Just 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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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 a 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 City, who made his debut within the high flight in a 2-1 win over Manchester City within the second sport of the 1995-96 season.
Despite being one thing of a footballing trailblazer, the previous Benfica ahead did not make a lot of an impression in England and made only a handful of appearances for the Sky Blues earlier than returning to Portugal with Campomaiorense in 1997.
Still, he opened the door for his compatriots, with 99 extra native Brazilians following swimsuit and making the transfer to the Premier League over the course of the subsequent 27 years — Antony, after all, being the newest.
While Isaias could have struggled to settle within the Midlands, many Brazilian gamers have loved profitable stints within the Premier League. Here’s a have a look at those that have fared finest throughout their time within the English high flight.
The highest scoring Brazilian participant in Premier League historical past continues to be energetic and nonetheless including to his tally, having most lately scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 house win over Newcastle United on the finish of August.
Most assists: Roberto Firmino, Liverpool (49 assists in 236 video games)
Comfortably the most efficient 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 whole and, having simply returned to the Premier League by signing for newly-promoted Fulham, there’s a probability the previous Chelsea and Arsenal winger might scale back the hole this season.
Most appearances: Fernandinho, Manchester City (264 video games)
Fernandinho first arrived within the Premier League when he signed for City 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 aspect, turning into a real stalwart earlier than bowing out on the age of 37.
It’s in all probability no shock that he’s probably the most adorned Brazilian in Premier League historical past, profitable 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 City (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 City keeper Ederson main the best way 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 title 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 only one of that group to have scored a Premier League goal, together with his thumping late header to seal a late 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in May 2021 serving to his membership safe Champions League qualification.
Most Brazilians by membership
Chelsea and Manchester City have collectively fielded extra Brazilians in Premier League video games than another 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 yr.
Arsenal are narrowly behind with 12 Brazilian gamers, however they’re poised to maneuver degree with Chelsea and City on the high of the checklist when 19-year-old new signing Marquinhos makes his high flight bow for the Gunners.
Biggest switch price paid/obtained
The aforementioned Antony is on report 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.