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Lima with Hajduk Split
|Full name||Rúben Alexandre Rocha Lima|
|Date of birth||3 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Left back
|Current club||Dinamo Zagreb|
|1997–1999||CER Tenente Valdez|
|2008–2009||→ Aves (loan)||32||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||24||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
A product of hometown S.L. Benfica's youth system, Lima was promoted to the first team for 2007–08. In January 2008 however he, alongside teammates Miguel Vítor and Romeu Ribeiro, was loaned to Clube Desportivo das Aves in the second division, with the move being extended for the entire 2008–09.
Lima moved to Vitória de Setúbal for the 2009–10 season, in the same predicament. He made his top level debut on 17 August 2009, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães and eventually appearing in 24 of the league's 30 games (22 starts) as the Sadinos barely avoided relegation. After his contract with Benfica ended, Lima signed for S.C. Beira-Mar, freshly returned to the top division.
In June 2011 he moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining HNK Hajduk Split in the Croatian top-flight Prva HNL, quickly becoming a first-choice player at his new club, playing in left-back position, a team's position which had lacked in consistency ever since the departure of Ivan Strinić to FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Under the management of Krasimir Balakov, Lima became a first-team regular in the 2011-12 Prva HNL Hajduk team. Many considered him to be one of the best, if not the best left-back in the league at that time. Rúben Lima made his European debut against Stoke City in the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League campaign. He rejoined Hajduk during the 2012–13 Prva HNL season, having previously left the club's summer pre-season preparations in Kupres. Lima would once again prove to be a key player for Hajduk. As the season progressed, Hajduk manager Mišo Krstičević used him also as a defensive midfielder or central defender, a fact that is perfectly underlining Lima's high versatility on the pitch. In May 2013, Lima was part of the Hajduk team which won the Croatian Cup title. After his contract had expired, he decided to leave Hajduk at the end of the season. In his last league match for Hajduk he was given the captain's armband to lead the team on the pitch as a farewell present.
Correct as of 26 May 2013