Man United’s Antony the one hundredth participant to deliver ‘jogo bonito’ to England

Manchester United new boy Antony had a number of causes to have a good time as he started his Premier League profession at Outdated Trafford with a bang.

Simply three days after finishing his £86 million transfer from Ajax, the 22-year-old winger opened his goal-scoring account for United simply 35 minutes into Sunday’s resounding 3-1 victory over league leaders Arsenal.

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Along with his membership debut, first purpose and three factors already stashed away beneath his belt, Antony additionally had the esteemed honour of turning into the one hundredth Brazilian to play within the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

The very first Brazilian to play Premier League soccer was Isaias Soares of Coventry Metropolis, who made his debut within the high flight in a 2-1 win over Manchester Metropolis within the second sport of the 1995-96 season.

Regardless of being one thing of a footballing trailblazer, the previous Benfica ahead did not make a lot of an influence in England and made only a handful of appearances for the Sky Blues earlier than returning to Portugal with Campomaiorense in 1997.

Nonetheless, he opened the door for his compatriots, with 99 extra native Brazilians following go well with and making the transfer to the Premier League over the course of the subsequent 27 years — Antony, after all, being the latest.

Whereas Isaias might have struggled to settle within the Midlands, many Brazilian gamers have loved profitable stints within the Premier League. This is a have a look at those that have fared greatest throughout their time within the English high flight.

The best scoring Brazilian participant in Premier League historical past remains to be lively and nonetheless including to his tally, having most lately scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 residence win over Newcastle United on the finish of August.

The 30-year-old ahead has three objectives in 5 league video games already this season, having additionally discovered the online twice within the Reds’ latest 9-0 obliteration of Bournemouth.

Most assists: Roberto Firmino, Liverpool (49 assists in 236 video games)

Comfortably the best Brazilian participant to ever grace the Premier League, Firmino can be clear chief on the high of the all-time help desk too.

Willian is second place with 38 assists in complete and, having simply returned to the Premier League by signing for newly-promoted Fulham, there’s a probability the previous Chelsea and Arsenal winger may cut back the hole this season.

Most appearances: Fernandinho, Manchester Metropolis (264 video games)

Fernandinho first arrived within the Premier League when he signed for Metropolis in June 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk, and the versatile defensive midfielder was an intrinsic a part of the backbone of Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering facet, turning into a real stalwart earlier than bowing out on the age of 37.

It is most likely no shock that he’s essentially the most adorned Brazilian in Premier League historical past, successful 5 league titles (together with seven home cups) earlier than departing for Athletico Paranaense on the finish of the 2021-22 season.

Most clear sheets: Ederson, Manchester Metropolis (94 clear sheets in 188 video games)

There actually hasn’t been an abundance of Brazilian goalkeepers to play within the Premier League during the last 30 years with Metropolis keeper Ederson main the way in which in a restricted subject of simply 5 stoppers to have managed a shut-out.

Liverpool’s Alisson is second with 66 clear sheets to his identify whereas Heurelho Gomes of Tottenham and Watford (53), Julio Cesar of Queens Park Rangers (5) and Neto of Bournemouth (1) full the rundown.

Alisson, nevertheless, is the one certainly one of that group to have scored a Premier League purpose, along with his thumping late header to seal a late 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in Could 2021 serving to his membership safe Champions League qualification.

Most Brazilians by membership

Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis have collectively fielded extra Brazilians in Premier League video games than every other membership, with each giving appearances to 13 gamers apiece.

Chelsea have handed English top-flight debuts to Willian, Thiago Silva, Kenedy, David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar, Alex, Filipe Luis, Alexandre Pato, Juliano Belletti, Emerson Thome, Mineiro and Lucas Piazon. Brazil-born striker Diego Costa signed for the Blues in the summertime of 2014, however he had develop into a Spanish nationwide the earlier 12 months.

Metropolis have had Fernandinho, Ederson, Danilo, Gabriel Jesus, Fernando, Geovanni, Elano, Jo, Robinho, Maicon, Sylvinho, Kayky and Glauber all play for them within the Premier League through the years.

Arsenal are narrowly behind with 12 Brazilian gamers, however they’re poised to maneuver stage with Chelsea and Metropolis on the high of the record when 19-year-old new signing Marquinhos makes his high flight bow for the Gunners.

Largest switch charge paid/obtained

The aforementioned Antony is on file as the costliest Brazilian signing in Premier League historical past with Manchester United parting with £86m to signal the ahead from Ajax earlier this month.

That comfortably eclipsed the earlier file set when United paid £70m to signal deep-lying midfielder Casemiro from Actual Madrid just some days beforehand.

The costliest Brazilian to go away the Premier League for elsewhere is Philippe Coutinho, who netted Liverpool someplace within the area of £142m when he left to hitch Barcelona in January 2018.