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Personal information

Full Name Ederson Santana de Moraes
Born 17 August 1993 
Osasco, Brazil
Position(S) Goalkeeper 

Club information

Current team Manchester City
Number 31

Ederson Santana de Moraes, known as Ederson, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester City and the Brazil national team.


Personal Life

Ederson acquired Portuguese citizenship in 2016. His body is heavily covered in tattoos, including a rose and a skull on his neck, angel’s wings on his back and a Portuguese League trophy on his leg, which he won for Benfica in 2016 and in 2017. Ederson also holds the Guinness World Record for Longest Football Drop Kick, which he achieved after kicking the ball 75.35 m (247 ft 2 in) across the ground at the Etihad Campus on 10 May 2018.


Club Career

Born in Osasco, São Paulo, Ederson started his football career in 2008 at local club São Paulo FC with whom he played one season, before joining Benfica in Portugal. Here, at the age of 16, he spent two years as a junior, eventually leaving for Second Division side Ribeirão in 2011.

A year later, he joined Primeira Liga side Rio Ave. In summer 2012, he officially signed a contract with Rio Ave. In May 2015, following a string of good performances and a call to the Brazil under-23 squad, he signed a new contract with the club that would last until 2019.

  • Benfica

On 27 June 2015, Ederson rejoined Portuguese champions Benfica. Then, in July, he officially signed a five-year contract with the club, in a deal worth €500,000, and set a €45 million release clause. Rio Ave would keep 50% of the upcoming keeper’s economic rights.

In the 2015–16 season, Ederson started as a second choice in line for the first team, defended by compatriot and international Júlio César. Ederson first played some matches in the Segunda Liga with the reserve team and in the Taça da Liga with the main squad, before playing in the Primeira Liga on 5 March 2016 against local rivals Sporting CP, replacing injured Júlio César. Benfica won the Lisbon derby 0–1 and took the first place of Primeira Liga.

  • Manchester City

On 1 June 2017, Benfica announced that Ederson had joined Premier League club Manchester City for £35 million (€40 million). At the time, the transfer made him the second most expensive goalkeeper of all-time – currently fourth highest – after Gianluigi Buffon (£33 million), whose transfer fee, although the second highest ever in pounds sterling, still remained the highest of all time in euros (€52 million in 2001) until Alisson’s (€75 million in 2018) and now Kepa Arrizabalaga’s (€80 million in 2018). Ederson’s transfer equalled Axel Witsel’s as the largest fee a club has ever paid for a Benfica player.

Ederson was immediately inserted as Pep Guardiola’s first choice goalkeeper, supplanting Claudio Bravo. He made his competitive debut for the club on 12 August 2017 in a 0–2 away win at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he kept a clean sheet.

On 19 August 2018, Ederson became the first Manchester City goalkeeper to provide a Premier League assist, as his goal-kick was converted by Sergio Agüero for the opening goal in a 6–1 win over Huddersfield Town.

On 26 July 2020, Ederson was awarded the Golden Glove for keeping the most clean sheets (16) in the 2019–20 Premier League season after a 5–0 home win against Norwich City.


International Career

Ederson was named in Brazil’s provisional squad for Copa América Centenario but was cut from the final squad due to injury. His debut for the national team came in a 3–0 win over Chile in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in October 2017. In May 2018, he was named in Tite’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

In May 2019, Ederson was included in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América.

In June 2021, he made his major tournament debut for Brazil, starting and keeping a clean sheet in a 4–0 victory over Peru at the 2021 Copa América.


Style of Play

Ederson has been described as an agile, commanding, and physically imposing keeper, who possesses both physical strength and excellent reflexes and shot-stopping abilities between the posts. He also developed a reputation as a penalty saving specialist during his time with Benfica.

However, he is mostly highly regarded for his outstanding distribution and skill with the ball at his feet: his control and confidence on the ball enables him to retain possession and quickly play the ball out from the back on the ground with his hands or either foot – even when put under pressure – or launch an attack with long kicks. Although naturally left-footed, he is capable of using either foot. Regarding his distribution, former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given described Ederson as “the best goalkeeper in the world with his feet” in 2018; his range of passing has also led to him be described as a playmaker in the media.


Honours

Rio Ave
• Taça de Portugal runner-up: 2013–14
• Taça da Liga runner-up: 2013–14

Benfica
• Primeira Liga: 2015–16, 2016–17
• Taça de Portugal: 2016–17
• Taça da Liga: 2015–16

Manchester City
• Premier League: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
• FA Cup: 2018–19
• EFL Cup: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
• FA Community Shield: 2018, 2019
UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2020–21

Brazil
• Copa América: 2019
Individual
• O Jogo Team of the Year: 2016
• SJPF Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2016
• LPFP Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2016–17
• UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2017
• PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2018–19, 2020–21
• Premier League Golden Glove: 2019–20, 2020–21
• UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21

When did Ederson received Premier League Golden Glove award?

On 26 July 2020, Ederson was awarded the Golden Glove for keeping the most clean sheets (16) in the 2019–20 Premier League season after a 5–0 home win against Norwich City.

What is the name of Ederson’s wife?

Ederson’s wife name is Lais Moraes.

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