Hype has surrounded Oscar from a very tender age, with his skills and potential extolled even while in the youth ranks at Sao Paulo. When he then signed for Porto Alegre side Internacional in 2010 and quickly nailed down a first-team place, very few people were surprised.
What was hugely impressive, however, was the fact that, in a matter of months, the attacking midfielder went from promising youngster to pulling the strings for the senior Seleção Brasileira. That progression can be traced back to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011, when Oscar struck all three goals in the 3-2 final win over Portugal, which led him earning his first call-ups for the full national-team squad.
By no means overwhelmed, Oscar adapted seamlessly to life at the top and underlined his knack of performing on the big occasion. “If I’ve been able to show I’m capable of being A Seleção’s No10, I know that it’s something I started over there, in Colombia,” he told FIFA.com during the Olympic Football Tournament London 2012, where he starred in Brazil’s run to silver.
Nor did Oscar feel out of place when joining up with Chelsea in summer 2012, shortly after the club’s triumph in the UEFA Champions League. Indeed, his first competitive game for the Blues came in September that year in that very competition, when he scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Juventus.