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Top facts about Fred, The Brazilian footballer

Mon 08 February 2021 | 14:30

Fred childhood story and biography facts you need to know

The full story of the Brazilian Football Genius, better known by the nickname "Fred," is presented by Sportmob.

Our Fred Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts provides you with a complete account of noteworthy events from his childhood to date.

Before fame, family history, relationship life, and other OFF-Pitch facts (little known) about him, the assessment involves his life story.

Yes, everybody knows about his box of medium-sized boxing skills. Only a handful of fans, however, know a great deal about Fred's Bio, which is quite interesting.

Now without further adieu, let’s Begin.

Top facts about Fred, The Brazilian footballer

Let’s first take a look at some general facts about Fred

Quick Facts

  • Full Name:

     Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos

  • Fred Santos's Nicknames:

     Fred, Freddie

  • Fred's Date of Birth:

     March 5th, 1993

  • Fred's Place of Birth:

     Belo Horizonte, Brazil

  • Fred's Age:


  • Fred's Nationality:


  • Fred's Height:

     1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Fred's Weight:

     62 kg

  • Fred's Marital Status:


  • Fred's Wife:

     Monique Salum

  • Fred's Position:


  • Fred's Current Team:

     Manchester United

  • Fred's Jersey Number:


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Fred Early and Family Life

To begin with, Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos is his full name. The 'Fred' name is just a nickname.

Fred was born to his parents (mother, Roseli Miranda de Paula) and (father, Delson Rodrigues dos Santos) in Belo Horizonte, Minas, on the 5th day of March 1993, Brazil, Gerais.

Fred comes from a modest family background with ties to football. Nothing is known about his family, brothers, and sister, as he keeps his life private.

It is speculated, however, that The Fred Family is related to the family of Brazilian and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, one of the

Top facts about Fred


Fred grew up in a football community where when there is a football at one's feet, emptiness ends.

His visions of becoming a professional footballer came true, with a strong childhood commitment, and his goals were not just a passing fancy.

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Fred Relationship Life

Football is a golden tree, a place where millions of young people have found shade away from low-paying jobs.

Football is, for Fred, a golden tree that has led him to find love, one of the Top facts about Fred.

Without a question, Fred's girlfriend Monique Salum is an enamored, natural beauty to behold.

On his Instagram profile, the Brazilian ace once appeared totally drawn to his girlfriend's affection.

The post he made reads: “Only we understand our madness. Only love.”

Fred’s Girlfriend Monique Salum has got several of her man’s crazy pics dedicated to her.

In admiration of her love for him, Fred once used International Women's Day to share a picture of his girlfriend.

In the post, Fred said:


Asides football, both lovers are basketball fans.

Fred’s Agent

You might think that Fred's agent is none other than the elder brother of Ronaldinho, Roberto de Assis, because he's been there for him all the way.

Sad to say, you are wrong! one of the Top facts about Fred is that at the moment of writing, the Arsenal midfield legend Gilberto Silva represents Fred on football agent matters.

Gilberto Silva is both a mentor to Fred and an agent. Gilberto said of Fred once;


Stop The War Or No Football (‘Donetsk no-show’)

One of the Top facts about Fred is that he was among the six Shakhtar players who, as the Russia-Ukraine crisis intensified, refused to return to Donetsk in July 2014.

The war in eastern Ukraine caused Rinat Akhmetov, the billionaire owner of Shakhtar, to lose control of his players commitment, his coal-mining and metallurgical enterprises in the rebel-held eastern regions.

He agreed to move their "home" venue to the eastern city of Kharkiv, 250 km north-west of their native Donetsk, after hearing his six footballers, including Fred, threatened to abandon his club.

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Fred Tested Positive For Drug

One of the very

Top Facts about Fred

is that in a sample obtained during the 2015 Copa America, Fred tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.

In July 2015, while awaiting the results of a second study, he issued a statement saying he was innocent.

At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Shakhtar Donetsk were cleared by UEFA to pick him, following a complaint by Fenerbahce over his participation in a third qualifying round game in the Champions League.

He received a one-year suspension from CONMEBOL on 15 December 2015, banning him from playing in any games approved by CONMEBOL, but enabling him to continue playing for Shakhtar.

FIFA extended the ban to include all football internationally for one year on 5 February 2016, backdated to 27 June 2015.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed against the prohibition to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in March 2016, believing that it was potentially lenient.

In March 2017, an understanding was reached with WADA prior to the CAS hearing after Fred returned from the suspension, which resulted in him being unable to play football until July 2017.

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Fred’s City

Do you remember Brazil's greatest FIFA World loss in 2014? If so, then you should know that the incident took place in the town of Belo Horizonte, where Fred was born and raised, one of the Top facts about Fred.

Belo Horizonte preferably hosted matches at the World Cups in 1950 and 2014.

The city staged two of the biggest-ever surprises of the tournament: the 1-0 loss of


against the USA in 1950 and the 7-1 semi-final thrashing of Brazil against Germany in 2014.

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Fred’s Injury after United Acquisition

After signing Fred, Manchester United was satisfied.

But a few weeks later, after the Brazilian midfielder got on the receiving end of a heavy slide tackle from defensive midfield enforcer Casemiro during an international training session, the club was left shaking with fear.

During a Brazil training session, Fred was later pictured receiving medical treatment. His pains left Manchester United Fans worried.

Fred’s Name Fact

So many Brazilian footballers have agreed to have brief and clear names on the back of their shirts, like Fred.

One of the Top facts about Fred is that he chose not to use his full name but to shorten it to the nickname "Fred" as he started his senior career.

In Brazil, the use of first names and nicknames is not new. In Brazilian culture, it is a tradition which traces back to colonial times.

It's seen as a symbol of individuality to use nicknames on shirts. We're giving you some examples now.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Brazil's most famous son, is known by the nickname 'Pele.'

Secondly, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite and Ronaldo de Assis Moreira are the individual nicknames of the former Ballon d'Or winners, Kaka and Ronaldinho.

Fred Club Career

Early Career

Fred was born in Belo Horizonte and spent six years of his childhood at Atletico Mineiro, a local club, before joining Porto Alegre in 2009.

He joined


one year later. At first, he represented the club at different youth levels and helped them win six titles in 2010, including the Copa Santiago and Copa FGF.

 On 26 January 2012, he made his professional debut against Ceramica in the Campeonato Gaucho at the age of 18.

On 18 July 2012, in a Serie A match against his former side, Atletico Mineiro, he netted his first goal in professional football.

Overall, in 55 appearances for Internacional, he scored eight goals and won the Campeonato Gaucho twice.

Shakhtar Donetsk

Fred signed a contract worth €15 million for the Ukrainian team

Shakhtar Donetsk

on 26 June 2013.

On his competitive debut in the Ukrainian Super Cup, he scored two goals, leading Shakhtar to a 3-1 victory over Chornomorets Odesa.

One of the

Top facts about Fred

is that he was among the six Shakhtar players during the Ukrainian crisis who refused to return to Donetsk in July 2014 following a pre-season friendly match against Olympique Lyonnais in France.

A few days later, after the club transferred its training sessions to Kyiv, he returned to Ukraine.

In a 2-1 round of 16 first-leg win over AS Roma on 21 February 2018, Fred scored a free-kick, his first goal in the UEFA Champions League.

With Shakhtar, Fred won 10 trophies, including three Ukrainian Premier League titles.

Manchester United

One of the Top facts about Fred is that on 5 June 2018, for a reported fee of £ 47 million, Premier League club

Manchester United

reached an agreement to sign Fred.

He committed to a five-year deal with the option of extending the contract for another year.

On 11 August, in a 2-1 win over Leicester City in their first league game of the season, he made his club debut. On 22 September 2018, in a 1–1 league draw at home, Fred scored his first goal for United against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fred was reportedly racially assaulted during the Manchester derby by Manchester City fans on 7 December 2019.

Fred produced two goals on 27 February 2020 and assisted another in the 32 tie against Club Brugge in the United UEFA Europa League round, which they won 5-0 (6-1 on aggregate).

International Career

At the 2013 South American Youth Football Championship, Fred played for the Brazil under-20 team three times.

On 12 November 2014, as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Turkey in Istanbul, he made his


national team debut.

Fred was called up to Brazil's squad for the 2015 Copa America in Chile due to an injury to Luiz Gustavo, starting in their first two Group C matches as they entered the quarter-finals.

Another One of the Top facts about Fred is that He was originally picked for the 2016 Olympic Games in the under-23 Brazil team.

He was, however, not released to play in Shakhtar Donetsk's tournament and was replaced by Walace in the squad.

In May 2018, he was named in Tite's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but failed to make an appearance at the tournament.

Fred Networth

He's making huge amounts of cash at United at the moment.

Remember also the fact that, during their prosperous years, Shakhtar Donetsk paid enormous wages.

At the moment, his net worth is approximately EUR 18 million (16.5 Million Pound).

Recently, his market value has been calculated and we think it is about right.

At the moment, its market value is estimated at about 60 million euros (54 Million Pound).

Fred Lifestyle

With the most luxurious mansion and driving the most superior and expensive automobiles, Fred lives a very lavish lifestyle.

He never seems to forget about the people who were there by his side through thick and through thin, despite his fame and wealth.

He likes to go on fun holidays and spends his free time with his friends playing video games.

Fred also has tremendous love for his wife and his mother and somehow manages to remove some time out of his busy schedule for his mother and his wife. 

Fred lives by a basic rule, "intensely live your life, but always focus."

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Fred’s Best Friend

Since childhood, Fred has had a best friend and his name is Daierson Lorran.

It has reportedly been said that their friendship is solid and going from the last 25 years to date.

Fred is just as fond of his best friend as he is of his family and football. 

Fred, has seen to be showing appreciation to his friend reportedly on social media.

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