It might have been dismissed as “touching Fernando Torres for luck”, but the ritual David Luiz performed before Chelsea’s 5-0 Champions League win over Genk – in which Torres scored twice – is rooted more in the Brazilian international’s faith than in some pre-match superstition.
Luiz has never played down his strong Christian beliefs and he has links with the Atletas de Cristo (Athletes of Christ) – a non-profit organisation that is made up of sportsmen and was started in Brazil in 1984. It is linked with the evangelical movement and counts Kaka and Lucio among its many devotees.
“My faith gives me the belief that I can go out and perform and improve as a player. It gives me strength and inspiration,” Luiz said last season.