Danilo Luiz da Silva, known simply as Danilo, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a right-back for giants of the soccer world Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. Through Danilo's powerful physique combined with his ability to cover endless ground within 90 minutes has made the player stand as one of the best modern day full-backs within the game.
Born in Bicas, Brazil, Danilo began competitive football at the age of 12 with local academy America Futebol Clube and progressed through the youth ranks under the guidance of the club's coaches who developed him into a future star until 2009. The 2009/10 season would see Danilo make his first team debut and used as regular member of the team despite his premature age. Showing clear signs of the talent he possessed, Danilo attracted the attention from Brazilian mega club Santos who subsequently signed the player who instantly repaid the club through helping them achieve the Copa Libertadores and the Campeonato Paulista in his debut season. His first season with the Brazilian club would see the player declaring himself as a wonderfully gifted player through his dazzling performances which saw a transfer offer from Portuguese club Porto for the acquisition of Danilo with a fee of €13 million being placed on the table which was successfully accepted by the Serie A club. Danilo, wearing the blue and white stripes of Porto, was an instant hit with the club and over the course of three full seasons achieved 139 appearances which caught the attention from European giants of the football world. With Spanish royalty of Real Madrid requiring a right-back for their otherwise star-studded squad, the La Liga club approached Porto over the availability of Danilo which saw negotiations take place, and after an agreement was reached by both parties the player was successfully made a Madrid player in a deal worth €31.5 million.
Now adorning the trademark white-out strip of Real Madrid, Danilo hopes to continue the success of the club by winning La Liga crowns and pushing the club for the illustrious Champions League trophy.
Making his debut for Brazil in September 2011 aged 20 years old, Danilo continues to impress for the national side and hopes to be a part of the team for upcoming tournaments.