Afonso Moreira

Afonso Moreira

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: 19/03/2005 (17 years old)

Place of birth: Lamego (Sporting)

Height: 176cm

Youth career: Cracks Lamego, Sporting CP (since 2017)

Current club: Sporting CP

Squad number: —

Current national team: Portugal U-19

Position: attacking midfielder, winger

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by —

Tournaments participated in: 2022 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (3/1), 2022 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (5/4), UEFA Youth League 2022/2023 (6/2)

Contract until: 30.06.2024

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Jadon Sancho


– pace 

– acceleration 

– technique 

– ball control 

– dribbling 

– flair 

– agility 

– off-the-ball movement 

– football IQ 

– first touch 

– creativity 

– finishing 

– crossing 

To improve:

– physical development

– operates quite comfortably with it but still has a big margin to improve the ability to play with his weaker left foot

– he shows some very promising activity and work rate when out of possession but his defensive efficiency is still very much improvable

Style of play:

– inside forward

– great acceleration, agility, flair, body balance, changes of pace, and coordination

– creative player with very good technical ability, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, fast direction shifts in possession

– effective player with a rare mix of explosivity and high football IQ

– likes to play in a free attacking role granted the freedom to roam the pitch and find space

– likes to dribble

– likes to enter the opposition’s penalty area whenever possible

– often uses his skills to beat defenders and cuts inside to either shoot or pass

– above-average creativity, passing, and playmaking skills

– very good movement, sense of positioning, and finishing skills in the final third

– possesses very interesting mid-range and long-range shooting skills

– creative at his off-the-ball movements, and likes to find the best space to receive the ball with good timings

– strong in 1v1 situations, unpredictable, and confident of his skills

– very good dribbling skills, ‘quick feet’, and footwork in tight spaces

– very dangerous on the counter thanks to his electric pace and movement

– able to dribble, cross, and make quick combinations with his teammates at top speed

– difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his low centre of gravity and excellent close control

– gets fouled often

Moreira receives the ball, makes a quick decision, and scores with a superb finish.
Moreira enters the penalty area, loses his marker with a quick feint, and provides an assist.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Left winger in 4-3-3.



Portuguese U-16 Championship 2021/2022 winner with Sporting CP.

League summary (as for 22 November 2022):

Liga 3 2022/2023 (ongoing): 8 games/1 goal (Sporting CP B)


Afonso Moreira is a product of Alcochete, the fantastic Sporting CP youth academy. He is considered to be one of the most talented players of his generation in Portugal. This season, he has been a key player for the unbeaten SCP U-19 team in the UEFA Youth League. Afonso is also a regular international for Portugal – in 2022, he represented his country and was one of the leaders of the team that reached the semi-final at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and showed a superb generation of players such as João Veloso, Dário Essugo, Rodrigo Ribeiro, Diogo Monteiro, João Muniz, Ussumane Djaló, Leonardo Barroso, Martim Fernandes, and João Vasconcelos.


“I have as examples all those who did the same path as me like Nuno Mendes or Dário Essugo who is my age and made it to the first team. I hope to follow the same path as them.”

(Afonso Moreira)

Football Talent Scout potential rating:


First team material in a top European league.





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