Rúben Santos Gato Alves Dias, best known in the football world as Rúben Dias, is to be congratulated for his 21st birthday.
The youngster, who made all his youth training at Benfica, established himself as a starter in the center of the defense of the team led by Rui Vitória. He finished the 2017/18 season with 30 official matches in all competition and four goals scored. In the Liga NOS alone he played in 24 matches and racked up 2151 minutes, an impressive record in his debut season at the Eagles' first team.
In a World Cup year, Fernando Santos, who will announce the squad list for the competition next Thursday, May 17th, may think again on Rúben Dias. Indeed, recently, o the national team coach considered that “Rúben Dias cannot be hampered”, alluding to the fact the Benfica player did not play in the friendly matches against Egypt and the United States of America due to an injury after making his debut in the National Team call-ups.
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