Leão being presented by Valladolid
|Full name||André Filipe Ribeiro Leão|
|Date of birth||20 May 1985|
|Place of birth||Freamunde, Portugal|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2017.
Leão was born in Freamunde. After a brief spell with FC Porto's reserves, he made his professional debuts at Aveiro's S.C. Beira-Mar, his Primeira Liga debut coming on 17 September 2006 in a 2–0 home win against C.F. Estrela da Amadora.
Leão was used regularly during that season, but only won one of the matches in which he appeared and his club was relegated.
Cluj / Paços Ferreira
Leão then moved to Romania with CFR Cluj, joining a host of compatriots and winning the national championship in his debut campaign, appearing in 15 games. However, he would be rarely used during his two 1/2-year spell, and returned to his country in the late hours of the January 2010 transfer window, joining F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
In the 2010 off-season, Swansea City of the Football League Championship made an offer to sign Leão, but nothing came of it. He started in all his 29 league appearances in 2012–13 (two goals), as Paços finished a best-ever third and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.
- "Swansea set to sign Leao". Planet Swans. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "André Leao, primer fichaje del Pucela 14/15" [André Leao, first Pucela 14/15 signing] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- "CFR Cluj câştigat Supercupa României" [CFR Cluj wins Romanian Supercup]. Gândul (in Romanian). 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.