Shakhtar's Bernard admits surprise at quick rise to the top
Shakhtar Donetsk's little Brazilian Bernard has told reporters that he didn't see himself playing in a World Cup until 2018 but is already dreaming of success on home soil this summer.
His story is one of a rapid rise from making his debut in 2010 for Atletico Mineiro to being on the brink of playing on the biggest stage in the sport's calendar.
During his time at Mineiro, Bernard won the Campeonato Brasileiro and then the Copa Libertadores for an historic double. Moving to the Ukraine for €25 million followed in the summer of 2013 and the 5ft 5in playmaker hasn't looked back.
Speaking with Esporte about how his career has progressed so far, Bernard said: "I have to be thankful for the opportunities I have received."
"Having has such a short career so far, it's amazing to have a shot at the World Cup in my own country."
"I have to think that we can get to be in the final and win the title at the Maracana. You have to dream."
Bernard's positivity stems from his already successful stint in the game and he is expected to be named in Brazil's squad for this summer's showpiece event, where the 21 year-old will be aiming to add to his ten caps.