Scouting Report: Marcos Antônio
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On 13th June 2000, Marcos Antônio was born in Poções, a small municipality in Northeastern Brazil. Started his career at the Athletico Paraenense youth team, where then he joined Estoril before moving to Europe in February of 2019 and become part of Ukraine's top team, Shakhtar Donetsk for around €3.5M. 

The young Brazilian is a midfielder who is comfortable playing anywhere in midfield. He has been deployed as a deep-lying playmaker, a central midfielder as well as an advanced playmaker. At just 168cm, he is quite short and does not possess a great physical structure, but this allows Antônio to have a low center of gravity which in turn helps him have good balance. Due to this, the 21-year-old is capable of dribbling when under pressure as well.

Marcos Antônio possesses a good range of passing skills, making him very good at spotting free players and serving them. His passes are short, crisp, and incisive. Breaking the opposition’s lines is something that comes very easy for the Brazilian talent. Antônio’s long passes are always well-weighted and accurate as well. In terms of technique, passing, and control, Marcos Antônio possesses a great technique and there can be only improvements from where he stands right now.

Marcos Antônio, like some great midfielders, can be defined as a metronomic midfielder. Whether it is through his quick passing, his work rate, or his relentless pressing, the Brazilian is someone who does the basics very well and keeps his team going. His work rate is one of the most impressive aspects of his play, making him a very presential player, trying to steal the ball so he can start the play again, searching for teammates, and moving the ball fast. 

Marcos Antônio would do best in a team that plays attacking, possession-based football. The points upon which he has to improve would have to be his defensive decision-making and his positioning. The young talent is a player to keep an eye on next season, being very close to joining Serie A, it would be a league where for sure he can improve and show his talent.

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