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Biography

Date of birth

07/01/1990

Height

184cm

Signed

08/01/2016

Country

Portugal

CITY signed Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2016, with Pinto describing himself as an 'intense and fast' full-back.

After debuting in the incredible 5-4 defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road later that month, Pinto went on to feature nine more times in his first season in English football. 

In the 2016-17 campaign, his marauding performances from right-back led to him finishing third in the voting for City's Player of the Season award.

Pinto was born in 1990 in Lourosa, and subsequently started his youth career at his local side Lusitânia FC. Showing promise, the right-back earned a move to FC Porto in the Primeira Liga in 2008. 

He saw his first team chances limited, moving on loan to Gil Vicente and Vitória Setúbal before playing regularly on loan at Covilhã, playing more than 20 times for the Segunda Liga side. 

Rio Ave snapped up the 21-year-old but Pinto failed to make an appearance for the top-flight side, instead spending a season on loan at fellow Primeira Liga side U.D. Leiria. 

Despite U.D. Leiria's relegation, impressive performances saw him secure a move to Romanian champions CFR Cluj, becoming a first-team regular as Cluj finished in 9th place. 

Title glory was to follow as Pinto joined Dinamo Zagreb, making over 100 appearances over two seasons as he helped The Blues to consecutive Croatian titles in the MAXtv Prva HNL, as well as Croatian Cup and Super Cup successes. 

He has represented Portugal at every youth level, featuring in excess of 30 times in total. 

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