Emerson (footballer, born 1999)
|Full name||Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior|
|Date of birth||14 January 1999|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
(on loan from Barcelona)
|Unidos da Cordenonsi|
|2019–||→ Betis (loan)||46||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:24, 25 November 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019
Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior (born 14 January 1999), better known as Emerson Royal or simply Emerson, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Spanish club Real Betis, on loan from Barcelona, and the Brazil national team.
Emerson joined Ponte Preta's youth setup in 2015, after notably representing Palmeiras, São Paulo FC and Grêmio. After appearing as an unused substitute in some matches of the 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, he made his senior debut on 22 February 2017, replacing injured Artur in a 2–2 Campeonato Paulista away draw against Linense. Despite being booked and committing a penalty, he was given his first start three days later, in a 1–0 home defeat of São Bernardo.
Emerson made his Série A debut on 5 November 2017, replacing injured John Kleber in a 2–0 loss at Bahia. He contributed with three league appearances during the campaign, as his side suffered relegation.
Promoted to the first team ahead of the 2018 season, Emerson became a regular starter for Macaca, making 14 appearances in the 2018 Campeonato Paulista. On 2 April 2018, he scored his first professional goal, the winning one in the Campeonato Paulista do Interior final against Mirassol.
Emerson made his debut for the club on 19 May 2018, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win over rivals Cruzeiro. Initially a backup to Patric, he ended the year with 23 league appearances. He scored his first goal in the top tier on 30 September, netting his team's third in a 5–2 home routing of Sport.
On 31 January 2019, Atlético announced the transfer of Emerson to FC Barcelona, effective as of July 2019, for €12.7 million. The deal consisted of a joint financial operation between Barcelona and fellow La Liga side Real Betis, in which each club paid half of the transfer fee and retained a percentage of Emerson's economic rights. He was to become a Betis player in July 2019, with Barcelona holding the option of reacquiring him for €6 million in 2021. He initially joined Betis on loan from Atlético for the remainder of the 2018–19 season, during which period he made seven appearances for the club, and also on loan from Barcelona for 2-year long season.
Emerson was called up to the Brazil under-20 team for the 2017 Toulon Tournament. He was the first-choice right-back at the 2019 South American U-20 Championship and the 2019 Toulon Tournament, having won the latter with Brazil's under-23 side.
- As of 23 November 2020
|Ponte Preta||2016||Série A||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||0|
|Atlético Mineiro||2018||Série A||23||1||—||—||—||—||23||1|
|Betis (loan)||2018–19||La Liga||6||0||—||0||0||1[c]||0||—||7||0|
- Ponte Preta
- "Lateral de Americana volta a ser chamado para a seleção" [Full back from Americana is called up again to the national team] (in Portuguese). Liberal. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "Ele quase desistiu após ser dispensado por São Paulo e Grêmio. Hoje, será titular na Copa do Brasil" [He nearly quit after being released by São Paulo and Grêmio. Today, he will be the starter in the Copa do Brasil] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "Paulistão: Lateral Emerson agradece Eduardo Baptista pela oportunidade na Ponte Preta" [Paulistão: Emerson thanks Eduardo Baptista for the opportunity at Ponte Preta] (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "Golaço de Emerson contra o Mirassol dá o quarto título do Interior para a Ponte Preta" [Emerson's great goal against Mirassol gives the fourth title of the Countryside to Ponte Preta] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Lateral-direito Emerson comemora chegada ao Atlético" [Right-back Emerson celebrates arrival at Atlético] (in Portuguese). Clube Atlético Mineiro. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Emerson no Atlético-MG, Danilo Barcelos na Ponte: clubes oficializam acordo" [Emerson at Atlético-MG, Danilo Barcelos at Ponte: clubs made deal official] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- "Emerson projeta evolução e busca fugir das sombras de Marcos Rocha e Patric" [Emerson plans on development and seeks to move away from the shadows of Marcos Rocha and Patric] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Atlético acerta transferência de Emerson" [Atlético complete transfer of Emerson] (in Portuguese). Clube Atlético Mineiro. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "All the details from the 'Emerson Operation' between Real Betis and Barcelona". 23 January 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
- "El Real Betis incorpora al lateral brasileño Emerson" [Real Betis sign Brazilian full back Emerson] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "Seleção Sub-20 convocada para o Torneio de Toulon" [Under-20 national team called up for the Toulon Tournament] (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
- "Brazil end five-game winless run by beating South korea". BBC Sport. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- Emerson at Soccerway. Retrieved 1 June 2017.