Portuguese midfielder who joined Real Madrid in 2011 after spending four seasons with Benfica; became a member of the Portuguese national team in 2009.
He began his youth soccer career with Rio Ave at age 13.
He was named the Portuguese League Breakout Player of the Year in 2010.
He married Andreia Santos in 2010.
He became teammates with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2011 when he was transferred to Real Madrid.