Benfica's striker icon Jonas retires from football

Josip Brajkovic
Josip Brajkovic
Published: 10.7.2019.

Benfica's striker icon Jonas retires from football

After Arjan Robben decided to finish his caree, another veteran decided to call it quits. Jonas maybe didn't have quite the career the Dutchman had, but he was equally loved by the fans of the clubs he played for, and especially Benfica. As he showed it's not too late to become a legend of the club in your thirties.

Jonas Goncalves Oliveira was born in 1984 in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo and started his professional career in his homeland in 2005. His first team being now little-known Guarani, but after a scintillating season in which he scored 12 goals in 25 Serie B games, a transfer to Brazilian giant Santos followed.

A knee injury stopped Jonas from showing his undeniable goalscoring talent at Santos and after a year he transferred to Gremio where the real show began. Following a first-year loan to Portuguesa in Serie B, raking in 40 goals in 74 first league appearances for the club. But not all was good from the start, as following a terrible game in 2009, he was dubbed as "the worst forward of the world" by a Spanish magazine Mundo Deportivo.

That moniker didn't stop Valencia from buying the striker for a low fee of a €1,250,000. For three and a half seasons Jonas was a first-team member of the Bats, finishing his career in Valencia with 51 goals in 157 appearances across all competitions.

Benfica, known as the masters of sale, made one of the best signings in recent history by snatching Jonas who was without a contract. The Brazilian absolutely flourished in the Portuguese Superleague.

In 183 games for the Portuguese giants, spread over five seasons, the veteran forward scored 137 goals and recorded 40 assists! The Brazilian was awarded the Primeira Liga Player of the Year award twice consecutively in 2015 and 2016. He was also the top scorer of the league in seasons 2015/2016 and 2017/2018!

Truly a story of persistence and class that had to sprout out even though it took its time.

Benfica plays a friendly against Anderlecht tomorrow and the club has invited all fans to come to the Luz an hour earlier to say goodbye to Jonas and for the presentation of new players. The €20,000,000 signing from Real Madrid Raul de Tomas will then surely understand he has big shoes to fill.


List of Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira most asked question

Since Jonas is a player that remains in hearts of many Santos, Valencia and Benfica fans, but also every football fan, we bring you a list of interesting facts, trivia, information, life and career data. Hope you enjoy it!

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira

Jonas Oliveira is a  Brasilian footballer who played as an attacker. he started his career in Brasilian club Gremio followed by Santos, after that he moved to Europe. Jonas Oliveria played for Spanish Valencia and Portugal Benfica in his European campaign.

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira Number

Jonas favourite shirt numbers were 7 and 10 but he wore other shirt numbers as well. Jonas wore shirt number 7 in Gremio and Santos. When Jonas went to Europe from South America he landed in Valencia and started ith the number 18 but quickly regained shirt number 7 which he wore for 4 seasons. When Jonas left Valencia and joined Benfica he occupied shirt number 17 for first 4 seasons, after that he wore shirt number 10 in his last 3 season prior to his retirement.

Jonas Benfica

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira is a Brasilian attacker who joined Benfica in 2014. from Valencia in a €8M deal. In his second season (2015/16), he was the league second best scorer with 16 goals from 22 games. Jonas won the best Goalscorer of the league award in 2018. when he was on fire with 34 goals in just 30 games. In the same year, he has won league Player Of The Year Award two season in a row (2015 and 2016).

In addition to individual awards, Jonas Oliveira has helped Benfica in winning 4 League titles and 2 League Cup titles. Benfica Jonas has scored 137 goals in 187 games during his 5 seasons in Portugal club. This was more than enough for him to come into Benfica hall of fame and become one of the favourite player in Benfica history

Jonas Benfica age

Jonas Oliveira has been born in Sao Paolo, Brasil on 1 April 1984. That would make Jonas 36 years old in 2020.


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