Earlier this year, Rúben Semedo was charged with attempted murder and kidnap. On Sunday, he takes on Lionel Messi and Barcelona at the Camp Nou. In a brilliant article published on Bleacher Report, Richard Fitzpatrick articulates the turbulent story of the Portuguese defender born in Lisbon’s suburbs.

A tough upbringing and family instability go some way to explaining the volatility and the dramatic fall from grace of a defender who as recently as two years ago was being championed as “the future of Portugal’s central defence,” by Jorge Jesus.

When still at Sporting as a youth player, Semedo was one of four extremely gifted centre-backs. The other three, Tobias Figueiredo, Tiago llori and Eric Dier are now all playing in England, with Dier a full England international. But back in day at Alcochete Academy, Semedo was considered the most talented of them all.

Where did it all go wrong for the now 24-year-old and can he turn his career – and his life – around?

To read the article click here => Kidnapping, Attempted Murder and Ruben Semedo's Second Chance at Huesca


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Hope Messi's got insurance for the game. Was never that good. Like Tobias a liability and a red card waiting to happen. Would have been great fun seeing those two play together - for the opposition fans.

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