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Guns, Nightclubs, Kidnap and football…. the story of Ruben Semedo

Villarreal’s Ruben Semedo has been in the Spanish newspapers for all the wrong reasons of late, having been involved with Spanish police for different charges, but who exactly is the Portuguese defender…….

Having grown up in the urbanised city of Amadora in Lisbon; Semedo was an average child with a relatively good upbringing, despite living in the tough Casal da Mira region, having made his first steps into football with Sacavenense as a 12-year-old.

His impressions were soon heard as Sporting Lisbon signed him to a youth deal at the age of 16, allowing him to further his development, both on and off the field, studying at the club.

23 appearances for the Portuguese side’s B side then saw him loaned to Reus, where he spent a year living in Barcelona, commuting to the Tarragona based club each day.

Another short loan spell with Vitoria Setubal saw him gain first team football with Sporting and it was that chance that saw him linked with a number of top European clubs, including Premier League duo Newcastle United and Arsenal.

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Villarreal would move to the front of the queue though and sign the defender last summer, but injuries have since seen him struggle to make an impression.

Leading to his move to Spain, however, Semedo was known for skipping training sessions, publishing controversial statements towards his club on social media and causing problems between team-mates.

In January 2018, it was announced that Semedo would be subjected to trial for an altercation in a bar in Valencia, where it is reported he brandished a gun and aimed threats at several party goers.

Disciplined by Villarreal, Semedo would find himself in trouble once more as he was arrested again on 20th February for kidnapping a man, tying him up and assaulting him.

Whilst his agent and close friend, Catio Balde has claimed his client is a victim of financial fraud – a trial will now begin to find out the extent of his guilt in the incidents.

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