Santiago Cazorla González, known more simply as Santi Cazorla, was born in Llanera, Asturias on 13 December 1984. A Spanish international, Cazorla is primarily a central midfield playmaker, but is also able to play on either wing. He is noted for his close control, creative talents, ability to dictate the tempo of matches and for being ambidextrous. In 2013, he was named as the tenth best footballer in the world by Bloomberg.

Cazorla began playing youth team football with Real Oviedo in 1996, before signing for Villarreal in 2003. Although he broke into the first team squad, he failed to make a major impression and signed for Recreativo prior to the 2006-07 campaign. Over the course of that season, he received huge priase and won the Don Balón award for Spanish Player of the Year. In the ...

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