Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (born 9 September 1991), better known as simply Oscar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG and the Brazil national team.

Oscar began his career at São Paulo, and in 2009, he went to court against the club due to irregularities in his contract. After a series of controversies, he left for Internacional, where he spent the next three years of his career. His displays for club and country led to him signing for Chelsea for a fee of £19.35 million.

Oscar has drawn comparisons to players such as Mesut Özil and fellow Brazilian teammate Kaká due to his playmaking abilities. A superb dribbler, Oscar is very fluid and creative in his runs. As an offensive playmaker, Oscar has great vision and is able to deliver a precise pass to his teammates.

Oscar is also extremely effective in building up play in areas higher up the pitch and his cunning runs as well as skilful short range passing make him a threat in and near the opponent’s box. Although he typically played in a central attacking midfield position for Internacional, since his transfer to Chelsea, Oscar has been deployed in all three attacking midfield positions behind the central striker, in the centre as well as on either flank. Known for his vision for picking out teammates in tight positions and carving out chances in difficult situations, Oscar acts as the catalyst in Chelsea’s attack, and was widely praised for his role in the team’s Europa League success in 2013.

Under Mourinho, Oscar was used as Chelsea’s primary playmaker in midfield. His flexibility of being able to play in wider positions is also admired. Oscar’s energy, work-rate and ability to press opponents high up the pitch made him a favorite of Mourinho, and also allows him to play in deeper midfield roles.

After four and-a-half years with the Chelsea, he controversially signed for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for Asian transfer record £60 million in December 2016.

He is a Brazilian international and has represented his country at the under-20 level, at the 2012 London Olympics and at senior level. On 20 August 2011, Oscar scored three goals in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final win against Portugal, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final. Oscar later described his performances at the tournament as being a “gateway to the senior side.” His playing style and ability have drawn comparison to compatriot Kaká.

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