Felipe Melo

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Melo and the second or paternal family name is Carvalho.
Felipe Melo
Felipe Melo 2013.JPG
Melo playing for Galatasaray in 2013
Personal information
Full name Felipe Melo de Carvalho
Date of birth (1983-06-26) 26 June 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Volta Redonda, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 83
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Flamengo 24 (3)
2003 Cruzeiro 31 (2)
2004 Grêmio 19 (3)
2005 Mallorca 8 (0)
2005–2007 Racing Santander 49 (6)
2007–2008 Almería 39 (7)
2008–2009 Fiorentina 29 (2)
2009–2013 Juventus 58 (4)
2011–2013 Galatasaray (loan) 62 (13)
2013–2015 Galatasaray 52 (2)
2015– Internazionale 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Brazil 22 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Felipe Melo de Carvalho (born 26 June 1983) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Internazionale.

Melo is a Brazilian international and played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He arrived in Europe in 2005 and had played for top division clubs likes Juventus, Fiorentina, UD Almería, Racing de Santander, and RCD Mallorca. He also holds Spanish nationality since the 2007–08 season, and thus was not consumed by the non-EU registration quota for new signings from abroad in Serie A.[1] As of 2015, he is the most decorated Brazilian player in Turkish domestic competitions, winning 7 cups, beating the record of his fellow countryman and ex-Galatasaray goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Felipe Melo began his career for Flamengo, where he made 69 appearances and scored no goals in his two-season spell with the club. Following impressive performances with Flamengo, Melo transferred to Cruzeiro in the summer of 2003, but would remain for just one season. In his single season with Cruzeiro, Melo did manage to make 31 league appearances, also scoring two goals. Following yet another impressive season in Brazil, he was sold to Grêmio.

Following his transfer to Grêmio, Melo managed to make an additional 19 appearances and adding three goals to his tally in his native Brazil. He would only remain in Porto Alegre for 2004, because Grêmio was relegated that year and the team was dismantled.


Following several impressive seasons in Brazil, Melo moved to Spain with RCD Mallorca prior to the 2005–06 season. This transfer was short lived, however, as Melo made just eight appearances in six months with the club, before transferring permanently to Racing de Santander.

Racing de Santander[edit]

After joining Racing, Melo began to prove his worth again for the club. He would remain in Santander for two seasons, making nearly 50 appearances with five goals for the Spanish club.


In July 2007, Melo transferred to fellow La Liga club UD Almería. He was a regular in the clubs' starting XI and would make 34 league appearances with an impressive seven goals. An outstanding season led to the attraction of several European clubs, scouting the defensive midfielder, and in the summer of 2008, Melo transferred to the Serie A to play for Fiorentina.


After a successful first season at Almería, Melo agreed to transfer to Italian side Fiorentina in a reported €13 million transfer for the 2008–09 season.[3] This was confirmed after Almería's match against Recreativo de Huelva in La Liga.[4] He made his debut in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League against Slavia Prague, and scored his first goal in a Viola shirt against Atalanta in the Serie A. After a very impressive debut season in the Serie A, which included 29 appearances and two goals, the Brazilian transferred to Juventus in Turin.


On 30 June 2009, following a lauded performance at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Melo signed a new five-year contract with Fiorentina,[5] with a release clause of €25 million. At this point, Arsenal was reportedly in negotiations to sign the player.[6] Within days, however, Melo was the subject of a bid from Juventus. The two clubs eventually agreed a fee of €25 million in total and Juve's Marco Marchionni joined Fiorentina on 15 July 2009 for a tagged price of €4.5 million.[7][8] Later, Cristiano Zanetti, tagged for €2 million, re-joined Fiorentina.[9] This allowed Juve to pay Fiorentina €18.5 million in three instalments.

The first half of the 2009–10 season was one to forget despite a bright start to his Juve career. He scored his first Juve goal against top-of-the-table rivals Roma in a 3–1 win. In the December Derby d'Italia fixture at home, he was controversially sent off for a supposed elbow at Internazionale's teenage striker Mario Balotelli. The incident sparked a fiery argument between his teammate Gianluigi Buffon and Inter midfielder Thiago Motta and both had to be separated by Inter and Juve players. He was instrumental in his sides win over Milan at the San Siro in 2010–11 season, and was later voted man of the match.


On 22 July 2011, Melo joined Galatasaray in Turkey on a season-long loan deal for €1.5 million with an option to transfer permanently at the end of the season for €13 million.[10][11] He agreed on a contract with a net annual salary of €3.3 million plus a per-appearance bonus of €30,000,[12] replacing departed Lorik Cana as the new central midfielder. He was attributed to the nickname "Pitbull" by the team supporters because of his passionate playing style, which also helped him become a fans favourite quickly; it is said that he displayed the mutual respect back with his tattoo of the club's mascot, a lion, on his arm.[13] But this is not true, because in his own statement, he states that this is a coincidence, and that he got the tattoo due to the fact that in Brazil, a lion stands for Jesus Christ.[14]

He scored his first goal on 18 September 2011 from a 35 meter long shot against Samsunspor. He scored 12 goals in 36 league matches, and at the end of the season, he was among the champion squad.

Melo had been expected to make a permanent move to Galatasaray, however on 24 July transfer fee negotiations between the club and Juventus broke down due to the Turkish club requesting a lower fee for the player.[15] On 14 August, the two clubs were able to agree another loan deal sending Melo to Turkey for the 2012–13 season, for €1.75 million, with the agreement including "the option, to be exercised by Galatasaray by 30 April 2013, for the permanent acquisition of the player for a price of €6.5 million."[16] Melo also had a wage cut to €2.9 million with an appearances-based bonus of €25,000.[17]

On 24 November, in a game between Galatasaray and Elazığspor in the Turkish Süper Lig, Melo saved a penalty after regular goalkeeper Fernando Muslera had committed a foul and been sent off and Galatasaray had already used all their substitutions.[18]

On 20 July 2013, Melo made a permanent move to Galatasaray in a 3-year contract worth €3.1 million plus bonuses, while the transfer fee was reduced to €3.75 million plus bonuses of a maximum €500,000 (which the club activated).[19][20][21] He made his 100th appearance for the club on 2 February 2014 in Süper Lig encounter against Bursaspor in a 6-0 home win.[20]

On 13 August 2015 Melo signed a new 4-year contract, which in the first season the wage was unchanged (€3.1 million), but reduced to €2.6 million in next 3 seasons.

International career[edit]

Melo made his international debut for Brazil on 10 February 2009 against Italy in a friendly match, which Brazil won 2–0. He scored his first goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification over Peru. Brazil won 3–0. At the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Melo scored the opening goal in a 3–0 victory over the United States, in the group stage. Melo started all five games at the competition as Brazil went on to win the trophy.

Melo was named in Brazil's final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In Brazil's quarter final against the Netherlands in Port Elizabeth, Felipe Melo provided the assist for Robinho's 10th minute opener, before Melo himself slightly touched a Wesley Sneijder cross, which at first was recorded as an own goal, but later credited to Sneijder. Sneijder then put the Dutch 2–1 ahead, before Melo was then sent off by referee Yuichi Nishimura in the 73rd minute for a violent stamp on Dutch winger Arjen Robben.[22] On Brazil's return home after the World Cup, Melo took the brunt of the criticism of the fans as they threw insults, pushed and shoved towards the players.[23] Melo has not appeared for the national team since that incident.


On 18 June 2013, through Twitter and Facebook, Melo offended Renato Maurício Prado, a pundit of Fox Sports channel. Among another names callings, Melo called Prado "coward", "arsehole" and "the cuckold most famous of sporting journalism".[24][25]

On August 2013, after two months of incident, Prado went to court against Melo, asking reparation for offenses.[26]

On 4 June 2014, Felipe Melo was on vacation with his family and friend in Las Vegas. During having a dinner with his family and friends, a former football player and his friend attempted to humiliate Felipe Melo, who was sitting at nearby table, by a hand written paper stating "Sampiyon Fenerbahce - which means Champion Fenerbahce". Fenerbahce SK which is the main opponent of Galatasaray SK, finished the Turkish Super Toto league as champion in 2013/14 season. Felipe Melo responded to this by showing them his middle finger and kicked one of them. The case was taken to USA police.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 September 2015.[28][29][30]


Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 2001 3 1 3 1
2002 21 2 21 2
2003 2 0 2 0
Total 26 3 26 3
Cruzeiro 2003 31 2 31 2
Total 31 2 31 2
Grêmio 2004 19 3 19 3
Total 19 3 19 3
Mallorca 2004–05 7 0 7 0
Total 7 0 7 0
Racing de Santander 2005–06 33 3 33 3
2006–07 15 3 15 3
Total 48 6 48 6
Almería 2007–08 33 7 1 0 34 7
Total 34 7 1 0 34 7
Fiorentina 2008–09 29 2 1 0 10 0 40 2
Total 29 2 1 0 10 0 40 2
Juventus 2009–10 29 3 2 0 9 0 40 3
2010–11 29 1 2 0 7 0 38 1
Total 58 4 4 0 16 0 78 4
Galatasaray 2011–12 36 12 36 12
2012–13 26 1 9 0 35 1
2013–14 30 1 8 1 1 0 8 1 47 3
2014–15 20 1 7 1 1 0 6 0 34 2
2015–16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 114 15 15 2 2 0 23 1 154 18
Career total 363 43 26 1 2 0 49 1 440 45


As of 8 April 2012.[31]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Fiorentina 2008–09 10 2
Juventus 2009–10 12 0
Total 22 2



Brazil Flamengo

Brazil Cruzeiro

Turkey Galatasaray


Brazil Brazil


  • Sambafoot Brazilian Player of the Year (2012, 2013): fourth place[32]

Personal life[edit]

Melo is married to Roberta[33] and they have one daughter (Pietra) and three sons, Gary, Lineker (who he named after the English centre forward Gary Lineker),[34] and Luke.


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  4. ^ "Fútbol sala para terminar". Almería. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
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  17. ^ http://www.kap.gov.tr/yay/Bildirim/Bildirim.aspx?id=229529
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  21. ^ http://www.kap.gov.tr/en/search/notice-results.aspx?id=299156
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  34. ^ World Cup 2010: Brazil star Melo names his son Lineker, BBC Sport online, 14 June 2010

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