DOB:Â 19 June 2002.Â
Teams:Â Portugal & Sporting CP.Â
Who is Portugal’s Nuno Mendes?
Having already won two trophies in 2021, will this 18-year-old be celebrating even more silverware, this time at national team level?Â
Nun Mendes joinedÂ Sporting Clube de PortugalÂ as a 10-year-oldÂ in 2012, makingÂ hisÂ seniorÂ debut againstÂ PaÃ§osÂ de FerreiraÂ in June 2020.Â
In 2020/21, heâs been first-choice left-back, making 35 appearances in all competitions, missing only three matches that he was available for.Â
This has beenÂ a fantasticÂ season to be playingÂ forÂ Sporting CPÂ to say the least.Â
First, in January, they won theÂ TaÃ§aÂ da LigaÂ with Mendes starting the final victory over Braga.Â
Then, the Lions went onto win theÂ Primeira LigaÂ title, losing just once all season, which ended their 19-year wait to be champions of Portugal, breaking the Benfica-Porto duopoly.Â Â
As a result of his performances for the Liga NOS champions, Mendes featured in all three of Portugalâs World Cup Qualifiers in March, playing the full 90 in wins over Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.Â
Thus, Mendes has earned his place in Fernando Santosâ squad for Euro 2020, ahead of more senior optionsÂ CÃ©dric SoaresÂ andÂ MÃ¡rio Rui.Â
Heâs likely to be back-up to DortmundâsÂ RaphaÃ«lÂ GuerreiroÂ but could get his chance and deservedly so after an outstanding, historic season with his club.Â
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.