On 17th August 2017, Fulham confirmed the signing of Sporting Clube de Braga captain Rui Fonte for an undisclosed fee, on a three-year deal, with a Club option to extend by a further 12 months.
Fonte joined Braga permanently in the summer of 2016 following a successful loan spell, and he ended the season with 11 goals from 24 league starts, making him comfortably the club’s top scorer as they finished fifth in the Primeira Liga.
After coming through the academy at Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, Fonte’s first stint in England saw him join Arsenal as a teenager, where he went on to make his professional debut in a 3-0 FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic in November 2008.
The younger brother of West Ham United defender and European Championship winner Jose Fonte, he joined his sibling at Crystal Palace for a 10-game loan spell later that season, giving him a first taste of Championship football.
In the summer of 2009 Fonte returned to his homeland with former club Sporting Lisbon. He took in loan spells with Vitória Setúbal and Espanyol, before making his move to the latter permanent.
Fonte was back in Portugal by January 2013 when he signed a deal with Benfica, for whom he scored in the Final of the Taça de Portugal, the country’s domestic cup competition, as they beat Porto on penalties.
Capped by Portugal at youth level from Under-16s upwards, Fonte scored eight times in 22 appearances for their Under-21 side. He has been called up for the senior team in the past, but is yet to win a full cap.
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|Minutes per goal||186.0|
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