Wolves have agreed a club record €45m (£38m) fee with Sporting Lisbon for Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes. Check it out in this article.

Matheus Nunes : Transfermarkt | Position | Sofifa

Born in Rio de Janeiro, to Portuguese father and Brazilian mother, Nunes moved to Ericeira, Lisbon District at the age of 12 with his mother and his stepfather.

Matheus Nunes : Transfermarkt | Position | Sofifa

Personal information
Full name Matheus Luiz Nunes
Date of birth 27 August 1998 (age 23)    
      Place of birth       Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder

He started playing football with local side Ericeirense, and also helped his family in their bakery for a short period.

Nunes made his senior debut for Ericeirense during the 2015–16 season, in the Lisbon Football Association.

He started the 2017 pre-season on trial at Oriental, but was not signed due to a thigh injury, and subsequently returned to his first club.


On 8 August 2021, after living in the country for ten years, Nunes received his Portuguese passport.

Late in that month, on his 23rd birthday, he was called up by Brazil national team manager Tite as one of nine replacements for the players based in the United Kingdom, for three 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Chile, Argentina and Peru; He refused the call, as he would have had to quarantine on return due not having the complete COVID-19 vaccination.

Matheus Nunes : Transfermarkt | Position | Sofifa

Senior career*
Years Team Apps     (Gls)  
        2016–2018         Ericeirense 13 (2)
2018–2019 Estoril 6 (0)
2019– Sporting CP 76 (7)
National team
2021– Portugal 8 (1)

Ultimately, Nunes decided not to represent his country of birth, after he was contacted by Portugal’s national team manager Fernando Santos, who convinced him to represent Portugal.

Nunes was called by Santos on 30 September 2021 for World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and a friendly with Qatar.

He won his first cap on 9 October, starting the 3–0 friendly win over Qatar in the Algarve.

He scored his first international goal the following 22 March in a 3–1 home win over Turkey in the semi-finals of the qualification play-offs.


Nunes started his career with Ericeirense, before moving to LigaPro side Estoril.

Matheus Nunes : Transfermarkt | Position | Sofifa

  • Date of birth/Age: Aug 27, 1998 (23)
  • Citizenship:  Portugal
  • Height: 1,83 m
  • Position: Central Midfield
  • Current international: Portugal

During his time with the club, Nunes played mostly in the reserve team, before moving to Primeira Liga side Sporting CP in January 2019.

In 2020–21, Nunes helped Sporting win a double of the Primeira Liga and Taça da Liga.

Born and raised in Brazil until 12 years old, Nunes opted to play for the Portugal national team, and made his senior international debut in 2021.


Nunes is usually deployed in double pivot in 3–4–3 formation, operating as a number 8 looking to get forward and contribute to the attack and also has a good passing range, as he can make different types of passes whether he is looking to switch the play or try and break lines with penetrative passes or passes that split the opposition backline, which he is highly effective.

He also has the ability to carry the ball and make progressive runs, using a combination of speed and strength to make these runs, while also displaying good technique on the ball.

Nunes also posses a good anticipation and reading of the game, which allows him to make effective interceptions and challenges.

By Rishabh

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