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Rúben Neves

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football PLAYER

Ruben Neves is a defensive midfielder who plays for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portuguese National team. Neves is 24 years old, and he started his playing career back in FC Porto when he joined the club’s youth system at the age of eight.

Full Name: Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves
Date of Birth: March 13, 1997 (24)
Country: Portugal
Place of Birth: Santa Maria da Feira
Current Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers, England
Current International: Portugal
Playing Position: Defensive Midfield
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight: 80kg
Foot: Right

Style of Play

Ruben Neves is a right-footed defensive midfielder who is not afraid to prompt attacks and also disciplined enough not to forget his defensive duties. He is an excellent player with great vision, exceptional passing abilities, technical and mental skills. One of his outstanding attributes is his ability to shoot accurately from long distances, which has helped him score a number of goals so far in his career.

  • Ruben Neves made his international debut on November 10, 2015, against Russia.
  • Neves has so far played 272 club football matches, scoring 24 goals and claiming 13 assists. He collected 52 yellow cards and one red card during those games, resulting from two yellow cards.
  • He has played a total of 19,434 minutes of football at the club level.
  • Ruben Neves is married, and he has three kids.
  • Neves made the team of the tournament for the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
  • He was part of the 2017/2018 EFL Team of the Season.
  • Neves was also named as part of the 2017/2018 Championship PFA Team of the Year.
  • Neves has made 232 tackles and 196 interceptions since his Premier League debut.
  • Ruben Neves made 16th position in the highest number of passes in the Premier League in the 2020/21 season.
  • He is the 6th player with the most tackles in the Premier League in the 2020/21 season with 86 tackles.
  • Neves is in 12th position in the most fouls committed in the Premier League in the 2020/21 season with 46 fouls.

Interesting Facts

Club Career

Neves was promoted to FC Porto Under-15 in July 2010 when he was only 13. However, he soon had to go on loan to Padroense between July 2012 and January 2013, where he spent his Under-16 days.
He later got back into the FC Porto Under-17 team in January 2013. However, he had to wait until August 15, 2014, at the age of 17 and five months before he made his debut for the FC Porto senior squad following his call-up to join the main squad’s preseason after an injury sustained by Mikel Agu.

Wolverhampton (2017-current)

Ruben Neves, the 24-year-old, signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers on July 8, 2017, for an undisclosed fee when he was just 20 years. Wolverhampton were still a Championship club at the time, and he played 42 Championship matches for them, helping them secure promotions into the Premier League. He scored six times that season, and he won the club’s player of the year award and players’ player of the year award. He was also rewarded for the club’s goal of the season award. Following his performance that season, Neves was included in the Championship team of the season. In addition, he was nominated for both the Championship Player of the Season award and the Young Player of the Season award. The EFL also awarded Neves with the Championship goal of the season award for his goal against Derby in April 2018.

Following his performance, he was offered a new deal just within a year after he joined the Wolves, and he signed a new five-year contract. However, it was later revealed that the agreement would span until 2024.

So far, Neves has played a total of 112 Premier League matches for Wolverhampton, scoring 11 times, and he has helped the club remain in the Premier League since 2018. In total, Neves has appeared in 179 matches for the Molineux side, and he has scored 20 goals during those periods.

His club career stats mean he has played 272 matches in total- 93 for FC Porto and 179 for Wolverhampton. During those 272 matches, he has scored 24 goals.

FC Porto (2014-2017)

His debut came in Porto’s 2-0 victory over Maritimo in the Primeira Liga, where Neves got on the scoresheet. He automatically became the youngest player to score for the club in the competition (on 15 August 2014, he was 17 years and 5 months).

Neves soon made his UEFA Champions League debut, just five days after starring in his Primeira debut. Porto played against Lille and won 1-0. Neves set another record on the day to become the youngest Portuguese to feature in the Champions League- a record previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neves later got injured in December 2014 following a collision with Alex Teixeira during a Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk. He suffered a sprain, as a result, leading to internal lateral ligament damage on his right knee. He was out for about a month, but on getting back, he already lost his place to Casemiro, who filled in for him during his absence. Casemiro was on loan at Porto from Real Madrid at that time.

Neves was only 18 years and 221 days when he broke Rafael van der Vaart’s 2003 record for the youngest player to captain in a Champions League match after he captained Porto to a 2-0 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv on October 20, 2015. The next record he would break was on December 5, 2015, where he became the youngest player to have played 50 matches for FC Porto.

Neves made a total of 93 appearances for Porto in all competitions, where he scored four times before he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fifty-nine (59) of those appearances came in the Primeira Liga with three goals. In addition, he made seven appearances each in the Taça De Portugal and Allianz Cup. He played 20 times in Europe for Porto- 18 in the Champions League and Two in the Europa League.

Portugal

International Career-

Ruben Neves started his international career with the Portugal Under-16, where he made 10 appearances between 2012 and 2013. He then played 31 times for the Under-17 team between 2012 and 2014, where he led the team as a captain to the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 tournament. Unfortunately, Portugal could only reach the semi-final of the tournament. He also played for the country’s Under-18 team briefly in 2013, playing two matches.

Neves then proceeded into the Under-21, where he played 23 times, scoring four goals. He played once for the Under-23 team before making his senior debut for Portugal in 2015, and he has played 22 times so far.

His first match for the senior team was against Russia in November 2015, and then he played again for the country a few days later against Luxembourg. In 2018, Neves couldn’t make the 23-man squad for the 2016 UEFA European Championship or the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Neves was part of the Portuguese National Team squad to win the 2019 UEFA Nations League. He started in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland and came on as a substitute in added time in the 1-0 win over Netherlands.

Ruben Neves Honours

Winner: 2017/2018 EFL Championship

Winner: 2018/2019 UEFA Nations League

Runner-up: 2015 UEFA Under-21 European Championship

Career Statistics in Numbers:

Updated: Beginning of season 2021/2022

Competitions

Appearances

Goals

Primeira Liga

59

3

Taça De Portugal

7

1

Allianz Cup

7

0

UEFA Champions League

18

0

UEFA Europa League

2

0

TOTAL

93

4

Competitions

Appearances

Goals

Championship

42

6

Premier League

112

11

FA Cup

10

1

League Cup

2

0

UEFA Europa League

13

2

TOTAL

179

20

Competition

Appearances

Goals

National Team

22

0

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