Nuno Mendes

Nuno Mendes


Full name: Nuno Alexandre Tavares Mendes

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: 19/06/2002 (17 years old)

Place of birth: Sintra (Portugal)

Height: 184cm

Youth career: Sporting CP

Current club: Sporting CP

Squad number: 5

Current national team: Portugal U-21

Position: central defender, left-back

Preferred foot: left

Market value (by 12.000.000 €

Tournaments participated in: 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying (2/0)

Contract until: 30.06.2025

Player’s agent: MRP Positionumber

Transfer rumours: Manchester United

Similar type of player: Ferland Mendy



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No significant weaknesses.


Style of play:

– complete full-back

– can also play as a left-sided centre-back

– player with very good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations

– possesses significant upper-body strength

– very good agility and coordination for a player of his size

– able to play as a wing-back in 3-5-2

– often looks to burst forward to offer width to the attacking movement in the final third

– above-average technique, ball control, and passing skills for a full-back

– likes to cross

– great positional sense and understanding of the game

– strong, energetic, consistent, aggressive, and hard tackling player with an extremely high work rate

– extremely dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and acceleration

– provides many key interceptions, clearances and tackles for his team

– able to dribble and make good crosses at top speed

– endless energy and his powerful running make him an incredibly useful asset as he brings an offensive value to a team, with a lot of activity during 90 minutes on the left side

– great timing and game reading ability when going forward

After a quick combination with his teammate, Mendes provides a great cross into the penalty area.


Mendes outmuscles and outpaces his opponent and wins the ball back.


He is best suited to playing as:

Left-back in 4-3-3.






League summary (as for 13 November 2020):

Primeira Liga 2019/2020: 9 games/0 goals (Sporting)

Primeira Liga 2020/2021 (ongoing): 7 games/1 goal (Sporting)



Nuno Mendes joined the famous Sporting CP youth academy at the age of 10. He made his professional debut in a 1–0 Primeira Liga home win against Paços de Ferreira on 12 June 2020, as a 72nd-minute substitute for Marcos Acuña. On 18 June 2020 became the youngest player to be named in a Sporting starting XI since Cristiano Ronaldo broke through into the first team. The next day he signed a new five-year contract that included a €45 million release clause. Ahead of the 2020/2021 season, he became a first-choice left-back of Rúben Amorim’s side and very quickly became one of the best full-backs in Portugal. Despite being only 18, he is already a member of Portugal U-21 national team.



“He has admitted that playing in the Premier League is a dream, and neither United nor Liverpool are likely to stop monitoring the progress of a player who idolises David Alaba, Marcelo and Lionel Messi, as well as Ronaldo.”



Football Talent Scout potential rating:

10/10   BallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBall

World-class potential.





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