Brazil have never been shy of producing attacking flying full-backs with the ability to secure the defence as well. Emerson is the new edition to the long list of Brazilian full-backs. After spending a successful season with Real Betis, the time has come for him to join the Barca brigade and carry the legacy of Dani Alves.
Barcelona presented Emerson at the Camp Nou on Monday evening, with the right-back speaking about his objectives at the club.
The club president Joan Laporta welcomed the right-back to the club, stating that the 22-year-old will be an important part of the Blaugrana’s future and even comparing him to other former Brazilian right-backs, Dani Alves and Juliano Belletti.
“It’s a great pleasure to be here in Barcelona as I’ve always said my dream was to play here for Barcelona,” Emerson said when he took the microphone for a press conference.
“I want to make a promise to everyone. On the pitch, I promise to give it my best.”
“I know how difficult it is to be here and I’m going to take advantage of the opportunities given to me. My work rate won’t fail me. There might be other circumstances, but I will work to the maximum.”
There are already various right-backs in the Barcelona squad and Emerson was asked how he feels about the competition with the likes of Sergi Roberto, Sergino Dest and Oscar Mingueza.
“There are many players with great qualities,” Emerson said.
“I’m here to do my job, the same way they are. I respect my teammates, but I’m of course here to fight for my position.”
Asked about Dani Alves, one of the players Laporta specifically mentioned, the new arrival explained that he had spoken to his countryman about this transfer.
“Dani Alves was an idol of mine and he’s the player with the most titles in world football,” Emerson said.
“I spoke to him and he told me that to be successful here I should keep working like I have been doing.”