The 19 year old, who was born on the 22nd of January 2001, was reported to have been signed to the Catalan club from fc Sao Paulo.
He was born is Santa Maria, Brazil and started his football career in a small club back at Brazil at the age of 11. He later switched to Brasilia Futebol Academia, earning his breakthrough in 2014 when he played in the Copa Sul-Americana Amizade Joia tournament, scoring a total of 16 goals and becoming the top goal scorer of the tournament.
The Brazilian played for Fc Sao Paulo and was incorporated into the left wing position for the club. He has played 102 games in Sao Paulo colours, bagging 8 goals in 20 games for the under 15 side in 2016 and two years later scoring a remarkable 30 goals in 36 games for the under 17 team. He went ahead to win 7 trophies for the youth side.
On December, 2019, Maia welcomed his first child.
The Brazilian has been previously linked to other heavyweight clubs, like the premier league's champions liverpool and Atletico Madrid, but it was Barcelona who scooped the wonderkid having monitored his progress since January.
It was reported that Barcelona had initially deposited a huge sum of €900,000 for the kid earlier this year and consequently, €2.5 million was paid later.
He has been compared to former Barcelona star, Neymar, owing to his lightening speed.Maia has the potential to become a world class talent and I hope he is given the opportunity to learn and play alongside Barcelona stars.
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