Roberto Soldado

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Roberto Soldado
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Soldado lining up for Spain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Roberto Soldado Rillo[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe
Number 99
Youth career
1990–2000 Don Bosco
2000–2002 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Real Madrid B 120 (63)
2006–2008 Real Madrid 16 (2)
2006–2007 Osasuna (loan) 30 (11)
2008–2010 Getafe 60 (29)
2010–2013 Valencia 101 (59)
2013–2015 Tottenham Hotspur 52 (7)
2015–2017 Villarreal 38 (9)
2017– Fenerbahçe 26 (9)
National team
2001 Spain U15 2 (0)
2001–2003 Spain U17 18 (12)
2003 Spain U18 3 (3)
2002–2004 Spain U19 9 (5)
2004–2007 Spain U21 9 (6)
2007– Spain 12 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013

Roberto Soldado Rillo (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβerto solˈdaðo ˈriʎo]; born 27 May 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK and the Spain national team as a striker.

After emerging through Real Madrid's youth system, he went on to appear in only 27 official games for the first team (four goals). However, he became a more regular La Liga player and goalscorer for Osasuna, Getafe, and Valencia, and secured a £26 million move to Tottenham Hotspur. After two unsuccessful seasons in England, he returned to the Spanish top division with Villarreal.

An international since 2007, Soldado represented Spain at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Club career

Real Madrid

Born in Valencia, Valencian Community, Soldado joined Real Madrid at the age of 15 from native region small club CF Don Bosco. After years of prolific goalscoring with the former's reserves, he made his first-team debut on 23 October 2005 against Valencia CF, playing 18 minutes in a 1–2 home loss.[3] Previously, on 28 September, he had scored an 86th-minute winner after just six minutes on the pitch, in the season's UEFA Champions League match against Olympiakos FC (2–1 home win),[4] adding a late equalizer against CA Osasuna[5] and another in a 3–2 success at Racing de Santander as Real finished second in the league,[6] also netting in the 4–0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao for the Copa del Rey.[7]

In the 2005–06 campaign, with Castilla, Soldado scored 19 goals in Segunda División – two penalties – to become joint-second highest goalscorer, alongside Ciudad de Murcia's José Juan Luque, one behind Ikechukwu Uche of Recreativo de Huelva.[8]

On 24 July 2006, Soldado officially became the first member of Real Madrid to leave under new manager Fabio Capello and new president Ramón Calderón, moving to fellow La Liga club Osasuna on a season-long loan. Set to score goals and return as a better footballer, he stated: "The idea is to leave and have a good season with a first division team scoring goals, and to develop as a footballer".[9] His new team had finished fourth in the previous campaign to earn themselves a place in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, hence he chose them over a number of other Spanish clubs competing for his presence. "The following year I want to return to the Real first team. I chose Osasuna because it gives me the chance to play in the Champions League", he said to Real Madrid's website after his signing; he finished with a total of 13 goals across all competitions, making him the Navarrese's top scorer.[10]

Soldado returned to Real Madrid where, on 11 July 2007, he renewed his contract with the team until 30 June 2012.[11] In a 21 July interview with Spanish newspaper Diario AS, he revealed that he would be wearing number 9 shirt in his second stint: "During the preseason I'll be number 9, the number I've always dreamed of. When I step onto the pitch at the Bernabéu I'll remember all the hard work it took to get here".[12] However, he finished the season with just five league appearances (one start, at Deportivo de La Coruña), the second with fewer minutes for the league champions.[13][14]

Getafe

In late July 2008, Soldado was sold to Getafe CF for 4 million, signing a four-year deal with the side from the Madrid outskirts[15] like former Real player Esteban Granero the previous week. He scored his first goal for them on 19 October 2008 in a 1–2 away loss against Málaga CF, adding two in another away defeat, with Osasuna (2–5), two months later;[16] in between, he was sent off in a 0–3 home loss to Valencia for a headbutt on Carlos Marchena.[17]

On 25 January 2009, Soldado netted a hat-trick as an early substitute, in a 5–1 home win over Sporting de Gijón.[18] On 22 March, as Getafe struggled in the league, he scored twice to secure another home triumph, 2–1 with Recreativo de Huelva.[19] The following month he netted the opener against his first professional club, albeit in a 2–3 away defeat.[20]

Soldado started 2009–10 in impressive fashion, putting three past Racing Santander in a 4–1 away win.[21] After a long scoring drought, he added three more against newly promoted Xerez CD, in a 5–1 home triumph.[22]

On 19 December 2009, Soldado took his league tally to ten after scoring twice in a 2–1 win at Sevilla FC – with this achievement, he became Getafe's best ever scorer in the first division, surpassing Manu del Moral and Daniel Güiza;[23] he missed one month of competition due to injury but, in his return to action, scored from a bicycle kick, earning his side a point in the 1–1 home draw against Gijón.[24]

Valencia

Soldado playing for Valencia in August 2011

In early June 2010, after a successful year at Getafe – 16 league goals, and qualification to the UEFA Europa League – Soldado returned to his hometown and signed for Valencia for €10 million, replacing FC Barcelona-bound David Villa.[25] In his first official game, on 14 September, for the Champions League group stage, he contributed one goal in the Che's 4–0 win at Bursaspor;[26] when the two sides met at the Mestalla Stadium in November, he netted two more, in a 6–1 success.[27]

On 2 April 2011, Soldado scored all of Valencia's goals in a 4–2 away win against former club Getafe.[28] In the next fixture, a local derby against Villarreal CF, he netted two more in a 5–0 home thrashing,[29] and finished the season as joint-fourth top scorer as his team ranked third and qualified to the Champions League.

In his first game of 2011–12, Soldado scored four goals against Racing Santander (one in his own net) in an eventual 4–3 home win – his last two arrived in the final three minutes.[30] In late November 2011, in two home games separated by only five days, he added five more: two in a 2–3 home loss to Real Madrid[31] and three in a 7–0 routing of K.R.C. Genk for the Champions League group stage.[32]

Soldado scored his 25th competitive goal of the campaign on 18 March 2012, netting all of his team's goals in a 3–0 win at Bilbao.[33] In late June, he extended his contract until 2017.[34]

On 23 October 2012, Soldado scored a hat-trick against FC BATE Borisov, in a 3–0 success for the Champions League group stage in Minsk.[35]

Tottenham Hotspur

Soldado and Christian Eriksen kicking off for Tottenham against Cardiff City

Valencia agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of Soldado on 1 August 2013, for a fee of £26 million,[36] which would break the English club's previous record of £17 million paid for Paulinho earlier in the summer. The transfer was completed four days later after a successful medical.[37]

On his Premier League debut on 18 August, Soldado scored Tottenham's winning goal with a penalty kick in a 1–0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.[38] Four days later, he scored his first goals in European competition for Spurs, netting a brace in a 5–0 win at FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League playoff round.[39]

On 20 October, Soldado scored his first Premier League goal from open play, in a 2–0 victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park.[40] Two months later he netted his first hat-trick for Tottenham, against FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League group stage (4–1).[41]

Soldado scored the only goal against relegation-threatened Cardiff City on 2 March 2014, his first goal of the calendar year for Tottenham.[42] He netted just six times in his debut season, only two of which came from open play, and was included in The Telegraph website's list of the "10 worst buys of the Premier League season".[43]

On 18 October 2014, making his first league start of the campaign, Soldado set up Christian Eriksen's goal during the match against Manchester City, also having a penalty saved by Joe Hart in an eventual 1–4 away loss.[44] His first goal came on 30 November, the decisive in a 2–1 home victory over Everton.[45]

Villarreal

On 14 August 2015, Soldado returned to his country's top flight, signing a three-year contract with Villarreal CF for a reported £10 million.[46][47] He scored in his very first appearance, helping to a 1–1 draw at Real Betis in which he started and retired injured midway through the second half.[48]

On 13 December 2015, Soldado netted the game's only goal to help defeat his former club Real Madrid at the Estadio El Madrigal.[49] He missed the vast majority of 2016–17, due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee contracted in pre-season.[50]

Fenerbahçe

On 11 August 2017, Fenerbahçe SK announced the signing of Soldado.[51] After failing to score in his first ten games, he scored a hat-trick as a 61st-minute substitute on 19 November in a 4–1 home win over Sivasspor.[52]

International career

Soldado represented Spain at all its youth levels, scoring a total of 26 goals. He was first called up to the first team in June 2007 for two UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, against Latvia and Liechtenstein, playing in both;[53][54] he did not make it to the finals in Switzerland and Austria, however, as the nation emerged victorious.

On 29 February 2012, after nearly five years of absence, Soldado returned to the national team: he came on as a substitute for Fernando Llorente at half-time of a friendly with Venezuela in Málaga, scoring twice after only seven minutes on the pitch; afterwards, he won a penalty and the sending off of Fernando Amorebieta, but missed the ensuing attempt, only to close the score at 5–0 in the 83rd minute.[55]

Manager Vicente del Bosque selected Soldado for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup squad. He scored in the opener on 16 June, helping Spain to a 2–1 win over Uruguay.[56]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 19 May 2018[57][58]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid B 2002–03 26 7 26 7
2003–04 31 16 31 16
2004–05 34 21 34 21
2005–06 29 19 29 19
Total 120 63 120 63
Real Madrid 2004–05 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 11 2 4 1 2 1 17 4
Total 11 2 6 1 2 1 19 4
Osasuna 2006–07 30 11 3 1 11 1 44 13
Total 30 11 3 1 11 1 44 13
Real Madrid 2007–08 5 0 2 0 1 0 8 0
Total 5 0 2 0 1 0 8 0
Getafe 2008–09 34 13 0 0 34 13
2009–10 26 16 6 4 32 20
Total 60 29 6 4 66 33
Valencia 2010–11 34 18 3 1 7 6 44 25
2011–12 32 17 6 3 13 7 51 27
2012–13 35 24 4 2 7 4 46 30
Total 101 59 13 6 27 17 141 81
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 28 6 1 0 7 5 36 11
2014–15 24 1 8 2 8 2 40 5
Total 52 7 9 2 15 7 76 16
Villarreal 2015–16 28 5 3 1 13 2 44 8
2016–17 10 4 0 0 1 0 11 4
Total 38 9 3 1 14 2 55 12
Fenerbahçe 2017–18 26 9 6 3 2 0 34 12
Total 26 9 6 3 2 0 34 12
Career total 431 188 44 18 67 26 541 231

International goals

Score and Result lists Spain's goals first

Honours

Club

Real Madrid
Tottenham

International

Spain
Spain U19

Individual

References

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  17. ^ Getafe 0–3 Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 9 November 2008
  18. ^ Getafe 5–1 Sporting Gijón; ESPN Soccernet, 25 January 2009
  19. ^ Getafe 2–1 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 22 March 2009
  20. ^ Real Madrid 3–2 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 21 April 2009
  21. ^ Racing Santander 1–4 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
  22. ^ Getafe 5–1 Xerez; ESPN Soccernet, 29 November 2009
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External links

  • Roberto Soldado at BDFutbol
  • Roberto Soldado at Futbolme (in Spanish)
  • CiberChe biography and stats (in Spanish)
  • Roberto Soldado at Soccerbase
  • Roberto Soldado at National-Football-Teams.com
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