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Felipe Melo


Felipe Melo de Carvalho is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Galatasaray. His profile is thatr of a midfielder. Felipe Melo began his career for Flamengo, where he made 24 appearances and scored three goals in his two-season spell with the club. Melo transferred to Cruzeiro in the summer of 2003, but would remain for just one season. Melo did manage to make 31 league appearances, also scoring two goals. Following yet another impressive season in Brazil, he was sold to Grêmio. Following several impressive seasons in Brazil, Melo moved to Spain with RCD Mallorca prior to the 2005–06 season. This transfer was short lived, however, as Melo made just eight appearances in six months with the club, before transferring permanently to Racing de Santander. In July 2007, Melo transferred to fellow La Liga club UD Almería. After a successful first season at Almería, Melo agreed to transfer to Italian side Fiorentina in a reported €13 million transfer for the 2008–09 season. On 30 June 2009, following a lauded performance at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Melo signed a new five-year contract with Fiorentina. On 22 July 2011, Melo joined Galatasaray in Turkey on a season-long loan deal for €1.5 million with an option to transfer permanently at the end of the season for €13 million. He scored his first goal on 18 September 2011 from a 35 meter long shot against Samsunspor. He scored 12 goals in 36 league matches, and at the end of the season, he was among the champion squad.
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