|Bruno Fernandes Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||September 8, 1994|
Bruno Fernandes is a Portuguese professional soccer player who has represented, as an attacking midfielder, Novara F.C. (then known as Novara Calcio) (2012-2013), Udinese Calcio (2013-2016), and U.C. Sampdoria (2016-2017) in Italy; Sporting CP (2017-2020) in Portugal; and Manchester United F.C. (2020-Present) in England. With Sporting CP, he won the Taça de Portugal (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Portugal) in the 2018-19 season and the Taça da Liga (an annual competition similar to the Taça de Portugal but limited to teams competing in the top 2 tiers of the Portuguese soccer league system) in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The club’s Taça de Portugal title in the 2018-19 season was its 17th such and made it the then 2nd most successful team in the competition. They were overtaken by FC Porto in the 2021-22 season when the club won this competition for the 18th time. Sporting CP’s Taça da Liga titles in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons were the club’s first 2 such titles and made it the then 2nd most successful team in the competition. With Manchester United F.C., he reached the final of the 2020-21 season of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Europa League (the 2nd-tier club competition in European soccer, ranking below the UEFA Champions League). This was the club’s 2nd appearance in the final of the tournament – after their title triumph in the 2016-17 season.
Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes
Maradona of Novara, Mini Rui Costa, Penandes, Milkman
Maia, Porto, Norte, Portugal
He splits his time between Porto, Norte, Portugal, and Manchester, England, United Kingdom.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – José Fernandes (Soccer Player (Retired))
- Mother – Virginia Borges
- Siblings – Ricardo Fernandes (Older Brother) (Soccer Player (Retired)). He also has a sister.
He has been represented by MRP Positionumber, Sports Talent Management Agency, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Norte, Portugal.
- 10, 23, 16, 11, 8 – Portugal
- 32 – Novara F.C.
- 32, 8, 7 – Udinese Calcio
- 10 – U.C. Sampdoria
- 8 – Sporting CP
- 18, 8 – Manchester United F.C.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
69 kg or 152 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Bruno has dated –
- Ana Pinho (2015-Present) – Bruno began dating his childhood acquaintance Ana Pinho when they were both teenagers. They eventually got married in 2015 and have 2 children together – a son named Gonçalo Fernandes (b. September 2020) and a daughter named Matilde Fernandes (b. January 2017). Bruno often celebrates, after scoring a goal, by covering his ears with both hands. It is a tribute to Matilde who often plays around in their house by covering her ears, pretending that she can not hear anyone.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Portuguese descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a beard
- Has a tattoo with the number ‘8’ and the letter ‘F’ on his right forearm, a reference to his birth date and surname
- Has the number ’23’ tattooed on his left forearm, a reference to his senior national debut for Portugal at that age
He has been sponsored by the American multinational footwear, apparel, and sports equipment brand Nike, Inc.
Bruno Fernandes Facts
- Bruno started his youth career in 2002 when, as an 8-year-old, he joined a local club called F.C. Infesta. During his developmental years, his father, who had emigrated to Switzerland, wanted him to move there as well. However, Bruno refused to do so as he wanted to develop his soccer skills in Portugal where the sport is played at a comparatively higher standard than in Switzerland.
- In 2004, he joined the youth system of the top-flight club Boavista F.C., one of the oldest clubs in Portugal. He stayed in the system until 2012 and during his time there, he also sent a loan spell with a club called Pasteleira (2005-2010). Bruno had started his career as a defender before switching to a midfield role. The transition happened during his time with Pasteleira.
- Born in Maia, Porto, Portugal, he grew up supporting FC Porto, local rivals of Boavista F.C., as his mother was a big fan of the club. Bruno was offered a youth contract by FC Porto‘s academy as well but he joined Boavista F.C. who were willing to offer him transportation to their training facility. This was because his parents were unable to take him to the training ground of either club on a daily basis.
- In 2012, he joined the youth team of an Italian club called Novara F.C. (then known as Novara Calcio). Although he was a part of the club’s junior team until 2013, his senior career had already begun in 2012 when he made some appearances for the club’s senior team.
- For his performances in the Primeira Liga (the top tier of the Portuguese soccer league system), representing Sporting CP, Bruno was named the league’s ‘Player of the Year’ for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. In both 2018 and 2019, he was also named ‘Sporting CP Footballer of the Year’.
- In May 2018, he and several of his teammates and coaches were injured in an attack carried out by around 50 supporters of Sporting CP at the club’s training ground. This was after the team finished in the 3rd position in the Primeira Liga and consequently missed out on qualification for the UEFA Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer).
- At the international level, Bruno represented Portugal at the under-19, under-20, under-21, and under-23 tiers before making his senior national debut in November 2017. With Portugal, he won the 2018-19 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the inaugural season of a continental competition that involves the men’s national teams of the 55 members of the UEFA. He was included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ that was selected from among those players who participated in the semi-finals, the 3rd place play-off match, and the final of the tournament.
- In the 2018-19 season, he scored 33 goals across all competitions which made him the all-time highest-scoring Portuguese midfielder in a single season. This was also the then record for any midfielder plying his trade in Europe.
- For his performances in the UEFA Europa League, Bruno was included in the tournament’s ‘Squad of the Season’ in 2017-18, 2019-20, and 2020-21. With 8 goals to his name, he was the tournament’s top scorer in the 2019-20 season.
- When Manchester United F.C. signed him up for an initial fee of around €55 million (£47 million) in January 2020, it was the then 2nd-highest fee for a Portuguese player leaving his country’s domestic league.
- In December 2020, Bruno became the first player in history to have won the ‘Premier League (the top tier of the English soccer league system) Player of the Month’ award 4 times in a single calendar year. That year, besides December, he won the award in February, June, and November.
- In June 2020, he also won the ‘Premier League Goal of the Month’ award, becoming the first player in history to have won the ‘Premier League Player of the Month’ and the ‘Premier League Goal of the Month’ awards in the same month.
- The wins in November and December of 2020 made him the first Manchester United F.C. player to have won the ‘Premier League Player of the Month’ award in successive months since Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the feat in the 2006-07 season.
- Bruno won the ‘Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year’ award for his performances in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. The award is annually presented to the Manchester United F.C. fans’ player of the season and is named after former club manager Sir Matt Busby.
- For his performances in the Premier League, he was included in the ‘PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Premier League Team of the Year’ for the 2020-21 season. The PFA is the trade union for professional soccer players in England and Wales. Founded in 1907, it is the world’s oldest professional sport trade union.
- In November 2021, Bruno became the first player to provide an assist in 5 consecutive matches of a UEFA Champions League campaign for an English club (Manchester United F.C.). With 7 assists to his name, he was the top assist provider in the 2021-22 season of the UEFA Champions League.
- At the 2022 edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup, he provided 2 assists in Portugal’s 3-2 win against Ghana in the teams’ opening match of the group stage.
- In Portugal’s next match, against 2-time champions Uruguay, Bruno scored both of Portugal’s goals in a 2-0 win that earned his team a spot in the knock-out stage of the competition. Portugal then smashed Switzerland by a massive 6-1 margin in their pre-quarterfinal which meant that the country had reached the quarter-final stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2006.
- The number ‘8’ that is tattooed on his right forearm, besides signifying his birth date, is a tribute to his father who was also a soccer player and used to wear the number ‘8’ shirt.
- A polyglot, Bruno is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Italian. He also speaks a bit of French.
Featured Image by Bruno Fernandes / Instagram