Norn in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, it was for a club in São Paulo that Fernando showed off his skills. He stood out in training for Palmeiras and made his debut at only 18 years old.
His good exhibitions led Shakhtar Donetsk to go ahead with his transfer to the club. Just after 1 year and a half playing for the Shaktar, he had already contributed to their trophy cabinet as well as having played the Champions League. Fernando arrives at Alvalade with the objective of playing more regularly.