After his performance at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup as the captain of the Brazilian team, a quote appeared in the international press calling Danilo, “the new Sócrates,” alluding to the degree of his talent, commented on by football experts around the globe. Combining technical skills with sheer physical strength, and adding what can only be described as grace and style, he is a born midfielder. Scoring on 30 meter free kicks or nailing text book headers in the box, playing no look passes with the perfect touch or gaining possession with undeniable skills of defense: the pitch is where Danilo expresses his art.
Seeing him off the pitch, you wouldn't recognize the 19 year old from Salvador walking down the street. The intensity while playing doesn't match the soft spoken player when he's not laced up on the field. Coming from a family with 6 siblings, Danilo showed great potential at a very young age. A video posted online of him playing football triggered the start of his career, taking him thousands of kilometers away from home to Porto Alegre, playing for Grêmio at the age of 11.
His maturing talent and natural skills took him to play for other clubs in the Brazilian youth category: FC Vitória (Salvador) and CR Vasco da Gama (Rio de Janeiro).
In 2010, at the age of 14, Danilo was called up to play for the Brazilian national team for the first time, and was a consistent member for all Brazilian youth national teams to follow. The following year, he was a part of the Brazilian national team’s victory at the U-15 South American Championship.
At 17, he signed his first professional contract with CR Vasco da Gama. Right after his 18th birthday, Danilo made the move to Europe to play the 2014/2015 season for SC Braga in Portugal. He has been honored with awards for his performances; most recently awarded the Silver Ball for outstanding playing at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand where he led Brazil to the final as team captain.
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GOLDEN BOY NOMINEE
Among the 40 best players worldwide under 21 playing in Europe, Danilo is the only Brazilian to be nominated for the "Golden Boy" 2015 Award
Danilo signs with Valencia CF on loan from Braga
SILVER BALL AWARD
Danilo is awarded with the Silver Ball for his noteworthy performance at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
LEADS BRAZIL AS CAPTAIN
Danilo leads the U-20 Brazilian squad at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The team reaches the final, losing in the 118th minute in overtime 1:2
PORTUGUESE CUP FINAL
Qualified for the Portuguese Cup final with SC Braga against Sporting CP and finished 4th in the Portuguese Championship
ONLY 18, ALREADY U-21
Danilo is called up for the U-21 Brazilian national team at only 18, winning the title at the International Tournament of China
EARNS STARTING SPOT WITH BRAGA
Danilo debuted for SC Braga's first league against CD Nacional in Portugal, becoming a starting player for the rest of the season
DANILO MOVES TO EUROPE
Danilo signed with SC Braga and leaves Brazil for Portugal
FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP
Played the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates with Brazil, losing a hard fought battle in the quarter-finals against Mexico from an extended penalty shoot out
"PLUS JEUNE FINALIST" AWARD IN FRANCE
At just 17, Danilo played in the U-20 Toulon Tournament where the Brazilians took home the title and Danilo received the “Plus jeune finalist,” the award for the youngest talented player
FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT
Danilo signed his first professional contract with CR Vasco da Gama
U-15 SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS
Danilo won his first big international title with Brazil at the U-15 South American Championship in Uruguay
ROAD TO RIO
Danilo moved to Rio de Janeiro to play for the CR Vasco da Gama youth team
CALLED UP FOR BRAZIL
At 14, Danilo was called up to the Brazilian youth national team for the first time and was part of all youth national teams from then on
After a year and a half at Grêmio, Danilo joined the youth team at EC Vitória in Salvador, state of Bahia
FIRST CLUB AWAY FROM HOME
Danilo left home to southern Brazil and joined the youth category for Grêmio in Porto Alegre
Danilo Barbosa da Silva was born on February 28th, 1996 in Salvador, Bahia