The first time Brazilian attacking midfielder Lucas spoke to FIFA.com, back in late 2010 at the age of 18, he was preparing to tackle his first full season as a regular starter for Sao Paulo and, at international level, was focused on his country’s U-20 squad. What is more, the rising starlet admitted that going out with friends or to the cinema was still not a problem, with his presence generating relatively little fuss.
By the time of our next chat, a little under a year later, Lucas was one of the attractions of the Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ - having broken into the senior Seleção squad and been ranked among the leading lights of a new generation of Brazilian stars.
“It’s true, a lot has changed in a short space of time: everything’s happening really fast in my career. In less than a year so much has happened in my life. You have to dream, you have to believe, but you can’t go skipping stages,” he told FIFA.com.
Even so, the player went on to do just. After winning the 2012 Copa Sudamericana with Sao Paulo, he was able to leave O Tricolor Paulista on a high and join French giants Paris Saint-Germain as their biggest signing of the January transfer window.
Adapting seamlessly to life at the capital club, by April Lucas was even a starter in PSG’s two momentous clashes with FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals of this season’s UEFA Champions League. The cinema, it seems, is going to have to wait.