Manuel António

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Manuel António
Personal information
Full name Manuel António Leitão da Silva
Date of birth (1946-01-29) 29 January 1946 (age 69)
Place of birth Santo Tirso, Portugal
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1961–1963 Tirsense
1963–1964 Académica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Académica 26 (20)
1965–1968 Porto 44 (30)
1968–1977 Académica 206 (83)
1977–1978 União Leiria
Total 276 (133)
National team
1969 Portugal 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Manuel António Leitão da Silva (born 29 January 1946 in Santo Tirso, Porto), known as Manuel António, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.

Football career[edit]

During his 14-year professional career, Manuel António played almost exclusively for two teams: having started out at Académica de Coimbra, his excellent performances earned him a transfer – at only 19 – to national powerhouse F.C. Porto, where he appeared sparingly in three years (still managing to score regularly).

In 1968 Manuel António returned to Académica, being crowned the first division's top scorer in the first season in his second spell, with the Students finishing in sixth place. He all but saw out his career eight years later at the same club, still having a further four campaigns in double digits; he gained four caps for Portugal in eight months, his debut coming on 6 April 1969 in a 0–0 friendly draw against Mexico.

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