Age 18. DOB: 19 June 2002.
Groups: Portugal & Sporting CP.
Having already received two trophies in 2021, will this 18-year-old be celebrating much more silverware, this time at nationwide crew stage?
Nun Mendes joined Sporting Clube de Portugal as a 10-year-old in 2012, making his senior debut towards Paços de Ferreira in June 2020.
In 2020/21, he’s been first-choice left-back, making 35 appearances in all competitions, lacking solely three matches that he was out there for.
This has been a incredible season to be taking part in for Sporting CP to say the least.
First, in January, they received the Taça da Liga with Mendes beginning the ultimate victory over Braga.
Then, the Lions went onto win the Primeira Liga title, shedding simply as soon as all season, which ended their 19-year wait to be champions of Portugal, breaking the Benfica-Porto duopoly.
Because of his performances for the Liga NOS champions, Mendes featured in all three of Portugal’s World Cup Qualifiers in March, taking part in the total 90 in wins over Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.
Thus, Mendes has earned his place in Fernando Santos’ squad for Euro 2020, forward of extra senior choices Cédric Soares and Mário Rui.
He’s more likely to be back-up to Dortmund’s Raphaël Guerreiro however might get his likelihood and deservedly so after an impressive, historic season together with his membership.