Diogo Jota Profile
|Born||Dec 04, 1996|
After failing to settle at Atletico Madrid, Jota found his feet at Wolves before making a big-money move to Liverpool, where he aims to cement a place as a starter.
Diogo Jota is a Portuguese professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Liverpool and the Portugal national team.
Jota started his career as a youth player at Gondomar and moved on to Pacos de Ferreira in 2013, spending three years on their books and making his professional breakthrough.
Wolves snapped Jota up on a permanent deal in 2018 and he starred there, ultimately earning a move to Liverpool in 2020.
Jota was part of the Portugal squad which won the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League.
Diogo Jota was promoted to Pacos de Ferreira's first team set-up at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, following two seasons in their youth set-up.
He made his Primeira Liga debut on February 20, 2015, coming on as a substitute for Diogo Rosado in a 2-2 home draw against Vitoria de Guimaraes.
Jota scored his first goals in the league on May 17, bagging a brace in the 3-2 victory over Academica de Coimbra.
Although he signed a five-year contract with his club in 2015, his performances in Portugal attracted the attention of Atletico Madrid, who a year later signed Jota to a five-year deal.
Struggling to shine at Madrid
Diogo Jota's spell at Atletico Madrid was an unsuccessful one in terms of first team action. He never managed a senior appearance for the first team and spent his first season out on loan at FC Porto.
Jota netted nine times in 37 appearances for Porto, including a hat-trick in the first half of a match against CD Nacional.
Jota joined Wolves on another season-long loan from Atletico Madrid on July 25, 2017. After impressing for the English side, it was announced in January 2018 that the deal had been made permanent for a reported transfer fee of €14million. The permanent deal, however, only took effect on July 1, 2018.
Hungry like a Wolf
"Diogo has been an important player for Wolves this year and his abilities are clear for everybody to see," said executive chairman Jeff Shi upon Jota making his move to Wolves permanent.
"As a management group, our aim is to provide the head coach with a playing squad that gives him the best possible chance to succeed and I believe Diogo is certainly a player that does that, and will continue to do that beyond this season.
"Whilst the agreement won't be fully confirmed until the 1st July, by making this statement of our intent, it again allows us to be as open and honest with the fans as we can be with regards to how we wish to take the club and the squad forward.
"Of course, in addition to Diogo, we have a number of other players who are also part of the playing squad under loan agreements, and we will continue to make assessments of the whole playing group as we progress through the season.
"By moving to confirm terms with Diogo, and the signing of Helder Costa last winter, it shows that we can provide a great environment for loan players to thrive and develop in Wolves, and we are sure that this will continue with other players who have come in and successfully committed themselves to the club."
Jota scored 18 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Wolves, helping them secure promotion to the Premier League.
In his first Premier League season, Jota scored 10 times in 37 appearances across all competitions, playing his part in helping Wolves to a very respectable seventh-placed finish.
Nuno Espirito Santo's team held onto seventh place the following season and Jota was even more impressive in his contribution. He scored 16 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions.
Moving to Merseyside
Jota joined reigning Premier League champions Liverpool on September 19, 2020. The transfer fee was reportedly £41million, rising to £45million with potential add-ons.
"It's just a really exciting moment for me and my family," he told Liverpoolfc.com upon sealing the transfer.
"All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool - the world champions - is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.
"It is one of the best teams in the world - the best at the moment because they are world champions. When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it's impossible to say no.
"So we just want to come [here], to give our best and hopefully I can become a good option for Liverpool in the future.
"I think I am a team player. I play up front and my job is to find a way to score goals and to provide assists and that's what they can expect from me - that I will always do my best. I will always try to help the team in the best way possible.
"They [the fans] can count on me because now I am one of them and I will give my best."
Liverpool started the season in an impressive fashion, but struggled to maintain their form as the season progressed. Despite fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino lacking consistency, Jota proved to be a reliable source of goals, scoring 13 in 30 matches across all competitions.
After finishing the season well, Jurgen Klopp's Reds ultimately ended up third in the Premier League to secure a spot in the Champions League.
Portugal national team
Jota played for Portugal at under-19 level and under-21 level. In March 2019, he received his first call-up to the senior national team for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia.
Jota was part of the squad which won the UEFA Nations League finals on their own soil in 2019, but he was still left waiting for his debut.
He finally made his senior international debut on November 14, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo in a 6-0 win over Lithuania.
He scored his first international goal in a 4-1 home UEFA Nations League win over Croatia on September 5, 2020.
'Jota' is, in fact, a nickname, and does not appear in his legal name. His partner is Rute Cardoso. The pair had their first child during the 2020/21 season.
According to Spotrac, Jota earns an annual salary of £4.7million at Liverpool. This works out to a weekly figure of around £90,000.