Player Profile

Ruben Neves

Rúben Neves

Wolverhampton Wanderers Defensive Midfielder

Nationality :Portuguese
Date Of Birth :March 13, 1997
Height : 1.80 m
Weight :80 kg

Rúben Neves is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Saudi Professional League club Al-Hilal and the Portugal national team.

Quick Facts

Full nameRúben Diogo da Silva Neves
Date of birth13 March 1997 (age 26)
Place of birthMozelos, Portugal
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s)Defensive midfielder
Team information
Current team
Al-Hilal
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Rúben Neves Biography, Early Life

Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves born 13 March 1997 is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Saudi Professional League club Al-Hilal and the Portugal national team.

Neves started his career with Porto and made his first-team debut at the age of 17. He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2017 for a reported transfer fee of £15.8 million. He made 253 appearances and scored 30 goals for them, winning the EFL Championship in his first season. In 2023, he signed for Al-Hilal for a fee of £47 million.

Neves made more than 60 appearances for Portugal’s national youth teams. He made his senior international debut for Portugal at the age of 18 in 2015 and was part of their squad at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

Rúben Neves Education

Rúben Neves has no detailed information about his educational background.

Rúben Neves’s Age, Height, And Weight

Rúben Neves’s age is 26 years old. He stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs around 80 Kg.

Career

Porto

Born in Mozelos, Aveiro District, Neves grew up supporting FC Porto and joined the club’s youth system at the age of eight. During his time with the academy, he also spent a season on loan at Padroense which acted as the under-16 team; on his time in the youth structures, reserve team manager Luís Castro described him as a player with “extraordinary mental qualities, to go along with technical and tactical skills”.

Ahead of the 2014–15 season, Neves was earmarked to bypass Porto’s under-19s and play with the reserves instead. Following an injury to teammate Mikel Agu, however, he was called by Julen Lopetegui to be part of the main squad’s pre-season preparations. On 15 August 2014, aged 17 years and five months, he made his Primeira Liga debut where he started and scored in a 2–0 home win against Marítimo – in doing so, he became the youngest player in the club’s history to score a goal in the competition. He played his first match in the UEFA Champions League five days later in a 1–0 win over Lille, and broke another record, previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo, by being the youngest Portuguese to appear in the tournament.[6][10]

On 10 December 2014, during a Champions League group stage fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk, Neves suffered an injury to his right knee following a collision in midfield with Alex Teixeira. At the end of the game, the club explained that he suffered a sprain, with apparent damage to the internal lateral ligament. After spending nearly a month on the sidelines, he returned to the pitch in a 3–1 home win over União da Madeira in the Taça da Liga. Following his injury, his role in midfield was filled by Casemiro and he spent the majority of the remainder of the season behind the Brazilian in the pecking order.

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 in the group stage and surpassing previous record holder Rafael van der Vaart, who held it since 16 September 2003. On 5 December, in a 2–1 win over Paços de Ferreira also at the Estádio do Dragão, he broke another record by becoming the youngest player to make 50 appearances for the club, surpassing players like Fernando Gomes and Jaime Magalhães.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 8 July 2017, Neves signed for EFL Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £15.8 million – a club and league record fee. Upon joining, he was reunited with former Porto manager Nuno Espírito Santo. He scored his first goal on 15 August, in a 3–2 away win over Hull City. In April 2018, Neves was nominated for the EFL Championship Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season awards and was also included in the Team of the Season along with teammates Conor Coady and John Ruddy. His team was ultimately promoted as champions with the player scoring 6 goals in 42 appearances, all of which were scored from outside of the box. At the conclusion of the season, he claimed a hat-trick of club awards as he walked away with the Player of the Season, Player’s Player of the Season, and Goal of the Season accolades. He was also awarded the EFL Goal of the Year award for 2018 for his goal against Derby County at Molineux on 11 April 2018.

Wolves announced that Neves had signed a new contract in July 2018, extending until June 2023. In the first match of the new season, he scored his first Premier League goal and assisted Raúl Jiménez in the latter’s competitive debut, as his team twice came from behind to draw 2–2 against Everton. His appearance in the match, alongside compatriots Rui Patrício, João Moutinho, Diogo Jota, and Hélder Costa, also saw the club break the league record for the most Portuguese players named in a starting line-up.

On 6 October 2018, Neves made his 50th appearance for the Wolves and marked the occasion by contributing to the build-up for Matt Doherty’s winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Crystal Palace. The following January, his 55th-minute winning goal against Liverpool at Molineux in the FA Cup, “a venomous dipping shot from 31 yards (28 m) that beat Simon Mignolet at his near post”, was voted the best goal of the third round by visitors to BBC Sport’s website.

On 25 September 2019, Neves was made Wolves’ club captain for the first time, when he led the team in the absence of regular captain Conor Coady as Wolves secured progression to the 2019–20 EFL Cup fourth round with a penalty shoot-out victory over Reading at Molineux in the third round. He made his 100th appearance in the Premier League in a goalless draw at Aston Villa on 6 March 2021. That May, it was revealed that his contract was in fact running until 2024.

Neves made his 200th competitive appearance for Wolves in all competitions in a 2–0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on 13 February 2022. On 13 March, his 25th birthday, he assisted the only goal by Coady in a victory at Everton that constituted Wolves’ 1,000th win in top-flight football (over 67 seasons dating back to 1888) and also sealed the club’s first league double over that opponent since 1972–73. Days later, his knee injury from the first half of a home game against Leeds United ruled him out for a month. He returned on 30 April against Brighton & Hove Albion but was substituted at half-time.

In the first game of the 2022–23 season against Leeds United on 6 August 2022, Neves took the captain’s armband as Conor Coady was kept on the substitutes’ bench. He was made Wolves’ captain on a full-time basis after the defender departed on loan to Everton. Neves scored his first goal of the season, and his twenty-fifth in a Wolves shirt, in a 1–1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United at Molineux on 28 August.

In May 2023, with uncertainty over his future and one year remaining on his contract, Neves publicly said that he wanted to play in the Champions League. He was linked with Barcelona.

Al Hilal

On 23 June 2023, Wolves confirmed Neves’ departure from the club. Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal confirmed the transfer which set a new record sale for Wolverhampton Wanderers reported to be £47 million.

International career

Youth

Neves represented Portugal at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, helping the country reach the semi-finals as captain. For his performances, he was named among the top ten talents of the tournament by a selection of UEFA reporters.

On 29 August 2014, still aged 17, Neves was called by coach Rui Jorge to be part of the under-21 team. He scored his first goal on 14 October in a 5–4 home win against the Netherlands in the play-off round of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

When the finals began in the Czech Republic, Neves broke a new record by becoming the youngest player to debut for the Portuguese under-21s in the tournament, aged 18 years and 3 months, playing five minutes to help beat England 1–0 in the group stage opener. It was his only appearance, as Portugal reached the final, which they lost to Sweden in a penalty shoot-out.

Senior

Neves was first called up to the senior team on 10 November 2015, ahead of friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg as an injury replacement for João Moutinho. He made his debut in the former match, featuring 17 minutes in the 1–0 loss in Krasnodar, before playing the entire 2–0 win against the latter at the Stade Josy Barthel, sharing the midfield with Porto teammates Danilo Pereira and André André.

Neves was selected by manager Fernando Santos for a preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but did not make the final 23-man squad.

At the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals on home soil, Neves played in the 3–1 semi-final win over Switzerland but was dropped from the starting eleven for the final against the Netherlands for the more defensive Danilo. In that match at his former club ground the Dragão, he came on in added time for William Carvalho as the Portuguese won 1–0.

Neves was one of four Wolves players included in the Portugal squad for UEFA Euro 2020. He made his sole appearance in the delayed competition on 23 June, as a substitute in a 2–2 group draw with France in Budapest.

Neves was chosen for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Rúben Neves’s Net Worth

Rúben Neves’s annual income, net worth, and salary haven’t been revealed yet.

Rúben Neves’s Wife or Girlfriend

Rúben Neves is presently single and has no romantic relationships. Aside from that, Rúben Neves hasn’t said anything about her current partnerships.

Rúben Neves Awards

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • EFL Championship: 2017–18

Portugal U21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship runner-up: 2015

Portugal

  • UEFA Nations League: 2018–19

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2014
  • Confederação do Desporto de Portugal Young Prospect of the Year: 2015
  • EFL Championship Team of the Season: 2017–18
  • EFL Team of the Season: 2017–18
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2017–18 Championship

FAQ

When was Rúben Neves born?

Rúben Neves was born on 13 March 1997.

In which team does Rúben Neves currently play?

Rúben Neves plays on the Al-Nassr team as of today.

How old would Rúben Neves be today?

Rúben Neves is 26 years old today.

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