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The complicated infancy of one of the most expensive signings in Man Utd's history

By Harry Smith

The complicated infancy of one of the most expensive signings in Man Utd's history

The childhood of the player who became the second most expensive signing in the club's history has been a complicated one. 

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The player arrived in the summer transfer window from Ajax at the request of Dutch manager Erik ten Hag, who previously managed the Brazilian striker at Ajax. United paid €95 million for his services, making him the most expensive player to be signed in this summer's transfer window.

"I lived in the centre of the favela. Twenty metres from my house there were drug traffickers. There were moments, my brother, my sister and I would cry and hug each other thinking about our lives," said star summer signing Antony Matheus, who shared his childhood experience in an interview with Sky Sports.

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The Brazilian, who went on to join Man Utd's forwards, also said he slept on a sofa as he had no bedroom, and even playing football was difficult as he had no boots to play in. The player said that his first goal for the team was dedicated to all his family and fans.

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It is a life story full of overcoming the Brazilian player, in 2020 he arrived at Ajax, where he deployed his talent that led him to sign with Manchester United for a record amount in this summer transfer market. No doubt fans expect a lot from the 22-year-old.



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