Lucas Leiva is a Brazilian footballer who plays for English outfit Liverpool and the Brazil national football team. A tough tackler and great passer Lucas Leiva is considered to be one of the best players in the world in his position.
Born on the 9th of January 1987 Lucas Leiva began his professional career at Gremio in 2005. Lucas became the youngest player ever to receive Placar magazine's Bola de Ouro (Golden Ball), given to the best player in the Campeonato Brasileiro - an honour previously won by the likes of Zico, FalcÃƒÂ£o, Careca, Alex, Romário, Robinho, Kaká and Tévez. His form in 2006 led to reported interest from many major European clubs including offers from top Spanish clubs and Inter.
On 26 July 2007, he was officially unveiled as a Liverpool player for a fee of £5 million and was given international clearance to compete in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. The next day, Lucas made his debut against Portsmouth, coming on for Mohamed Sissoko in the second half. Lucas Leiva has been a consistent starter in the Liverpool squad which saw him make a return to the Brazilian national team's squad in 2014.
Lucas is the former captain of the Brazilian Under-20 team. He led the team to victory in the 2007 South American Youth Championship. He made his debut for Brazil on 7 October 2006 coming on as a second half substitute against Al-Kuwait. Lucas gained his first official Brazil international cap on 22 August 2007, coming on as a substitute in a friendly against Algeria.