Dias with Benfica in 2019
|Full name||Rúben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias|
|Date of birth||14 May 1997|
|Place of birth||Amadora, Portugal|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2006–2008||Estrela da Amadora|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:04, 8 November 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:29, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
Rúben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias (born 14 May 1997), known as Rúben Dias (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁubn ˈdiɐʃ]) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester City and the Portugal national team.
Dias came through Benfica's youth academy. He began playing for Benfica B in 2015 and was promoted to the first-team in 2017, and was named the Primeira Liga's Young Player of the Year. The following season, Dias' performances helped Benfica win the league title in the 2018–19 season and later the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira during the 2019–20 season, while also being named in the Primeira Liga's Team of the Year, making over 100 appearances in the process. He signed for Premier League club Manchester City in September 2020 for a fee reported of €68 million (£61.64 million).
Dias is a former Portugal youth international, representing his country at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He made his senior international debut in 2018, being chosen in Portugal's squads for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals on home soil, winning the latter tournament, while also being named as the man of the match in the final.
Born in Amadora, Dias started his career at local club Estrela da Amadora, before moving to Benfica's youth academy in 2008, where he played for the junior side until 2015. In the same year, on 30 September, he made his professional debut with Benfica B in a 2015–16 LigaPro match against Chaves. On 7 March 2016, Rui Vitória called eighteen-year-old Dias for Benfica's UEFA Champions League Round of 16-second leg tie against Zenit after three of his four main centre-backs were unable to make the trip to Russia. The following season he helped the B team finish fourth; the club's highest ever position obtained in the second division. He also helped the junior team reach the final of the 2016–17 UEFA Youth League.
On 16 September 2017, Dias debuted for the first team in a Primeira Liga match against Boavista. After two months of impressive displays, including two games against Manchester United in the Champions League, he underwent surgery due to appendicitis, sidelining him for a month. He scored his first goal for Benfica in a Taça da Liga encounter (2–2) against Vitória de Setúbal on 29 December 2017. On 3 February 2018, he scored his first goal in the Primeira Liga against Rio Ave (5–1). At the end of the season, he was voted Primeira Liga's best young player of the year.
After heavy speculation linking Dias to a big money move to French side Lyon, he extended his contract with Benfica until 2023. On 2 November 2019, Dias played his 100th game for the club and scored the opening goal against Rio Ave in a 2-0 home victory.
Dias signed for English Premier League club Manchester City on 29 September 2020 on a six-year contract, for a fee reported of €68 million (£61.64 million), with Benfica receiving an initial fee of €56.6 million (£51 million), plus Nicolás Otamendi being sent to Benfica in part-exchange for €15 million, which could rise to €71.6 million, including performance-related bonuses. Dias made his league debut for City in a 1–1 away draw against Leeds United.
Dias represented the Under-17 side at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Two years later, he captained the Under-19 squad at the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. The following year he captained the Under-20 side at the 2017 U-20 World Cup. On 5 September 2017, he made his debut for the Under-21s in a 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Wales.
Dias was called up to the senior side by Portugal manager Fernando Santos on 15 March 2018, ahead of international friendlies against Egypt and the Netherlands. However, four days later he was dropped from the squad after picking up right ankle sprain. On 17 May 2018, Dias was named in Portugal's 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Eleven days later, he made his international debut in a friendly against Tunisia. Despite being present at the World Cup, he did not feature in any of Portugal's four matches in the competition.
Following the World Cup, Dias began establishing himself in the central defense, overtaking José Fonte's place alongside Pepe, featuring in all of Portugal's 2018–19 UEFA Nations League matches, helping Portugal reach the 2019 UEFA Nations League Final on home soil. On June 9, Portugal defeated Netherlands 1–0 in the tournament's final, with Dias being elected man of the match.
- As of match played 8 November 2020
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
|Manchester City||2020–21||Premier League||5||0||0||0||0||0||2[c]||0||—||7||0|
- Includes Taça de Portugal
- Includes Taça da Liga
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Nine appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
- Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- As of match played 17 November 2020
- As of match played 17 November 2020. Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Dias goal.
|1||17 November 2020||Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia||24||Croatia||1–1||3–2||2020–21 UEFA Nations League A|||
- Primeira Liga: 2018–19
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2019
- UEFA Youth League runner-up: 2016–17
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
- Cosme Damião Awards – Revelation of the Year: 2017
- Primeira Liga Best Young Player of the Year: 2017–18
- UEFA Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019
- Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2019–20
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- Benfica 5–0 Sporting CP Soccerway
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