“What I remember is mainly that all the other young players were trying to take the ball from him by making big mistakes. For the rest, I remember a lovely kid who deserves what is happening to him today. “Cédric, a big supporter of GD Estoril-Praia, a D2 club located not far from the seaside resort of Cascais in the suburbs of Lisbon,” loves “Danilo Pereira. After a few words exchanged in front of the small Antonio Coimbra da Mota stadium, he hopes to see the 29-year-old “holder” and “have a good match” against the France team on Saturday night.
Known for his brilliant stint at FC Porto (2015-2020), the Portuguese midfielder first grew up here, in Lisbon and its suburbs. Born in Guinea-Bissau in September 1991, Danilo Pereira arrived in Portugal at the age of 6, a few years after the arrival of his mother, a registered nurse. Before continuing his learning of football in the junior teams of Estoril, the midfielder, a time compared to Patrick Vieira for his technical and physical capacities (1.88 m), had started on the side of Arsenal 72, an academy of young people buried in land 35 km from the capital.
“He deserves to be at PSG”
Before his 17 years, Benfica spotted him and attracted him to his under-19s. Described as a shy boy, Danilo fails to win in the most successful club in Portugal. Two years later, he left the country from which he obtained nationality for Italy and Parma, believing that Benfica “is afraid to bet on young people”, in comments reported in his time by the newspaper Publico. And let’s go for a tour of Europe: Italy, therefore, Greece, the Netherlands before a return to Portugal, to the Maritimo Funchal, on the island of Madeira, that of Cristiano Ronaldo.
His rating exploded in Portuguese Liga, he had his first selection in March 2015 and FC Porto recruited him the following summer. A club in which Danilo meets Vincent Aboubakar, striker passed through Valenciennes and Lorient. “Ah, Danilo, my captain !, exclaims the Cameroonian international. I have a lot of respect for him. To sum it up, he’s a leader of men and a super good guy. He has a strong personality and is not self-conscious. He knows how to boost a team when necessary and can have a big influence with his teammates. He deserves to be at PSG. He is Portuguese international and holder, all the same! You have to give him time and he can bring a real plus if he plays at his post. “
With Portugal, no debate. Danilo will start as a midfielder against the Blues at Luz stadium in Lisbon, the land of his debut.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr