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Roberto Soldado was born in Valencia, Spain on 27 May 1985. A centre forward, he is known for his ability to retain possession and bring teammates into play, as well as for his finishing. In 2011–12, he won the Zarra Trophy, awarded to the Spanish player with the highest goal tally in La Liga.

A product of the Real Madrid youth academy, Soldado began playing for the club's 'B' team in the 2002-03 season and soon became a prolific goalscorer for the side. Over the course of four seasons, he managed to score 63 goals in 120 games. In 2004-05, he made his debut for the senior team, while in 2005-06, he scored his first Real Madrid goal. After spending the duration of the 2006-07 campaign on loan at Osasuna, where he scored 11 league goals, Soldado returned to Madrid. He subsequently played five matches during their 2007-08 La Liga-winning season, before moving to Getafe for a €4 million transfer fee.

During his two years with Getafe, Soldado found excellent goalscoring form. The 2009-10 season saw him reach 20 goals in all competitions for the first time, as he helped the team to achieve qualification for the UEFA Europa League. His performances caught the attention of Valencia, who signed him in the summer of 2010 as a replacement for their departing striker, David Villa.

Soldado scored on his debut for Valencia, in a 4-0 victory over Bursaspor in the Champions League. In April 2011, he faced his former club, Getafe, and scored four goals in a memorable victory. Soldado eventually finished his first season with 25 goals in all competitions and improved upon that tally in 2011-12, reaching 27 goals. Then, the 2012-13 season saw Soldado hit 30 goals in total for the first time in his career. In the summer of 2013, he completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of £26 million. In August, on his Premier League debut, he scored his first goal for the club and in December, during a Europa League fixture against Anzhi Makhachkala, he scored his first Spurs hattrick.

At international level, Soldado played for Spain at various youth levels, before making his senior debut in 2007. Although he has found it difficult to break into the team on a regular basis, he was selected as a member of their 2013 Confederations Cup squad.

Headlines

Sherwood hails Soldado

Sherwood hails Soldado

by Football News

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood lavished praise on Roberto Soldado after the striker ended his goal drought to down Cardiff City... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2013/2014
Premier League
1907 27 22 5 10 11 6 5 0 0
2013/2014
La Liga
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012/2013
La Liga
2930 35 33 2 8 2 24 9 0 0
2011/2012
La Liga
2450 32 29 3 10 3 17 11 0 0
2010/2011
La Liga
2412 34 26 8 9 10 18 8 0 0
2009/2010
La Liga
2266 26 25 1 5 3 16 11 0 0
2008/2009
La Liga
2191 34 24 10 12 11 13 8 0 2
2007/2008
La Liga
123 5 1 4 1 12 0 0 0 0
2006/2007
La Liga
1798 30 21 9 16 9 11 6 0 1
2005/2006
Segunda División
0 5 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2005/2006
La Liga
309 11 1 10 1 14 2 1 0 0
2004/2005
Segunda B
0 34 34 0 0 0 21 0 0 0
2003/2004
La Liga
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2003/2004
Segunda B
0 31 31 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
2002/2003
Segunda División
0 26 26 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Total 16386 330 278 52 72 76 154 59 0 3

Transfers & Loans

2013
5 Aug
€ 30,000,000
2010
1 Jul
€ 10,000,000
2008
1 Jul
€ 6,000,000
2006
1 Jul
Loan

Games Played

Date Match  
19 Apr 2014 3 1 0 0 0
30 Mar 2014 4 0 0 0 0
23 Mar 2014 3 2 0 0 0
16 Mar 2014 0 1 0 1 0
8 Mar 2014 4 0 0 0 0
2 Mar 2014 1 0 1 0 0
23 Feb 2014 1 0 0 0 0
12 Feb 2014 0 4 0 0 0
9 Feb 2014 1 0 0 0 0
1 Feb 2014 1 1 0 1 0
29 Jan 2014 1 5 0 0 0
19 Jan 2014 1 3 0 0 0
11 Jan 2014 2 0 0 0 0
1 Jan 2014 1 2 0 0 0
29 Dec 2013 3 0 1 0 0
26 Dec 2013 1 1 0 1 0
22 Dec 2013 2 3 0 0 0
15 Dec 2013 0 5 0 0 0
7 Dec 2013 1 2 0 0 0
4 Dec 2013 1 2 0 0 0
1 Dec 2013 2 2 0 0 0
24 Nov 2013 6 0 0 0 0
10 Nov 2013 0 1 0 0 0
3 Nov 2013 0 0 0 0 0
27 Oct 2013 1 0 1 0 0
20 Oct 2013 0 2 1 0 0
6 Oct 2013 0 3 0 0 0
28 Sep 2013 1 1 0 0 0
22 Sep 2013 0 1 0 1 0
14 Sep 2013 2 0 0 0 0