which eliminated Brazil from the competition.
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. Lucas was left out of the FIFA 2014 Brazilian squad by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Style of play
A quick, diminutive, and mobile winger, who is also powerful, creative, and technically gifted, 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 make him a dangerous offensive threat. A versatile player, he is also capable of playing in several positions, and has also been deployed as a forward, in midfield, or as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers.
- As of 14 May 2016.
- Scores and results table. Brazil's goal tally first:
|1.||28 September 2011||Estádio Olímpico do Pará, Belém, Brazil||Argentina||2011 Superclásico de las Américas|
|2.||10 September 2012||Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil||China PR||Friendly|
|3.||11 October 2012||Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden||Iraq||Friendly|
|4.||9 June 2013||Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||France||Friendly|
- São Paulo
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Ligue 1: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014—15, 2015–16
- Coupe de France: 2014–15, 2015-16
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015-16
- Trophée des Champions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- South American Youth Championship: 2011
- Superclásico de las Américas: 2011
- Olympic Silver Medal: 2012
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2013