Ghayedi with Esteghlal in 2019
|Full name||Mehdi Ghayedi|
|Date of birth||December 5, 1998|
|Place of birth||Bushehr, Iran|
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Forward / Winger|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 August 2017
Ghayedi was born in Bandar and started his career at youth level with F.C. Iranjavan Bushehr. He was promoted to the senior squad before the start of the 2016–17 and scored 10 times. He was named as the Azadegan League young player of the season for the 2016–17 season in July 2017.
At the start of the season the F.F.I.R.I. banned him from playing along with two fellow Esteghlal teammates Majid Hosseini and Omid Noorafkan as Alireza Mansourian prevented them to join Iran under-23 camp. The deprivation from the F.F.I.R.I. was finally cancelled on 29 July 2017 after missing the first week of the season and the players eligible to play for the second week of the 2017–18 campaign. He finally made his debut for Esteghlal on 4 August 2017 in a 0–0 draw against Esteghlal Khuzestan entering the match as a substitute for Omid Noorafkan. At the end of the match, even though he played for a few minutes, he was praised for his skills and effort. After making his debut he became the youngest player to play for Esteghlal in the league, a record which was held by Omid Noorafkan previously. He started his first match for the club in a 3–0 victory over Sepahan on 6 December. On 25 January 2018, Esteghlal was awarded a penalty after a foul on Ghayedi which was converted by Server Djeparov in the 4–0 victory against Pars Jonoubi Jam; he also assisted Ali Ghorbani's goal in the same match. He was named the man of the match for his performance.
On 29 January, Ghayedi was involved in a serious car crash in his hometown Bushehr along with his friends and his cousin who died a few days later. As result of the accident, he went through a surgery due to his Spleen being damaged by trauma and was ruled out for the rest of the season. A day later Esteghlal beat Sanat Naft in Hazfi Cup and his teammates dedicated the victory to him.
Ghayedi was selected to join Iran under-20 to take part in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, under manager Amir Hossein Peiravani. After sitting on the bench for Iran's opening match against Costa Rica, he made his tournament debut against Zambia and played for 18 minutes in Iran's 4–2 defeat. He also played for a few minutes against Portugal as Iran lost the match and was knocked out of the competition.
- As of 9 November 2019
|2017–18||Esteghlal||Persian Gulf Pro League||12||0||1||0||1||0||-||14||0|
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- "آشنایی با باشو غریبهی کوچک آبیهای تهران" (in Persian).
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- "عجیب ترین پیراهن استقلال بر تن پژمان منتظری" (in Persian).
- "محرومیت 3 بازیکن استقلال از هفته اول لیگ" (in Persian).
- "محرومیت سه بازیکن استقلال لغو شد" (in Persian).
- "استقلال 0 - استقلال خوزستان 0؛ آبیها شاکی از داور و دیوار" (in Persian).
- "نیمار در آزادی، نه در پاریس!" (in Persian).
- "قائدی رکورد جوانترین بازیکن تاریخ استقلال را در لیگ برتر شکست" (in Persian).
- "استقلال 3-0 سپاهان؛ در روز سوپر گل ها، طلسم های استقلال شکسته شد" (in Persian). 11 August 2017.
- "استقلال 4- پارس جم 0؛ خط آتش آبی فاتح روز جنجالی" [Esteghlal 4 Pars Jam 0;] (in Persian). Varzesh3.com. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "آخرین اخبار از وضعیت مهدی قائدی بعد از تصادف" [Latest news on Mehdi Ghaedi after the accident] (in Persian). Varzesh3.com. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- "آخرین وضعیت روند درمان و آسیب دیدگی قائدی" [Mehdi Ghaedi's latest injury and therapy situation] (in Persian). Varzesh3.com. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- "خوشحالی شجاعیان با پیراهن مهدی قائدی" [Shojaeian's celebration with Mehdi Ghayedi's shirt.] (in Persian). Varzesh3.com. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
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