Facts about Fabio Coentrao

Thu 04 March 2021 | 12:30

Fabio Coentrao is a Portuguese footballer who played for Real Madrid between the years 2011 up to 2018. Coentrao is mainly a left-back but his positions can be flexible as he plays as a winger or a defensive midfielder. Read on to learn top facts about Fabio Coentrao.

Fabio Coentrao

was born on 11 March, 1988. He first started playing football at the age 11. His journey to the amazing world of football is somehow chaotic and full of ups and downs.

He had to spend most days of his teenage years alone so he could focus on his abilities in playing and also would practice more effectively in order to develop his skills.

However, the former Real Madrid player decided to move on from his career and to announced his retirement in 2020.

This list covers top facts about Fabio Coentrao:

The first

fact about Fabio Coentrao

is that he has a cousin named Rui, who is also a footballer in the same position as his. Up to now, Rui has mostly played for Varzim SC. He was also a youth international.

Fabio Coentrao’s Early Life

On 11 March 1988, Fabio Coentrao was born to father, Bernardino da Cruz Coentrao, and mother, Josefina Coentrao. His hometown is Vila do Conde in Norte Region of Portugal. Fabio has two brothers named Rui and Antonio.

As a child, Fabio lived a rather tough life. He was apart from his family and had to stay with his aunt for several years. Fabio’s parents along with his two brothers moved to France when he was just a teenager.

The reason behind this decision was the fact that Fabio had been taking training sessions in Portugal, so he couldn’t leave his country and therefore, his parents had to leave without him.

He joined

Rio Ave F.C.

in 1999, back then Fabio was 11 years old. His training sessions took him 7 more years to grow the young man into a real footballer; afterwards, Fabio was finally playing as a regular player at the senior level.

According to himself, Coentrao had always been a fan of


ever since childhood. Another fact about Fabio Coentrao is that allegedly he helped with forming the Vila do Conde’s Juventude Leonina, which is the club’s biggest ultras organization.

However, there’s no other info regarding

Fabio Coentrao’s childhood


Fabio Coentrao’s Club Career

Season 2006-2007 was quite a fateful period in Fabio’s early career. During the same season, while playing for Rio Ave football club, he managed to establish himself as first-choice. Later on, people started to call him “Figo das Caxinas”.

Considering his great performance at almost any game, lots of football clubs suddenly realized Fabio’s importance and began to show interest in working with him. But among all the suggestions he had back then, finally in July 2007 he chose to play for



But he didn’t have luck with Benfica anyway. Speaking of playing opportunities, he had little chance in Benfica. Realizing this fact, Fabio temporarily joined

C.D. Nacional

on a loan that would last until the end of the same season.

Four months later on 3 May, he scored two goals in a match that finished with a 3-0 victory over

FC Porto


In summer 2008, Fabio Coentrao transferred to

Real Zaragoza

. It was the early days of Zaragoza’s relegation into Spain’s Segunda Division. But again Fabio didn’t make any appearance during the campaign.

So in January 2009, Coentrao joined Rio Ave on a loan. Almost a month later, he scored the only goal against Porto but the result turned out a 1-3 loss anyway. Later on, Fabio decided to extend his contract with Benfica until 2015.

By entering the European competition season, Coentrao scored his first goal on 2 December 2009. It was a fixture in the UEFA Europa League playing against the Belarusian club,

BATE Borisov

that ended with a 1-2 away win in the group stage.

During 2009-2010 Primeira Liga, Fabio Coentrao had several astonishing performances and appeared on the field to play in 43 matches. As a result with his contribution, Benfica won both the UEFA Europa League as well as the Portuguese League Cup.

Due to the massive effort he put into his playing, later in the same season Fabio was announced as the Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Again on 27 September 2010, Fabio extended his contract with Befica for one more year, until 2016.

In 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League playing against Olympique Lyonnais, Fabio scored his first hat-trick that resulted in a 4-3 victory for Benfica in the group phase.

Despite the contract between Fabio Coentrao and Benfica, on 5 July 2011 this Portuguese club and Real Madrid reached the agreement of transferring Fabio for €30 million. Coentrao made his debut by creating an assist for

Karim Benzema

in a pre-season friendly match over the

Los Angeles Galaxy

. The exact date of the game goes back to 16 July 2011.

But Coentrao's official game occurred at the Supercopa de Espana in a fixture against

FC Barcelona

. In the second half of the game, Fabio came as a substitute for

Sami Khedira

playing as a defensive midfielder. The results, however, turned out a 2-2 home draw.

Fabio Coentrao also had his La Liga debut almost a month later, on 28 August playing against his former team, Zaragoza. Fabio with the contribution of his teammates, performed a glowing job and finished the match with an absolute 6-0 victory.

Only a few days later on 10 August, Real Madrid won the 2011-2012 La Liga, which also occurred on Fabio’s first year in that club.

But unfortunately the next season didn’t bring him luck that much. So the story started in the second match of 2012-2013 season; while Fabio had been waiting on the substitutes bench, suddenly a conflict between the referee Perez Lasa and Coentrao took place. Shortly after insulting him, Fabio not was not only sent off but also got banned from playing the next four games.

However, Fabio scored his first goal for Real Madrid nearly at the end of 2012. But the game finished with a 2-2 over

RCD Espanyol


Fabio Coentrao started the Copa del Rey final over Barcelona, which eventually finished with a 2-1 win for Real Madrid. He also started both matches of the Champions League semi-final, resulting in a 5-0 victory over

FC Bayern Munich

for Real Madrid. Due to their great performance and success in the Champions League, Real Madrid won their 10th European title, La Decima.

Fabio was suffering an injury during the 2014–15 La Liga, which limited him to play in only 9 games. But later in 26 August 2015, Fabio was was loaned to the Monegasque club,

AS Monaco FC

in a season-long move.

Just as expected, Real Madrid won the 2016-2017 La Liga with Fabio making only 3 appearances. Later in an interview, Fabio himself said that he wasn’t ready and fit enough to represent the club. However, he played in two group games in the season's Champions League and subsequently, Real Madrid won the contest for the second consecutive time.

Finally on 31 August 2018, Coentrao signed a contract with Rio Ave for only one season. But his time in this club, wasn’t all about glory and success. Fabio received about eleven yellow cards besides two red cards and as a result, he was released on 30 June 2019.

But unfortunately after Rio Ave, he couldn’t find another club for the start of 2019-2020 season. Therefore on 29 January 2020, he officially announced his retirement from playing as a professional footballer.

However, another fact about Fabio Coentrao is that about 9 months later in October he agreed to a new deal, playing again for Rio Ave for only one year.

Fabio Coentrao’s International Career

Fabio Coentrao’s international career at youth level, started in 2005. Until 2010, he presented


national team at the level U18, U19, U20, U21 and U21.

However, at under-20 level, Fabio was not only voted MVP in the 2007 Madeira Cup but also he was announced as the competition's top scorer. All these victories made his way all through the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

His debut at under-21 level occurred two years later in the Toulon Tournament, where he scored his hat-trick in a 6-0 win over



Finally he was called up for his senior debut and therefore his international career at this level officially started in November 2009. Fabio was meant to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification playoffs, thus he made his debut in a game against

Bosnia and Herzegovina

. The game was held at the Estadio da Luz resulting in a 1-0 win for Portugal.

Fabio Coentrao also scored his first international game on 10 August 2012 in a fixture that eventually ended with a 5-0 victory over


. In addition to his international appearances, Fabio played as a left-back in all the games of UEFA Euro 2012.

Although he made his way to the Portuguese squad for the 2014

World Cup

, Fabio suffered an injury in the second half of the first match against


. After this unfortunate event, he was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

On 29 March 2015 after an astonishing performance in a match against


, Fabio made the team to find its spot on the top of the Euro 2016 qualifying group.

Nevertheless due to suffering a thigh injury, he missed the Euro 2016, which Portugal won anyway. He came back to the field 697 days later to play at the 2018 World Cup qualifier against


, but again in the early minutes of the game, he was stretched off.

Despite the fact about Fabio Coentrao that he was named in the preliminary Portuguese squad for the 2018 World Cup to play in


, he couldn’t make it to the final cut.

Fabio Coentrao’s Love Life

Another top

fact about Fabio Coentrao

is that he actually met the love of his life in an acquaintance’s wedding ceremony. Her name is Andreia Santos, but unfortunately there’s no further information about her, therefore details such as family, educational background, career or even her birth date stays off the record.

On 22 December 2010, the love birds got married in Fabio’s aunt’s house and together, they have two beautiful children, a daughter named Victoria and a younger son called Henrique.

The lovely Andreia has always been the biggest supporter of Fabio. In most of his games, Andreia had mostly been present in the stadium so as to encourage her husband.

Fabio has never spoken about any other person in his life before Andreia Santos. The happy couple along with their two children currently live in Spain.

Fabio Coentrao’s Social Media

Social media can be considered as a brief album of one’s lifetime. On that account,

Fabio Coentrao’s social media

is filled with various moments of his life that each of them contains a different kind of story.

And apparently, our Portuguese player enjoys connecting with people through social media. As a matter of fact, Fabio Coentrao is active on all the platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

However, his Instagram account looks a little bit friendlier and that’s because besides posting pictures of himself playing on the field, there are so many other pictures of his family, selfies with the beautiful Andreia Santos and of course his beloved children too.

He’s also into writing rather lengthy and touching captions, talking to his fans concerning various topics and personal feelings.

Fabio’s Instagram page (


) is there for everyone to reach with more than 2.2 m followers, his Twitter (


) with over 2.3 followers as well as his Facebook account (


) for people to follow.

Fabio Coentrao’s Quick Facts about

Now let’s read some more

facts about Fabio Coentrao

that you might have never heard anywhere before.

  • Full name:

    Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão

  • Birth date:

    March 11, 1988

  • Birth place:

    Vila do Conde, Portugal

  • Height:

    1.79 m

  • Weight:

    72 kg

  • Jersey number:


  • Positions:

    Left-back, winger

Despite the fact about Fabio Coentrao that he was born in a Christian family, he introduces himself as an atheist person. He holds a Portuguese nationality and his zodiac sign is Pisces.

He can be a bit aggressive while playing on the field but overall Fabio is said to be a truly caring and warm-hearted guy. He is a dynamic player, whose energy and motivation also inspires his teammates.

Coentrao is also a family lover, who uses every chance to spend time with his children. He actually has their names tattooed on both his arms.

Fabio Coentrao’s body measurements

are as follows: feet size: 11, biceps: 28, waist size: 120, buste size: 160, butt size: 132

Fabio Coentrao’s Net Worth and Salary

By signing his contract with Real Madrid, Fabio Coentrao made himself a big fortune. As a matter of fact, his contract with the club was worth €30 million.

In 2012,

Fabio Coentrao’s salary

was said to be around €2 million, but there’s no actual detail regarding his current salary. Also his market value is approximately €3 million.

We can quite certainly say that Fabio along with his family lives a rather luxurious life. He has a beautiful house in Spain which is approximately worth $0.8 million. It has been said that this spectacular house consists of a Jacuzzi, swimming pool, home office and a home cinema.

Besides his magnificent mansion in Spain, Fabio owns another house in Sao Martinho do Porto, Portugal. Speaking of properties, it also needs to be mentioned that the former Portuguese footballer has an Audi Q7 that cost him $60.000.


Fabio Coentrao’s net worth

is the estimated number of $10 million.




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