When Mauricio dos Santos Nascimento by Johor Darul Ta’zim before the start of the 2019 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season, he had a gigantic task of replacing the incredible Marcos Antonio at the heart of the then five-time MSL champions.
For five seasons, Antonio was a rock for JDT as they crushed all before them to elevate themselves to the top of the MSL perch as well as helping the team to an incredible AFC Cup success back in 2015. Mauricio had a lot to live up to but the adaptation had been seamless.
In his first season, Mauricio played a big part in JDT retaining the league title on top of being part of the team becoming Malaysia’s first ever participant in the AFC Champions League group (ACL) stage. Going into his second season in 2020, the former Lazio man looked like he has found his momentum.