Judilson Mamadu Tuncará Gomes
Date of birth
On-loan from AS Monaco, the combative midfielder joins Reading for the 2019-20 season.
Full-named Judilson Mamadu Tuncará Gomes, but known as Pelé, the midfielder began his career in his native Portugal with Belenenses - making his first team debut in a 1-0 Primeira Liga win over Rio Ave, aged only 17.
A move to Italy with Genoa and then catching the eye of AC Milan, Pelé was loaned back to Portugal, first with Olhanense and then back at Belenenses, and he made Benfica his base when he signed for the Portuguese giants in 2015.
A return to regular football came on loan with Paços de Ferreira and he signed permanently for Rio Ave in 2017.
Before he could feature under José Gomes at the Estádio do Rio Ave, Pelé signed a big money move to Thierry Henry’s Monaco and, after eight Ligue 1 appearances, he spent the second half of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
In the summer of 2018, he represented his country in all three Africa Cup of Nations group games; it was only the second time Guinea-Bissau have ever qualified for the tournament and they only missed out on reaching the knockout stages following defeat to Andy Yiadom’s Ghana.
No stranger to the ins and outs of Championship football, Pelé added to his English second tier appearances when he signed on loan at Madejski Stadium for the remainder of 2019-20.