Just the mere mention of David Luiz’s name brings mixed reaction. Love him or hate him, more often than not you have an opinion. Why is he worth a transfer fee of €50 million? Is he world-class?
No matter what you say, people will argue the opposite, and that varied level of opinion is why we love football so much.
When Chelsea signed the Brazilian defender for €30 million back in January of 2011, he came highly regarded by those who had watched his career progress in Portugal. Chelsea were picking up a very talented 24-year-old with the world as his feet.
Since his move, whether it was because of the play of Luiz, or because he was lucky to land at Chelsea, he has been very successful. He has won the FA Cup, and lifted both the Europa League and Champions League trophies.
When Paris Saint-Germain started to build their squad in the Qatari-era, one of their first moves was to recruit winners. Signing players like Thiago Motta, Maxwell, Alex and the crown jewel, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
David Luiz fits that mould, and he brings an increased level of experience and leadership to the PSG back line. It also helps that he will be able to play beside his international team-mate Thiago Silva.
Despite splitting opinions, David Luiz will go on to lift trophies in Paris, but it will be in the Champions League where his performances will be judged. That is PSG’s ultimate goal, and unlike most of his colleagues, he’s already won it. That experience could become invaluable.
Here are five reasons why David Luiz is a world-class defender and worth his transfer fee.