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LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius with the nickname “Paco“. Our Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his early life, family background, life story before fame, rise to fame story, relationship life, personal life, family facts and lifestyle. It also includes other little-known facts about the Portuguese footballer from African family roots.
Yes, everyone knows Gedson for his brilliant all-round ability to play the midfield role successfully. However, only a hand few consider Gedson Fernandes Biography which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s begin.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Early Life and Family Background
Starting off, Gedson Fernandes was born to his mum on the 9th day of January 1999 in Sao Tome, the capital of São Tomé and Príncipe. Upon his birth, his parents gave him the names “Gedson Carvalho Fernandes“. The footballer of Sao Tome family origin grew up a middle-class family background operated by his proud mum and dad who are pictured below.Meet Gedson Fernandes Parents doing what they know how to do best. Credit: RecordPT
Peharbs lot of fans including you reading this article might have asked the question; Where in Africa is Sao Tome and Principe?, the country where Gedson Fernandes’ family came from. As observed in the photo below, Sao Tome and Principe are two African island nations that have agreed to come together as “ONE country“. The country is located in the Atlantic ocean far south of the Nigerian southern coast and along the Cameroon and Gabon coast. The country was founded by the Portuguese during the era of African slave trades.
As observed above, São Tomé is oval in shape and larger than Príncipe. Judging from a photo of his early years which Gedson revealed on his Instagram (on the 9th of January 2019), it appears he wasn’t raised by his parents in a wealthy family background. Judge for yourself!!It appears Gedson Fernandes wasn’t raised in a wealthy family background Credit: Instagram
It also appears little Gedson pictured above grew up in the rural parts of Sao Tome. Probably at that time, little did he know he was going to be a superstar footballer with a release clause is £102m. Gedson Fernandes spent most part of his early life playing football, unlike any other sports. The fun of playing football in the streets of Sao Tome was the only thing he appreciated as a child.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Education and Career Buildup
Great foreign relations between his country & Portugal paved the way for citizens migrating to Portugal for better economic opportunities. Gedson Fernandes’s parents were among those who took the opportunity to leave their family home for Portugal. Upon settling in Portugal, his parents found a home in Frielas, a former civil parish in the municipality of Loures, Lisbon District.
While living in Frielas, Gedson continued his football hobby from where he left off in Sao Tome. This time, he was determined to become a professional footballer, a dream which didn’t go as a passing fantasy. In the year 2008, at the age of 10, Gedson began taking football lessons with Sport Clube de Frielas. This is a small local club located in Frielas with no reputation in Portuguese football.
At the Sport Clube de Frielas AKA SC Frielas, little Gedson grew into a fine footballer. Pictured below, the youngster became red-hot from the moment he clocked 11.Gedson Fernandes’ early days with Sport Clube de Frielas. Credits: Facebook
His Best Moment with the club: During one of SC Frielas matches, the goalkeeper passed to Gedson and immediately, he began dribbling everyone in the pitch before scoring. Gedson’s heroics continued and he just couldn’t stop dribbling and scoring. It took the effort of his coach to interveined saying;
“Gedson, please come sit down a bit and let the others play”
Gedson’s swift reply to his coach summed up how good he was during the early days of his career. In his words…
“Coach… Please let me play just a little more. I promise I won’t score anymore”
Remembers Paulo Sérgio his coach back then at SC Frielas. Gedson’s brilliance on the pitch saw his school and academy teammates giving him the nickname “Paco“, a name of Spanish origin that means “Eagle“. The nickname came thanks to him being a high flier on the pitch.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Eary Career Life
Because Gedson was that good, Portuguese football giants Sporting CP and S.L. Benfica positioned themselves to have him at the end of the 2008/2009 season. Among the two giants, it was Sporting CP that had the upper edge as they sealed a pre-contract agreement with SC Frielas. This agreement was to see Gedson join them by free at the end of the 2008/2009 season.
While Sporting CP wanted him only FOR FREE, S.L. Benfica was willing to provide at least something in return in order to have Gedson earlier before June 2009. Gedson Fernandes joined Benfica in what has been referred to as the most awkward bargain for a rising star.
Did you know?… SL Benfica offered SC Frielas’ manager “250 euros plus 25 balls”. In order to avoid delay in negotiation, the club called SC Frielas’ president, telling him in the following words;
Gedson Fernandes was transferred for 250 euros plus 25 balls from SC Frielas to SL Benfica. Credits: Facebook, Juragantutorial and coachingyouthfootball
“it is better to receive our money plus 25 soccer balls than not receiving anything because Sporting CP wanted your player at the end of the season without paying you anything”.
Being left with no options, SC Frielas agreed while Gedson Fernandes’ parents refused, insisting their son won’t leave that soon. It took club SC Frielas much effort to convince them. In their words;
“it’s a great opportunity for him to go to a big club which would help him grow. You’ll enjoy the benefits later”
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Road to Fame
Gedson Fernandes joined S.L. Benfica’s youth system where he began to make an immediate impact with the academy. Just like Renato Sanches and Nani his predecessors, he grew physically and footballically as he climbed step by step, traversing through the club’s youth ranks.
Switching Allegiance: Considering Gedson’s dad and mum came from a lesser football country- São Tomé and Príncipe, the young footballer didn’t mind switching allegiance to Portugal as soon as he acquired Portuguese citizenship. His performance while in SL Benfica academy saw him getting called up by the Portuguese national youth level.
The year 2016 was considered a turning point in Gedson’s youth career. That year, he got called up to represent his country in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Gedson saw an opportunity to use the European tournament in showcasing his talent to the world. Did you know?… He helped his teammates and his beloved country of Portugal seal the title.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Rise to Fame
After helping his country clinch the UEFA Under-17 Championship and Campeonato Nacional de Juniores (Portuguese football league system for youth players), Gedson felt the time had come for him to get into the first team. Thankfully, his promotion to Benfica’s first team came at the beginning of the 2018–19 season.
The rising star was given the nickname “The Ghost” by Benfica fans on August 10, 2018 after his first senior game. In that game, Gedson reminded fans about for former heroes; the likes of Nemanja Matić and Axel Witsel who were two of their best powerhouses.Gedson Fernandes endured a meteoric rise to prominence in the 2018 – 2019 season. Credit: Observador
The 2018–19 season was one that Gedson Fernandes would not forget in a hurry. The season depicted him as one of the league’s most rising midfielders. Gedson Fernandes’ meteoric rise saw an intense partnership between him and other megastars like João Félix and Rafa Silva. Together with other teammates, they helped Benfica win the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga.The 2018–19 season made Gedson Fernandes famous as he helped his club win the Primeira Liga. Credits: Instagram
Out of fear for other clubs pricing their star man away, Benfica management decided to raise Gedson’s release clause from 60 to 120 million euros. Did you know? This is the strongest clause ever proposed and given to a player in Portugal.
Gedson Fernandes ended the 2018/2019 season in the best way. Unfortunately, he began the 2019/2020 season in the worst way no thanks to a metatarsal fracture on his right foot that kept him away from football for some time. It was indeed a sad moment for Gedson Fernandes family especially his parents.
After returning from injury, Gedson Fernandes for unknown reasons reportedly fell out with his manager, Bruno Lage. This sad situation saw the midfield dynamo not being featured in games. Taking advantage of the fallout, top European clubs began to chase the midfielder for his signature despite the hefty 120 million euros release clause. Well, it’s only a matter of time before he gets priced away from Benfica.
Without a doubt, we football fans are on the verge of seeing another midfield maestro blossoming his way into a world-class talent right in front of our very eyes. Gedson Fernandes is indeed one of the best among the endless production line of midfielders coming out of Europe. The rest, as we say, is now history.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Relationship Life
With his rise to fame and the transfer rumors surrounding him as at January 2020, it is certain that most fans must have pondered on knowing who Gedson Fernandes girlfriend is or whether the midfield dynamo has a wife.
Yes!. there is no denying the fact that Gedson’s cute handsome looks coupled with his style of play wouldn’t place him at the top of the wish list of potential girlfriend and ladies who consider themselves wife materials.
After spending hours surfing the internet for clues, we’ve come to the conclusion that Gedson Fernandes at the time of writing appears to have made a conscious effort not to reveal who his girlfriend or wife might be.
On the other hand, it could be that he is single at the time of writing- a statement that implies the non-existence of a WAG. But we know sometimes that football could be un-forgiven. We’ve heard of footballers whose careers have gone down the drain when it wasn’t properly handled with relationship matters. This could be a reason why our star man might be single at the time of writing.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Personal Life
Getting to know Gedson Fernandes Personal Life would provide you a better picture of his personality off the pitch of play.
Starting off, Gedson Fernandes is some with a solid and realistic plan for his life. Those who know him often say he is intelligent, stable and reliable. More so on his personal life, Gedson has learned how to live independently right from 2009. This was the year he left his parents in Frielas to continue life far away from home in SL Benfica. His “Capricorn” zodiac sign sums up his independent personality.
Lastly on his personal life, Gedson Fernandes as an individual possesses an inner state of independence, one that enables him to make significant progress both in his personal and professional life.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Family Life
Gedson Fernandes’ parents while enjoying the fruits of their labour have already begun taking on responsibilities, like providing the best parental support their son needs. At the time of writing, the proud mum and dad presently live in London where they cheer and pray for Gedson from a distance.Gedson Fernandes Family Life- What his Mum and Dad do for him. Credit: RecordsPT
Just like most parents from African roots, Gedson Fernandes’ parents do take their time to pray earnestly for him in order to have him succeed. As for the rest of his family members, little is know if Gedson has a brother or sister. If he does, then it appears his brother(s) and sister(s) have all made conscious efforts to avoid getting public.
Granddad: Gedson once had a grandfather named Gustavo with whom he experienced one of the best memories of his early years as a child. Sadly, Gustavo who is pictured below is late. On the 4th day of July 2019, Gedson remembered one of his beloved family members (his grandpa) with his words;Meet Gedson Fernandes Grandad. Credit: Instagram
“The distance between us was always great, but the affection was greater. I just wish I had more hugs and you continued to see me grow to what i have become. Thanks for everything grandfather. guide me forever!!”
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – LifeStyle
Making lots of monies as a footballer is truly valued for Gedson. However, the humble footballer doesn’t have much trouble managing it and saving some for the rainy day. At the time of writing, Gedson appears to be an antidote to living an expensive lifestyle easily noticeable by a handful of expensive cars, houses etc.
So far, the closest to a car we have seen him drive is a speed boat- a clear reflection of one of his numerous hobbies.
Gedson Fernandes Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Untold Facts
Fact about Gedson Fernandes’ Tattoo: Tattoo culture as we all know is very popular in today’s modern football world. It is often used to portray one’s religion or the people they love. Our very own Gedson Fernandes is tattoo-free. As observed below, there are no traces of tattoo inks in his upper and lower body.Gedson Fernandes Body reveals no Tattoos. Image Credit: Instagram
Gedson Fernandes Facial Scar- What does it mean? How did he get it?: When you take a close look at Gedson, you’re most likely to see something that looks like a scar. Well, it isn’t a scar, but a birthmark which came right from the moment his mum gave birth to him.
While some people have had a love-hate relationship with their facial birthmarks in their entire lives, Gedson Fernandes is said to be a refreshing antidote. Just like most people, he has also embraced his facial birthmarks.
Gedson Fernandes Religion: In the Gedson Fernandes family life section of this article, we showed you a photo of his parents praying earnestly for their son’s career success. This act implies that the footballer likely to come from a Christian home. However, little is known if Gedson is fully committed to Christianity religion.
Gedson Fernandes Wages, Salary and Net Worth): According to SeallySeason, Gedson Fernandes’ wages is around €9,000 per week at the time of writing. Summing it into annual figures, it means the footballer collects around €468,000 in annual salaries. It would take an average man in Europe 5 years to earn Gibson’s annual salaries and up to a year to earn his weekly wages.
Owing to the fact that he is likely to leave Benfica soonest, his agent would definitely ensure his wage and annual salary get to 6 and 7 figures respectively.
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