Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid in Spain, and the Portuguese national team. Though he plays mainly as a left back he can also operate as a left winger, and occasionally as a central midfielder. Coentrão joined hometown Rio Ave F.C. in 2004 at the age of 16, playing three first division games in the following season for a northern side that would be relegated from the top division. In 2006–07, Coentrao scored his team's goal from 30 metres; whilst playing for the club, he earned the nickname "Figo das Caxinas".fter that season, where he was voted the divisions' Breakthrough Player of the Year. On 1 January 2008, Coentrão joined Madeira's C.D. Nacional, loaned until the season's end. On 3 May, he scored twice in a 3–0 away success against already crowned league champions F.C. Porto. On 27 September 2010, fully established with both his club and the national team, 22-year old Coentrão extended his contract with Benfica until 2016. On 2 November he scored his first career brace, helping to a 4–3 home win againstOlympique Lyonnais for the season's UEFA Champions League group stage. On 5 July 2011, Coentrão signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid for €30m. He made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy on the 16th, creating an assist for Karim Benzema and also receiving Man of the match honours. An international for Portugal at youth level, Coentrão was voted MVP in the 2007 Madeira Cup for the U-20s, also being crowned the competition's topscorer.