ANDERSON – THE GOLDEN BOY WHO LOST HIS SHINE

At the young age of 20, former Manchester United midfielder, Luiz de Abreu Oliveira had the whole soccer world at his feet after being awarded the Golden Boy award, with all indication that the Brazilian prodigy would end up becoming a big star in world football


After his debut as a teenager with Gremio in home country, Anderson signed for Portuguese side FC Porto after club President stated the club was interested in the youngster. There he gained first team status during his two trophy-laden seasons at the Portuguese side.

English Champions, Manchester United announced the signing of the promising player at a fee of £30 million and in his first season, won the Premier league and Champions League crown playing a good number of games despite not been a regular starter. He would later go on to make 38 appearances though without a goal unable to consolidate his role at the Red Devils as expected.

Being a major player under Sir Alex Ferguson became a regular substitute when David Moyes took over at Old Trafford. Anderson had to go in search of greener pastures on loan leaving the club midway into the 2013/2014 season for Serie A side, Fiorentina. His adventure in Italy was rather disappointing as he made a return to United who were under the watchful eye of Luis Van Gaal.

After he featured in the humiliating 4-0 defeat against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup, it was a dead end for Anderson’s career at the top level. Now at Internacional, his personal career path continues to decline. He missed a penalty on his debut, he had to be supplied oxygen in a match as he could not cope with the high altitude (3,637m) in La Paz against the strongest, and has had a spat with a midfield colleague, William in training. At 28, little is left of the Golden Boy who seemed destined to conquer the world in 2008.