Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto is a former professional soccer player. A prolific striker for FC Porto Alegre in Portugal, he has also featured for the Spain, Croatia, England, Ivory Coast, Brazil and France national teams. A former college soccer player, Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto played his college ball at the University of Texas. A prolific striker for FC Porto Alegre in Portugal, he has also featured for the Spain, Ivory Coast, Brazil and England.
Last name;Melo dos Santos Neto
Date of birth;17 March 1990
Age;31Country of birth Brazil
Place of birthCampina GrandePositionGoalkeeper
A Brazilian football player, Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto is currently playing for the reserve team of Vitoria Guimaraes of the Brazilian first division. A native of Belem do Guimara in Southeastern Brazil, Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto has represented his country on several occasions, most notably as a substitute during his national team debut against Mexico in March 2021. Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto first came up through the Vitoria Guimaraes youth setup. There he played youth football for Estudantes da Nacional and also for the Flamengo Brancos Marinos in the country’s capital city, Brasilia. Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto made an impact as a right midfielder/ striker for Vitoria Guimaraes in his early years, and also impressed scouts from Internacional, Inter Milan and AC Milan among others during his time with the club.
Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto is originally a right midfielder, though he is also known to be a goalscorer in the past. Aged between 18 and 22, Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto first started out playing for Vitoria Guimaraes as a center forward before switching to right midfielder. A versatile player, Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto also spent some time on the left wing for Vitoria Guimaraes during his brief spell there, though he is best suited to playing in a central position for the club. Aged between 17 and 22, Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto first started out playing soccer at a very young age in a training camp on the outskirts of Brazil’s capital city, Recife. A talented youngster who possessed a powerful shot, Aderbar impressed coach Luciano Aarts during the camp and Aarts duly offered the young boy a professional contract with the then-existing Brazilian second division side, Flamengo.
Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto made his first appearance in the Brazilian national team during qualification for the 2021 FIFA World Cup. Aderbar is the son of the late former Brazil international, Diego da Silva Neto. Aderbar’s younger sibling, Djamairn, is currently a member of the Brazil squad that is currently preparing for the Russia international tournament this summer. Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto has impressed the current Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari with his form and strength in the middle of the park, although he continues to have to work on his game management skills. Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto is yet to feature in the Brazil team for any competitive matches.
Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto has represented his country at the youth national level, most notably at the under 16s. A talented right midfielder, Aderbar impressed during his time at the campina Grande, where he was given the responsibility of leading the under 16s. Aderbar impressed coach Joao Pelegrin, who gave Aderbar the chance to show what he had learned during the U-sided training camp. Aderbar impressed the coach enough to be given a starting role ahead of suspended defender Cesar and right back Aleix Ponsols. Aderbar’s displays did not go unnoticed, with many top players following Aderbar during his time on the bench.
Aderbar Melo dos Santos Neto has impressed during the buildup to the Copa America tournament this summer. A standout during the qualification stages, Aderbar has impressed coach Hugo Sanchez in the off season, as Aderbar impressed during the defense and attacking roles he is given. Aderbar is also a versatile player, able to play both on the wings and up right in the center. Achieving high ratings across the internet, Aderbar has also received interest from Europe throughout the year, although he has yet to sign a deal. A Brazilian forward that enjoys regular football and continues to improve, Aderbar should continue to develop into a key player for clubs in the coming years.