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Brazilian footballer David Luiz is a skilful centre-back who also plays the role of defensive midfielder. Not only does he a represents the Brazilian national football team, but he also plays for Chelsea in English Premier League.
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After he began his career at Vitória, he joined Benfica; there, he played for 5 seasons. Next, in January 2011, he shifted to Chelsea. Eventually, he went on to help the team win Champions League and FA Cup in 2011–12. In the next season, he earned the Europa League. Following his stint with Chelsea, he went to one of the richest football clubs Paris Saint-Germain; and, the club paid a fee of £50 million, which was a record sum paid for a defender. Eventually, he went on to win all the domestic tournaments in two seasons. Then, in August 2016, he came back to Chelsea, with a transfer fee of £30 million.
In 2010, Luiz debuted for Brazil; since then, he has earned more than 50 international caps. He became a member of the squads that earned FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and went to the World Cup 2014 semi-finals. Besides, he represented Brazil twice in Copa América.
After being part of São Paulo’s youth program from 1999 to 2001, David Luiz joined Vitória. He started in the youth system from 2001 to 2005. Then, he went on to the first team in 2006. Though he started in the role of defensive midfielder, he soon shifted to central defender. From a series of poor performances, he went on to show some great displays.
Luiz officially debuted in for Vitória in a 2–2 tie with Santa Cruz in Copa do Brasil. Even as the team was in a bad condition, Luiz helped them better their displays. Additionally, he scored his only goal in the league in September 2006 during a 2–0 victory over Clube Atlético do Porto. During his tenure, the club won the Campeonato Baiano twice in 2005 and 2007.
In January 2007, Luiz joined Benfica in Portugal, on loan. He debuted for Benfica in a UEFA Cup game facing Paris Saint-Germain, as he played in the defence centre. Though his team lost with 2–1, they went to the next round with an aggregate 4–3 win.
In March 2007, he appeared in his first league game for Benfica, facing União de Leiria. When the season neared the end, he signed a deal of five years. At the season’s end, he permanently signed with the team for 1.5 million EUR. Luiz’s first goal for Benfica came in Guadiana Trophy against Sporting Clube de Portugal. Because of his injury, he made only eight appearances. But, his team finished fourth. In January 2009, he scored his first official goal for the club, in the club’s win against Braga.
However, in 2009–10, under coach Jorge Jesus, Luiz established himself as a key player. Besides, he assumed the role of the vice-captain of the team. He played in 49 official games with Benfica winning the league title after five years. In Taça da Liga that season, he netted a goal in a 1–4 win over Sporting CP. He received the honour of being named the Portuguese Liga Player of the Year. In September 2009, the club put up 25% of his economic rights for sale, upon a transfer to third-party owners named Benfica Stars Fund. A price of €18 million was put o Luiz, and the fund paid €4.5 million. After this, in October, he signed a contract renewal, with the release clause set at €50 million.
Besides becoming the runner-up in the 2010 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, the team’s successes during Luiz’ tenure included:
In January 2011, David Luiz moved to Chelsea; and, the fee was €25 million, for a contract of five and a half years. Following this, he debuted in Premier League in February, in a loss to Liverpool. Soon after this, he became a favourite among Chelsea fans. Adding to that, he received Barclays Man of the Match title. In March, he made his first goal for Chelsea helping them win over Manchester United with 2–1.
After a 3-match gap due to his injury, Luiz began his 2011–12 season in September with Champions League in a match facing Bayer Leverkusen. Besides, he netted the ball from a distance of 15 yards, leading to a 2–0 win. In the final of Champions League, Luiz started for Chelsea and converted a penalty attempt. Thus, the Blues won with a score of 4–3.
In September 2012, he signed a contract extension for five years. In 2012, for his Club World Cup performances, he got the Silver Ball. He also became Man of the Match after the second goal of the match against Aston Villa.
In June 2014, David Luiz joined Paris Saint-Germain, as the club paid a transfer fee of £50 million for five years. Eventually, he went on to debut in Ligue 1 in August, in a win over Bastia with 2–0. In September, he made his first goal for the team, in a 3–2 win against Barcelona in Champions League. His nomination for 2014 Ballon d’Or came as quite a surprise. In January 2015, Luiz made his first goal for the team in a 4–2 loss of Evian. During his spell at the French team, PSG earned the following:
In August 2016, David Luiz went back to Chelsea; and the three-year contract cost the team £34 million. In September 2016, he played for the team for the first time after his return in a 2–1 loss to Liverpool. And, in January 2017, he scored his first return goal as he converted a free kick in a match against Liverpool. In April 2017, Luiz became part of the PFA Team of the Year for Premier League. During his time at Chelsea, before and after his return from PSG, his team earned several successes as follows:
In 2007, Luiz played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the U-20 team of Brazil. However, the team was knocked out in the round of 16. After his fabulous Benfica season, he found a place in the senior side; he played in a friendly match against the US in August 2010; consequentially, the match ended in a 2-0 victory for his team. Before he joined Brazil, Portuguese Football Federation had thought of bringing him to their squad. He was part of the squads in 2011 under manager Menezes, including the Copa América; however, he did not appear in any match as a result of his injury. Additionally, he scored an own goal against Mexico, but Brazil won, anyway.
In September 2012, he led his team as a captain in a 1–0 victory over South Africa. After that, he found a place in the 2013 Confederations Cup squad. He started all games in the tournament. Besides, he also helped Brazil in gaining the Confederations Cup. To illustrate, he grabbed created a clearance in the goal-line for Pedro to make a shot and grabbed attention. Not only has Brazil lifted Confederations Cup 2013 during Luiz’s tenure, but has also earned Superclásico de las Américas 2014.
Luiz was born in Diadema municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, to father Ladislao and mother Regina Marinho. He also has a sibling named Isabelle Moreira Marinho.
Luiz’s current market value is £25.2 million. This is a slight decline from the highest market value of £27 million, which he first acquired in 2014. From then till now, his value has fluctuated between these two amounts.
Luiz has put up some amazing performances over the years. Not only has he made some stunning contributions to his team, but has also earned himself the following honours: