Gonçalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes is a Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays for the Spanish club Valencia CF as a winger.
He was sent out on loan from Paris Saint Germain after making just 13 matches for the club since being transferred in the 2017 winter transfers.
The Right-footed winger was born on 29th November 1996 at Benavente, Portugal. Guedes has earned over 50 caps for Portugal at youth level and won the Segunda Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year in the 2014–15 season while playing for Benfica before being transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of €30 million.
In 2005, Guedes joined Benfica youth system. He made his debut for the youth team and scored 5 goals in his first match.
He played an important part in the inaugural UEFA Youth League in 2013–14, as he was a key player for Benfica in their victories over Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Manchester City and Real Madrid before losing to Barcelona in the final at the Colovray Stadium, Switzerland.
On 19th April 2014, he made his professional debut with Benfica B in a 2013–14 Segunda Liga match against Porto B which they lost 4-1. He won the Segunda Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year. He started representing Portugal in the youth teams at various levels featuring in over 50 matches.
Guedes made his top division debut on 18th October 2014, when Benfica played Sporting da Covilhã in the third round of Taça de Portugal and won the match 2-3. They crashed out of the competition in the fifth round that season. On 4th January 2015, he debuted in Primeira Liga at Penafiel, as a late substitute in the 3–0 victory.
On 14th November 2015, Guedes made his International debut in the International friendlies in the 1-0 loss against Russia.
Rise to glory
On 26th September 2015, he scored his first goal with Benfica in a 3–0 win over Paços de Ferreira in the league.
On 30th September, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League in a 2-1 victory over Atlético Madrid becoming the youngest Portuguese player to have scored a goal in the group stage.
The right-winger at Benfica played the role of a false 9 center-forward in the absence of injured striker Jonas.
After his move to PSG in the 2017 winter transfers, he failed to score a goal for the Les Parisiens.
On 1 September 2017, Guedes made a move to Spanish team Valencia CF on a season-long loan due to the blockbuster signings of Neymar and Mbappe at the wings in the summer transfers.
On 9th September, he made his debut in a goalless draw replacing Andreas Pereira in a match against Atlético Madrid.
On 15 October, Guedes scored the first goal in Spain in a 6–3 win at Real Betis.
On 10 November 2017, he scored his first International goal in a 3–0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia after assisting Manuel Fernandes earlier in the game.
Guedes joined the Benfica youth academy at the age of 8 and spent 9 years in the youth setup.
He then featured in Segunda Liga for Benfica B for three seasons netting 11 times in his 38 appearances across 3 seasons.
The 2014-15 season saw him move to the Primeira Liga where he started playing for Benfica’s first team.
He made 68 appearances netting 11 goals. When the big clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal started to take notice of his ability and Paris were quick to snap the player for a fee of €30 million.
He was sent out on loan by the end of the season to Spanish club Valencia FC where he has become a vital cog in their high flying campaign.