A professional football player from Brazil, Leonardo David de Moura, also known as Leo Gago, plays as a defensive midfielder. Leo is a football traveller in the true sense of the word, having played in 12 clubs in 13 years of professional football. His career began at the youth academy at Independente Futebol Clube’s youth facilities.
In 2001, Leo came out of the youth academy and made his debut for the senior team at the age of 18. However, as promising as Leo was as a youngster, his time at Independente was as unimpressive. After only playing a handful of games in the state leagues, he made the move to Atletica Inter de Limeira in 2002. The same story followed Leo around and without playing a single league game, he was on the move to Campinas Futebol Clube in 2003.
The following season, Leo moved to Esporte Clube Primavera and, later that same year, moved to Mineiros Esporte Clube, playing this entire time in the lower divisions of Brazilian football. He moved to Ceara in 2005 and stayed there for two seasons, but once against failed to make his mark at the highest level.
In 2007, Leo moved to Fortaleza before spending 2008 at Parana Clube. However, it wasn’t until his move to Avai Futebol Clube in 2009 that Leo made his mark. He burst onto the scene with an impressive display at the highest level. He played 49 games in the Serie A, scoring 11 goals and making sure that he was a regular part of the first team.
In 2010, he moved to Vasco da Gama but 8 games and one goal later, was sent out on loan to Coritiba. Leo impressed on his loan spell, scoring 7 goals in 19 appearances and made sure that the club signed him on a permanent deal at the end of the season. In 2011, Leo moved to Coritiba but failed to recreate the form that got him into the club in the first place.