The central midfielder of the German club FC Bayern Munich and the Spanish national team, the Spanish professional footballer born in the city of San Pietro Vernotico, Italy on 11 April 1991, Thiago Alcántara do Nascimento or popularly known as Thiago. He has four La Liga titles, a UEFA Champions League title and a FIFA Club World Cup in his bag.
Thiago is born to Brazilian parents and his father is a World Cup champ and mother his a volleyballer. Being born in a footballing environment and inheriting the footballing genes he started playing at the lower levels of Flamengo in Brazil at the tender age of five. He moved to Spain since his father played for Elche CF and he was playing for Kelme CF. At the age of 14, he signed in FC Barcelona.
Thiago’s made his senior team debut with Barcelona in the year 2009 against RCD Mallorca. Before that, he was part of Barcelona B team. In the year 2010, he scored his first goal for Barcelona against Racing de Santander and Barcelona had a 4–0 home win. In 2013, Thiago made his Bayern Munich debut where the team surpassed their rivals Borussia Dortmund. He scored his first goal for the team against Raja Casablanca of Morocco in 2013.
In 2011, Thiago made his first appearance for Spain's senior squad in a friendly against Italy.
Rise to glory
In the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship with Spain, Thiago scored a goal in the finals and aided this country to win the tournament.
In the under 21, UEFA Championship, Thiago scored a goal with a 40-yard free kick in the final against Switzerland. He was the man of the match of the final, also he was the Golden player and received the silver boot.
Thiago has won the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup in the year 2011. In the year 2013, he won the UEFA Super Cup,
With Barcelona B, Thiago made 59 appearances and scored 3 goals. With Barcelona main team he played 68 matches and landed up scoring 7 goals. He signed a four-year contract with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, for a €25 million fee. For, Bayern he has played 90 matches till date and scored 11 goals for the same.