At just 18 years of age, Rui Patrício made his debut for Sporting's senior side against Marítimo, saving a penalty and handing his side the win in the process. It was on that day, the 19th of November 2006, that Rui Patrício's brilliant career began and he has remained the guardian of the Alvalade goal ever since.
After actually starting out as a striker with Marrazes, he once tried his hand in goal and has remained between the uprights ever since. With his towering height, skill and instinct, he soon caught the attention of Sporting's scouting department and made the move to Alvalade in 2002, going through the Club's youth system over the course of the following 6 years. In 2007/08 me made the most of Stojkovic's curtainfall to earn his place in the Sporting goal.
He has won two Portuguese Cups (playing a decisive role in the penalty shoot-out in 2014/15) and two Portuguese Super Cup, but still continues his quest for his first National Championship. He is also the Portuguese national keeper and was promoted up into the role of one of sporting's captains in 2012/13. He has also broke a fair few records at Alvalade, Including the record for consecutive appearances in the National Championship (broken in the last match of the 2014/15 season).