|Date of birth||11 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2011–2012||→ NK Zagreb (loan)||21||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 November 2015
Maleš started his football career with HNK Šibenik, debuting for the first team at the age of 17, on 4 August 2006 against Dinamo Zagreb. His teammates in HNK Šibenik included Ante Rukavina and Gordon Schildenfeld.
In 2007, Hajduk Split acquired Maleš and introduced him to their youth system. He was set to sign his first professional contract in February 2008, after a tournament in Hong Kong in which he played for the first team. Instead, he opted to sign a five-year deal with Dinamo Zagreb. After only two matches for his new team in the early stages of the 2008–09 season, he was loaned to Lokomotiva. In the summer of 2010, his contract with Dinamo was cancelled and Maleš signed a three-year contract with Lokomotiva. He spent one of these three seasons on loan with NK Zagreb.
In June 2013, Maleš signed a two-year deal with HNK Rijeka. He was a regular starter during his first season with the club. However, following a serious ankle injury, he had to undergo two surgeries, followed by long recovery periods. As a consequence, he did not play a single match from 26 March 2014 until 2 August 2015, in process missing the entire 2014–15 season, with the exception of one Rijeka II appearance in 3. HNL. Nevertheless, in May 2015, Rijeka renewed his contract for two years, tying him to the club until June 2017. Maleš scored his first ever Prva HNL goal in Rijeka's 2–1 away win against Lokomotiva on 17 October 2015. From the start of the 2016–17 season, Maleš is the team captain.
In 2006, Mate Maleš was selected for the national under-21 team, but despite being a regular U19 player, he never got a cap for the U21s. However, he has been called up to the Croatia squad and was in the squad for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying match against Iceland, on 19 November 2013.
He made his international debut on 5 March 2014, aged 24, in a friendly away match against Switzerland, where he was in the starting line-up and eventually replaced by Luka Modrić in 56th minute. The match ended in a 2–2 draw. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to injury.
|Last Update: 15 April 2017.|
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