Brazilian association football player
|Full name||Arthur Henrique Santos Ramos de Oliveira Melo|
|Date of birth||12 August 1996|
|Place of birth||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Liverpool (on loan from Juventus)|
|2022–||→ Liverpool (loan)||0||(0)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 6 May 2022|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 March 2022
Arthur Henrique Santos Ramos de Oliveira Melo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈaʁtuʁ ẽ.ˈʁi.ki ˈʁɐ.muʃ d͡ʒi o.li.ˈvej.ɾɐ]; born 12th August 1996), commonly known as Arthur or Arthur Melo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool, on loan from Serie A club Juventus, and the Brazil national team.
Born in Goiânia, Arthur Melo began his career with Grêmio, and won the Copa Libertadores in 2017. He signed for Barcelona for an initial fee of €31 million in 2018. Arthur joined Italian club Juventus in 2020.
In January 2015, following his impressive performances at the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, Arthur was promoted from Grêmio's youth team under first-team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. He unexpectedly started in his first team debut, against Aimoré for the Campeonato Gaúcho. However, he was substituted at half-time by Argentine full-back Matías Rodríguez and made no more senior appearances that season. In 2016, Arthur made his league debut in the last match of the season, a 1–0 home loss against Botafogo, replacing Kaio in the second half.
In 2017, Arthur Melo become a first-team regular after a string of good performances in Primeira Liga and Campeonato Gaúcho. In his Copa Libertadores debut, a 1–1 away draw against Club Guaraní, he was named man-of-the-match after completing 40 passes, with an impressive 100% success rate. His playing style and build earned drawn comparisons with Spanish midfielders Andrés Iniesta and Thiago, and attracted interest from European clubs such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. In May, Arthur scored his first professional goal, the opener in a 3–1 victory against Fluminense for the Copa do Brasil. In July, he scored his first league goal, the second in a 3–1 away victory against Vitória. In November, was elected by Conmebol the man of match in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Lanús, despite playing only 50 minutes due to an injury.
On 11 March 2018, Barcelona reached an agreement with Grêmio for the transfer of Arthur Melo. The Spaniards agreed to pay an initial fee of €31 million plus €9 million in added variables. Arthur signed a six-year contract and was officially announced as a Barça player on 9 July 2018. On 28 July, Arthur scored a goal on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur in a pre-season friendly match.
Arthur Melo made his competitive debut at the 2018 Supercopa de España on 12 August, in which Barcelona won 2–1 over Sevilla. Arthur made his league debut during the first league match of the season, also registering his first assist for the club in a 3–0 win against Alavés. On 31 August 2019, Arthur scored his first goal for Barcelona in 2–2 away draw against Osasuna.
On 29 June 2020, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Arthur on a five-year contract for €72 million, plus €10 million in variables; the deal was also coordinated with a swap of Miralem Pjanić. He made his club and Serie A debut on 27 September, coming on as substitute in a 2–2 away draw against Roma.
On 1 September 2022, Liverpool announced the loan signing of Arthur. Juventus specified that Liverpool had paid €4.5 million in loan fees, with an option to purchase the player for €37.5 million at the end of the one-year loan.
Arthur Melo has represented Brazil in under-17 level. He was part of the Brazil under-17 squad selected to play in the 2013 South American Under-17 Football Championship.
On 15 September 2017, Arthur Melo received his first senior call-up to the Brazil squad to face Bolivia and Chile for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. In May 2018, he was named in the standby list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
He made his international debut against United States in a 2–0 friendly win on the 7th of September 2018 coming on as a substitute. The Brazilian's first start was against El Salvador in a 5–0 win on the 12th of September. Tite praised the midfielder's playing style saying, "He always finds the best escape, the best pass out". Even if he doesn't provide the assist, he comes up with the pass that will help a player."
In May 2019, Arthur Melo was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América on home soil. In the 2019 Copa América Final against hosts Peru on 7 July, at the Maracanã Stadium, Arthur assisted Gabriel Jesus's match-winning goal towards the end of the first half; the match eventually ended in a 3–1 victory to Brazil.
Style of play
Arthur Melo is capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker, central midfielder, box-to-box midfielder, and occasionally also as a holding midfielder. His agility, technical ability, dribbling and movement – both on and off the ball – allow him to create space and control the flow of play in midfield, whilst his exceptional vision, playmaking ability, and precise passing allow him to retain possession, create chances, and make decisive passes for teammates. In 2020, former midfielder Enzo Maresca stated that he felt Arthur was best suited to the roles of either an attacking midfielder or a mezzala.
- As of match played 11 May 2022
|Club||Season||League||State League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Liverpool (loan)||2022–23||Premier League||0||0||—||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
- As of match played 29 March 2022
- As of match played 17 November 2020. Brazil score listed first, score column indicates score after each Arthur goal.
|1||17 November 2020||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||21||
||1–0||2–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
- Copa do Brasil: 2016
- Copa Libertadores: 2017
- Recopa Sudamericana 2018
- Campeonato Gaúcho: 2018, 2019
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2017
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Newcomer: 2017
- South American Footballer of the Year: 2017 (3rd place)
- Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2019
- FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee: 2019 (11th midfielder)
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- "Games played by Arthur Melo in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- "Games played by Arthur Melo in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
- "Games played by Arthur Melo in 2022/2023". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
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