Midfield Maestro Machado to stay at Mumbai for 2 more years.
Born in the Porto neighbourhood of Bairro do Cerco, Machado joined FC Porto’s youth system at the age of 14, and made his first-team debut in the 2003–04 edition of the Portuguese Cup, under José Mourinho. In the summer of 2005 he signed an improved contract until 2010 along with teammate Bruno Vale, before both went on consecutive loans to C.F. Estrela da Amadora and U.D. Leiria.
In the following two years, Machado was loaned again, to Leixões S.C. and Ligue 1’s AS Saint-Étienne respectively. He was instrumental as the Matosinhos side retained their Primeira Liga status at the season’s close.In July 2008, Machado was loaned to the French club again. He adapted well, becoming an integral part of Saint-Étienne’s season, scoring twice in his first 16 games. They narrowly avoided relegation.On 2 July 2009, Toulouse FC signed Machado to a four-year deal. On 10 August 2012, after three seasons in which he averaged 30 games and four goals, he joined Olympiacos F.C. in Greece for €2,700,000 penning a 3+1 contract.
On 4 June 2014, Machado joined GNK Dinamo Zagreb on a three-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. On 28 July 2015, during a UEFA Champions League play-off round against Molde FK at Stadion Maksimir, club fans booed him as he walked off the pitch while being substituted after a poor performance. In return, he made several obscene gestures for which he received a straight red card, being subsequently suspended by the club until further notice.
On 2 September 2017, free agent Machado signed with C.D. Aves until the end of the season. On 31 August 2018, he joined Mumbai City FC. Paulo played crucial role in the success of Mumbai City FC. He scored 2 goals and had 4 assists to his name. He impressed everyone with his accurate passes. He formed a deadly partnership with Arnold Issoko, Rafael Bastos and Modou Sougou. Paulo Machado is set to lead Mumbai City FC’s midfield next season.