Joao Moutinho is a Portuguese footballer who play for Ligue 1 side AS Monaco and the Portugal national football team. Mainly a central midfielder he can also operate as a defensive or attacking midfielder, and on either flank.
Born on the 8th of September 1986 Joao Moutinho began his professional career at Sporting CP making his debut in 2005. In his first full season, Moutinho's further progress and exceptional consistency (he was the only player to play every minute of every match in the domestic league) was one of the brightest spots in Sporting's runner-up final place. He would be named captain in 2006, the second youngest in the history of the club's professional football, behind Sporting's first captain and associate founder, Francisco Stromp.
On 3 July 2010, Moutinho signed a five-year contract with Sporting rivals F.C. Porto, with the transfer price reaching Ã¢â€šÂ¬11 million. Moutinho was an ever-present figure for Porto in his first season. He appeared in 50 official games as the northerners won the league and, even though he did not score in league competition, he netted twice in the campaign's Portuguese Cup. On 24 May 2013, it was announced that Moutinho had joined French side AS Monaco FC alongside teammate James RodrÃƒÂguez for a combined fee believed to be around Ã¢â€šÂ¬70 million (Ã¢â€šÂ¬25 million for Moutinho).
Having played for Portugal at several youth levels Moutinho made his senior debut with the national squad in a 2-0 home friendly win against Egypt. Ever since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he became a regular call-up. Moutinho played all the games and minutes at the Euro 2012 tournament.