Rui Costa (footballer, born 1996)
|Full name||Rui Pedro Silva Costa|
|Date of birth||20 February 1996|
|Place of birth||Famalicão, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
(on loan from Porto)
|2017–2018||→ Famalicão (loan)||17||(10)|
|2019–||→ Alcorcón (loan)||10||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 January 2020|
Born in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga District, Costa played youth football for three clubs, including local F.C. Famalicão from ages 9–17. He made his senior debut in February 2015, with Varzim SC's reserves.
Promoted to the latter's first team for the 2016–17 season in the Segunda Liga, Costa's first match in the competition took place on 6 August 2016, when he played 62 minutes in a 0–1 away loss against Gil Vicente FC. He went on to score 14 goals, helping his team to the ninth position and being voted Best Newcomer of the Year in that level.
In January 2018, Costa had everything arranged to join FC Porto B. However, after it was discovered that he had been registered by Varzim five days prior to signing with Portimonense – thus representing three clubs in the same season – the move was declared void.
Costa made his debut in the Portuguese top flight on 31 March 2018, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 4–3 home win against Moreirense FC. In July 2018, he was finally made a part of Porto B's setup.
- "Gil Vicente-Varzim, 1–0: Autogolo de Delmiro define vencedor" [Gil Vicente-Varzim, 1–0: Delfino own goal defines winner]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 August 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Rui Costa eleito o jogador revelação da II Liga" [Rui Costa voted II League's best newcomer]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 7 July 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Portimonense: Rui Costa emprestado ao Famalicão" [Portimonense: Rui Costa loaned to Famalicão] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "V. Guimarães B-Famalicão, 1–2: Forasteiros operam reviravolta com bis de Rui Costa" [V. Guimarães B-Famalicão, 1–2: Outsiders come from behind with Rui Costa brace]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 October 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "COMENTÁRIO: Famalicão vence em Barcelos com reviravolta no marcador" [COMMENT: Famalicão win in Barcelos with score reversal]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 5 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "COMENTÁRIO: Famalicão vence Cova da Piedade e 'cola-se' aos primeiros" [COMMENT: Famalicão beat Cova da Piedade and 'get glued' to top of table]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Rui Costa não pode ser inscrito pelo FC Porto" [Rui Costa cannot be registered by FC Porto] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Portimonense faz reviravolta e vence Moreirense nos descontos" [Portimonense come from behind and beat Moreirense in injury time] (in Portuguese). A Voz do Algarve. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Alves, Armando; Monteiro, André (7 June 2018). "Rui Costa já é reforço do FC Porto" [Rui Costa is already a FC Porto addition]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 31 July 2019.
- "Rui Costa, gol portugués para la delantera alfarera" [Rui Costa, Portuguese goal for the alfarera forward line] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.