Kerlon (born 27 January 1988) is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for Cruzeiro, Inter Milan and Ajax.
Top scorer and named Best Player at the 2005 South American Under 17 Football Championship. Famous for the so called ‘seal dribble’ that made him one of the most wanted wonderkids in the world.
After scoring 8 goals in 7 games at the South American U-17 Championship Cruzeiro expected big things of Kerlon, who was being hailed as Brazil’s most exciting prospect since Ronaldinho. He played 26 times for Cruzeiro, where he wow’ed fans but was plagued by injuries and often saw his flamboyant playing style was met with hard challenges.
After reportedly rejecting an offer of £18 million from Manchester United Kerlon made the move to Europe with Inter Milan but he officially joined Chievo where he played just 4 games, to prevent Inter using up their non-EU registration quota. Kerlon would never play for the Nerazzuri, as his knee injury kept recurring.
Following a loan move to Ajax where he failed to play a single game and only managed 10 games in 4 years a return to Brazil, first loaned to the top flight and later to the third tier failed to kick start his career.
After being released by Inter Kerlon headed to Japan, where he joined third division side Fujieda MYFC but after a promising start his knee injury struck once more, he never returned to Japan.
At just 27 Kerlon moved to Florida, where he played for Miami Dade in America’s fourth tier.
Kerlon arrived on the island of Malta for a trial with Birkirkara but instead signed for Sliema Wanderers on a free transfer after scoring 2 goals in 5 games for Miami Dade.
Retired in October 2017, saying that injuries had defeated him.