Kerlon Moura Souza, who is more frequently known as Kerlon, was born on
January 27, 1988 in Ipatinga, Brazil. Kerlon is currently playing for
Cruzeiro in the Brazilian Football League after representing the club at
youth team level.
Kerlon is often used as a centre forward, but has also played in a more
attacking central midfield role. Kerlon’s most effective position is yet
to be decided.
Kerlon is the latest in a long line of incredibly gifted Brazilians to
stun the world of football with a magical piece of skill. Kerlon’s party
piece is the aptly named 'seal dribble'. Kerlon is able to quickly flick
the ball up from the ground and onto his head and run with it during
matches. Whilst balancing and bouncing the ball on his forehead Kerlon
is able to glide past opponents. Kerlon’s close control with his head
and overall co-ordination are so outstanding that Kerlon can perform the
feat at pace or while changing direction.
It may sound like a circus trick, but the seal dribble is no laughing
matter for the opposition. Kerlon’s trick is a move which is very
difficult to stop by legal means, which often results in bewildered
opponents resort to simply pushing Kerlon over and fouling him.
"It's just a skill I have, though it's not meant to be a mark of
disrespect for my opponents," Kerlon says. “The trick is beautiful and
efficient. Sooner or later, defenders will find a way to stop me without
conceding a free-kick. But until then, I can keep using the play to my
advantage. Opponents say they will snap me. But this doesn’t scare me it
just motivates me even more." Kerlon has been described as truly
inspirational and a creative genius to come up with such a move.
Although the seal dribble has become established as Kerlon’s trademark,
he also boasts many other talents. Kerlon is a superb dribbler and
possesses wonderful ability to play weighted passes in behind opposing
defences. Kerlon, like many other Brazilian’s is also a free-kick
expert. Given the amount of fouls the seal dribble draws, this trait is
made all the more beneficial.
Kerlon earned his recognition at the world stage when he represented his
country at Under-17 level during the South American Under-17
Championship in April 2005.
Kerlon finished the tournament as the top goal scorer where he showcased
his abilities. During the tournament Kerlon curled home some wonderful
free-kicks. Kerlon also displayed pace to beat defenders and the skill
to coolly lob the ball past the goalkeeper whilst under pressure. Kerlon
was also likened to the great Brazilian striker Romario as he scored
some typical penalty area poachers' finishes.
Manchester United were reported to be pursuing the Kerlon, however, both
clubs quickly downplayed the rumour and insisted that neither sides were
in contact with each other about the proposed transfer. Kerlon’s current
contract is reported to last until 2009, which would likely ensure that
any associated transfer fee would be large.
It remains to be seen what the future will hold for the talented Kerlon,
if Kerlon continues to develop his skills, there is little reason to
doubt whether he can emulate the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Kaka
and be considered some of the World’s best players.