Lucas Paquetá

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Lucas Paquetá
Paquetá with West Ham United in 2022
Personal information
Full name Lucas Tolentino Coelho de Lima[1]
Date of birth (1997-08-27) 27 August 1997 (age 26)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[2]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Team information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 10
Youth career
2007–2016 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Flamengo 67 (15)
2019–2020 AC Milan 37 (1)
2020–2022 Lyon 67 (18)
2022– West Ham United 34 (5)
International career
2016–2017 Brazil U20 8 (1)
2018– Brazil 42 (9)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Brazil
Copa América
Winner 2019 Brazil
Runner-up 2021 Brazil
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:02, 24 September 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 03:21, 21 June 2023 (UTC)

Lucas Tolentino Coelho de Lima (born 27 August 1997), better known as Lucas Paquetá (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈlukas pakɛˈta]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club West Ham United and the Brazil national team.

For the Brazil national team, he has played for them in the Copa América - which he won once in 2019 - and in one World Cup. He began his career in 2007 for CR Flamengo where he won the 2016 Copa São Paulo de Júniores title. He has also played for Flamengo, AC Milan and Lyon.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lucas Paquetá arrived at Flamengo in 2007 at the age of 10. By 15, he was very technically skilled but did not have the physicality of other players his age (he was only 5 ft tall). By 18, however, he had grown 27 cm (10.6 inches). With the Flamengo youth team he won the 2016 Copa São Paulo de Júniores title, the most important youth tournament in Brazil. Alongside other standout players Léo Duarte, Felipe Vizeu, and Ronaldo, Lucas was promoted to the club's professional team right after the competition.[4]

Flamengo[edit]

Lucas playing for Flamengo in 2018.

In March 2016 Paquetá got promoted to Flamengo's professional team and signed a contract extension until 2020.[5] On 5 March 2016, Lucas debuted as a starter in a 3–1 win over Bangu in a 2016 Rio de Janeiro State League match.[6] Paquetá scored his first professional goal on 19 February 2017 in a 4–0 victory against Madureira at the Estádio Raulino de Oliveira in Volta Redonda.

Paquetá scored in both the 2017 Copa do Brasil final in a 1–1 draw against Cruzeiro at the Maracanã Stadium and in the 2017 Copa Sudamericana final against Independiente, also a 1–1 draw in the Maracanã. In both matches, Flamengo were defeated and were runners-up to their opponents in the competitions. In the Copa Sudamericana final, he was named the best Flamengo player in the match. He finished 2017 considered by fans to be, alongside Juan, the highlight of Flamengo.

In the 2018 Campeonato Carioca, Lucas Paquetá was chosen as the best left-winger of the tournament and was the only Flamengo player selected for the team of the tournament.

AC Milan[edit]

On 10 October 2018, news agencies across Brazil and Italy reported that a €35M deal had been made between AC Milan and Flamengo for the transfer of player, beating stiff competition from French club Paris Saint-Germain.[7]

On 4 January 2019, the transfer was made official, with Milan announcing the player had signed a five-year contract.[8][9][10] He chose to wear the shirt number 39. Because of his mother's Portuguese descent, he was eligible for registration as a European player.[11]

Paquetá made his club debut on 12 January 2019, playing 85 minutes before being replaced by Fabio Borini as Milan beat Sampdoria 2–0 in extra time in the Coppa Italia.[12][13] Four days later, Paquetá played in the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana, held at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,[14] where Juventus beat Milan 1–0. On 21 January 2019, Paquetá made his Serie A debut in a 2–0 win over Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. During the match, Paquetá performed a rainbow flick over opponent Daniel Bessa, flicking the rolling ball up and propelling it over the head of his opponent.[15] Paquetá scored his first goal for Milan in 3–0 win against Cagliari, scoring the second goal. He dedicated his goal for the victims of a fire at his old club Flamengo, all members of the under-15 team.[16]

Lyon[edit]

On 30 September 2020, French club Lyon announced the signing of Paquetá, who signed for €20 million on a five-year contract.[17]

In the 2021–22 season, the midfielder was elected the best foreign player of Ligue 1. The election was carried out by popular vote and was supported by more than 20,000 people. Paquetá, 25 years old, competed with the defender of PSG Marquinhos, the Ivorian midfielder of Lens Fofana and the Canadian leader of Lille Jonathan David.[18]

West Ham United[edit]

On 29 August 2022, West Ham United announced the signing of Paquetá for a club record fee undisclosed by the club.[19] He signed a five-year contract for a fee estimated by the BBC to be more than £50m with additional add-ons, beating the fee paid for Sebastien Haller in 2019.[20] He made his West Ham and Premier League debut on 31 August in a 1–1 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur.[21] On 4 January 2023, Paquetá scored his first Premier League goal and West Ham goal against Leeds United at Elland Road in a 2–2 draw.[22] On 7 June 2023, Paquetá assisted Jarrod Bowen's 90th minute winner in the 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League final in a 2–1 win against Fiorentina in Prague.[23] A day later, Paquetá was named in UEFA's team of the season for the tournament.[24]

International career[edit]

Under-20[edit]

Lucas playing for Brazil U20 in 2017

On 1 April 2016, Paquetá was called up for the first time to represent Brazil U20 in two friendly matches in Europe.[25] He scored his first goal in his debut in a 2–1 win against England U20 on 4 September.

In October 2016, he was called up for the Quadrangular de Seleções tournament, a friendly round-robin against the U20 squads of Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile.

Under-23[edit]

When he was 18, Paquetá was called to practice with the Brazil U23 team in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Coach Rogério Micale called some younger players born in 1997 and 1998, including Lucas, to participate in group training in hopes of them eventually competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[26]

He received his first official call-up to the under-23 team in March 2020.

Senior team[edit]

In 2018, he was selected to be one of the twelve alternatives for the Brazil national team by coach Tite for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Of the 35 players on the 23-man roster and provisional roster, Lucas was the youngest.[27]

On 17 August 2018, Paquetá was called for the first time for the Brazil national team by manager Tite to play in friendly matches against United States and El Salvador in September.[28] On 7 September, he made his debut with the national team, coming off the bench to replace Philippe Coutinho in the 71st minute during a friendly match against the United States.[29] On 23 March 2019, he scored his first goal in a 1–1 friendly draw against Panama, wearing Brazil's iconic No. 10 shirt.[30] In May 2019, he was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América.[31]

On 2 July 2021, in the 2021 Copa América quarter-final clash against Chile, he came on as a substitute at half-time and scored in the 47th minute to give Brazil a 1–0 win.[32] On 6 July 2021, he once again scored the only goal after an assist from Neymar Junior in the semi-final against Peru.[33]

On 7 November 2022, Paquetá was named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[34] In August 2023, he was omitted from the squad for Brazil's 2026 World Cup qualifying games against Bolivia and Peru to be played in September, after it was reported that he was under investigation by both the FA and FIFA for breaches of betting rules.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Lucas has an older brother, Matheus, who also plays football.[36]

His nickname, Paquetá, refers to Paquetá Island and the eponymous neighborhood he grew up in.[37]

He is a big fan of funk carioca and sometimes imitates funk dance steps during his goal celebrations.[38][39]

On 18 August 2023, an investigation into potential betting breaches by Paquetá was started.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 September 2023
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 2016 Série A 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 2 0
2017 17 1 3 1 9[d] 2 8[e] 2 37 6
2018 32 10 6 0 7[f] 0 11[g] 2 56 12
Total 49 11 9 1 16 2 21 4 95 18
AC Milan 2018–19 Serie A 13 1 3 0 0 0 1[h] 0 17 1
2019–20 24 0 3 0 27 0
Total 37 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 44 1
Lyon 2020–21 Ligue 1 30 9 4 1 34 10
2021–22 35 9 0 0 9[i] 2 44 11
2022–23 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 67 18 4 1 9 2 80 21
West Ham United 2022–23 Premier League 28 4 2 0 0 0 11[j] 1 41 5
2023–24 6 1 0 0 0 0 1[i] 0 7 1
Total 34 5 2 0 0 0 12 1 48 6
Career total 187 35 21 2 0 0 36 5 23 4 267 46
  1. ^ Includes Copa do Brasil, Copa del Rey, Coupe de France, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ One appearance in Campeonato Carioca, one appearance in Primeira Liga
  4. ^ Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  5. ^ Six appearances and two goals in Campeonato Carioca, two appearances in Primeira Liga
  6. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  7. ^ Appearances in Campeonato Carioca
  8. ^ Appearances in Supercoppa Italiana
  9. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  10. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa Conference League

International[edit]

As of match played 20 June 2023[41]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2018 2 0
2019 9 2
2020 2 0
2021 15 4
2022 11 2
2023 3 1
Total 42 9
Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Paquetá goal.
List of international goals scored by Lucas Paquetá
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 March 2019 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal 3  Panama 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2 19 November 2019 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 11  South Korea 1–0 3–0
3 8 June 2021 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay 15  Paraguay 2–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 2 July 2021 Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 19  Chile 1–0 1–0 2021 Copa América
5 5 July 2021 20  Peru 1–0 1–0
6 11 November 2021 Neo Quimica Arena, São Paulo, Brazil 27  Colombia 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 29 March 2022 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia 31  Bolivia 1–0 4–0
8 5 December 2022 Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar 38  South Korea 4–0 4–1 2022 FIFA World Cup
9 20 June 2023 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal 42  Senegal 1–0 2–4 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Flamengo

West Ham United

Brazil

Individual

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