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Ruben Neves


ABOUT
ABOUT

Known for accurate passing skill, great vision and an astute sense of positioning, Ruben Diogo da Silva Neves who was born on 13th March 1997 in Mozelos, Portugal is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers as a midfielder.


Background


In the year 2005, Neves started his career by joining FC Porto's youth system when he was just 8 years old and was also loaned for one year to Padroense FC, which acted as Porto's under-16 squad.


On 8 July 2017, English EFL Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers announced that they had signed Neves for a record league fee.


Debut


Aged only 17 years, on 15 August 2014, Neves made his Primeira Liga debut against C.S. Maritimo,starting in a 2–0 home win and becoming the youngest player in the club's history to score a goal in the competition.


Five days later, he played his first game in the UEFA Champions League, breaking another record by being the youngest Portuguese to appear in the tournament.


On 10th November 2015, Neves was first called up to the senior squad ahead of friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg as an injury replacement for Joao Moutinho where he made his debut for the senior side.


Captaincy


On 20 October 2015, aged 18 years and 221 days, Neves became the youngest player to start as captain in the Champions League, helping Porto to a 2–0 win against Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.


At the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, Neves represented Portugal helping the country reach the semi-finals as team captain. He was named among the top ten talents of the tournament by a selection of UEFA reporters, for his performances and captainship skills.


Records


Neves broke a new record by becoming the youngest player, aged 18 years and three months, to debut for the Portuguese under-21s in the tournament, when the finals began in the Czech Republic.


Neves broke another record by becoming the youngest player to achieve 50 games for the club. He also scored 3 goals each for Porto and Wolverhampton Wanderers in his senior career.

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