Leonardo was discovered by a Dutch film crew who wanted to make a movie about three young Brazilians who lived in Rio. Leonardo and two of his friends were chosen. This filmmaker tipped dutch giants Feyenoord who kept Leonardo at their youth acadamy. He started their at 13, he is now 17. He is stated as the best young player playing in Holland. Feyenoord is waiting for him to turn 18 so he can get a work permit. Until then they have to wait and see if his undoubted talent will blossom also at the highest level. Few people doubt it. He will be the new Ronaldo in the Dutch competition.