Andreas Pereira was unfortunately on the losing side as Brazil were beaten 2-1 by Serbia in the U20s World Cup final but managed to score one of the best goals of his career with a stunning equaliser.
The 19-year-old midfielder ran from the edge of the box and danced his way through Serbia’s defence before switching the ball between his feet and firing an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
In the biggest game of his career at a time where Brazil desperately needed some inspiration, Pereira stepped up having come on as a substitute and scored a wonderful goal.
It is indicative of just how much he has progressed as a player over the last 12 months.
Man United fans wanted to see Pereira sign a new long term contract with the club and were delighted when news broke that he had signed a new deal.
Pereira has a fantastic future ahead of himself. He has always had the talent but as he is now beginning to mature, he is starting to show he has got the application as well, so it will be very exciting to see how he develops next season under Louis van Gaal.
Commiserations to Pereira for finishing as a runner-up in the U20s World Cup but he can take solace in the fact he finished as Brazil’s joint top scorer. Well done, Andreas.