Éder Gabriel Militão (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛdɛʁ ɡabɾiˈɛw miliˈtɐ̃w]; born 18 January 1998) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for the La Liga club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. Considered one of the best defenders in the world, he is known for his tackling, marking and aerial abilities.[3][4] Mainly a centre-back, he can also play as a right-back.

Éder Militão
Militão with Brazil in 2022
Personal information
Full name Éder Gabriel Militão[1]
Date of birth (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 26)
Place of birth Sertãozinho, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 3
Youth career
2010–2017 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 São Paulo 49 (5)
2018–2019 Porto 29 (3)
2019– Real Madrid 98 (7)
International career
2015 Brazil U17 5 (0)
2018– Brazil 30 (2)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Brazil
Copa América
Winner 2019 Brazil
Runner-up 2021 Brazil
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:54, 31 March 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:00, 20 June 2023 (UTC)

Militão began his career at São Paulo, playing 57 matches over a span of two years before transferring to Porto. In 2019, after one season in Portugal, he joined Real Madrid for a reported transfer fee of €50 million. He won two La Liga titles, the Champions League in 2022 and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2022.

Militão made his senior international debut for Brazil in 2018. He was part of their squads that won the Copa América in 2019 and came runners-up in 2021, also playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Club career edit

São Paulo edit

Born in Sertãozinho in the state of São Paulo, Militão began playing for São Paulo FC youth squads in 2010. He started in the first team for the 2016 Copa Paulista, and debuted on 2 July in a 2–1 loss at Ituano; the team from the state capital was playing in the tournament for its first time, with an U20 team.[5] He played 11 matches and scored 2 goals, the first being in a 4–0 home win over CA Juventus on 18 September that ensured qualification to the second round.[6]

Militão made his professional debut on 14 May 2017 in a 1–0 loss away to Cruzeiro, the opening match for the 2017 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[7] He made 22 appearances over the season as the club finished in 13th place, and was sent off on 12 November towards the end of a 1–1 draw at Vasco da Gama.[8] He contributed two goals over the campaign, starting by opening a 2–1 win at fellow strugglers Vitória on 17 September.[9]

Militão made his last appearance for the club on 5 August 2018 when the Tricolor defeated Vasco 2–1 to reach first place in the year's national tournament.[10]

Porto edit

 
Militão playing for Porto in October 2018

On 7 August 2018, Militão signed a five-year contract with Portuguese defending champions Porto.[11] He made his Primeira Liga debut on 2 September, starting in a 3–0 home win over Moreirense and assisting Porto's first goal, scored by captain Héctor Herrera.[12] Over succeeding fixtures, Militão quickly cemented himself in the starting 11 as a centre-back, forming a defensive partnership with teammate Felipe.[13]

On 28 November, Militão scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 home victory against Schalke 04 for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage, heading the ball after a cross from Óliver.[14] On 3 January 2019, Militão scored his first league goal, the match's only at Desportivo das Aves.[15] He was named Primeira Liga's defender of the month on four consecutive occasions from September 2018 to January 2019.[16]

Real Madrid edit

 
Militão with Real Madrid in 2019

2019–2021 edit

On 14 March 2019, Real Madrid announced that they had signed Militão to a six-year contract effective 1 July 2019 after paying a €50 million transfer fee to Porto.[17] He made his debut on 14 September, coming on as a substitute for Sergio Ramos for the last half-hour in a 3–2 home victory over Levante.[18] He made 15 appearances during the league season as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.[19]

Militão scored his debut goal for Madrid on 20 January 2021, heading in Marcelo's cross to open a Copa del Rey last 32 match away to third-tier Alcoyano; his team unexpectedly lost, 2–1.[20] His debut league goal came on 1 May in a 2–0 win over Osasuna.[21]

2021–2022: UEFA Champions League winner edit

In 2021–22, Militão finally became a regular after the exits of veterans Sergio Ramos and Raphaël Varane from the Madrid defence. He partnered Austrian import David Alaba, under the management of Carlo Ancelotti.[22] He scored once in their league-winning campaign, securing a 2–2 home draw with Elche on 23 January.[23] Days earlier, the team won the Supercopa de España with a 2–0 final win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia, though he was sent off for giving away a penalty through handball.[24] He made 12 appearances in their victorious Champions League campaign, including the 1–0 final win over Liverpool at the Stade de France.[25][26]

2022–2023: Major trophies edit

During the 2022–23 season, Militão was a part of the squad won several tournaments. In the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup final, held on 11 February 2023, Real Madrid won 5–3 against Al Hilal. Nine days later against Liverpool at Anfield during the knockout phase first-leg clash, Militão headed a goal as his team overcame a 2–0 deficit to win 5–2.[27] This match was notable for Real Madrid's impressive performance, overturning a 2–0 deficit to secure a 5–2 victory over Liverpool.[28] On 6 May, Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey by defeating Osasuna 2–1 in the final, which took place at Estadio de La Cartuja.[29] On 10 August, In the UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid won against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, a 2–0 victory title.[30]

2023–2024: Injuries and contract extension edit

On 12 August 2023, Militão suffered a torn Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the first La Liga game of the season against Athletic Bilbao.[31] This injury led to him being sidelined for the entire season, with a recovery period estimated at about nine months.[32][33]

On 23 January 2024, Militão signed a new contract, running until 2028.[34] His contract gave him a pay raise, as well as adding a €1 billion release clause, the maximum allowed under La Liga regulation.[35]

International career edit

 
Militão (number 14) shakes hands with President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and President of CONMEBOL Alejandro Domínguez after winning the 2019 Copa América

In September 2018, Militão was called-up by coach Tite for Brazil's friendlies in the United States against the hosts and El Salvador after Fagner withdrew with injury.[36] He made his debut on 11 September against the Salvadoreans at FedExField, playing the full 90 minutes of a 5–0 win.[37]

In May 2019, Militão was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América.[38] In the final against Peru on 7 July, held at the Maracanã Stadium, he made a substitute appearance, coming on for Philippe Coutinho in the second half as his team won, 3–1.[39]

Militão was named for the 2021 Copa América, again on home soil.[40] He started three group games, and in the last one against Ecuador in Goiânia on 27 June, he scored his first international goal to open a 1–1 draw.[41] In the knockout rounds, as Brazil made the final, his spot next to Marquinhos was taken by Thiago Silva.[42]

On 7 November 2022, Militão was named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[43] Unused in the opener against Serbia, he played at right-back in place of the injured Danilo in the 1–0 win over Switzerland in the second group game,[44] and retained his place for the rest of the run to the quarter-finals as the recovered Danilo was placed on the left flank.[45][46] With qualification already secured, he started in central defence alongside Bremer in a 1–0 loss to Cameroon in the last group game.[47]

Career statistics edit

Club edit

As of match played 31 March 2024[48][49][50]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State league National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
São Paulo 2017 Série A 22 2 0 0 22 2
2018 Série A 13 1 14[c] 2 6 1 2[d] 0 35 2
Total 35 3 14 2 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 57 4
Porto 2018–19 Primeira Liga 29 3 6 0 3 0 9[e] 2 0 0 47 5
Real Madrid 2019–20 La Liga 15 0 2 0 3[e] 0 0 0 20 0
2020–21 La Liga 14 1 1 1 6[e] 0 0 0 21 2
2021–22 La Liga 34 1 2 1 12[e] 0 2[f] 0 50 2
2022–23 La Liga 33 5 6 1 9[e] 1 3[g] 0 51 7
2023–24 La Liga 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 98 7 0 0 11 3 0 0 30 1 5 0 144 11
Career total 162 13 14 2 23 4 3 0 41 3 5 0 248 20
  1. ^ Includes Copa do Brasil, Taça de Portugal and Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Includes Taça da Liga
  3. ^ Appearances in Campeonato Paulista
  4. ^ Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  5. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España
  7. ^ Two appearances in Supercopa de España, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup

International edit

As of match played 20 June 2023[51]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2018 1 0
2019 7 0
2021 11 1
2022 8 0
2023 3 1
Total 30 2
As of match played 17 June 2023. Brazil score listed first, score column indicates score after each Militão goal.
List of international goals scored by Éder Militão
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 27 June 2021 Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico, Goiânia, Brazil 13   Ecuador 1–0 1–1 2021 Copa América [41]
2 17 June 2023 RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Spain 29   Guinea 3–1 4–1 Friendly [52]

Honours edit

Real Madrid

Brazil

Individual

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