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A detailed look at Ruben Dias biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Ruben Dias is a professional player who is currently playing as a defender for Manchester City Football club and Portugal National team. Over the past two seasons,

Ruben Dias

has proven himself to be among the most promising defenders in the football world.

A graduate of Benfica's academy, Dias made a name for himself after impressing with his boyhood club. Dias had a very successful youth career and won many collective and individual awards including the 2018-19 Primera Liga title. Dias played 137 games for Benfica during his four season spell with the first team. He was selected in the Primeira Liga Team of the Year at the end of the 2019–20 season.

Dias has been a player for Portugal national team since 2018 and represented his country in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League.

Dias moved to

Manchester City

at the start of the 2020-21 Premier League season. He has been superb for the Citizens in his debut season and has scored 1 goal in 31 games across all competitions.

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In total, Dias has scored 12 goals and has provided 8 assists in 234 matches during his professional career. Stay tuned to read more about

Ruben Dias biography

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All You Need to Know about Ruben Dias Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Ruben Dias biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Ruben Dias Information

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Ruben Dias life story

, physical stats, personal info and footballing information. Stay tuned to read more about

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Ruben Dias Bio

  • Full Name:

    Ruben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias

  • Nickname:

    The Lock

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Ruben Dias Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    80 Kg

  • Height:

    1.87 m (6 ft.2 in)

  • Eye Color:

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Light Brown

Ruben Dias Football Information

  • Position:

    Defender

  • Jersey Number:

    3 at Manchester City and Portugal National team

  • Professional Debut:

     2016

Ruben Dias Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    14 May 1997

  • Birth Place:

    Amadora, Portugal

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Taurus

  • Nationality:

    Portuguese

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Ruben Dias Early Life

In this section of our article about Ruben Dias biography we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Ruben Dias childhood

and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Ruben Dias date of birth is at the 14th of May 1997. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with Paris Saint Germaine defender,

Marquinhos

who is also born on the 14th of May.

Ruben Dias nationality

is Portuguese. He was born in Amadora, Portugal. Both of his parents were passionate football fans who supported Benfica long before He was born.

Ruben Dias's parents supported their son on the early stages of his footballing career. Dias started playing amateur football at the age of 9 when one of his friends took him to their hometown club, Esterla.

Dias impressed right from the start of his footballing journey. His passion for football and his clear talent, persuaded his parents to sign him up for a trial at Benfica's famous youth academy. Dias passed the trial with ease.

One interesting fact about Ruben Dias amateur career is that he started at Benfica's academy as a striker and gradually moved first to the midfield and then to the defense line as his coaches at the time believed he would make a better defender considering his height and physicality.

One of Dias's best characteristics since his early days was his leadership ability. During his time at Benfica's academy, Dias captained every academy rank he played in and has demonstrated this in his professional career as well.

Dias had a very successful youth career at Benfica and

Portugal

. He reached the final of the 2016 Uefa youth championship and was selected in the team of the tournament. He was also a member of Portugal's U19 team and shone in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

In 2016, Dias was called up to Benfica senior side, which market the start of his professional career at the age of 18.

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Ruben Dias Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Ruben Dias profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

Starting his professional career at Benfica

Ruben Dias professional career started in 2016 as he was promoted to Benfica senior side. Benfica's manager at the time, Rui Vitoria called Dias up by for Benfica's

Champions League

Round of 16 away game against Zenit because three of the team's four regular center-backs were unable to participate in the game. Despite being named in Benfica squad for the game, Dias did not play against Zenit and had to wait till September 2017 to finally make his professional debut for Benfica's senior side.

Alongside great talents like Joao Felix and Luka Jovic, Dias helped Benfica B to the fourth place in the 2016-17 LgaPro, which was the highest ranking in the history of team.

At the start of the following season, Dias made his professional debut in a Primera Liga game against Boavista. Despite his young age, Dias continued to perform at a high level consistently and even featured for Benfica in two Champions League games against Manchester United.

However, his fine form ended temporarily when he suffered an injury which sidelined him for a month. Upon his return, Dias scored his first ever goal for Benfica senior team, in a Primera Liga 5-1 win against Rio Ave.

Overall, Dias played 54 games and scored 4 times for Benfica in the 2018-19 season and was voted Primeira Liga's best young player of the season.

He also achieved his biggest collective accomplishments on the cub level to this day by winning the Primera Liga title and the Supertaça Candido de Oliveira trophy.

Dias was a target for many big clubs during the 2019 summer transfer window, most important of those were including and Manchester United. After much speculation about his future destination, Ruben opted to stay at Benfica and signed a new contract which would keep him at the club till 2022.

In November 2019, Dias played his 100th game for Benfica and scored the opening goal a 2-0 home win over

Rio Ave

in. He scored again in Benfica's next game, a 4-0 win against Portimonense. Dias was superb in his final full season with Benfica and registered 3 goals and 3 assists in 54 games across all competitions.

On 26 September 2020, Dias scored the opening goal against Moreirense in a 2–0 win. The manager of Benfica admitted after the game that it was Dias's last game for his boyhood club and that he will join Manchester City.

Overall, Dias played 137 games for Benfica, during which he scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists.

Premier League adventure with Manchester City

In the summer of 2020, it was announced that Dias has signed a 6 year contract with Manchester City to play at the

Premier League

. He debuted for the Citizens in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United. His fine start at his new club continued and he became a first team player for Pep Guardiola in the first half of the season, making 31 appearances across all competitions in the first half of the season.

With Portugal youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Dias was first called up to Portugal U16 side in 2012. He played 5 games for the team before being called up to the U17 team the following year. Dias played 18 games throughout the 2013 with Portugal U17 team. He followed his fine form with 21 games for Portugal U19 team in 2014 and 15 games for the U20 side in 2015.

Dias captained the under-19s at the 2016 European Championships and the under-20s at the 2017 World Cup. He made his debut for Portugal U21 side on the 5th of September 2017. He only played 4 games for the team as he was called up to the senior side in May 2018.

Dias made his international debut for Portugal senior side in a friendly against Tunisia. He was included in Portugal's final squad for the 2018 World Cup, but did not feature in any of his country's four matches in the competition. as of February 2021, Ruben Dias has played 22 games for Portugal national team and is yet to score his first goal.

Style of Play

Ruben Dias is known the most for his leadership skills and his ability to help his side quickly transition from defence to attack. His playing style perfectly suits any team which played the possession game as he is very good with the ball at his feet. The fact that No other player completed more correct passes than Dias in his last season with

Benfica

is a testament to his passing skills.

Dias had averaged a pass success rate of over 81% in Liga Nos and 86% in both the Europa League and Champions League. He is also good at picking out teammates from distance with his accurate long ball passes.

Standing at 6 feet 2, Dias is also good in the air and can win many aerial duels for his team. Probably his only weakness is his lack of speed which leave him vulnerable when facing speedy strikers.

Dias himself has stated that his he enjoys his role on the pitch and has no problem with the demanding job of being a defender.

"I'm a defender. I'm there to defend. Nowadays the idea is that a defender needs to do much more. My focus has always been on becoming better and doing more but I've never forgotten that, first of all, I'm a defender."

“If not me, then who else will take pride from defending? It gives me pleasure to make the other team feel powerless.”

Reception

Ruben Dias is considered as one of the most promising defenders of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his leadership skills as well as his ability to read the game and make interceptions in crucial moments.

Dias received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in his debut season for Manchester City.

Below are some of the best quotes on Ruben Dias:

"He's not just a player who plays good, he's a player who makes the other guys play good too. Its 90 minutes talking, 90 minutes communicating, 90 minutes saying what they have to do in every single action. When that happens, it's difficult for me and undroppable."

“He is a guy that can play every three days. He recovers immediately and his ability is incredible, as is his understanding of the game." (Pep Guardiola)

“Ruben Dias is already the best Portuguese center-back in the world, I have already said that, Not only that, but he’s a very smart player as well.”  (

Pepe

)

Even the best players in the history of football have faced criticism from their coaches and fans at some parts of their career. In the case of Ruben Dias, he was criticized for his lack of speed when faced with speedy strikers.

Goal Celebration

Goal celebration is one of the most important aspects of every player's career. Some footballers tend to change their goal celebration every now and then, while some others are known to have a signature goal celebration.

The general rule is that Footballers use the chance of celebrating goals to send messages that are important to them. For some, it is only a chance to show some fun gestures. Others celebrate their goals with messages to their loved ones, and then there are those who celebrate their goals by sending societal and political messages to the society.

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Ruben Dias does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However he has had one memorable goal celebration during his time at Benfica, making the shape of an 'A' with his fingers, probably as a tribute to his girlfriend, April Ivy.

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Ruben Dias outside football

Ruben Dias's favorite activities besides playing football are eating and playing video games. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends and exploring the nature.

Ruben Dias is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is

@rubendias

He has around half a million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is also @rubendias.

Like many of his fellow footballers, Ruben Dias is obsessed with playing the FIFA game. Ruben Dias rating in FIFA 21 is 80 (his overall rating) with a potential of 88.

Ruben Dias is also a fan of pop music and is a guitar player himself.

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Ruben Dias Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on

Ruben Dias biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Ruben Dias immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Ruben Dias was born at 14th day of May 1997 into a middle-class football-loving family from

Amadora

district in Portugal. His father's name is Joao and His Mother is known as Ivan Dias.

Ruben is the third of four children in his family. His Older brother Ivan is also a professional footballer playing as a center-back for Clube Oriental Lisboa in the Portuguese third tier. He also has two sisters whose names are Beatrix and Carolina.

Ruben Dias has been in a relationship with his current girlfriend, April Ivy, who is a famous pop singer. Like Dias, April Ivy has had a very successful career in his chosen profession. She recently climbed onto number 1 on the Portuguese iTunes chart with her single "Be Ok". Her debut album is called game of love. Another interesting fact about her is that her real name is Marianna Goncalvez and she uses the name, April Ivy as her stage name. The couple first met each other in 2018, when Ruben was playing his best season for Benfica and April's popularity was on the rise.

Music and fame are the two things the couple has in common with each other. Ruben once published a post on his official Instagram showing the defender playing guitar to accompany his girlfriend’s singing. The couple are yet to have a children together.

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Philanthropy

It is really interesting to know if Ruben Dias has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Ruben Dias religion

is Christianity. His religious beliefs has been a subject of controversy as many believes he is Christian, while his many photos in Abu Dhabi have hinted at his interest in Islam. Moreover, He once captioned one of his Instagram posts with Arabic greetings.

Whatever is his religion, there are no information on Dias's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites. In September 2020 He requested his first signed shirt be auctioned with all the money raised going to the club's offical charity City in the Community.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Ruben Dias has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

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Ruben Dias Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Ruben Dias career statistics both on the club and international level.

Club

Overall, Ruben Dias has played 234 games for two clubs (Benfica and Manchester City). During his career. He has registered 12 goals and 8 assists to his name.

Dias registered 12 goals and 6 assists in 137 games for Benfica. He has not scored any goals in his 31 appearances for Manchester City so far into the 20-21 season. 

Ruben Dias best season individually was the 2017-18 Season in which he scored 4 goals and assisted further 3 in 30 games for Benfica across all competitions.

International

On the international, Ruben Dias career stats shows that he has played 22 games for Portugal National team. He was also a member of Portugal U16, U17, U18, U19 and

U21

teams. In total scored 3 goals in 63 matches for Spain youth teams.

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Ruben Dias Honors

We rap up our article on

Ruben Dias biography

with a look at his honors and achievements.

Ruben Dias celebrated his first major trophy in the 2018-19 season when he won Primera Liga title with Benfica. While his first individual award was the Cosme Damiao Awards – Revelation of the Year in 2017.

During his career, Ruben Dias has won a total of 4 collective and individual awards, the most important of them are: Primeira Liga: 2018–19, Supertaça Candido de Oliveira: 2019, UEFA Youth League runner-up: 2016–17, Cosme Damiao Awards – Revelation of the Year: 2017, Primeira Liga Best Young Player of the Year: 2017–18, Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2019–20 and the UEFA Nations League: 2018–19.

Ruben Dias's last collective achievement was winning the 2019 Supertaça Candido de Oliveira title with Benfica.

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