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Darwin Gabriel Núñez Ribeiro was born 24th June 1999 to the family of Bibiano Nunez and Silvia Ribeiro in Artigas, Uruguay. Darwin is a Uruguayan professional footballer. He plays the role of a striker for Premier League club Liverpool and the Uruguay national team. Darwin is known for his extraordinary dangerous speed and skillful technical football ability.
Darwin entered through Peñarol’s youth academy. In 2017, he was promoted to the first team. In August 2019, he joined Spanish Segunda División club Almería for a club record fee. Benfica signed him in 2020 for a club-record transfer worth €24 million, the most expensive signing in Portuguese football history. In his second season, he won the Bola de Prata for top scorer in the Primeira Liga with a total number of twenty-six (26) goals in 28 games, being named in the Primeira Liga Team of the Year and Primeira Liga Player of the Year. Liverpool then signed him in June 2022 for a transfer worth €75 million (£64 million).
Darwin was called up to the full international team for the first time in October 2019, after representing Uruguay at various youth levels. He scored on his international appearance against Peru. Although Darwin missed the 2021 Copa América because of an injury, Darwin went on to represent Uruguay for the first time at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
|Premier League club Liverpool, Uruguay national football team
|June 24, 1999
|Place of Birth:
|6 feet 1 inches
|Bibiano Nunez (father) and Silvia Ribeiro (mother)
|Wife • Spouse:
|Zodiac sign: Cancer
Primeira Liga Forward of the Month: September 2021.
Primeira Liga Player of the Month: September 2021.
Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2021–2022.
Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2021–2022.
SJPF Player of the Month: April 2022.
Primeira Liga Top Scorer: 2021–2022
Early Life & Education
Darwin Gabriel Núñez Ribeiro was born to the family of Bibiano Nunez and Silvia Ribeiro in Artigas, Uruguay. Darwin’s father was a builder whilst the mother hawks milk bottles.
Darwin went to Penarol youth academy.
Darwin started playing football at very tender age for local clubs like La Luz and San Miguel before he explored at the age of fourteen by former Uruguay international Jose Perdomo, and then moving by himself to the capital city Montevideo to join the ranks of Penarol.
After staying much outside hometown, He returned home to spend some quality time with his family and went back to Penarol a year later. At the age of seventeen, he suffered from cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for over a year and required two operations.
as soon as the older brother junior noticed the ailment, he quick the club and gave up with everything football in order to provide for the family, telling him “You’re better suited than me”.
Darwin was born into an average family with his only brother named junior Nunez whom he sees as his hero. Darwin barely sees food to eat, most times he goes tom school without having something to eat. Darwin has a wife named Lorena Mañas. according to report, he announced the birth of their first child, a son named Darwin jnr, in January 2022. apart from speaking his native language, which is Spanish, Darwin also speaks Portuguese.
On 22 November 2017, darwin gabriel núñez ribeiro made his first-team appearance in the Primera División, when he came on for Peñarol as a second-half substitute for Maxi Rodríguez in a 2–1 away loss against River Plate Montevideo. The following month, he had knee surgery for a second time.
On 13 October 2018, Darwin scored his first professional goal, thereby netting the opener in a 2–0 home defeat of Fénix. On 14 July 2019, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 routing of Boston River.
On 29 August 2019, Spanish Segunda División club Almería announced the signing of Darwin on a five-year contract, for a rumoured club record fee of US$4.5 million plus $1.5 million in variables. On 3 October, He made his appearance as a half-time substitute in 4–2 league defeat against Sporting de Gijón.
On 27 October 2019, starting for the first time, Darwin scored first goal for his new club in a 3–2 home win against Extremadura with a penalty. He finished his only season at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos as the league’s joint fourth top scorer with a total number of sixteen (16) goals, led by compatriot Cristhian Stuani.
On 4 September 2020, Darwin signed a five-year contract with Portuguese club Benfica, for a rumored club record fee of €24 million for the player. This was also Almeria’s and the Segunda División’s biggest transfer, with the club also receiving 20% of a future transfer. Eleven days later, he made his appearance for the club in a 2–1 loss against PAOK for the 2020–2021 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round replacing Pedrinho in the 65th minute of the game.
With his assist in a 3–0 win over Rio Ave on 18 October, he reached five assists in his first four league games, best in the league. On 22 October, he scored his first goals for the club with a hat-trick against Lech Poznań in a 4–2 away victory in a 2020–2021 UEFA Europa League group stage match. Four days later, he scored his first Primeira Liga goal in a 2–0 home victory over B SAD.
On 3 December, after three weeks off from COVID-19, he returned to action against Lech Poznań in the Europa League group stage, scoring Benfica’s second goal in a 4–0 home victory. He struggled over the course of the season with the effects of the virus and various injuries, and did not score for four months. He scored six league goals and provided ten assists – second-best in the league – helping Benfica to a third-place finish and qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round.
In May 2021, Darwin underwent surgery due to an injury on his right knee, forcing him to miss Benfica’s first months of the new season. He made his return from injury on 21 August, replacing Everton in the 72nd minute, in a 2–0 away victory over Gil Vicente, being booked in the process. Following back-to-back braces against Santa Clara and Boavista in the Primeira Liga, he was named the league’s Player of the Month and Forward of the Month for September. On 29 September, he scored his first two UEFA Champions League goals in a 3–0 home victory over Barcelona, and was named man of the match.
On 27 November, he scored his first hat-trick in the league as his team finished the first half at B-SAD 7–0 up, though the game was abandoned early in the second half due to insufficient players on the COVID-affected host team; on 12 December he added another putrid against Famalicão in a 4–1 away win, becoming the seventh player in the league to score back-to-back hat-tricks. Three days later, he scored two goals in a 3–0 home win over Sporting da Covilhã to send his team into the semi-finals of the 2021–2022 Taça da Liga, though, while he was away on international duty for Uruguay, Benfica were defeated 2–1 by crosstown rivals Sporting CP in the 2022 Taça da Liga Final.
On 27 February, Darwin scored his 20th league goal for Benfica in as many matches, in a 3–0 home victory against Vitória de Guimarães. On 15 March, in the second leg of Champions League round-of-16, he scored the only goal of an away win over Ajax, securing a 3–2 aggregate win in the process. On 9 April, he scored his third hat-trick of the season in a 3–1 victory against B-SAD, bringing his total goal count for the season to 31 goals. He scored two goals against Liverpool in the 2021–2022 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals: one in the first leg and the other in the second leg, while his team were eliminated 6–4 on aggregate. His sixth goal of the campaign made him Benfica’s all-time top scorer in modern Champions League history, surpassing Nuno Gomes’ record of five goals set in the 1998–1999 season.
On 17 April, he scored a goal and provided an assist to help defeat the hosts Sporting 2–0 in the Derby de Lisboa, being named man of the match. In his last match for the club, on 7 May, Darwin scored a goal that was ruled out by VAR in a 1–0 home loss of O Clássico against rivals Porto, as they sealed the league title. He finished the season with a total number of twenty-six (26) goals in 28 league games, being awarded the Bola de Prata award as top scorer of the Primeira Liga, being named in the Team of the Year and Player of the Year.
On 13 June 2022, Benfica reached an agreement with Premier League club Liverpool for the transfer of Darwin for a €75 million fee plus €25 million in add-ons. The following day, the club confirmed the deal, for £64 million, with add-ons potentially taking the overall fee to £85 million at a later date, making him Liverpool’s record transfer. On 30 July, Darwin made his appearance for Liverpool in the club’s 3–1 win over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield at the King Power Stadium. He won a penalty, which was converted by Mohamed Salah, and scored his first goal for the club with a close-range header in the fourth minute of stoppage time. On 6 August, he scored his first league goal for Liverpool on his appearance against Fulham, which ended in a draw. The following game, he was sent off for violent conduct in a 1–1 home draw against Crystal Palace, having headbutted opponent Joachim Andersen. On 12 October, Darwin scored his first Champions League goal for Liverpool in a 7–1 away win against Rangers. By his first 23 games for Liverpool, Darwin had scored 10 goals, 1 more than both fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez and Senegalese player Sadio Mané in the same number of games for the club.
Darwin was part of under-20 team squad which finished third in 2019 South American U-20 Championship.
Darwin also took part in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring in the opening match, a 3–1 over Norway. He scored the opening goal in a 2–0 over New Zealand in the final group match, to help Uruguay finish top of Group C. His country was eliminated from the tournament following a 3–1 loss to Ecuador in the round of 16.
Darwin was also in the under-22 team that finished in fourth place at 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, scoring in a 2–0 opening win over the hosts.
Upon being eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland team due to his grandfather being born in Dundalk, Darwin was called up to the Uruguay senior team for friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States in September 2019. He made his international appearance that 16 October in a 1–1 draw away to Peru in another exhibition, replacing Brian Lozano in the 75th minute of the game and scoring five minutes later.
In June 2021, Darwin was included in the final 26-man Uruguay squad for the 2021 Copa América in Brazil. Due to a right knee injury that would rule him out for two months, he missed the tournament.
However, in 2022, Darwin was selected in the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad for Uruguay by head coach Diego Alonso. The squad also boasted the likes of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Federico Valverde. Upon an impressive performance from Darwin, Uruguay was eliminated in the group stages of the tournament.
Darwin Nunez as humble and hardworking as he is discovered that he also has some social media platforms where he can be connected.
- @Darwin Nunez (@Darwinn99) is his Instagram handle.
- @Darwin Nunez (@Darwinn99) is his Twitter handle.