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 f...

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