Five Things to know about new Manchester City signing Danilo

5) Winner Everywhere

The new signing for the citizens is a winner. Danilo’s trophy cabinet consists of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie C title in 2009 with America. He also won the Copa Libertadores with Santos in ’10, before moving to Europe signing for Porto. With the Portuguese giants, Danilo showed his immense quality while also winning consecutive league titles. His fine performances prompted Real Madrid to move for him signing him for 31 million. The Brazilian may have had his struggles at Real, but he still managed to win 2 Champions League titles and a La Liga title.

4) U20 World Cup winner with Brazil

Danilo was part of the U20 national side that won the World Cup. The talented squad was led by the Barcelona star, Neymar. As the young guns won the major honour, Danilo’s performances caught the eyes of some of European clubs. However, Danilo decided to move to Porto in order to continue his growth. He became Porto’s star eventually replacing the first choice Cristian Sapunaru in VitorPeriera’s side, with his playing style evoking comparisons with fellow countryman, DaniAlves. Danilo combined with Alex Sandro, the Juventus left-back, as Porto had one of the most attacking fullbacks pairing in the world. Get all your football betting tips here.

3) Real Madrid defeated Barca for his signature

Danilo’s form for Porto in the 2013-14 Champions League attracted great fanfare as Barcelona and Real Madrid circled for the defender. For Barca, Danilo was the perfect long-term replacement for Dani Alves, with Danilo’s playing style very much similar to his countryman’s. However, Real Madrid defeated Barca for his signature. Nevertheless, Danilo failed to make an impact at Real Madrid, partly due to Dani Carvajal’s presence. Despite Dani Carvajal’s injuries, Danilo failed to cement his place, often showing defensive vulnerabilities.

2) Attacking minded fullback

Modern day fullbacks need to be attack minded. The game has evolved, particularly last season as many clubs resorted to using a back three. With full-backs now deployed in a wing-back position, they need to be as attack minded as possible. If Pep Guardiola does deploy a back three last season, Danilo would be a great choice, as the defender, like many Brazilians, likes to go on a run in the opposition’s box. He will face stiff competition from Kyle Walker; however, his versatility means he will wrap up many appearances for the citizens next season.

1) Capable midfielder

Many were surprised with Pep Guardiola’s decision to sign Danilo, despite having signed England’s first-choice right back Kyle Walker only a week ago. The decision looked bad for Danilo too, as he would probably be the second choice full back next season again, after having played second fiddle to Carvajal for most of his Real Madrid career. However, it is known to just few that Danilo is also a capable midfielder. The defender, in fact, started out as a midfielder before being converted into a full-back. He played in the midfield for the Seleccao, excelling whenever deployed there. He also scored a wonderful goal for Santos in the Copa Libertadores final in 2011. Under Guardiola, who also used Lahm in the midfield, Danilo has the right man to guide him through yet another transition. And there’s no saying that Danilo will not excel in the midfield role like Fabinho did last season for Monaco.