Bryan Cristante

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Bryan Cristante
Personal information
Full name Bryan Cristante
Date of birth (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 24
Youth career
Casarsa
Liventina Gorghense
2009–2013 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Milan 3 (1)
2014– Benfica 4 (0)
National team
2010 Italy U16 2 (0)
2011–2012 Italy U17 10 (0)
2012–2013 Italy U18 6 (2)
2013– Italy U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2014

Bryan Cristante (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbrajan kriˈstante]; born 3 March 1995) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cristante was born in San Vito al Tagliamento but raised in the nearby San Giovanni di Casarsa, where he started playing football as a child.[1] He moved on to Liventina Gorghense, an amateur club in the province of Treviso, before joining A.C. Milan in 2009.[2]

Milan[edit]

Throughout his time in the club's youth system he was a member of the under-15 squad who won the Campionato Giovanissimi Nazionali in 2010,[3] scoring eight goals,[1] as well as a member of the under-17 side who won the Campionato Allievi Nazionali in 2011.[4]

He made his professional debut for the club on 6 December 2011, aged 16 years and 278 days, coming on as a substitute for Robinho in a UEFA Champions League group stage match against Viktoria Plzeň, which ended in a 2–2 draw.[5] He thus became the youngest ever Milan player to feature in a Champions League game and third youngest overall.[6][7]

Cristante was elected as the best player at the Torneo di Viareggio 2013. On 4 March 2013, Cristante signed his first professional contract, which will keep him at Milan until 2018. He joined the first team squad at the start of the 2013/2014 season.[8]

On 10 November 2013 he made his debut in Serie A, coming on as a substitute for Kaká in a match against Chievo Verona, which ended in a 0-0 draw.[9]

On 6 January 2014 Bryan scored his first goal for the club thanks to an assist from Kaká, in a 3–0 victory at the San Siro against Atalanta, which was also the game in which Kaká scored his 100th (and 101st) goal for the club.

Benfica[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Bryan signed a five-year contract with Portuguese champions Benfica for an undisclosed transfer fee.[10][11] On 12 December, Cristante debuted in a Primeira Liga victory at Vitória Setúbal (0–5).[12] On 14 January, Cristante scored his first goal for Benfica in a home win against Arouca (4–0) in the third round of league cup.[13]

International[edit]

Cristante is an Italian youth international and has represented them at various levels. He is also eligible for Canada and holds a passport through his father.[14]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 December 2014.[15]
Club Season League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 1
Total 3 1 1 0 1 0 5 1
Benfica 2014–15 2 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 9 0
Total 2 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 9 0
Career total 5 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 14 1

1European competitions include the Champions League and Europa League.
2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana and Taça da Liga.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Simone Gambino (7 December 2011). "An introduction to Bryan Cristante - AC Milan's 16-year-old Champions League wonderkid". goal.com (PERFORM). Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Pietro Mazzara (4 December 2011). "DNA vincente e serietà: ecco chi è Bryan Cristante". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Campionato Giovanissimi Nazionali 2009/10". acmilan.com (in Italian). Associazione Calcio Milan. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Campionato Allievi Nazionali 2010/11". acmilan.com (in Italian). Associazione Calcio Milan. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Ian Holyman (6 December 2011). "Plzeň secure late draw with Milan to end on a high". uefa.com (Union of European Football Associations). Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Gaetano De Stefano (7 December 2011). "Pato and Robinho not enough, AC Milan fluff the finish in Prague". gazzetta.it (La Gazzetta dello Sport). Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Lu. Guaz. (7 December 2011). "Cristante, il suo nome nella storia". ilgiorno.it (in Italian) (Il Giorno). Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bryan Cristante: il gioellino della "Cantera" rossonera". milanpassion.it (in Italian). Milan Passion. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.milannews.it/i-tabellini/chievo-milan-0-0-il-tabellino-della-gara-127953
  10. ^ "SL Benfica sign Bryan Cristante". SL Benfica.pt. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). CMVM. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "V. Setúbal-Benfica, 0-5 (crónica)". Maisfutebol.iol.pt (in Portuguese). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Benfica - Arouca (Fase 3 - jornada 2 Taça da Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal". LPFP (in Portuguese). 14 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Squizzato, Daniel (22 May 2014). "CanMNT: Benito Floro says success in upcoming friendlies important for "psychology and mentality"". MLS Soccer. 
  15. ^ "Italy - B. Cristante - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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