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Oscar, the current attacking midfielder for Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG and for the Brazil national team, has always had his playing style and ability compared to compatriot Kaká. He is the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final. Here are some really surprising facts to know about the Brazilian professional footballer:

  1.  Oscar is an attacking midfielder who has legally acquired silky Brazilian skills and is rarely flashy. He is quick, dynamic, very athletic, and versatile with playmaking abilities.
  2.  He was born on September 09, 1991, in Americana, Brazil, to Suely Alvez and Oscar dos Santos Emboaba. He has twosiblings, Gabriela and Daniela Emboaba.
  3.  He was brought up by a single parent as his father, tragically died of car crash. His mother started selling cloths door to door and in her house to put her children through school.
  4.  He was inducted into youth academy at the age of seven with the club Uniao Barbarians in 1988. Later in 2004, he was spotted by a talent scout and was moved to his native club, Sao Paolo. He made his professional debut on August 28, 2008.
  5.  On August 20, 2011, Brazil won their fifth FIFA U-20 World Cup, when Oscar inspired Brazil to a 3-2 victory over Portugal. He scored all the three goals to become the first player to score a hat-trick in the U-20 World Cup final.
  6.  In September 2011, he made his first senior side debut as substitute in a 0-0 draw with Argentina. He has represented Brazil in all levels of international football from Under-15 level.
  7.  On May 30, 2012, he reached an agreement with his original employers to terminate his contract after paying €6 million and was free to join Internacional. He was involved in legal battle with his the Sao Paulo over unpaid wages dispute.
  8.  He opened his scoring for Internacional as an 80th substitute against Jaguares de Chiapas on February 23, 2011, in the Copa libertadores. In all he scored 10 goals from 26 games for his club.
  9.  Oscar got more opportunities in the senior national side as an injury replacement and scored his first international goal in June 2012, in a friendly match against Argentina, which Brazil lost 3-4.
  10.  On July 25, 2012, Oscar, signed a five year contract with Chelsea for an estimated fee of £25 million and made his debut on August 19, as a substitute in the season opener against Wigan Athletic.
  11.  He was part of Silver medal winning Brazilian squad for the 2012 Summer Olympic in London. He and Neymar were part of all the goals scored in the Olympics and ensured Brazil reached the finals.
  12.  He starred in the opening game of Olympics against Egypt, providing assists for goals by Rafael and Leandro Damiao. He went on to score one against Belarus and once again provided two assists for a 3-0 defeat of South Korea in the semifinals.
  13.  He was in staring eleven for his club Chelsea, for the first time on September 19, 2012 against Juventus in the Champions League, when he helped his team to take lead only to surrender. He was adjusted Man of the Match for his performance.
  14.  Oscar made his fist Premier League start for the Blues in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City, on September 22 and continued his good performance through the season. He opened his Premier League score on December 23 in 8-0 win against Aston Villa.
  15.  He was part of Chelsea’s triumph in the Europa League, for his first title and to top it, his goal against Juventus in the tournament was adjusted ‘Goal of the Season.’
  16.  On March 25, 2013, he wore his iconic number 10 shirt for the first time in Brazilian colors in a friendly against Russia in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
  17.  In the match against Southampton on January 01, 2014, Oscar had a hand in all the three goals, scoring one and assisted the other two in taking Chelsea home to victory. He was also booked in that match for diving.
  18.  Oscar was part of national team which went on to win the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup defeating Spain 3-0 in the final. He started in all the game and had hand in the second goal in the final.
  19.  In the humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Oscar scored the only goal for Brazil, in 7-1 thrashing. He started and played in every game.
  20.  Apart from Thiago Silva, he was the one of the two Brazilian included in the team of the tournament at the 2014 World Cup, based on Castrol Performance Index. Though he scored only two goals, he showed incredible performance in the tournament.
  21.  In August 2014, just before start of the Premier League season there was change of squad number. Oscar was forced to change his jersey number to 8, as his number 11 was handed over to returning Didier Drogba.
  22.  In November 2014, he signed a new contract extension with Chelsea for five years. In his 92 appearances for Chelsea he scored 27 goals.
  23.  After losing 9 of 16 Premier League matches in 2015-16, season Jose Mourinho resigned, Oscar along with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were abused by supporters who believed that their slump in form cost the job of their popular manager.
  24.  In May 2015, he was excluded from the 2015 Copa America tournament in Chile, after he was reported unfit due to an injury in training. However he regained his place in October 2016 for the 2018 world cup qualifier.
  25.  On October 26, 2016, Oscar made his 200th appearance for Chelsea in a 2-1, league cup defeat to West Ham. In his 200 games for the club, he has scored 38 goals and boasts of Premier League, Europa League, and League Cup titles.
  26.  On December 23, 2016, Chelsea and Shanghai SIPG have agreed to terms for Oscar’s transfer to the Chinese Super League club for an estimated £60 million during the January transfer window.
  27.  Oscar shocked the footballing world when he left Chelsea, though he had offer from Atletico Madrid and Italy, he chose Shanghai SIPG, for he said ‘China makes offers players can’t refuse.’ I thought more of my family than my career, he added.
  28.  Oscar made his debut for Shanghai SIPG on February 07, 2017 and scored his first goal in a 3-0 win over Thailand club Sukhothai in the 2017 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off.
  29.  On June 18, 2017, he twice kicked the ball into Guangzhou player in frustration after referee overturned his decision in awarding a goal. The game was disturbed following a brawl and he was banned for 8 matches with a fine of 40,000 RMB, for starting the incident.
  30.  He married Ludmila, his childhood sweetheart of Japanese descent in 2011. They have a daughter named Julia and a son named Caio. He is a devote Christian and prays before each game.
  31.  Oscar Net Worth: $50 Million

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