Mario Rui

Mário Rui Silva Duarte, known as Mário Rui, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a left-back for the Portugal national team. Formed at Benfica, he spent most of his professional career in Italy, making over 200 appearances in Serie A for Empoli, Roma and Napoli, and winning the Coppa Italia with the last of those clubs in 2020. Mário Rui was part of the Portugal squad at the 2018 World Cup. Born in Sines, Setúbal District, Mário Rui started his career at local Vasco da Gama Atlético Clube. He then played for the youth teams of Sporting CP, Valencia CF and S.L. Benfica, being signed by Parma F.C. in summer 2011 and being loaned immediately to fellow Italians A.S. Gubbio 1910; he joined the Serie B club following that year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the international transfer certificate arriving on 2 September.

Uefa “Nations League 2019” Final

Portugal vs Netherlands

Match Worn Boots

Portugal National Team

Did you Know?

These boots were worn by Mario Rui during the Uefa “Nations League 2019” Finals, including the Final between Portugal and Netherlands which took place in Porto, “Estadio do Dragao”, on June 9th 2019. Portugal defeated Netherlands 1-0 and they won the first edition of the new Uefa competition. All youth levels comprised, Mário Rui earned 51 caps for Portugal. During the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup he appeared in five out of seven matches for the eventual finalists, scoring his only goal for his country in a 1–0 group stage victory over New Zealand. His debut with the under-21 team arrived on 5 September 2011, when he played the entirety of a 1–0 friendly defeat of France. In March 2018, Mário Rui was called by full side manager Fernando Santos for exhibition games with Egypt and the Netherlands as a replacement for the injured Fábio Coentrão, making his debut against the latter by playing the full 90 minutes in the 3–0 loss in Switzerland. He was included in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. In September 2022, Santos called Mário Rui up for the first time in nearly two years in place of the injured Raphaël Guerreiro, for UEFA Nations League fixtures against the Czech Republic and Spain; he started the first fixture in Prague, a 4–0 win. The following month, he was one of 55 players pre-selected for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.