Antony became the second most expensive player in Manchester United's history last summer after joining on an £85million deal from Ajax. But he came from extraordinary beginnings that have undoubtedly shaped the talented, yet polarising, player he is today.
Antony has divided opinion since arriving at Old Trafford, showing glimmers of world-class ability but leaving many frustrated with his decision-making and ill-timed showboating. His ball spin trick has garnered mass attention, in particular...
The 23-year-old winger has scored seven goals in 31 United appearances in his maiden season and is a crucial cog to provide Erik ten Hag's side with much-need balance.
Among his strikes, crucial moments have risen, none more so than his winning strike that dumped Barcelona out of the Europa League in February.
His career trajectory from Brazilian outlet Sao Paulo to one of the world's biggest clubs in United is all the more impressive after recently opening up about growing up in a favela nicknamed 'little hell.'
And Antony revealed an incident where police raided his house in search of someone that left him mentally scarred while detailing the wild conditions in which he grew up.
He wrote for the Players' Tribune: "I was born in hell. That's not a joke. For my European friends who don't know, the favela where I grew up in Sao Paulo is actually called Inferninho — 'little hell'.
"If you really want to understand me as a person, then you must understand where I am from. My history.
"It is an infamous place. Fifteen steps from our front door, there were always drug dealers doing their business, passing stuff hand-to-hand. The smell was constantly outside our window.
"Actually, one of my first memories is my father getting up from the couch on a Sunday and going to yell at the guys to walk down the street a little bit and leave us in peace because his kids were inside trying to watch the football match.
"We were so used to seeing guns that it was not even scary. They were just a part of everyday life. We were more scared of the police knocking down our door.
"One time, they invaded our house looking for someone, and they came running in screaming. They found nothing, of course. But when you're so young, those moments mark you."
Despite his early-life trauma, Antony believes it has helped him enjoy a successful career so far because he no longer 'feels pressure' to perform.
"I went from the slums to Ajax to Manchester United in three years," Antony added.
"People always ask me how I was able to 'turn the key' so quickly. Honestly, it is because I feel no pressure on a football pitch."
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