Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves is a name now recorded in the history of FC Porto and of Portuguese football. Born in Mozelos, Santa Maria da Feira, on 13 March 1997, Rúben Neves did his entire apprenticeship at FC Porto academy, including captaining the U-17 team for the Dragons, from where he “jumped” straight into the main team, under Julen Lopetegui. Talented and fearless, Rúben Neves had an immediate impact on the FC Porto team and broke national and European records.
An international at junior levels for Portugal, Rúben Neves made his official debut in the main team of FC Porto on 15 August 2014 against Marítimo in the Dragon Stadium in the first league match in the 2014/15 season. As well as starting, the midfielder scored the first goal in a 2-0 win after 11 minutes. Agued just 17 years and 155 days, Rúben Neves became the youngest player in the history of FC Porto to score in the league, brightening up an already gleaming debut.
However, the exploits of the young Rúben Neves don’t stop there. Five days after, on 20 August, he kept his starting place in the line-up against Lille in the first leg of the play-off match to get into the UEFA Champions League group. At 17 years, 5 months and 7 days, Rúben Neves broke the record of Cristiano Ronaldo (17 years, 6 months and 9 days) and became the youngest Portuguese player to compete in the leading European club competition.
Remarkably mature considering his tender age, this young Dragon impresses with his tactical discipline, vision of the game and passing ability, essential characteristics in a midfielder, and in 2015/16, he broke the record in the Champions League when he became the youngest-ever captain in the competition, in the match at Chelsea, aged 18 and 221 days.