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Ederson training with Brazil at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-08-17) 17 August 1993 (age 30)
Place of birth Osasco, Brazil
Height 1.88 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 31
Youth career
2008–2009 São Paulo
2009–2011 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Ribeirão 29 (0)
2012–2015 Rio Ave 37 (0)
2015–2017 Benfica B 4 (0)
2015–2017 Benfica 37 (0)
2017– Manchester City 250 (0)
National team
2017– Brazil 25 (0)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Brazil
Copa América
Winner 2019 Brazil
Runner-up 2021 Brazil
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:35, 15 May 2024 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 October 2023

Ederson Santana de Moraes (born 17 August 1993), simply known as Ederson (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛdɛʁsõ]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester City and the Brazil national team.

After finishing as a runner-up in the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga with Rio Ave in 2014, he returned to Benfica in 2015. He won two Primeira Liga titles and one of each cup before signing for Manchester City for £35 million in 2017. He has made over 300 appearances for Manchester City, winning honours including six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, three EFL Cups and the Champions League in 2023. He won the Premier League Golden Glove three consecutive times.

Ederson made his senior debut for Brazil in 2017. He was chosen in Brazil's squad for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022 and the Copa América in 2019 and 2021, winning the 2019 tournament.

Club career

Early 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. At the age of 16, he spent two years as a junior before being released in 2011 and eventually signing for Second Division club Ribeirão.

A year later, Ederson joined Primeira Liga club Rio Ave, signing a contract until 2014 in summer 2012. In April 2015, following a string of good performances and a call up to the Brazil under-23 squad, he signed a new contract with the club that would last until 2019.

Benfica

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Ederson playing for Benfica against Zenit in 2016

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. He would then be part of eleven more victories that would seal Benfica's 35th league title, their third in a row. Five days later, he played the Taça da Liga final against Marítimo, which Benfica won 6–2. In addition, he played three matches in the Champions League campaign, where Benfica reached the quarter-finals. In his next season, he and Benfica won the treble of Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

Manchester City

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Ederson with Manchester City in 2017

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 fifth 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 Becker'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 at the time.

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 9 September against Liverpool, Ederson suffered a kick to the face by Sadio Mané, and was forced to leave the game after eight minutes of treatment. Ederson received eight stitches, and Mané was sent off by referee Jon Moss and banned for the subsequent three matches. Ederson made his next start the following week in the Champions League against Feyenoord, sporting a piece of protective headgear. Ederson believed that Mané's collision was accidental, and accepted an apology from the Liverpool player.

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. In the 2019 EFL Cup final, he saved from Jorginho in a penalty shootout win over Chelsea after a goalless draw; he was again unbeaten in a 6–0 win over Watford in the 2019 FA Cup final as his team won all three major domestic trophies.

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. He retained the honour a year later with one game to spare, as Chelsea's Édouard Mendy was unable to match his tally. On 1 September 2021, he signed a new contract to last until 2026. He won the Golden Glove for the third consecutive time in 2021–22, sharing his tally of 20 with compatriot Alisson Becker of Liverpool.

On 15 January 2024, Ederson was awarded the FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper at the FIFA Best Awards 2023 for keeping the most clean sheets (11) in the 2022–23 Premier League season, most number of saves (22) in the UEFA Champions League and being part of the City team who won the treble in 2023. Four months later, he was ruled out of the last game of the Premier League season and the 2024 FA Cup final after suffering a fractured eye socket in a collision with Cristian Romero in a win over Tottenham Hotspur. Headway, a charity for head injuries, questioned why Ederson was allowed to play on for several minutes after having medical treatment; Guardiola said that Ederson was not concussed and was removed from the game when he mentioned a problem with his vision.

International career

2019 Final da Copa América 2019 - Coutinho, Bobby Firmino, Casemiro e Ederson (cropped)
Ederson (in black) at the 2019 Copa América final

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 on 10 October 2017. In May 2018, he was named in Tite's final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. 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 group stage victory over Peru at the 2021 Copa América as Tite made five changes. In the quarter-finals against Chile, he was chosen at the expense of Alisson Becker, winning that match 1–0 as well as the semi-finals against Peru. On 10 July, he started in his nation's 1–0 defeat to rivals Argentina in the final.

Ederson was named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He played one game for the quarter-finalists, a 1–0 loss to Cameroon in the final group game once his team had already advanced to the last 16. He was initially called up by Dorival Júnior for the 2024 Copa América, but was replaced before the tournament by Rafael after being unable to recover from a fractured eye socket.

Style of play

Ederson has been described as an agile, commanding, and physically imposing keeper, who possesses both physical strength and good reflexes and shot-stopping abilities between the posts. However, he is mostly highly regarded for his distribution and skill with the ball at his feet than for his abilities as shot-stopper: 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.

Ederson is also very quick when rushing off his line, and often functions as a sweeper-keeper. Regarded as a highly promising prospect in his formative years, he stood out for his decision making, consistency, and composure in goal, as well as his ability to organise his defence, and has also become an intelligent reader of the game; as such, some in the sport consider him to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and in world football.

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 wings on his back, a Portuguese League trophy on his leg, which he won for Benfica in 2016 and in 2017, and even a tattoo of 'I Belong to Jesus' which conveys his Christian faith.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ribeirão 2011–12 Segunda Divisão 29 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
Rio Ave 2012–13 Primeira Liga 2 0 2 0 3 0 7 0
2013–14 Primeira Liga 18 0 7 0 3 0 28 0
2014–15 Primeira Liga 17 0 5 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Total 37 0 14 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 63 0
Benfica B 2015–16 LigaPro 4 0 4 0
Benfica 2015–16 Primeira Liga 10 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
2016–17 Primeira Liga 27 0 3 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 38 0
Total 37 0 3 0 8 0 8 0 0 0 56 0
Manchester City 2017–18 Premier League 36 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 45 0
2018–19 Premier League 38 0 6 0 1 0 10 0 0 0 55 0
2019–20 Premier League 35 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 44 0
2020–21 Premier League 36 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 48 0
2021–22 Premier League 37 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 49 0
2022–23 Premier League 35 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 48 0
2023–24 Premier League 33 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 3 0 43 0
Total 250 0 9 0 1 0 68 0 4 0 332 0
Career total 357 0 27 0 19 0 78 0 4 0 485 0

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2017 1 0
2018 2 0
2019 6 0
2020 2 0
2021 6 0
2022 2 0
2023 6 0
Total 25 0

Honours

Rio Ave

Benfica

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

Manchester City

Brazil

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, 2021–22
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21
  • IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2023
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2023
  • The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2023
  • Globe Soccer Awards Best Goalkeeper: 2023

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