David Luiz

David Luiz Moreira Marinho (born 22 April 1987) is a Brazilian professional footballer who last played for Premier League club Arsenal and the Brazil national team. Primarily a centre back, he can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder.[4][5]

David Luiz
David Luiz with Chelsea in 2019
Personal information
Full name David Luiz Moreira Marinho[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987[2]
Place of birth Diadema, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1999–2001 São Paulo
2001–2005 Vitória
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Vitória 26 (1)
2007Benfica (loan) 10 (0)
2007–2011 Benfica 72 (4)
2011–2014 Chelsea 81 (6)
2014–2016 Paris Saint-Germain 56 (3)
2016–2019 Chelsea 79 (5)
2019–2021 Arsenal 53 (3)
National team
2007 Brazil U20 2 (0)
2010–2017 Brazil 57 (3)
Representing  Brazil
FIFA Confederations Cup
Winner2013 BrazilTeam
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:35, 2 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:28, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

After starting out at Vitoria, David Luiz moved to Benfica, remaining with the club for five seasons (three complete). He joined Chelsea in January 2011, winning the UEFA Champions League during the 2011–12 season. In the following season he won the UEFA Europa League. In June 2014, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £50 million, at that time a world record transfer for a defender,[6][7][8] and won all four domestic competitions over his two seasons in French football. He returned to Chelsea in August 2016 in a £30 million transfer deal. He transferred to Arsenal in 2019.

David Luiz made his full international debut for Brazil in 2010 and has since earned over 50 caps for his country. He was a member of the Brazilian teams which won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and has also represented his nation in two editions of the Copa América.

Club career


Born in Diadema, São Paulo, to Ladislao and Regina Marinho, David Luiz arrived at Salvador-based club Vitória after being released by São Paulo,[9] and started playing as a defensive midfielder, almost leaving the club for his poor performances in that position.[10] However, he was soon moved to central defender and adapted well.[11]

David Luiz made his debut for Vitória in 2006, excelling in a 2–2 draw against Santa Cruz in that season's Copa do Brasil.[11] At the worst situation of its history, in the third division, the club eventually promoted to the second level after finishing in second position, with the player appearing in eight of the club's last decisive nine games,[12] scoring his only league goal on 3 September 2006 in a 2–0 home win against Clube Atlético do Porto.[13]


On 30 January 2007, David Luiz joined Portuguese club Benfica as a replacement for Tottenham Hotspur-bound Ricardo Rocha, on loan.[14] He made a somewhat tumultuous debut for the club in a UEFA Cup match against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, partnering compatriot Anderson in the centre of defence, replacing the injured Luisão. Benfica lost the match 2–1 but progressed to the next round after winning 4–3 on aggregate.

On 12 March 2007, David Luiz played his first league match for Benfica, against União de Leiria.[15] At the end of the season, following ten league appearances, he joined permanently for a €1.5 million transfer fee[16] and signed a five-year contract with the club.[17] Before the ensuing campaign, he scored his first goal for the club in the Guadiana Trophy friendly tournament, against Sporting CP. However, David Luiz only managed eight appearances in the league due to injury as Benfica finished fourth.

On 11 January 2009, David Luiz scored his first goal for Benfica, the match's only goal in a home success against Braga. He played most of the campaign as a left back, at the expense of Portuguese international Jorge Ribeiro.

However, it was in the 2009–10 season, when new manager Jorge Jesus arrived to Benfica, that David Luiz became a club symbol and vice-captain. He was ever-present, appearing in 49 matches (three goals, 4,206 minutes), as Benfica won the league after a five-year wait. In the season's Taça da Liga, in a 1–4 away win against Sporting CP, he opened the score in the eighth minute, with Benfica also eventually winning the competition. David Luiz won the Portuguese Liga Player of the Year that same season with 38% of the vote while the runner-up, his teammate Ángel Di María, received 8%.[16]

On 30 September 2009, Benfica sold 25% of David Luiz's economic rights on any future transfer to a third-party owner, Benfica Stars Fund, along with other teammates. He was valued at €18 million, with the fund paying €4.5 million;[18] his contract was also renewed in October with a release clause of €50 million.[19]


David Luiz playing for Chelsea in 2011

On 31 January 2011, David Luiz completed a move to Chelsea for a €25 million transfer fee and subsequently signed a five-and-a-half-year contract. As part of the deal, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matić joined Benfica at the end of the season after his transfer spell at Dutch club Vitesse.[20][21][22][23]

David Luiz made his Premier League debut on 6 February, replacing José Bosingwa in a 0–1 home loss against Liverpool.[24] Eight days later in a 0–0 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage, he made his first start for Chelsea. Instantly becoming a cult hero amongst the Chelsea fans, David Luiz was awarded the Barclays Man of the Match award for his performance, despite giving away a penalty in the 93rd minute of the match, which was saved by Petr Čech.[25]

On 1 March, David Luiz scored his first goal for Chelsea to help the Blues come from behind to win 2–1 against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.[26] On 20 March, he headed in his second goal for the Blues in a 2–0 home win over Manchester City, and again receiving the man of the match award, as well as the Premier League Player of the Month for March.[27][28]

David Luiz missed the first three matches of 2011–12 season due to a knee injury.[29] He made his return to the first team on 13 September in a UEFA Champions League group stage match against Bayer Leverkusen in which he scored from 15 yards to break the deadlock in an eventual 2–0 home win.[30] In his second match, a League Cup third round tie against Fulham, he scored his penalty shoot-out attempt in a 4–3 win (0–0 after 120 minutes).[31]

David Luiz with a T-shirt saying "Deus é fiel" ("God is faithful") after winning the Champions League

On 5 February 2012, in a league home fixture against Manchester United, David Luiz put Chelsea ahead 3–0 in the 50th minute after his header was deflected by Rio Ferdinand, following a Juan Mata free kick. The match ended with a 3–3 draw.[32] On 25 February, through a curled shot, he opened the score against Bolton Wanderers in an eventual 3–0 at home.[33]

On 14 March, Chelsea faced Napoli in the Champions League's round of 16, following a 3–1 loss at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.[34] David Luiz made a stunning performance to help his team win the tie with a 4–1 extra-time win, being subsequently chosen by UEFA as the man of the match,[35] an accolade he also received in the first leg of the quarter-finals against former team Benfica in a 0–1 away win. However, after leaving the pitch in the FA Cup semi-final against rivals Tottenham with a muscular injury,[36] it was announced that he would miss both of the Champions League semi-finals encounters against Barcelona and the domestic cup final. He played, however, in the Champions League finalJohn Terry was also suspended for the match[37] – David Luiz appeared, and started for Chelsea, playing the full 120 minutes, along with converting his penalty shootout attempt as the Blues won the shootout 4–3.[38]

On 22 September 2012, David Luiz signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.[39] He started the new season again as a regular alongside either Gary Cahill or Terry, and scored his first goal from a free-kick against Nordsjælland in a 0–4 away win in the campaign's Champions League.[40] In the Club World Cup in 2012, in which Chelsea lost in the final to Corinthians, he was chosen the second best player of the tournament, receiving the Silver Ball for his performances, one of which was as a defensive midfielder. He played in that position in an 8–0 home thrashing of Aston Villa the following week, being chosen man of the Match and netting the second from a free-kick.[41][42]

On 17 April 2013, David Luiz scored during a 3–0 West London derby victory against Fulham. He also scored in both legs of the Europa League semi-finals against Basel; the first was a last minute, low free-kick curled around the wall and into the goalkeeper's bottom left-hand corner to secure a dramatic 2–1 away win, giving Chelsea an advantage going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.[43][44]

David Luiz was widely criticised for a controversial incident during Chelsea's 0–1 away win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on 5 May. After he elbowed opponent Rafael, the United defender kicked out at him and was sent off. David Luiz, however, was seen smiling while lying on the ground before writhing around in mock agony.[45][46] David Luiz defended himself, saying he was smiling at the Manchester United fans who could be seen screaming insults and laughing at him.[47]

Paris Saint-Germain

David Luiz playing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2015

On 13 June 2014, David Luiz transferred to French club Paris Saint-Germain for a £50 million transfer fee, a world-record transfer for a defender, signing a five-year contract.[6][7][8]

He made his Ligue 1 debut on 16 August, partnering compatriot Marquinhos in central defence as PSG defeated Bastia 2–0 at the Parc des Princes.[48] On 30 September, David Luiz scored his first PSG goal, opening a 3–2 home win over Barcelona in the Champions League group stage.[49] He was seen as a surprise inclusion in the FIFA World Team of the Year at the 2014 Ballon d'Or awards.[50]

On 19 January 2015, David Luiz scored his first Ligue 1 goal in a 4–2 defeat of Evian.[51] On 11 March, he scored on his return to Stamford Bridge in the round of 16 of the Champions League as PSG drew 2–2 with his former club Chelsea to knock out the English club on away goals.[52] He apologised for celebrating the goal, saying that it was the result of sudden emotion rather than malice towards his former employers.[53]

In David Luiz's first season at the club, PSG won a domestic treble of the Ligue 1 championship, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue, in addition to the Trophée des Champions.[54] In his second season at the club, PSG repeated this accomplishment once again, after beating Marseille in the Coupe de France final.[55]

Return to Chelsea

David Luiz holding the UEFA Europa League trophy after winning the final with Chelsea.

David Luiz returned to Chelsea from PSG, for a reported fee of £34 million,[56] in August 2016 and signed a three-year deal.[57] His first game back with the club was a 2–1 defeat at home to Liverpool on 16 September.[58] On 31 January 2017 he scored his first goal for the season from a free kick against Liverpool at Anfield, his first Premier League goal since April 2013.[59] At the end of the season, David Luiz was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2016–17.[60]

David Luiz was selected for Chelsea's first match of the 2017–18 Premier League season, against Burnley on 12 August 2017, and scored late on in their 3–2 defeat.[61] On 17 September 2017, Luiz received a straight red after a poor challenge on Sead Kolašinac during a 0–0 draw against Arsenal. Luiz became the third player to be sent-off in the last three meetings between the two rivals from London; with the others being Pedro during the FA Community Shield and Victor Moses during the FA Cup Final.[62] Chelsea went on to win the 2017-18 FA Cup but David Luiz was injured and missed the final.[63]

David Luiz scored his first goal of the 2018–19 Premier League, heading in the second goal in Chelsea's 2–0 home win over the previously undefeated Manchester City on 8 December.[64] He hit the winning penalty in a 4–2 shootout win in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at home to Tottenham Hotspur on 24 January 2019.[65]

2019–2020 season

On 8 August 2019, Arsenal signed David Luiz from Chelsea for a reported £8 million transfer fee. He received the number 23 shirt for the club.[66][67] On 6 October 2019, he scored the match's winning goal, his first for Arsenal, in a 1–0 victory against AFC Bournemouth.[68] In a 2–2 home draw against Crystal Palace, he scored his second Arsenal goal.[69] In a match against former club Chelsea in January 2020, he was sent-off after conceding a penalty. While Arsenal eventually drew the match,[70] David Luiz received a three-match suspension from domestic play.[71] He made his return in a Premier League match against Everton, during which he recorded his first assist for Arsenal.[72]

Following the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, David Luiz was named on the bench in a match at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City. However, an injury to Pablo Marí saw him enter play just 24 minutes in. He then committed an error leading to City's first goal before he conceded a penalty and was sent-off early in the second half. In so doing, he became the first player to receive a red card (making him the player with the most red cards this season), concede a penalty and commit an error leading to goal in a Premier League match for five years.[73]

In Arsenal's final match of the season, David Luiz gave away a penalty against Watford; this was the fifth penalty he had conceded that season, setting a Premier League record for most penalties conceded by a single player in a single season.[74][75][76] On 1 August 2020, David Luiz was selected to start in the FA Cup Final against his former club Chelsea, as Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup.[77]

2020–2021 season

On 29 August 2020, David Luiz started the game and scored the fourth penalty in a shootout win against Liverpool in the 2020 FA Community Shield after the game ended 1–1.[78]

On 29 November 2020, he was a part of a severe head collision with Raúl Jiménez at the Emirates Stadium in which Jiménez was knocked out. Jiménez was sent to a London hospital and received surgery for his fractured skull, whilst David Luiz was only bandaged on the head due to a cut on his forehead. He was surprisingly allowed to play on after the incident but was subbed off at half time. He was last seen bleeding through his bandage before the half time whistle, which led to a spark of protests from both footballers and fans; demanding a 'free substitution' for those who are concussed on the pitch.

On 28 February 2021, he scored his first Premier League goal of the season in a 3–1 away win against Leicester City.[79] On 6 March, he made his 50th league appearance for Arsenal in a 1–1 draw against Burnley.[80]

It was confirmed on 18 May by manager Mikel Arteta that David Luiz would leave the club at the end of his contract in June 2021.[81]

International career

David Luiz playing for Brazil at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

David Luiz played with the Brazil under-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, with the team being ousted in the round of 16.[82]

Courtesy of his solid season at Benfica, he was first picked for the senior side in a 2–0 friendly win against the United States on 10 August 2010, the first match after Mano Menezes replaced Dunga as the coach of the Seleção. Prior to making his debut for Brazil, the Portuguese Football Federation had considered calling him up to their own national team.[16]

David Luiz was present in every squad during the management of Menezes and was called up to the squad for the Copa América in 2011, but did not make a single appearance at the tournament due to injury.[29] In a friendly with Mexico in October of that year, he scored an own goal, but the Seleção eventually won it 2–1.

On 7 September 2012, David Luiz captained Brazil for the first time, appearing in a 1–0 win against South Africa in São Paulo.[83] He was included in the squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, which was hosted in his native Brazil. Alongside teammate Thiago Silva, David Luiz started all matches and helped Brazil win their fourth Confederations Cup title. In the final against Spain, he made an outstanding goal-line clearance from Pedro's shot.[84][85]

David Luiz training with Brazil before the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening match, against Croatia.

On 2 June, David Luiz was named in Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[86] He scored his first international goal in a 1–1 draw against Chile in the round of 16. He subsequently converted the team's first kick in the penalty shootout as they prevailed 3–2.[87] He scored the winning goal from a 35-yard free kick in a 2–1 win against Colombia in the quarter-final, and celebrated the goal by running towards the corner flag and kicking it.[88] In the absence of Thiago Silva due to suspension, David Luiz captained the Seleção in their 7–1 defeat to Germany at the semi-final stage of the tournament.[89] Brazil went on to lose the third-place play-off 3–0 against the Netherlands.[90]

David Luiz was a member of Brazil's squad for the 2015 Copa América in Chile. He partnered Miranda in central defence for the team's first two group matches, before being dropped for Thiago Silva, as Brazil were knocked out by Paraguay in the quarter-finals.[91]

On 13 November 2015, David Luiz received his first career red card in a 1–1 2018 World Cup qualifying draw with rivals Argentina in Buenos Aires.[92] In 2016, David Luiz and Thiago Silva were among several experienced players who were not chosen for the squad that travelled to the Copa América Centenario in the United States.[93]

Style of play

David Luiz captaining his country in the 7–1 defeat to Germany

Although primarily a centre back, David Luiz can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder or as a full back, and has drawn praise for his physical strength, work-rate, technique, and range of distribution as a defender, as well as his personality, composure in possession, and confidence on the ball, which enables him to play the ball out from the back or launch an attack with long balls after winning back possession. A powerful striker of the ball from distance, Luiz has also been known to foul players in a reckless manner causing injuries to fellow footballers. Although in the past he has been criticized in the media for his inconsistent defensive performances, and for being reckless in his challenges, as well as prone to errors or lapses in concentration, during the 2016–17 season, he showed notable improvements upon his return to Chelsea, when the club's new manager Antonio Conte decided to deploy him as a ball-playing centre back in a three-man back-line in the team's 3–4–3 formation.[4][5][59][88][94][95][96][97][98][99][100][101]

Personal life

Luiz celebrates his goal by pointing to the sky after scoring against Colombia at the World Cup.

David Luiz is a devout Evangelical Christian and has named Kaká as his role model.[16] He said, "My faith gives me the belief that I can go out and perform and improve as a player. It gives me strength and inspiration." He later added, "Everything in life belongs to God. Our purpose has already been mapped out."[102] He received baptism in May 2015 in the indoor swimming pool of his Brazil and PSG teammate Maxwell.[103]

Earlier in his career, David Luiz was likened physically to the Brazilian basketball player Anderson Varejão by fans in his own country, due to their similar hairstyle.[16] In England, he was referred to as The Simpsons villain Sideshow Bob by opposition fans, and also in self-reference.[104]

David Luiz is also a Portuguese citizen, which was acquired during his time at Benfica. Portugal wanted him to represent their national team, but he opted to play for his native Brazil instead.[105]

In 2018, Luiz and his teammate Willian acquired Babbo, an Italian restaurant located in Mayfair, London.[106]

Career statistics


As of match played 2 May 2021[107]
Appearances and goals club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental[lower-alpha 1] Other[lower-alpha 2] Total
Vitória 2006 Série C 26120251532
2007 Série B 00002020
Total 26120271552
Benfica 2006–07 Primeira Liga 1000040140
2007–08 Primeira Liga 80200040140
2008–09 Primeira Liga 192204021273
2009–10 Primeira Liga 2922051130493
2010–11 Primeira Liga 16030206010280
Total 82490111291101326
Chelsea 2010–11 Premier League 12200000000122
2011–12 Premier League 202603011100403
2012–13 Premier League 302604114430577
2013–14 Premier League 19030309000340
Total 8161501013453014312
Paris Saint-Germain 2014–15 Ligue 1 282413010200455
2015–16 Ligue 1 25130417110403
2016–17 Ligue 1 300000001040
Total 563717117320898
Chelsea 2016–17 Premier League 331302000381
2017–18 Premier League 10120004110172
2018–19 Premier League 36320506010503
Total 7957070101201056
Arsenal 2019–20 Premier League 332500050432
2020–21 Premier League 20110107110302
Total 533601012110734
Career total 377214613631021136159738
  1. Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, UEFA Super Cup
  2. Includes Trophée des Champions, FA Community Shield, FIFA Club World Cup, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Campeonato Baiano


As of match played 13 June 2017[108]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Brazil 201040
As of match played 13 June 2017. Brazil score listed first, score column indicates score after each David Luiz goal.
List of international goals scored by David Luiz
128 June 2014Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Chile1–01–12014 FIFA World Cup
24 July 2014Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil Colombia2–02–12014 FIFA World Cup
318 November 2014Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria Austria1–02–1Friendly


David Luiz (left) with Ramires after the Champions League final in 2012



Paris Saint-Germain[107]

  • Ligue 1: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Coupe de France: 2014–15,[119] 2015–16
  • Coupe de la Ligue: 2015–16
  • Trophée des Champions: 2015, 2016


  • FA Cup: 2019–20[120]
  • FA Community Shield: 2020[121]


  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2013[122]
Luiz, Cássio and Paolo Guerrero (from left to right) accepting their individual awards after the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final


  • LPFP Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2009–10
  • Premier League Player of the Month: March 2011[110]
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2012[123]
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014[124]
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2014[125]
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2013[126]
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2015, 2017[127][128]
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2014–15,[129] 2015–16
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2016–17 Premier League[60]
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2016–17[130]
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2018–19[131]


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