Rúben Neves

Squad No. 8
Date of Birth April 13, 1997
Age 25
Height 180cm
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Santa Maria da Feira
Previous Clubs FC Porto

Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves (born 13 March 1997) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal national team.

On 8 July 2017, EFL Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers announced that they had signed Neves for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £15.8 million – a club and league record fee. Upon joining, he was reunited with former Porto manager Nuno Espírito Santo. He scored his first goal on 15 August, in a 3–2 away win over Hull City.

In April 2018, Neves was nominated for the EFL Championship Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season awards, and was also included in the Team of the Season along with teammates Conor Coady and John Ruddy. His team was ultimately promoted as champions with the player scoring six goals in 42 appearances, all of which were scored from outside of the box; at the conclusion of the campaign, he claimed a hat-trick of club awards as he walked away with the Player of the Season, Player’s Player of the Season and Goal of the Season accolades. On 7 April 2019 it was also announced that Neves had been awarded the EFL Goal of the Year award (for 2018) for his goal against Derby County at Molineux in April 2018.

Wolves announced that Neves had signed a new contract in July 2018, extending until 2023. In the first match of the new season, he scored his first Premier League goal and assisted Raúl Jiménez in the latter’s competitive debut, as his team twice came from behind to draw 2–2 against Everton. His appearance in the match, alongside compatriots Rui Patrício, João Moutinho, Diogo Jota and Hélder Costa also saw the club break the league record for the most Portuguese players named in a starting line-up.

On 6 October 2018, Neves made his 50th appearance for Wolverhampton and marked the occasion by contributing in the build-up for Matt Doherty’s winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Crystal Palace. The following January, his 55th-minute winning goal against Liverpool at Molineux in the FA Cup, “a venomous dipping shot from 31 yards (28 m) that beat Simon Mignolet at his near post”, was voted the best of the third round by visitors to BBC Sport’s website.

On 25 September 2019, Neves was made Wolves’ club captain for the first time, when he led the team in the absence of regular skipper Conor Coady as Wolves secured progression to the 2019–20 EFL Cup Fourth Round with a penalty shoot-out victory over Reading at Molineux in the clubs’ Third Round fixture.

Neves made his 100th appearance in the Premier League during Wolves’s away 0–0 draw with Aston Villa on 6 March 2021.