Lucas Francois Bernard Hernandez is a French professional footballer who plays for Atletico Madrid in the La Liga and the France national football team. He was born on 14 February 1996 and hails from Marseille in France. He can either play as a central defender or a left-back. He is a left-footed player, with a decent weaker foot.
A strong central defender with immense potential, he is one to look out for in the future. He is extremely good with his tackling for someone as young as him. He does not lose aerial duels very easily and makes a lot of interceptions and blocks. He is faster than your average defender and his versatility also enables him to play in the left-back role as well. His only downside would be that he is reluctant to hold on to the ball for long; not that his dribbling skills and ball control are bad but he often releases passes early which are either intercepted or misplaced.
Before playing youth football for Atletico Madrid, he played two years for CF Rayo Majadahonda for two years between 2005-2007. He rose through the ranks of Atletico Madrid’s youth setup playing for Atletico Madrid Juvenil and Atletico Madrid B before making his senior team debut in December 2014.
His younger brother Theo Hernandez is also a footballer and an Atletico Madrid product, playing for Real Madrid currently.
He is yet to make his international debut at the senior level for France. He has been called up by Didier Deschamps for France’s upcoming friendly matches against Colombia and Russia.
He earned his first cap for France in the under-16 team in a match against Italy on 6th March 2012. He went on to represent France at the U-18, U-19, U-21 levels.
Rise to Glory
He first rose to glory when he has brought on in the extra time of the Champions League final between rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro. He replaced Filipe Luis at the left-back position, and had the entire duration of the extra-time to display his defensive capabilities. He did fairly well in dealing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, but the match ended in heartbreak as Real Madrid won the final via penalty shootout with Juanfran hitting the post allowing Ronaldo to seal the win for Real Madrid.
Since then, he has improved leaps and bounds proving to be a more than able deputy for the aging Diego Godin and with Filipe Luis out for months with a fracture, he is expected to step up and get more game time.
Lucas has played senior club football for Atletico Madrid only and is one of the successful Rojiblancos academy products in the line of Koke Resurreccion, Saul Niguez, Fernando Torres and Gabi.
He is yet to win any major silverware with Atletico Madrid but he has appeared on the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid at San Siro in 2016.