Striker who made his senior career debut in 2006 for Braga. He also played for Atlético Madrid from 2007 until 2009 and again in 2010 until 2014. From 2014 until 2017 he played with Chelsea. He signed with Athletico Madrid in 2018.
He played street football until age 16, at which point he joined Barcelona EP to begin his youth soccer career.
He played for Brazil's national team in 2013, then joined the Spanish national team in 2014.
He was born in Lagarto, Brazil, but also earned citizenship in Spain. He has an older brother named Jair.