Pelé (footballer, born 1991)

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Personal information
Full name Judilson Mamadu Tuncará Gomes
Date of birth (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Agualva-Cacém, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
(on loan from Monaco)
Number 28
Youth career
2006–2009 Belenenses
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Belenenses 32 (0)
2011 Genoa 0 (0)
2011–2015 Milan 0 (0)
2012–2013Arsenal Kyiv (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014Olhanense (loan) 14 (0)
2014–2015Belenenses (loan) 29 (6)
2015–2017 Benfica 0 (0)
2015–2016Paços Ferreira (loan) 29 (4)
2017Feirense (loan) 1 (0)
2017–2018 Rio Ave 31 (7)
2018– Monaco 8 (0)
2019–Nottingham Forest (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009 Portugal U18 3 (1)
2009–2010 Portugal U19 11 (0)
2010–2011 Portugal U20 19 (1)
2011 Portugal U21 3 (0)
2017– Guinea-Bissau 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2018

Judilson Mamadu Tuncará Gomes (born 29 September 1991), known as Pelé, is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Nottingham Forest on loan from AS Monaco FC, and the Guinea-Bissau national team.

Club career[edit]


Born in Agualva-Cacém to Bissau-Guinean parents, Pelé started his career with local C.F. Os Belenenses. He made his first-team – and Primeira Liga – debut on 11 January 2009, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Rio Ave FC.[1]

Much more used in his first full season (seven starts, 642 minutes of action), Pelé's team would nonetheless suffer relegation, ranking second from bottom.


On 4 January 2011, after having been linked to the club in September 2010,[2] Pelé was signed by Serie A side Genoa CFC, with the deal being made effective in the summer.[3] However, he only appeared for the under-20 reserves during his spell.

On 30 August 2011, Pelé was exchanged with A.C. Milan's Mario Sampirisi, both in a co-ownership deal.[4] He played as an overage player (only four players born in 1991 were allowed that season) for the B-team in his first year.[5]


On 31 July 2012, Pelé was loaned out to FC Arsenal Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League.[6] He spent the following campaign in the same situation, with S.C. Olhanense back in his homeland.[7]

After a successful loan spell at Belenenses, where he scored seven competitive goals to help his team finish in sixth position and qualify for the UEFA Europa League, Pelé attracted the interest of S.L. Benfica, who signed him for 2015–16.[8] He was immediately loaned to F.C. Paços de Ferreira,[9] and on 31 January 2017, still owned by the former, joined C.D. Feirense also in the Portuguese top flight.[10]

Rio Ave[edit]

On 29 June 2017, Pelé signed a five-year contract with Rio Ave.[11] He scored seven league goals in 38 official matches in his first and only season, helping to qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round after a sixth-place finish.[12]


Pelé moved to the French Ligue 1 in July 2018, agreeing to a five-year deal at AS Monaco FC – Benfica and Rio Ave shared the €10 million transfer fee in equal parts.[13] He made his debut in the competition on 28 September, starting in a 0–2 away loss to AS Saint-Étienne and being replaced by Benjamin Henrichs late into the second half.[14]

On 31 January 2019, Pelé joined English club Nottingham Forest on loan for the remainder of the season.[15]

International career[edit]

Pelé played twice for Portugal in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification, in both games as a substitute, but was not selected for either the final tournament or the elite qualifying phase. He was then picked for a warm-up friendly before the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[16] a 3–3 draw to France,[17] and appeared in all the matches in the finals in Colombia as the nation finished in second position.[18]

Pelé made his debut for Guinea-Bissau on 10 June 2017, starting in a 1–0 win over Namibia for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.[19]


  1. ^ "Diakité tira Belenenses dos lugares de descida" [Diakité takes Belenenses away from relegation zone]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 12 January 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Genoa, sprint per Pelè del Belenenses" [Genoa, final push for Belenenses' Pelé] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Il grifo piomba su Luca Antonelli" [The griffin swoops on Luca Antonelli] (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  4. ^ "El Shaarawy 100 per cent Milan". A.C. Milan. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Le delusioni del campionato primavera 2011–12" [2011–12 campionato primavera's disappointments] (in Italian). Campionato Primavera. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ Пеле примерил футболку "Арсенала" [Pelé to wear Arsenal shirt] (in Ukrainian). FC Arsenal Kyiv. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  7. ^ Daniel Santos (12 July 2013). "Mercado: Pelé e Ricardo Ferreira a caminho do Olhanense" [Market: Pelé and Ricardo Ferreira heading for Olhanense] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  8. ^ Ruela, João (27 June 2015). "Conheça os 10 novos reforços do Benfica" [Meet Benfica's 10 newest additions]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Pelé emprestado ao P. Ferreira" [Pelé loaned to P. Ferreira] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Pelé é o último reforço de Inverno!" [Pelé is the latest winter addition!] (in Portuguese). C.D. Feirense. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Pelé assina por 5 anos" [Pelé signs for 5 years] (in Portuguese). Rio Ave F.C. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Pelé iminente no Monaco" [Pelé to Monaco a near certainty]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 June 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Pelé no Monaco rende 5 milhões a Benfica e Rio Ave" [Pelé in Monaco gives 5 million to Benfica and Rio Ave]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  14. ^ "ASSE-Monaco (2–0): la preuve par neuf" [ASSE-Monaco (2–0): casting out nines]. Le Progrès (in French). 28 September 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Forest sign Pele". Nottingham Forest F.C. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Jogo de preparação Campeonato do Mundo Colômbia 2011" [2011 Colombia World Cup friendly] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  17. ^ "Estágio preparação para o Campeonato do Mundo Colômbia 2011" [Training camp for 2011 Colombia World Cup] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  18. ^ "Oscar treble wins thrilling final for Brazil". FIFA. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  19. ^ "CAN 2019: Guiné-Bissau vence Namíbia" [CAN 2019: Guinea-Bissau defeat Namibia]. Jornal da Lusofonia (in Portuguese). 10 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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