Victor Hugo: Brazil’s new midfield wonderkid earning Real Madrid & Barcelona links

Victor Hugo was born in Bento Ribeiro, a neighbourhood in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro that is perhaps best known for also being the birthplace of ‘O Fenomeno’, Ronaldo.

And it soon became clear that Victor Hugo had the potential to follow a similar path to the legendary striker, with his father, Welington, having begun placing a ball at his son’s feet from the age of three.

“Since he was a child, one of the main pillars that we passed on to him was discipline and determination, and that he would have to give up some things,” Welington tells GOAL.

“For example, when he was younger, he had to give up parties and his friends’ birthdays, because the next day he would have to wake up very early, whether to train or even play.”

By the age of six, the boy was showing enough ability with his left foot that he joined the Madureira futsal team, before being picked up by Vasco da Gama.

There he played as a left-back as he made his first steps from the futsal court to the football pitch, before Flamengo swooped in at the age of 12 to bring Victor Hugo across Rio.

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