The 25-year-old midfielder Lucas Tolentino or Lucas Paquetá, as he is better known, stood out in the debut game of the Brazilian team in the 2022 World Cup.
The player was considered essential for the victory when he performed the moves that made striker Richarlison score the two goals that guaranteed Brazil’s triumph against Serbia on Thursday, 24.
Born on Paquetá Island, Rio de Janeiro, where his nickname came from, Lucas plays as a midfielder for the English team West Ham and is a former Flamengo player.
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Paquetá at the 2022 World Cup: see the midfielder’s main moves in the game between Brazil and Serbia
Paquetá at the 2022 World Cup: football career
Lucas Paquetá saw his football career take a bigger turn in 2018. Flamengo holder, the player was part of the list of substitutes for the Brazilian national team and was, that year, one of the youngest to be called up among the 35 names.
Also in 2018, Paquetá shone for Flamengo, receiving the Bola de Prata Trophy from ESPN, the Mesa Redonda Trophy, from TV Gazeta, and the Craque do Brasileirão Award, from CBF and from the GloboEsporte.com website, the latter two being the best midfielder of the Brazilian Championship of that year.
Despite his rise to have happened at Flamengo and in 2018, Lucas Paquetá has already played for other teams. Check below where the midfielder has been and where he currently plays:
National career: Flamengo
Lucas Paquetá arrived at Flamengo at just 8 years old, being a child of the team’s base divisions. When jumping to the next category, he needed to do physical training separately, because despite his good technique, his physical structure threatened his permanence.
The specific training made the player, who at the time of the beginning of the training was 1.53 in height and 15 years old, grow 27 cm over 3 years.
In 2016, he was part of the team wearing the number 11 of Gávea, in the campaign that led the club to the title of the traditional Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, beating Corinthians. A highlight at the club, Paquetá was promoted to Flamengo’s professional squad.
His first goal with the red-black shirt happened in 2017, when Flamengo defeated Madureira by 4-0, at Estádio Raulino de Oliveira, in Volta Redonda.
In 2018, the player became one of the protagonists of Flamengo alongside Éverton Ribeiro, Diego Ribas in the red-black midfield, but he lived through the ups and downs of the season along with the bad phase that the team was going through.
International career: Milan
Due to his good performance wearing the Flamengo shirt, Paquetá began to be speculated in Italian football, with Milan and Juventus as the main interested parties in his hiring.
The player was also speculated by Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, where there were early talks for his acquisition.
Despite speculation, on October 10, 2018, Milan went through negotiations with the French team and signed the midfielder for around 35 million euros.
After the erased passage through Milan, Paquetá was announced as a new reinforcement for Lyon on September 30, 2020, achieving prominence in the team for his good performance.
On August 29, 2022, Paquetá had his transfer confirmed to West Ham in the amount of 60 million euros. Being the most expensive player in the history of the Hammers, the Brazilian midfielder received the number 11 shirt.
Paquetá at the 2022 World Cup: participation in the Brazilian national team
Paquetá was one of those chosen to be part of the list of 12 substitutes called by coach Tite for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In the same year, the player was called up again by Tite in the first call made by the same post-World Cup, to defend Brazil in friendlies against the United States and El Salvador. His debut for the national team took place in the match against the USA, on September 7.
He played for Brazil in the 2019 Copa América, where he was champion of the continental tournament, this being his first title for the national team. He debuted in the competition in the quarter-finals against Paraguay.
On May 14, 2021, he was called up for the first two games of the year against Ecuador and Paraguay, on June 4 and 8 respectively, valid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Summoned by Tite for the 2021 Copa América, the midfielder scored the winning goal by 1-0 over Chile, in the quarterfinals, helping the team to qualify for the semifinals of the competition.
In the next game, the semifinal against Peru, Paquetá was once again decisive when he scored the winning goal from 1 to 0 and helped Brazil go to the 9th final of the last 14 Copa Américas disputed.
World Cup 2022
Present on the list of 26 called up by Tite on November 7, Paquetá was called up for his first World Cup hosted by Qatar.
Entering for Brazil at the Estádio Nacional de Lusail, in Lusail, the player helped the Brazilian to beat Serbia 2-0, in a duel valid for the first round of group G. The goals of the match were scored by Richarlison.
Paquetá at the 2022 World Cup: how the player’s love life is going
Lucas Paquetá has been married to nutritionist Maria Eduarda Fournier since 2018. The couple has two children, Benício who was born on April 7, 2020, and Filippo, who was born on May 3, 2021.
The relationship between the two emerged when both worked at Flamengo. The two dated for eight months before exchanging vows and moving to Italy.
Where to watch midfielder Paquetá in Brazil’s World Cup games?
Rede Globo maintains exclusivity in broadcasting the World Cup on open TV, in addition to the closed channel SporTV and the streaming service Globoplay, which will also broadcast the competition in full.
The influencer Casimiro also received the rights to broadcast the World Cup matches on YouTube (CazéTV) and Twitch (Casimito).
The International Football Federation (FIFA) itself, responsible for the World Cup, launched its free and online streaming for fans to enjoy the games in high resolution, FIFA Plus (FIFA +).
World Cup 2022: schedule by stage
- Group stage: November 20th to December 2nd (four games a day)
- Round of 16: December 3rd to December 6th (two games a day)
- Quarterfinals: December 9th and 10th (two games a day)
- Semifinals: December 13th and 14th
- 3rd Place Match: December 17th
- Final: December 18th
World Cup 2022: groups
Check the list of the 2022 World Cup groups below. The Brazilian team faces Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon:
- A group: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D: France, Peru/Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
- Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
- Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
- Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
World Cup 2022: match schedules
- Group stage: 7am, 10am, 1pm and 4pm (last round: 12pm and 4pm)
- Eighths and Quarters: 12:00 and 16:00
- Semifinal: 4 pm
- 3rd place and final decision: 12 noon
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