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The surprising new life of Fábio Coentrão

Fábio Coentrão, born in 1988, started his football journey at the Portuguese side CD Nacional, before truly making a breakthrough at Benfica, where he honed his skills alongside future stars like David Luiz and Nemanja Matić. Coentrão’s versatility and talent quickly earned him recognition. The dynamic left-back emerged as one of the club’s most promising players, whilst playing alongside a talented generation including Angel Di Maria and Axel Witsel. His impressive performances caught the attention of top clubs, leading to a transfer to Real Madrid in 2011 together with Di María. At Real Madrid, Coentrão continued to excel, contributing to the team’s successes in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. In 2018, he moved back home to play for Rio Ave where he eventually hung up his boots. A beautiful career and a loaded trophy cabinet. But all good things come to an end.

Fábio Coentrão

Although his pal on the left flank, both at Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, is still scoring goals effortlessly at the age of thirty-nine, Coentrão decided to bid farewell to football a bit earlier. It was time for his life after football. Coentrão bought his first fishing boat during his time at Real Madrid. The Portuguese shares his love for the sea with The Sun: “I used to go often with my father. I loved it. Whenever I had some free time, during holidays, my life… it was the sea, it was fishing. And of course, I knew that one day football would come to an end, that I would have to take a different direction in my life. My happiness is the sea. And naturally, because of that, I want to lead this life.”

”It’s important that people work here and the profession should be respected like any other”

Nowadays, Coentrão has assembled a team of 45 individuals, working across three currently active vessels. He is thrilled to have many younger people working with him, as he is passionate about inspiring others to pursue careers in the maritime industry. “Life at sea is not a shame, as many people think. It’s a job like any other. Not only that, the sea is beautiful and we need it. It’s important that people work here and the profession should be respected like any other.”