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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Silva and the second is Oliveira.
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Malcom with Zenit in 2019
Personal information
Full name Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira
Date of birth 26 February 1997 (1997-02-26) (age 24)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.71 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Zenit Saint Petersburg
Number 10
Youth career
2008–2014 Corinthians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Corinthians 62 (10)
2016–2018 Bordeaux 84 (20)
2018–2019 Barcelona 15 (1)
2019– Zenit Saint Petersburg 33 (7)
National team
2015 Brazil U20 13 (2)
2016–2021 Brazil U23 10 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:17, 7 August 2021 (UTC)

Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira (born 26 February 1997), or simply Malcom, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

He began his career at Corinthians, making his professional debut in 2014 and winning the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. In January 2016, he transferred to Bordeaux, where he played 96 total games and scored 23 goals over the next two-and-a-half years. He signed for Barcelona for an initial fee of €41 million in 2018. A year later, he signed for Zenit for a fee of €40 million.

Club career


Born in São Paulo, Malcom began his career in the youth of hometown club Corinthians. In early 2014, he starred in the side that came runners-up to Santos in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior.

He was called by coach Mano Menezes into the first team and made his professional debut on 19 March 2014 in a Copa do Brasil first round game away to Bahia de Feira, playing the last ten minutes of the 2–0 win in place of Jádson. Four days later he made his sole appearance of the Campeonato Paulista season, coming on around the same mark for Luciano in a 3–0 home win over Atlético Sorocaba.

Malcom made his Campeonato Brasileiro Série A debut on 27 April 2014, as a substitute for Romarinho in a 2–0 home win over Flamengo. He scored his first professional goal on 18 September, opening a 1–1 draw with Chapecoense at Arena Corinthians.

He was a regular first team player during the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A championship campaign. He played a total of 70 games and scored 10 goals during his tenure at the club.


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Malcom playing for Bordeaux in 2017

French team Bordeaux signed Malcom on 31 January 2016, replacing Sunderland-bound Wahbi Khazri. The club paid 5 million for half of his economic rights.

He made his Ligue 1 debut a week later, starting in a 4–1 home loss to Saint-Étienne and being substituted for Thomas Touré after 69 minutes. On 10 February, he scored his first goal in the last 16 of the Coupe de France, putting the Girondins 3–2 up in extra time in a 3–4 loss to Nantes, also at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. It was not until 30 April that he made an assist, for Cheick Diabaté in a 4–2 win at Troyes, and the following week he scored his lone league goal of the season to open a 3–0 home victory against Lorient.

On 27 September 2017, Malcom signed a new contract, tying him to the club until June 2021. His final season was his most prolific, with 12 goals, all in the league. This commenced with two on 19 August in a 3–3 draw at Lyon, including a long-distance equaliser in added time.

With several influential displays he quickly became a fan favourite at the club, spending three seasons and scoring 23 goals in 96 appearances across all competitions. His long-range goal against Dijon on 1 December 2017 was voted Goal of the Season at the Trophées UNFP du football.


On 24 July 2018, Spanish club Barcelona announced the signing of Malcom on a five-year contract for a reported transfer fee of 41 million plus an additional 1 million in bonuses. Corinthians received 2.5% of the fee.

He was previously close to joining Roma, with fans waiting for him to arrive at the airport and sporting director Monchi stating that the Italians would consider taking legal action against Barcelona.

Due to limits on players without European Union passports, Malcom was left out from the Barcelona squad that won the 2018 Supercopa de España. On 25 August, he made his official debut for the club in a 1–0 victory over Real Valladolid at the José Zorrilla, replacing compatriot Philippe Coutinho with six minutes left. On 6 November, Malcom scored his first competitive goal for Barcelona in a 1–1 away draw against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League. On 6 February 2019, Malcom was given a surprising start against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-finals first leg, scoring the equalizer in a 1–1 draw. On 2 April 2019, Malcom scored his first La Liga goal in a 4–4 draw away against Villarreal CF.


On 2 August 2019, Malcom joined Zenit Saint Petersburg on a five-year deal for a €40 million fee with an additional €5 million in variables. He made his debut the next day in a 1–1 home draw with FC Krasnodar, as a 71st-minute substitute for Alexey Sutormin. Due to injuries, he only played 64 minutes up to 4 October. He came back to the field on 29 February 2020 when he played 90 minutes in a goalless home draw with Lokomotiv Moscow.

On 2 May 2021, he scored the final goal on the game as Zenit secured their third title in a row in a 6–1 victory over second-place FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

International career

Malcom was called up to Brazil's under-20 national team to compete at the South American Youth Football Championship in Uruguay, where he scored one goal in six matches as the Seleção finished in fourth place.

Later that year, he was called as a replacement for Kenedy for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Malcom appeared in five matches, including the final, where Brazil lost to Serbia.

In September 2018, Malcom was called up by coach Tite for the senior team, ahead of friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

On 17 June 2021, Malcom was named in the Brazil squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but was replaced after having his participation in the tournament vetoed by his club Zenit. On 14 July, however, following an injury to Douglas Augusto and the opening of a spot, it was announced that he had been cleared by Zenit and rejoined the team. On 7 August 2021, he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Spain in the Olympics Final after extra time.

Personal life

Malcom's father named him after the African American activist Malcolm X.

In July 2015, state authorities in São Paulo discovered a fraud scheme when it was revealed that Malcom had obtained his driving licence – which usually takes three months of practice – only twenty days after his 18th birthday.

Malcom received criticism for his social media actions at Bordeaux in September 2017, when he posed for a photo with opponent Neymar after a heavy loss to Paris Saint-Germain, and three months later he and his compatriot teammates recorded a light-hearted video outside the stadium after a defeat.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Corinthians 2014 Série A 20 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 24 2
2015 31 5 2 0 3 0 10 3 46 8
Total 51 7 5 0 3 0 11 3 70 10
Bordeaux 2015–16 Ligue 1 12 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 2
2016–17 37 7 4 2 4 0 45 9
2017–18 35 12 1 0 0 0 2 0 38 12
Total 84 20 6 3 4 0 2 0 96 23
Barcelona 2018–19 La Liga 15 1 6 2 3 1 0 0 24 4
Zenit Saint Petersburg 2019–20 Russian Premier League 12 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 15 4
2020–21 21 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 25 3
2021–22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 33 7 3 0 3 0 2 0 41 7
Career total 183 35 20 5 4 0 11 1 13 3 231 44




Zenit Saint Petersburg

Brazil U20

Brazil U23


  • Superclásico de las Américas: 2018


  • Ligue 1 Goal of the Year: 2017–18
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