Strange case of Ronaldo Vieira, Whitley Bay and Newcastle United
Newcastle United are set to face Ronaldo Vieira, a young player with a bit of a tale to tell.
The 18 year old midfielder was born in Guinea Bissau but then raised in Portugal, where he ended up enrolling at the S.L.Benfica Academy.
However, he and his family then moved to England with the intention of trying to progress his and his brother’s football careers. Ronaldo Vieira has a twin brother called Romario, the pair named after the legendary Brazilian strikers.
They ended up in the north east and Ronaldo Vieira began playing at Whitley Bay Boys Club, before then moving on to Yorkshire and playing youth football there.
September 2015 saw a trial at Leeds United and he was taken into their Academy, making his first team debut on 7 May 2016 as a substitute, only two days after signing his first (two year) professional deal.
Progress has been rapid and despite only turning 18 in July, Ronaldo Vieira has made 13 appearances already, confirming Leeds’ reputation as a club where young players are given a chance. Only two months ago he was joined in the professional ranks at Leeds by his brother, Romario agreeing a one year deal.
Ronaldo Vieira now has potentially three countries to choose from at international level: Guinea Bissau, Portugal and now England as well, having been educated in this country for at least five years ahead of his 18th birthday.
The 18 year old midfielder has been busy preparing for the Newcastle game and can’t wait for it to come around, as it will be the first he has ever experienced a full Elland Road.
Ronaldo Vieira speaking to official Leeds site:
“The main focus is helping the team that is what it is all about, we want to get Leeds back to where we belong and it has been great so far.
“We are taking it game by game, but it is hard not to look at the table because we haven’t been in this position for a long time.
“Our mind and focus though is all about the next game, we are still early into the season and we need to keep level headed.
“We have had two weeks to prepare for Newcastle and we have been working on the things we need to for that game.
“I’m really looking forward to the Newcastle game, I’ve never played at Elland Road when it has been full, so it will be a good experience and I am ready to embrace it.
“For me individually it has been a great season so far, I didn’t expect to be involved with the first team as much as I have been, I just have to keep working and building on performances.
“It is good to build momentum, we’ve had four victories on the bounce now which has been good, the atmosphere is different, everyone is happy and we will see where it takes us at the end of the season.”
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