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André Gomes is a professional football player who represents the national team of Portugal, as well as the Spanish club Barcelona, as the central midfielder.
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André Gomes was part of Benfica for three years, and helped the club gain a domestic treble during 2013–14 season. He signed with Valencia in July 2014. He succeeded in earning 37 caps at youth levels with Portugal, with six of them being from his tenure with the U-21 team. He helped Portugal earn the Euro 2016 and also represented the team in the Confederations Cup 2017.
Gomes began his youth career at Porto in 2005, where he continued to play till 2008, after which he joined Pasteleira for a year. In 2009, his youth soccer tenure took him to Boavista, and after being associated with them for about 2 years, he joined the youth team of Benfica in 2011, before graduating to his senior career, with the same team.
Gomes was only 18 when he joined the youth system of S.L. Benfica in 2011, and it was at this Lisbon club that he spent the last year of his junior career before he appeared in his first match with the first team in July 2012. It was a friendly game against Gil Vicente, after which he spent his first senior season as a reserve side member, as he partook in second division competition. Gomes’ first goals for Benfica B came in league games against Braga B and Belenenses, in which the club had a 2–2 draw and a 6–0 win respectively. In October 2012, he officially debuted with Benfica’s main squad, and went on to score in a 4–0 victory over Freamunde, in Taça de Portugal. He continued to gain his momentum in the first team of Benfica, as, in October 2012, he netted in a 3–0 victory over Gil Vicente during his first appearance in Primeira Liga.
He continued, however, to be mainly associated with the B-team. In January 2014, 100% of his economic rights got sold by Benfica, along with Benfica Stars Fund, to a private enterprise Meriton Capital Limited, in exchange for €15 million, and a deal of 25% of a future transfer fee. He stayed with Estádio da Luz till the campaign’s completion. In April 2014, he played in the semi-final’s second leg in Portuguese Cup, as he scored in the final which resulted in a score of 3–1. He ended his season with a total of 23 matches in all competitions, and also helped his club gain the honour of a treble which turned out to be the first one ever in the history of the club, with the wins in league, cup and Taça da Liga.
Gomes agreed to join Valencia in July 2014, on loan, for one season. He debuted in La Liga in August 2014, as he started in a match against Sevilla which ended in a 1–1 draw. He made his first La Liga goal in the month of September, as he netted the ball for the second time in a 3–0 victory over Getafe. In June 2015, it was declared that Benfica and Valencia had agreed to the contract terms of the federative rights of Gomes. Eventually, Gomes signed with the Spaniards in a contract lasting till the end of June 2020.
In July 2016, it was announced that Barcelona had and Valencia had had an agreement for Gomes’ transfer, and the fee was €35 million, with €20 million for add-ons. His competitive debut was in August, in a 3–0 victory over Sevilla in Supercopa de España, and helped directly with two goals. Gomes scored for the team for the first time in March 2017, as he closed a 4–2 victory over Valencia. However, Marca readers chose him as the worst signing of that season. But, during the final Copa del Rey match, he played in the first half of the game against Alavés, majorly as right back, and assisted Neymar who scored the second goal in the 3–1 triumph.
Gomes has been associated with Portugal since 2010, when he first joined the U17 team. He went on to represent the team in European Under-19 Championship 2012. At 19, he got the first call-up for joining the senior team, by playing in a friendly in February 2013 against Ecuador. However, he did not get the chance to play in the 2–3 loss. He debuted for a full match in September 2014 against Albania, in a 0–1 loss in the qualifiers of Euro 2016. He became part of the squad and played in the finals, He also played for the team at Confederations Cup 2017, appearing in matches and leading them to the third place.
André Gomes was born and brought up in Grijó, in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia of Porto District, in Portugal. He has shown great passion and potential for the sport of football from a very young age, and has always made the effort to be known for his skills and displays only, keeping his personal life away from the eyes of media.
As of 2017, the salary of Gomes is 4.16 million GBP. His current market value is £19.8 million, which has dropped from his highest market value of £27 million, as noted in 2016 and 2017.
André Gomes has been noted for his contributions to football and his teams, and has helped them earned several titles. His displays and contributions have earned him the UEFA Europa League: Squad of the season 2013–14.