Thiago Nascimento dos Santos is a young Brazilian footballer who plays as a winger for Mumbai City FC in the ISL. He was the standout player for the Islanders in the ISL 2017-18.
Santos was born on 12 April 1995 in Mari, Brazil. Football was ingrained in the young Brazilian and he joined the Flamengo youth system at a tender age. His neat finishing and dexterity with the ball was spotted by Mumbai City FC, who roped him in for the 2017/18 ISL.
Santos joined Flamengo youth system and excelled there. He won the Under 20 Campeonato Carioca with them in 2015. He was also a part of the Flamengo squad that lifted the 2017 Campeonato Carioca.
He found it difficult to feature in the senior team oozing with domestic and international talent. After two years of trying to break into the main team, Santos managed a mere 5 appearances. A cruciate ligament ruled him out for an entire season.
So, he got a chance to ply his trade in an entirely different emerging league - the Indian Super League. He has already woven his magic for the Islanders in a season long loan, becoming their X factor. His link up play and goal scoring abilities have made him the fulcrum of the Mumbai team.
He ignited the Mumbai campaign with a goal on his debut against FC Goa in the dying minutes that helped Mumbai eke out their first victory of the season.
He scored in a crazy end-to-end match to give Mumbai a lead in the reverse fixture which ended 3-4 in favour of Mumbai. He also registered a classy brace against Jamshedpur and a goal against Delhi Dynamos. His effortless understanding with Balwant Singh and fellow countryman Everton Santos was the focal point of Mumbai’s attacking threat.