Real Madrid have announced the signing of young full-back Abner on a free transfer from Brazilian club Coritiba after he decided to leave the club by mutual consent, according to the Daily Mail.
Los Blancos have high hopes that he will follow in the footsteps of club legend Roberto Carlos and soon become a first-team regular.
Abner will begin playing for Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda Division B, with the hope that he will make the step up to the first-team within the future. The 18 year old has already represented Brazil at Under-17 level, competing for them at last years World Cup.
Real have a tradition of bringing through Brazilian left backs with Roberto Carlos and Marcelo wearing the white jersey in recent years. It is hoped Abner will be the next to follow on the tradition.
The versatile full back had been courted by AS Roma in the past until an injury put an end to any potential deal coming to fruition. However the youngster is keen to put the past behind him and start afresh at the home of the Galacticos.
Although only at the beginning of his career with Madrid, the youngster has already earned comparisons to that of club legend Roberto Carlos.
The Brazilian is widely regarded as the greatest full back of all time. For a career which included the 2002 World Cup success in Japan and South Korea.
The player dubbed the 'bullet man' also enjoyed a glorious spell at Real Madrid where he spent the majority of his career from 1996-2007. The Brazilian won four La Liga titles and achieved three Champions League triumphs during his time at the Bernabeu, becoming a fan favourite along the way with his never say die performances.
Abner has a lot to live up to but with time on his side and the potential he possesses, Abner could become a name that the footballing world comes to know and uphold in the distant future.