Currently a midfielder with the Manchester United football team, Brazilian footballer Fred has had most of his success with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. Born in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, we take a look at some of the finest quotes about Fred.
Whilst with Donetsk, Fred won ten trophies including three Ukrainian Premier League titles in five seasons.
Starting out in Brazil, he eventually moved to Premier League team Manchester United in 2018 for a reported £47 million fee. In his fourth season at Old Trafford, Fred has so far appeared in over a 100 league games. Having represented the youth team, he has also competed for the Brazilian national side 25 times.
Fred helped Brazil reach the final of the 2021 Copa America and participated in the final, being replaced just after half-time after picking up a yellow card early in the game.
His game was blighted for a while with a drugs ban in 2015. With Manchester United currently outside the top four in the Premier League, Fred will be hoping to reverse the club’s fortune for the following season. As a midfielder in a central role, he is currently playing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford.
“He has a lot of quality, he can improve a lot.” Willian (fellow Brazilian footballer)
“…..a mini, left-footed Fernandinho.” Tim Vickery (football journalist)
“I think Fred is a very talented player.” Kleberson
“…..he is a very, very good player.” Paul Pogba
“…..he proved his ability to excel in high-tempo matches.” Ilya Novikov (Ukrainian journalist)
“…..his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game.” Jose Mourinho
“The best player when the other team is in possession.” Ralf Rangnick
“But he has a strong character…..everything goes through him. He’s a crack.” Franck Henouda (businessman, Shakhtar Donetsk emissary)
“Given more freedom on the field, that is when you will see him at his best.” Kleberson
“…..a little, stocky, left-footed midfielder who will bring real dynamism.” Tim Vickery
“Fred is very good at moving forward, providing quality through-balls. He feels comfortable under pressure, and his dribbling skills are good…..” Ilya Novikov
“He is probably…..the best ball-winner.” Ralf Rangnick
“I have this boy, he’s very promising.” Franck Henouda (seeing him play in Brazil)