Lucas Beraldo grew up in Piracicaba, a city located in the state of Sao Paulo. The Brazilian player was born into a family with a football tradition as his father was a defender before opening an ice cream shop.
Beraldo spent his childhood playing for three teams: Red Bull Brasil, Uniao Barabarense and XV de Piracicaba before being scouted by Sao Paulo in 2020. Moving here forced Beraldo to leave his family, but in return, he had an open career.
Fans began to pay more attention to this name after an impressive performance at last year’s Copa Sao Paulo. Beraldo’s team was defeated by Palmeiras in the U20 tournament, but The 9-year-old midfielder received many compliments for his ability to hold the ball and command the defense.
That’s why Beraldo found the opportunity to play for Sao Paulo’s first team. At that time, the 19-year-old star was not a reliable choice, but injuries to the three key defenders (Nahuel Ferraresi, Diego Costa and Robert Arboleda) at the beginning of the year made then-coach Rogerio Ceni puts his trust in Beraldo.
In response to the coach, he continuously showed certainty in each defensive situation. Not only that, he also scored his first goal here in a 4-2 victory over Vasco da Gama in May.
Even though he suffered an ankle injury after a period of sublimation, upon his return, the teenage player still took the starting role and combined with Arboleda to create a formidable central defender pair, creating a basis for Sao Paulo. Paulo aims for the first Copa do Brasil title in history.
Possesses the ball handling skills that every defender desires. Not only that, the 19-year-old player also has quite good vision, which has been proven through his accurate passes. So, Beraldo rarely appears confused by pressing situations created by the opponent.
In addition, the fact that Beraldo is left-footed makes Liverpool even more eager to have his services when all the central defenders they own are right-footed.
However, the thing that makes fans pay more attention to this name is the smile. Before every match, when he and his teammates walked onto the field, he always smiled widely and since then, Beraldo is associated with the nickname ‘The Joker’.
“For all the people who call me crazy when I smile and laugh during the national anthem, that’s not true at all. This is a mental technique I have been implementing to enter the match feeling calmer, avoiding feeling nervous. And it clearly worked.”
At a young age like Beraldo, maintaining spirit is an important factor. He can completely apply this technique if he joins Liverpool, where the environment will become much more pressured than Sao Paulo.
Truong Son | 19:12 November 10, 2023