Frederico Chaves Guedes, commonly known as Fred, is a professional football player from Brazil who plays as a striker. A fantastic finisher and a free-kick specialist, Fred began his playing career at America Mineiro, in 2002. His start was relatively slow and he just managed to make around 26 appearances in his three seasons at the club. However, the touch was there and Fred scored 9 goals during that time.
In 2004, Fred moved to Cruzeiro and this is when he made his mark on the world of football. In 2005, Fred was on fire and scored 40 goals in 43 appearances in all competition. This also got him picked for the Brazilian national team and French giants Olympique Lyonnais came in for his signature. Fred moved to France in 2005 and won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles with the club (2005-06 to 2007-08) along with the 2008 Coupe de France title.
Fred’s scoring rate saw him put 16 into the back of the net in his first season, but it fell to 13 the next year, and then to 8 and finally down to 4 in his final This was also because Fred was mostly playing behind Karim Benzema, a striker who was in prime scoring form, keeping Fred out of the starting line-up.
In 2009, Fred moved back to Brazil and signed up with Fluminense. Regaining his scoring touch, Fred has scored 83 goals in about 124 appearances for the team. He was named to the 2011 Serie A best eleven and also won the Silver Ball that year.
Fred continues to be a part of the national team squad as and when his country requires his duties. He has earned 18 caps for the national team, scoring 6 goals, and was a part of the 2007 Copa America title winning side.