Thiago Motta (born August 28, 1982 in São Bernardo, a suburb of
São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian/Italian footballer that plays
as a defensive midfielder in F.C. Barcelona of Spain.
Thiago Motta is a product of the youth system of Barcelona. From
1999 until 2001 he played with Barcelona's B-team. Motta's debut
for the first team was on October 3, 2001 against RCD Mallorca.
Tall, physically strong and with a powerful mid-range shoot, he
has been nonetheless prone to injuries, which have sidelined him
on several matches for his team.
Motta made his debut for the Brazil national football team in
the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.