Rúben Pinto

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Rúben Pinto
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Personal information
Full name Rúben Rafael de Melo Silva Pinto
Date of birth (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Odivelas, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
CSKA Sofia
Number 6
Youth career
2001–2004 Odivelas
2004–2011 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Benfica 0 (0)
2012–2015 Benfica B 59 (10)
2015 Paços Ferreira (loan) 16 (1)
2015– Belenenses 33 (2)
2016– CSKA Sofia 12 (1)
National team
2008–2009 Portugal U17 17 (2)
2009–2010 Portugal U18 7 (3)
2009–2011 Portugal U19 26 (6)
2012 Portugal U20 5 (0)
2013–2015 Portugal U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:14, 20 December 2016 (UTC).

Rúben Rafael de Melo Silva Pinto (born 24 April 1992) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bulgarian club PFC CSKA Sofia.

Club career[edit]

Benfica[edit]

Born in Odivelas, Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Pinto joined S.L. Benfica's youth system in 2004, aged 12. He was promoted to the first team for the 2011–12 season, being limited to a sole bench appearance in that first year; in June 2011 he signed his first professional contract, running until 2015 with a €30 million clause.[1]

Pinto made his professional debuts in the 2012–13 campaign, competing with the B-team in the Segunda Liga. He made his first appearance in the competition on 28 April 2013, starting and playing 73 minutes in the 1–1 home draw against F.C. Arouca.[2]

Pinto scored his first goal as a professional on 26 August 2013, in a 3–0 home win over Portimonense SC.[3] On 25 January of the following year, he was again an unused substitute for the main squad, in a game against Gil Vicente F.C. for the Taça da Liga.

On 7 January 2015, F.C. Paços de Ferreira signed Pinto on a loan deal until the end of the season.[4] He scored his first goal in the Primeira Liga on 4 May, playing the full 90 minutes and helping to a 2–2 home draw against S.C. Braga.

Belenenses[edit]

On 18 June 2015, Pinto joined C.F. Os Belenenses on a four-year contract.[5]

International career[edit]

Pinto gained 65 caps for Portugal, all youth categories comprised. On 2 June 2013 he made his debut with the under-21s, coming on midway through the second half of the 2–0 friendly win with Croatia.[6]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 January 2015[7]
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benfica B 2012–13 5 0 5 0
2013–14 34 4 34 4
2014–15 20 6 20 6
Total 59 10 59 10
Career Total 59 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 59 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cláusula de 30 milhões blinda Ruben Pinto" [30 million clause ties Ruben Pinto]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Benfica B 1–1 Arouca" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Benfica B 3–0 Portimonense" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rúben Pinto assina pelo FC Paços de Ferreira" [Rúben Pinto signs for FC Paços de Ferreira] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços de Ferreira. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rúben Pinto deixa o Benfica e assina pelos azuis" [Rúben Pinto leaves Benfica and signs for the blues]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Portugal-Croácia, 2–0" [Portugal-Croatia, 2–0]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ruben Pinto". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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