Chelsea star Oscar: Everyone believed I'd be footballer from young age
Chelsea midfielder Oscar admits a career in football has always been mapped out for him.
Oscar made the move from Brazil in the summer.
"Since I was a little boy, everybody in Americana thought I would become a professional footballer," he told Chelsea magazine. "I started, as most Brazilians do, by playing on the street. In Americana, there were maybe some courts or little pitches that we would play on sometimes. However, from the age of five or six, we would play almost all the time on the street after school.
"My father used to play football, although not professionally, and that is when most boys take up the game for the first time in Brazil - their father goes to play a game and all his friends and their families go as well, so everybody plays.
"Since I was very little, everybody would say that I had something special and that I could make it in football.
"Obviously, with my father playing football, most of my family liked the game as well and we all followed the same path as young boys. That's when my older cousins would start noticing that I had some talent and, because everybody was saying this, I wanted to try my best to achieve something."