Three years ago, Bruno Bertucci was mainly a spectator as Brazil reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup final (they were beaten by Ghana on penalties).
He certainly has pedigree considering Rogério Lourenço included the left-back in a squad containing the likes of Alex Teixeira, Douglas Costa, Ganso, Souza, Alan Kardec and Giuliano.
Now you're probably wondering what is Bertucci doing playing in Azerbaijan for Neftchi Baku?
He's bounced around a few clubs so he needed stability, but even then, surely he could have found his way onto a better team.
It never ceases to amaze me how ingenious some of these agents are.
Whoever is advising Bertucci persuaded him to sign with Neftchi Baku solely to attract attention from scouts in the UEFA Europa League.
During a 0-0 draw against Partizan Belgrade, scouts were watching the game to keep tabs on 18-year-olds Aleksandar Mitrović and Lazar Marković.
Instead, they watched Bertucci accumulate eight tackles, intercept two passes whilst also being a lively threat going forward.
There's a reason why Bertucci is averaging 7.7 tackles and 3.7 interceptions per Europa League game.
He's playing to get signed to a better team. Sometimes, you have to take a step back to move two steps forward. Just ask Hulk, whose decision to play in Japan revitalised his floundering career.
In fairness to 25-year-old Paraguayan Éric Ramos, he has been equally proficient in winning back the ball for Neftchi Baku.