Oscar, the 22-year-old soccer star, is taking the field by storm for team Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. The Chelsea player is now the considered the most valuable player on Brazil’s team after the incomparable Neymar was seriously injured during their match against Colombia.
Brazil will play Germany on Tuesday July 8 in the semi-finals.
Here is what you need to know:
1. He Scored a Goal Against Croatia in Game 1
After Neymar’s two incredible goals in the very first game of this year’s World Cup, Oscar sealed the deal with a final goal to assure victory over Croatia.
2. He’s Seen as Brazil’s Essential Middle Man
After Brazil’s game with Croatia, the world press rejoiced that with Neymar taking the front, Oscar had stepped up to cover Brazil’s middle. The AP reported that Oscar had become a commanding midfield player, an essential and much-needed position on Brazil’s squad. Brazil has always had talented players, but Oscar’s ability to be hunker down in the middle of the field is an important trait.
3. There’s a Lot of Pressure on Him Now that Neymar is Out
As Brazil moves into the semi-finals where they will face Germany, they will have to rely more and more on the young Oscar now that their star player Neymar must be immobilized for weeks.
During Brazil’s semi-finals match against Colombia, Colombian defender Juan Camilo kneed Neymar in the back, breaking one of his lumbar vertebra. Neymar may need to keep his back immobilized for weeks.
4. He Makes £25 Million a Year for Chelsea
In July 2012, Chelsea signed Oscar on a £19.35 million contract and was given the number 11. During his two years at Chelsea, Oscar has appeared in 48 games and scored 12 goals, warranting a pay raise to his current contract of £25 million.
5. Oscar Is Expecting His First Child
Oscar married his longtime sweetheart Ludmila in 2011. Oscar has referred to his wife as his “rock” on many occasions, telling the Standard, “I love being with my wife here. She supports me so much. Even when I was at Internacional, she was my rock and helped me a lot.”
On January 1, 2014, Oscar announced on his Instagram account that he and his wife were expecting their first child.