Watch: Man City Goalkeeper Ederson plays in Midfield and scores 2 goals in a charity match in Brazil. City team mate, Gabriel Jesus also played the match.
Ederson is undoubtedly one of the best keepers in the world. He plays the game with a certain flair, isn’t afraid to take risks and pass from the back; All qualities that Guardiola desires in his stopper. It is for this reason, he paid £35m to Benfica for his signatures back in 2017.
Interestingly, Ederson started his career as a full back. He also played Futsal in Brazil. These are two factors he credits for being good at his feet. In an interview with the Telegraph he said:
“I started playing as a full-back, but it’s hard to chase quick forwards, especially for me as I’m not particularly quick,” he said.
“I asked my manager if I could switch my position to the goal. When I did my first training session, it was love at first sight.
“I liked it since minute one and then my career as a goalkeeper started. But I think my footwork is influenced from having started as a full-back. Also, I played futsal and that helped me a lot.
“I used to play as a ‘goleiro-linha’, it’s a goalkeeper that plays a lot with his feet. So, we used to attack with five players and defend with five players. From that period, I had my shooting skills and good footwork.”
This footwork and shoot were on display as he partnered Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus in a Charity match in Brazil. Ederson’s side won 5-4 with him scoring two goals.
Watch: Man City Goalkeeper Ederson plays in Midfield and scores 2 goals
Ederson and Jesus played in a little friendly, where Ederson played in midfield throughout the game
This was one of his goals pic.twitter.com/UwA17I9ivi
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