Diego Ribas Da Cunha, better known as just Diego. This player has come a long way since his early days in Santos of Brazil. One of the most prominent soccer teams in Brazil, made famous the world over for introducing to the world the greatest soccer player that ever lived, Pele. But that is a subject for another article.
At the young age of 12 Diego was signed to Santos where he was developed through their youth system, making his professional debut at the young age of 16, playing alongside Robinho and Elano. The three of them captured Brazil by storm and before you know it, Diego was on his way to Porto of Portugal.
While in Portugal Diego really failed to impress, and in 2006 he moved to Werder Bremen. This is when his star began to rise in the soccer world, winning Bundesliga player of the month both in August and in December of 2006, also named the best player of the first half of the Bundesliga season and later winning the player of the year award given out by Kicker Magazine.
His goal against Alemannia Aachen in stoppage time from 62.5 meters was chosen as goal of the year.
His last season with Werder Bremen was his best season (personally). He scored 20 goals.
Now this young magician is facing a new challenge in a new league. As of May 2009, Diego has been brought to the Serie A where he will represent Juventus, hoping to replace an aging, injury prone Nedved.
It is my humble opinion that he will fit in very well with Del Piero and Amauri. Combining his passing, dribbling, vision of the game and his ability to create plays out of thin air will translate into many scoring opportunities for Del Piero, Amauri and Trezeguet.
I believe that he is the player to watch this coming season.