|Full name||Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício|
|Date of birth||15 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Marrazes, Portugal|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1997–2000||Leiria e Marrazes|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:51, 5 January 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2019
Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício ComM (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj pɐˈtɾisju]; born 15 February 1988) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal national team. He is regarded as one of Portugal's best keepers ever.
Before moving to England, he spent most of his career with Sporting CP, making his debut with the first team at only 18 and going on to appear in 467 official games. He won five trophies during his 12-year spell there, including two Portuguese Cups.
Patrício earned his first cap for Portugal in 2010, after Paulo Bento's appointment as head coach. He represented the nation in two World Cups and three European Championships, winning the 2016 edition of the latter tournament as well as the 2019 Nations League.
Born in Marrazes, Leiria, Patrício played first as a striker. Reportedly, a Sporting CP scout was in the area and saw him play in goal, being impressed enough to sign the 12-year-old to the club's youth academy. He made his Primeira Liga debut on 19 November 2006, in a 1–0 away win against C.S. Marítimo in the tenth round: standing in for habitual club and country first-choice Ricardo, he saved a penalty kick 15 minutes before the end of the game.
In the 2007–08 season, after Ricardo's departure to Real Betis, Patrício beat competition from Sporting veteran Tiago and new signing Vladimir Stojković to become the undisputed starter. He made his UEFA Champions League debut on 27 November 2007, in a 1–2 group stage loss at Manchester United.
During the 2008 off-season, Patrício was the subject of a rumored transfer to Italian giants Inter Milan. Nothing came of it, however, and in that year's Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira final, against FC Porto, he stopped a Lucho González penalty in a 2–0 final success, also being an everpresent fixture in the league.
In the qualifying rounds of the 2009–10 Champions League, at FC Twente, Sporting were trailing 0–1 in the 94th minute, after a 0–0 tie in the first leg: Patrício rushed to the opposing area for a corner kick, where he went up for a header with Nikita Rukavytsya. Both players seemed to make contact with the ball, and it was helped into the net for an own goal via the boot of Peter Wisgerhof as the latter side qualified for the last games prior to the group stage.
On 20 December 2012, Patrício was awarded Sporting's Footballer of the Year award for a second consecutive year. On 18 October 2014, with the score at 2–1 for his team, he saved a penalty by Jackson Martínez to help oust Porto from the Taça de Portugal with a 3–1 win at the Estádio do Dragão.
On 24 October 2016, Patrício was one of 30 players nominated for the 2016 Ballon d'Or award alongside Portugal teammates Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo. The following 18 February he appeared in his 400th competitive game with Sporting, putting on a Player of the match performance in a 1–0 home win against Rio Ave FC.
On 15 May 2018, Patrício and several of his teammates, including coaches, were injured following an attack by around 50 supporters of Sporting at the club's training ground after the team finished third in the league and missed out on Champions League qualification. Despite the events, he and the rest of the team agreed to play in the Portuguese Cup final scheduled for the following weekend, eventually losing 2–1 to C.D. Aves.
On 1 June 2018, Patrício submitted a request to terminate his Sporting contract with grounds for just cause, due to the dressing room violence from supporters as well as seeing an €18 million move to newly promoted Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers fall through, after Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho pulled out of negotiations at the last minute. He completed the move on 18 June, on a four-year deal, and it was announced on 31 October that both clubs had agreed a €18 million deal as settlement of his departure to England.
Patrício opted to wear the No.11 shirt for Wolves as opposed to the habitual No.1, in honour of Carl Ikeme, who had just retired following treatment for acute leukaemia. He made his league debut on 11 August 2018, in a 2–2 home draw against Everton.
From 2007, Patrício started appearing for the Portuguese under-21 side. On 29 January of the following year, senior team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called him up for a 1–3 friendly defeat against Italy in Zürich, although he did not leave the bench; on 12 May he was picked to the squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but did not play in the tournament.
Although not part of the provisional 24-player list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Patrício was named in a backup list of six players. He made his debut on 17 November 2010, playing the second half of a 4–0 friendly win with Spain.
After Eduardo was relegated to the bench at his new club, S.L. Benfica, Patrício became the starter under national team boss Paulo Bento, and both players finished the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with five games (450 minutes) as Portugal qualified for the final stages. He was the starter in the finals in Poland and Ukraine, conceding four goals in five matches in an eventual semi-final exit.
Patrício was included in Bento's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as first-choice, and made his debut in the competition in the first encounter against Germany, which ended with a 0–4 loss. He missed the second game against the United States, due to injury.
Patrício appeared in his 50th international on 30 June 2016, during Euro 2016: after the 1–1 draw to Poland at the Stade Vélodrome during the first 120 minutes, he saved Jakub Błaszczykowski's attempt in a 5–3 penalty shootout win that qualified to the semi-finals. Having won the tournament with a solid display in the final, he also made the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
As Portugal defeated the Netherlands in the 2019 UEFA Nations League Final on home soil at the Estádio do Dragão, Patrício earned his 81st cap, thereby surpassing Vítor Baía as the nation's most capped goalkeeper.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2018–19||Premier League||37||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||37||0|
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, six in UEFA Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, ten in UEFA Europa League
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League
- As of 17 November 2019
- Taça de Portugal: 2007–08, 2014–15
- Taça da Liga: 2017–18
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2008, 2015
- UEFA European Championship: 2016
- UEFA Nations League: 2018–19
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Third place 2017
- SJPF Player of the Month: April 2011
- SJPF Young Player of the Month: January 2008, April 2009, November 2010, March 2011, April 2011
- LPFP Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2011–12, 2015–16
- Sporting CP Footballer of the Year: 2011, 2012
- UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
- Though there was no third place playoff, UEFA decided in the 2012 edition to award the semi-final losers (Germany and Portugal) bronze medals for the first time: "Regulations for UEFA Euro 2012"
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