Rúben Dias

Squad No. 3
Date of Birth May 14, 1997
Age 25
Height 187cm
Position Defender
Birthplace Amadora
Previous Clubs Benfica

Rúben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias (born 14 May 1997), known as Rúben Dias 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.

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. On 3 October 2020, Dias made his league debut for City in a 1–1 away draw against Leeds United.

Dias was named the Manchester City Player of the Month for November 2020, following a series of very strong defensive performances. On 27 February 2021, Dias scored his first goal for City in a 2–1 home league win over West Ham United.