Nelson Cabral Semedo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Portugal national team as a right-back. He was born on 16 November 1993 and was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
A perfect replacement for Dani Alves in every respect, he is an extremely attacking fullback.
Instead of the defensive aspects of the game, he is more better in the offensive role.
He is especially well in dribbling against opponents and his first touch and link up play as he allows the midfielders to free the ball to the wings as he tends to overlap and put in the final ball.
Despite his exceptional offensive capabilities, he is surprisingly solid at the back as he is both quick and physically strong. However, the onus of having Semedo in your team is his comfort on the ball who is very confident with the ball at his feet.
He was part of the Portugal squad which finished 3rd in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
He started his professional career with Sintrense and was a product of their youth system. He made his senior debut at the age of 17.
Soon his talent was noticed by the scouts of SL Benfica, and he signed for them on 12 January 2012.
He spent a year playing for the Benfica B team, before being loaned out to C.D. Fatima in the third division.
He made his debut for the senior Portugal national team on 10th November 2015, in a bad-tempered match against Serbia as there were several bad tackles and injuries and cards were shown.
Portugal eventually won the match 1-2, as Semedo was shown a yellow card. He failed to make an immediate impact, and did not win a place in the successful Euro 2016 Portugal team.
Rise to Glory
He first tasted success when he established himself as one of the starters in the SL Benfica team which won two consecutive Primeira Liga titles.
However, he truly rose to fame when Barcelona signed him for a reported 30.5 million euros plus add-ons, as a true replacement for Dani Alves as Sergi Roberto had been playing as the makeshift right back in defense.
He had an impressive full debut against Real Betis in the La Liga, as Barcelona won the match 2-0. He tricked veteran Joaquin with a quick change of feet, which won the plaudits of the Spanish press.
He again starred in the 6-1 win against Eibar, where he won a penalty which Lionel Messi converted to open the scoring.
Semedo has put in excellent performances whenever put in the team, but has failed to guarantee a place in the starting eleven, with some even speculating that it has nothing to do with his performances but rather Barcelona are trying not to trigger the add-ons which Benfica inserted in his sale.
Semedo has played for the likes of Sintrense, Benfica, Fatima and Barcelona.
He has won the Primeira Liga twice consecutively with Benfica in 15/16 and 16/17 season.