Lucas Ocampos has been a sensation for Spanish LaLiga side Sevilla following his arrival from French club Olympique Marseille.
He was arguably the best player in the El Gran derby on Thursday night as LaLiga resumed after the compulsory break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The right-footed left winger has a knack for scoring goals by cutting in from the left flank to shot. Signed in June 2019, here are six key things you need to know about the Argentine sensation.
1. Once nominated for UEFA golden boy award
The 25-year old was a nominee for the UEFA golden boy award while at Monaco where he spent two-and-a-half years as a teenager.
2. Ocampos was Ligue 2’s record singing in 2012
In 2012, Ocampos joined then Ligue 2 outfit AS Monaco from his native club River plate in an €11 million deal, a record fee for the division at the time.
3. He never scored in his 12 appearances for AC Milan.
The 25-year-old failed to hit the back of the net during his loan spell at Italian Seria A side AC Milan. He was loaned to the Serie A giants by Marseille in 2015 but could not hit the mark despite making 12 appearances in Italy.
4. Lucas Ocampos has registered two goals in three games for the Argentine National team
Ocampos was an instant hit on his debut as he came off the bench to register a late equalizer in Argentina’s 2-2 draw against Germany on October 9, 2019.
He grabbed his second four days after as Argentina thrashed Ecuador 6 -1. He last featured for his national team in their 0-1 loss to Brazil.
Ocampos is yet to feature in a competitive game for Argentina.
5. Jersey no 5
Unlike Lucas Ocampos, typical wingers rarely don the Jersey No 5.
His current jersey has 5 boldly crested on it and donned the same number at Marseille. However, the Sevilla forward is yet to reveal the mystery behind his love for the Jersey number.
6. Ocampos has represented six clubs since making his professional debut.
The winger has played for River Plate, Monaco and Marseille where he had two spells after leaving on loan to both Genoa and then AC Milan before securing a €15 million move to Sevilla.