Leonardo Santiago

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Leonardo
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Personal information
Full name Leonardo Vitor Santiago
Date of birth (1983-03-09) 9 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position winger
Club information
Current team
Ferencváros
Number 99
Youth career
Nova Safra
1995–2000 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Feyenoord 55 (4)
2006 NAC Breda 31 (10)
2007–2009 Ajax 40 (5)
2009–2012 NAC Breda 42 (6)
2011–2012 Red Bull Salzburg (loan) 17 (2)
2013– Ferencváros 23 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leonardo Vitor Santiago (born 9 March 1983), commonly known as Leonardo, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Hungarian side Ferencváros. Leonardo usually plays as a winger.

Biography[edit]

Leonardo started at the Nova Safra football school in Rio de Janeiro and was raised in the Jacarezinho neighbourhood, which is also the area where Romário spent his early years.[citation needed] At the age of 11 his football talent was discovered by Jos de Putter who dedicated the documentary "Solo, de wet van de favela" to him and another young player.[citation needed] Following the attention it brought him he moved to Rotterdam to play in Feyenoord's youth squads at Varkenoord.[1] He made his debut for Feyenoord on 19 August 2000 in a 2–0 victory over AZ at the age of 17, which brought him and Feyenoord into trouble as non European Union players were not able to play[citation needed] for a professional team under the age of 18. Leonardo had to wait until he turned 18 to play in Feyenoord's first team again. He scored his first goal in the match versus SC Heerenveen, which ended in 2–0. His second goal he scored in the away win against arch rivals Ajax.

In his first two seasons at Feyenoord he played 44 matches and scored four goals. He was part of the Feyenoord squad that won the 2001–02 UEFA Cup.

He joined NAC Breda in January 2006 on a 1.5-year deal.[citation needed] He helped NAC Breda to stay in the Eredivisie by scoring 8 goals in 14 matches in the regular season, which made him top goal scorer at the club.

In December 2006 Leonardo agreed with Ajax on a new 2.5-year contract. On 21 January 2007 he played his first Ajax Eredivisie game against FC Utrecht[2] Six weeks later in the game against SC Heerenveen he suffered a heavy injury tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which sidelined him for at least six months.[citation needed]

2011 he went from NAC Breda to FC Red Bull Salzburg on loan.

In February 2013 Leonardo signed a contract with Hungarian top club Ferencváros.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
2000/01 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 23 2
2001/02 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 21 2
2002/03 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 3 0
2003/04 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 3 0
2004/05 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 4 0
2005/06 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 1 0
2005/06 NAC Breda Netherlands Eredivisie 14 8
2006/07 NAC Breda Netherlands Eredivisie 17 2
2006/07 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 7 1
2007/08 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 9 2
2008/09 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 24 2
2009/10 NAC Breda Netherlands Eredivisie 17 4
2010/11 NAC Breda Netherlands Eredivisie 25 2
2011/12 FC Red Bull Salzburg Austria Bundesliga 17 2
2012/13 Ferencvárosi TC Hungary NB1 9 2
2013/14 Ferencvárosi TC Hungary NB1 14 5
Total 190 31

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