Dentinho, or “Little Tooth,” is the latest Brazilian striker catching the attention of Europe’s elite, with Arsenal and Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly both eying the Corinthians 19-year-old centre-forward.
Corinthians, one of Brazil’s most famous and well-supported clubs, suffered the humiliation of falling out of the top division at the end of last season. The humiliation was not only consigned to the football side, as financially the club suffered, principally by losing their corporate sponsor Samsung. This had followed an earlier round of belt-tightening, after the club’s premier benefactor, London-based Media Sports Investments, quickly soured their interest in the club, along with their investments, dried up.
With the reddies in short supply, Corinthians looked to freshen up their squad by bringing in lower league players together with blooding youngsters from their youth team. Under this backdrop, Dentinho was promoted into the first-team team, and he took his chance with both hands to now find himself a wanted man. Since his debut back in 2007, Dentinho has a goal ratio better than one-in-three, scoring 23 times in 71 appearances.
The Little Tooth is a goal-scorer through and through. You wont find him beating many men outside the box, or cracking home volleys from 30-yards out. He is a predator, with the opposition’s area his feeding area. Much like Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dentinho is lethal from 10 yards out.
But it may be a while before Dentinho is seen on the shores of Europe with the forward quoted this week as saying, “Arsenal made a proposal last year which was refused but I was not annoyed. I think my time to play in Europe will come… I have the will to play in Europe, certainly. I am still young and have still a lot to achieve here with Corinthians. I have not even won any trophies yet.”
Video evidence of Dentinho can be seen here.
Dentinho plays alongside his brother Lulinha at Corinthians, who is also quite a nifty talent. Video evidence of Lulinha can be seen here.