Grimaldo with Spain U19 in 2012
|Full name||Alejandro Grimaldo García|
|Date of birth||20 September 1995|
|Place of birth||Valencia, Spain|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016
Born in Valencia, Valencian Community, Grimaldo joined Barcelona's youth system in 2008. He made his official debut for the B-team on 4 September 2011, starting in a 4–0 away win against Cartagena at the age of 15 years and 349 days and becoming the youngest player ever to appear in a Segunda División game.
On 23 February 2013, Grimaldo suffered a serious knee injury, being ruled out for the remainder of the season. He returned to action in January of the following year, appearing in 14 matches to help his team finish in third position.
On 13 September 2014, Grimaldo scored his first professional goal, netting his side's last in a 3–2 success at Alavés. In a campaign which saw the team relegated, he netted four times in 36 matches; he and Sergi Palencia were sent off on 25 April 2015, in a 2–1 win over Ponferradina at the Mini Estadi.
On 29 December 2015, as his contract was about to expire, Grimaldo signed with Portuguese champions Benfica until 2021, for €1.5 million. Barcelona has the right to a percentage of a future sale.
Grimaldo played his first game with his new team on 26 January 2016, coming in as a 62nd-minute substitute for Sílvio in a 6–1 away routing of Moreirense for the Taça da Liga. He debuted in the Primeira Liga on 29 February, featuring the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home win against União da Madeira; he only appeared once more in the latter competition until the end of the season, filling in for suspended Eliseu in a 4–1 success over Nacional also at the Estádio da Luz that sealed the club's third consecutive national championship. He remained in the team for the league cup final on 20 May, the 6–2 defeat of Marítimo at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra.
Grimaldo's first full season began on 7 August 2016, as he started in a 3–0 win against Braga for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in Aveiro, assisting Franco Cervi for the opening goal. On 2 October he scored his first goal for the club, a free kick to conclude a 4–0 home triumph over Feirense.
- Primeira Liga: 2015–16, 2016–17
- Taça de Portugal: 2016–17
- Taça da Liga: 2015–16
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2016
- Vuelve el mejor Barça B con un festival goleador en Cartagonova (The best Barça B returns with a scoring festival in Cartagonova); Marca, 4 September 2011 (in Spanish)
- Alejandro Grimaldo, la seducción de un lateral de 15 años (Alejandro Grimaldo, the allure of a 15-year-old fullback); FC Barcelona, 5 September 2011 (in Spanish)
- Alejandro Grimaldo sufre una rotura del ligamento cruzado anterior y del ligamento lateral externo de la rodilla (Alejandro Grimaldo suffers an anterior cruciate ligament and a lateral collateral injury); FC Barcelona, 24 February 2013 (in Spanish)
- Grimaldo vuelve ante el Mirandés... y Masip se queda fuera (Grimaldo returns against Mirandés... and Masip stays out); Sport, 18 January 2014 (in Spanish)
- El Barça B se lleva los tres puntos con susto final (Barça B takes the three points with a final scare); Marca, 13 September 2014 (in Spanish)
- "Una genialidad de Munir da aire a un filial que acabó con nueve" [Genius from Munir gives air to a reserve team which finished with nine] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Grimaldo ruma à Luz por um milhão de euros" [Grimaldo heads to Luz for one million euros] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- ""Tenho muita ambição em crescer neste clube"" ["I have a lot of ambition of growing in this club"] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Classe e magia no check-in para as "meias"" [Class and magic in "semis" check-in] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- "Quem tem um Jonas, tem tudo" [He who has a Jonas, has everything] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- "Gaitán volta com Talisca e Grimaldo no onze" [Gaitán returns with Talisca and Grimaldo in XI] (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
- "Génio de Gaitán dá o ‘tri’ ao Benfica" [Gaitán genius gives ‘tri’ to Benfica] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
- "Benfica continua a ser o rei da Taça da Liga" [Benfica is still League Cup king] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "El Benfica campeón de la Supercopa gracias a Cervi y Pizzi" [Benfica is Supercup champion thanks to Cervi and Pizzi] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Benfica goleia o Feirense" [Benfica thrash Feirense] (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "España invierte en su futuro" [España invests in its future] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- Álex Grimaldo at Soccerway
- Álex Grimaldo at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
- "Depois do "tri", o "hepta". Benfica goleia e vence Taça da Liga" [After "tri", "hepta". Benfica routs and wins League Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- "La sub´19, campeona de Europa" [The U19, European champions] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
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