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Gonçalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes

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Name
Gonçalo Guedes
Full name
Gonçalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes
Date of birth
29 November 1996 (age 24)
Birth country
Portugal
Birth place
Benavente
Nationality
Portugal
Height
179 cm
Weight
68 kg
Position
Midfielder
Current team
Current transfer fee
€ 30.000.000 / Max € 40.000.000
Immediate family
Father Rogério, brother João ( See Biography )

Biography and family

Biography

Gonçalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes (born 29 November 1996) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger for La Liga side Valencia and the Portugal national team. He began his career at Benfica, making his professional debut for the reserves in April 2014 and the first team six months later. After 11 goals in 63 games across all competitions, winning five major trophies, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of €30 million in January 2017. He played only 13 games for PSG, being loaned to Valencia before joining them for €40 million in August 2018. Guedes has earned over 50 caps for Portugal at youth level, from under-15 to under-23. He made his senior international debut in November 2015, at the age of 18, and played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Career

Club career

Benfica

Born in Benavente, Guedes joined S.L. Benfica’s youth system in 2005, where he progressed to the juniors team. On his debut at the age of 8, he scored all of the goals in a 5–0 win against a team of boys three years older. He was part of Benfica’s squad in the inaugural UEFA Youth League in 2013–14, contributing to their victories over Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Manchester City and Real Madrid en route to the final. On 19 April 2014, he made his professional debut with Benfica B in a 2013–14 Segunda Liga match against Porto B, playing 21 minutes of an eventual 4–1 away loss before being replaced by Rudinilson Silva. On 18 October 2014, Guedes debuted for Benfica’s first team at Sporting da Covilhã in the third round of Taça de Portugal. On 4 January 2015, he debuted in Primeira Liga at Penafiel, as an added-time substitute for Lima in a 3–0 victory. On 4 July, he won the 2014–15 Segunda Liga’s Breakthrough Player of the Year award. On 26 September 2015, he scored his first goal with Benfica in a 3–0 victory against Paços de Ferreira in the league. On 30 September, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League in a victory at Atlético Madrid (1–2), and became the youngest Portuguese player to have scored a goal in the group stage. He was praised by opposing manager Diego Simeone after the game. While mainly used as a right-winger at Benfica, he played some matches as a false 9 center-forward due to injury to striker Jonas.

Paris Saint-Germain

On 25 January 2017, Guedes joined Paris Saint-Germain for €30 million, signing a contract lasting until 2021. He stated that he wanted to emulate compatriot and former PSG player Pauleta. PSG won a bidding war with Manchester United for his signature. He made his debut for the Ligue 1 title holders four days later, replacing fellow newcomer Julian Draxler for the final three minutes of a 1–1 home draw with Monaco.

Valencia

On 1 September 2017, Guedes was loaned to Spanish club Valencia on a season-long deal. The transfer was facilitated by the contacts between his agent Jorge Mendes and the owners of Valencia. He made his La Liga debut eight days later, replacing Andreas Pereira for the final half hour of a goalless home draw against Atlético Madrid. On 15 October, Guedes scored the first goal of his loan in a 6–3 win at Real Betis, as his unbeaten team rose to second above Real Madrid. Six days later, he scored twice and assisted Santi Mina in a 4–0 win over Sevilla, the Che team’s fifth consecutive victory. He received plaudits from the international sporting press for his early-season form. After rejecting offers from Premier League teams, on 27 August 2018, Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain reached an agreement for the former to sign Guedes for 40 million euros.

National career

Guedes was first called up by Portugal manager Fernando Santos on 6 November 2015, ahead of international friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg. He made his debut eight days later against the former, starting in a 0–1 loss in Krasnodar, which made him the first 18-year-old to represent the nation since Cristiano Ronaldo. On 10 November 2017, Guedes scored his first international goal in a 3–0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia in Viseu, also assisting Manuel Fernandes earlier in the game. Guedes was named in Portugal’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In the final warm-up game before the tournament, he scored twice in a 3–0 win over Algeria at the Estádio da Luz.

Awards and achievements

Awards
x 1 Ligue 1 (2nd Place) 2016/2017
x 2 Primeira Liga (Winner) 2015/2016, 2014/2015
x 1 Copa del Rey (Winner) 2018/2019
x 1 Coupe de France (Winner) 2016/2017
x 1 Coupe de la Ligue (Winner) 2016/2017
x 2 Taça da Liga (Winner) 2015/2016, 2014/2015
x 2 Super Cup (Winner) 2016/2017, 2014/2015
x 1 Super Cup (2nd Place) 2015/2016
x 2 Trophée des Champions (Winner) 2018/2019, 2017/2018
x 1 Júniores U19 (2nd Place) 2013/2014
x 1 UEFA Nations League (Winner) 2018/2019
x 1 UEFA Youth League (2nd Place) 2013/2014
Achievenements
x 1 Segunda Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year 2014–15
x 2 SJPF Segunda Liga Player of the Month October and December 2014

Statistics

Club statistics
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
La Liga 2020/2021 Valencia Valencia 6 1 0 416 1/0/0
La Liga 2019/2020 Valencia Valencia 21 2 2 1266 3/0/0
La Liga 2018/2019 Valencia Valencia 25 5 3 1471 2/0/0
La Liga 2017/2018 Valencia Valencia 33 5 9 2442 2/0/0
Ligue 1 2017/2018 PSG PSG 1 0 0 4 0/0/0
Ligue 1 2016/2017 PSG PSG 7 0 1 138 0/0/0
Primeira Liga 2016/2017 Benfica Benfica 16 2 2 1195 1/0/0
Primeira Liga 2015/2016 Benfica Benfica 18 3 5 916 1/0/0
Primeira Liga 2014/2015 Benfica Benfica 5 0 0 34 1/0/0
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
Copa del Rey 2019/2020 Valencia Valencia 1 0 0 22 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2018/2019 Valencia Valencia 2 0 0 180 0/0/0
Copa del Rey 2017/2018 Valencia Valencia 5 1 0 282 2/0/0
Coupe de France 2016/2017 PSG PSG 4 0 0 146 0/0/0
Taça de Portugal 2016/2017 Benfica Benfica 3 1 0 154 0/0/0
Taça de Portugal 2015/2016 Benfica Benfica 1 0 0 105 0/0/0
League Season Club Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
UEFA Champions League 2019/2020 Valencia Valencia 3 0 0 198 0/0/0
Club Friendlies 2019 Valencia Valencia 1 0 0 79 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2018/2019 Valencia Valencia 4 0 0 318 1/0/0
UEFA Europa League 2018/2019 Valencia Valencia 8 3 1 506 1/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2016/2017 Benfica Benfica 6 2 0 422 0/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2015/2016 Benfica Benfica 7 1 0 496 2/0/0
UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Benfica Benfica 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
National statistics
League Season National team Apps Goals Assists Min. played Cards (Y/S/R)
UEFA Nations League 2020/2021 Portugal Portugal 1 0 0 68 0/0/0
Friendlies 2020 Portugal Portugal 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
EC Qualification 2020 Portugal Portugal 5 2 0 146 0/0/0
UEFA Nations League 2018/2019 Portugal Portugal 2 1 0 95 0/0/0
World Cup 2018 Portugal Portugal 4 0 1 244 0/0/0
WC Qualification Europe 2018 Portugal Portugal 1 0 0 0 0/0/0
Friendlies 2018 Portugal Portugal 5 2 0 256 0/0/0
Friendlies 2017 Portugal Portugal 2 1 0 156 0/0/0
EC Qualification 2016 Portugal Portugal 0 0 0 0 0/0/0
Friendlies 2015 Portugal Portugal 2 0 0 109 0/0/0