Five things you did not know about Ederson
We all know Ederson, Man City’s much loved goalkeeper! He’s one of the world’s highest paid goalkeepers and for good reason. He’s excellent at what he does and Pep Guardiola is lucky to have him on the squad. However, there are a lot of things you probably did not know about the Brazilian goalkeeper. And for that reason – we’ve created a list of five things you probably don’t know about Ederson Moraes!
1. Ederson didn’t come from a very well off background.
His childhood was in genuine destitution. The intriguing thing about Ederson youth was his extreme force, which prompted him to be given titles like ‘The Bull’.
The Brazilian grew up revering Rogério Ceni, the previous Brazil global who is the top-scoring goalkeeper ever with 131 objectives in his 25-year vocation at São Paulo. As a kid Ederson went through hours viewing Ceni on TV from the family home in Osasco, a harsh zone in Greater São Paulo.
“When I started playing as a boy, a lot of people were asking, ‘If you don’t make it, what are you going to do?’ But in my head, I was always repeating to myself, ‘I’m going to become a football player,” said Ederson about his childhood dream of becoming a footballer.
“I remember my father used to wake up at 4 A.M. He woke me up as well. We would leave home together, he was going to work and I continued my walk to catch the bus. I had my training session with Sao Paulo in the morning. I had to take two buses to the point I could take the club bus.”
2. He first started his career as a left back
He got his first taste of football at when he first started attending a football school called Champions Ebenézer FC.
“He came because his older brother was playing with us,” says Gilberto Lopes, better known as Giba, who created the charity team to help youngsters growing up in one of the most violent parts of the suburbs. “As Osasco is a very dangerous town, we have to give a lot of attention to the children. Football is weapon that I use until this day to get the boys off the street.
“As he is left-footed, I started playing Ederson at left-back. He already had a powerful shot but he did not carry ginga [the rhythm] for dribbling, so I pulled him back to be a keeper. With the first shot he caught the ball without dropping it, and that was the beginning.”
Ederson is rather glad that he had the chance to be a left back before becoming a goalkeeper, as that position has taught him a lot of skills.
“When I started playing football, I started as a left-defender. Maybe I wasn’t very talented in that position but I knew that something good could come out of it. I got some skills with my feet and that helped me a lot later on. Those qualities have helped me a lot in my career,” remarked Ederson.
3. He became a goalkeeper upon his coach’s advice
As mentioned earlier, Ederson Moraes started out as a left back. However, his coach Antonio Rodrigues observed the youngster and noted his nimbleness – ultimately coming to the conclusion that he was better suited as a goalkeeper.
“I was told that Ederson was already standing out as a goalkeeper,” says Antonio Rodrigues, Ederson’s first coach in the under-13 team, who has been at the club for 18 years. “I was impressed with the precision he had with the ball at his feet and his quickness and agility in goal.”
“That helped him a lot,” says Victor Severo, a childhood friend from Osasco who also played for São Paulo’s academy and lives with the Ederson family in Cheshire. “He used to play as a goleiro-linha [the so-called ‘fifth man’, a goalkeeper who joins the outfield players] to take advantage of his powerful shot. Due to that, our main tactic was to clear space so he could come from his box to shoot. He was so good with his feet he was challenging to become the top scorer.”
At São Paulo Ederson was initially well regarded. “São Paulo had a plan to produce Rogerio Ceni’s successor, so our training sessions with the boys had a big focus on footwork,” says Luiz Batista da Silva Junior, then youth goalkeeping coach. “Although he was very shy, Ederson paid attention to all the exercises and learnt everything quickly.”
4. He and his wife Lais Moraes love getting tattoos
Both are tattoo freaks! But it’s safe to say that the Brazilian goalkeeper definitely is the bigger tattoo lover. While Lais Moraes has tattoos on her shoulder, forearm and calf, Ederson sports over 40 fascinating tattoos over his body!
Lais Moraes, is a great lady and one of the most wonderful VIPs inside football. Ederson has been hitched to Lais for a very long time. This flawless couple previously began to date in 2013, when the Brazilian celebrity was as yet 20-year-old and after a time of dating, they got married.
Ederson Moraes and Lais met when the goalkeeper was playing for the Portuguese group Rio Ave. In 2014, when Ederson was as yet 21-year-old, he and Lais got hitched to a delightful little wedding function.
On June 6, 2017, the couple invited their first girl, Yasmin Moraes. On September 13, 2018, Lais brought forth his child, Henrique Moraes and on January 17, 2020, the couple invited their third youngster and second little girl, Laura Moraes. They are an upbeat and warm family that appreciates the favors of three kids.
5. Ederson is a Guinness World Record holder!
Surprised? Yes, we were too! He holds the Guiness World Record for the longest football drop Kick. His record came as a fact to when he kicked 75.35 m over the ground at the Etihad Stadium on 10 May 2018.