Ryan Mendes

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Mendes and the second or paternal family name is da Graça.
Ryan Mendes
Ryan Mendes (LOSC Lille).JPG
Personal information
Full name Ryan Isaac Mendes da Graça
Date of birth (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Mindelo, Cape Verde
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
Batuque FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Le Havre 84 (19)
2012– Lille 40 (7)
National team
2006 Cape Verde U-16 9 (2)
2007 Cape Verde U-21 8 (1)
2010– Cape Verde 19 (4)
* 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 19 November 2014

Ryan Isaac Mendes da Graça (born 8 January 1990 in Mindelo, São Vicente) is a Cape Verdean football winger who plays for Lille in the Ligue 1.[2]


Mendes began his career with Batuque FC and in 2008 was sold to Le Havre AC,[3] with whom he played his first game in Ligue 1 on 13 May 2009 against AS Saint-Étienne.[4]

International career[edit]

He is also member of the Cape Verde U-21 national team[5] and played formerly with the U-16 on an International Tournament for Under-16 years old players in Gonfreville-L'Orcher.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Cape Verde's goal tally first.[6]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2011 Estádio da Várzea, Praia  Zimbabwe 2–0 2–1 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
2. 29 February 2012 Stade Municipal de Mahamasina, Antananarivo  Madagascar 1–0 4–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
3. 16 June 2012 Estádio da Várzea, Praia  Madagascar 1–0 3–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
4. 3–0