Tall, strong and with a magic left-foot. This is Gabriel, the Brazilian who joined Benfica after representing Leganés in the last three seasons.
The centre-midfielder is very well-rounded, feeling comfortable in the defense tasks, as well as in the team’s offensive build-up.
Nurtured at Resende, Gabriel grew stage by stage until he made his debut for the club senior team against Vasco da Gama. The dream was fulfilled, it had to be followed up
And so it was! Still playing for Resende, in the Campeonato Carioca, he showed what he was made of after making ruthless man-to-man marking to Ronaldinho Gaúcho in a match against Flamengo.
He caught the eye of Juventus, that signed him. He played for Juventus U-19s but was loaned to several Italian teams. In Spain, at Leganés, he returned to the performances he had shown in Brazil. After 111 matches and 19 goals, Benfica signed him.