Léo Duarte

Leonardo Campos Duarte da Silva (born 17 July 1996), commonly known as Léo Duarte, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir, on loan from Milan, as a centre-back.

Léo Duarte
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Campos Duarte da Silva
Date of birth (1996-07-17) 17 July 1996 (age 24)
Place of birth Mococa, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
İstanbul Başakşehir (on loan from Milan)
Number 2
Youth career
2011–2013 Desportivo Brasil
2014–2016 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Flamengo 49 (1)
2019– Milan 7 (0)
2021–İstanbul Başakşehir (loan) 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:47, 12 April 2021 (UTC)


Early career

Duarte spend most of his youth career at Flamengo winning multiples competitions, the most important was the 2016 Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, the top youth tournament in Brazil, being the team captain and lifting the trophy. He had a solid tournament, being praised and along with Felipe Vizeu and Ronaldo, Duarte received has been praised as a player ready to be promoted to the professional team.[1][2] Few weeks later all three players started training with the professional team.


On 5 March 2016, Duarte debuted as a starter in a 3–1 win over Bangu on a 2016 Rio de Janeiro State League match.[3] In this particular game Flamengo fielded several young players and reserves.

Due to injuries and transfers throughout the 2016 season Duarte played in another eight matches, including seven in the 2016 Brazilian Série A and one appearance in 2016 Copa do Brasil, all matches as starter. His first Brazilian Série A match was on 14 May 2016 in a 1–0 win against Sport at Estádio Raulino de Oliveira in Volta Redonda.[4]

On 22 August 2018, Duarte extended his contract with Flamengo until December 2022.[5]


On 27 July 2019, Brazilian press announced the agreement between Flamengo and Milan in a €10 million transfer with a clause that could potentially rise to €11 million.[6] On 7 August 2019, Duarte was officially announced as a Milan player on a five-year deal.[7] He made his debut on 29 September 2019, in a 3–1 league defeat to Fiorentina.[8]

İstanbul Başakşehir (loan)

On 11 January 2021, Duarte joined Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir on loan until 30 June 2022. The deal includes the option to buy.[9][10]

Personal life

On 23 September 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19.[11]

Career statistics

As of match played 4 April 2021.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Flamengo 2016 Série A 70101[lower-alpha 1]090
2017 Série A 2000004[lower-alpha 2]060
2018 Série A 331604[lower-alpha 3]16[lower-alpha 1]0492
2019 Série A 70407[lower-alpha 3]010[lower-alpha 1]0280
Total 491110111210922
Milan 2019–20 Serie A 600060
2020–21 Serie A 10002030
Total 7000200090
İstanbul Başakşehir 2020–21 Süper Lig 1003010140
Career total 6611401312201152
  1. Appearance(s) in Campeonato Carioca.
  2. Two appearances and in Campeonato Carioca and two appearances in Primeira Liga.
  3. Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores.




  1. "Flamengo é tricampeão da Copa São Paulo de Futebol Jr" (in Portuguese). flamengo.com.br. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Flamengo reage, derrota o Corinthians nos pênaltis e conquista a Copa SP" (in Portuguese). uol.com.br. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Base decide, Muralha pega pênalti, e Fla vence Bangu de virada por 3 a 1" (in Portuguese). globoesporte.com. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Flamengo vence Sport por 1 a 0 com baixo ritmo e poucas chances de gol" (in Portuguese). UOL. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Flamengo anuncia renovação de contrato com zagueiro Léo Duarte" (in Portuguese). globoesporte.com. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Com indicação de Serginho e aval de Maldini, Léo Duarte vai assinar por cinco anos com o Milan". globoesporte.com (in Portuguese). 27 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  7. "Léo Duarte is Rossonero" (Press release). A.C. Milan. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. "AC Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Milan lose third Serie A game in a row". BBC Sport. 29 September 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  9. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: LÉO DUARTE". A.C. Milan (in Italian). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  10. "Hoş Geldin Leonardo Duarte" [Welcome Leonardo Duarte]. İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. (in Turkish). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  11. "Official Statement" (Press release). A.C. Milan. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.