The rise of Benfica Football Club began way back in the 80s, and their history in the 90s cannot be overlooked either. They are arguably one of the biggest teams in the Portuguese League that share a fierce rivalry with Porto.
That is why it is no surprise that the team boasts of having quality players who played for them and earned a big and dream move to the English Premier League at one point.Here are four former Benfica players who were signed by English Premier League clubs.
The Brazilian began his career as a midfielder, but fate led him to become a goalkeeper and the rest is history for one of the best goalies in world football at the moment. Ederson had a humble beginning at Benfica before earning a prime move to English Premier League side Manchester City for a princely fee.
- Victor Lindelof
In the Portuguese league Victor Lindelof was a beast of a defender with decent stats and incredible defensive abilities that saw Europe’s top clubs circling around for his signature. Later, he joined Manchester United and became one of the club’s most expensive defender transfers in recent years.
- Ruben Dias
The potential of the centre back was never in doubt right from Benfica’s academy, where he graduated from and earned his name in the Portuguese League as part of the first team.Ruben joined Manchester City in 2019 and was instrumental in the improvement of the team’s defence.
- Darwin Nunez
The Uruguayan international and striker is the latest player from Portuguese side Benfica to get snapped up by an English Premier League club. The six-foot-tall striker became one of the costliest transfer deals in the 2021 summer transfer window after leaving Benfica for Liverpool. Will he be able to replicate his goal-scoring prowess from the Portuguese league? Only time will tell.