Marcos Lopes

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Mesquita and the second or paternal family name is Lopes.
Marcos Lopes
Personal information
Full name Marcos Paulo Mesquita Lopes
Date of birth (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 18)
Place of birth Belém, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lille
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2006 AD Poiares
2006–2011 Benfica
2011–2013 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Manchester City 0 (0)
2014– Lille (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Portugal U17 7 (1)
2012 Portugal U18 1 (1)
2012– Portugal U19 21 (14)
2014– Portugal U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Marcos Paulo Mesquita "Rony" Lopes (born 28 December 1995) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ligue 1 club Lille LOSC on loan from Premier League club Manchester City.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brazil, Lopes moved to Portugal at the age of four.[1]

Career[edit]

Lopes played youth football in Portugal for Benfica, before signing for Manchester City in 2011.[2] After signing for City from Benfica in 2011, Lopes first came to attention a year later when he was a surprising addition to City's pre-season tour squad, and more impressively got game time in six out of City's seven friendly fixtures. Although he was not promoted immediately to the first team when competitive fixtures started in August, Lopes had only another few months to wait for his debut when he was included in the substitutes for City's FA Cup third round tie against Watford. Brought on in the 88th minute for David Silva, he made an instant impact, taking only two minutes to score City's third and final goal in a 3–0 victory. This made Lopes the youngest ever goalscorer for the Manchester City first team in a competitive match at the age of 17 years and 9 days.[3] He was a regular for City Elite Development Squad in 2012-13 and went on to claim the inaugural Academy Player of the Year award for the season, winning a public vote.[4] He is now the Captain of the EDS for the 2013-14 season.

He was included in the team that featured in the first match of UEFA Youth League. He scored two goals in the match up to give City a 4-1 win over FC Viktoria Plzeň away, and scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 home victory over youth team of FC Bayern Munich in the second fixture of the UEFA Youth League. On 21 January 2014 he started against West Ham United in the second leg on the semi-final of the League Cup. In the game, he assisted Sergio Agüero and Álvaro Negredo to a goal each, winning 3-0 on the night, and 9-0 on aggregate. He was awarded Capital One man of the match. Then on 25 January he started against Watford in the FA Cup.

On 7 July 2014, Lopes was loaned to Lille until the end of the 2014-15 season.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 January 2014.[6]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Manchester City 2012–13 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2013–14 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 2
Career total 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 1 2

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

Individual

  • Manchester City Academy Player of the Year: 2012–13

References[edit]

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