Bayern's Spanish midfield maestro comes from a rich footballing stock and right now, the esteem in which he is held around Europe is at its peak.
Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento was born in Italy to Brazilian parents but represents Spain at international level.
He's best known for his silky first touch, wide passing range and capacity to produce flair moments to buy him time and space. And that's the thing about Thiago, he always appears to have all the time in the world to survey his options. Sublime technique and skill are one side to his game but his temperament is also superb. It's rare to see Thiago getting flustered or having his name taken by referees.
A cool customer, Thiago is the son of Mazinho, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1994. Brother Rafinha, two years his junior, got his education with Barcelona's famed La Masia just like his older brother. All of these factors have combined and the stars have aligned to make Thiago a world-class operator with a variety of skills picked up from around the world.
🎯 Thiago's laser accuracy
Passing stats are one thing and they can be interpreted in numerous which ways, but it's Thiago's style and panache that sets him apart and into an elite bracket of players. At 29, he's in the prime of a career which has been decorated with individual and team success. His Liverpool career has started positively. Thiago entered the fray as a second-half substitute in the champions' 2-0 win at Chelsea on matchday 2 and his passing range and quality were immediately evident.
75 - Half-time substitute Thiago completed more passes (75) than any Chelsea player managed in the entire match. Since full passing data is available for the Premier League (2003-04), his 75 successful passes are the most by a player who played a maximum of 45 minutes. Control. pic.twitter.com/UvHfrw1ggN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 20, 2020
Jurgen Klopp's troops host Arsenal on Monday night in the Premier League, a fixture known for its rich entertainment value.
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