Daniel Aquino Pintos

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Dani Aquino
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Aquino Pintos
Date of birth (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Murcia, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Atlético B
Youth career
1998–2006 Murcia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Murcia B 24 (10)
2007–2011 Murcia 77 (8)
2011–2012 Valladolid 1 (0)
2012–2013 Oviedo 12 (1)
2013 Atlético C 17 (13)
2013– Atlético B 47 (20)
2013– Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
National team
2007 Spain U17 12 (4)
2007–2009 Spain U19 18 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aquino and the second or maternal family name is Pintos.

Daniel "Dani" Aquino Pintos (born 27 July 1990) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid B. Left-footed, he can play anywhere on the attacking line but usually appears as both a winger or forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Murcia, Aquino made his professional debuts for local Real Murcia at only 16 years of age, during 2006–07 in the second division, against CD Tenerife: he scored in a 1–4 home loss for his only appearance of the season, which ended in promotion. In early 2007 rumours surfaced that Chelsea and Liverpool, amongst others, were after the youngster; eventually no deals were arranged, as the player chose to stay in the country to further his development.[1]

Aquino first appeared in La Liga on 20 January 2008, in a 1–3 away defeat against Real Zaragoza.[2] After coach Lucas Alcaraz's dismissal and the arrival of Javier Clemente, he finished the campaign in the starting XI, and showed glimpses of an emerging talent; on 30 March he provided a cross for Enrique de Lucas' opener at Deportivo de La Coruña (another 1–3 loss),[3] and netted his first top flight goal two months later, away against Racing de Santander: Murcia led by 2–0, lost 2–3 and ractified its relegation.[4]

In 2008–09 Aquino was given a major role in the main squad, switching from No. 31 to No. 10, but Murcia underachieved, battling for relegation during the vast majority of the season and finally ranking 14th. At the end of the following season the club finally dropped down a level, and he left the club in June 2011 having featured sparingly in the process.[5]

After further unsuccessful spells with Real Valladolid[6] and Real Oviedo, Aquino moved to Atlético Madrid in mid-January 2013,[7] and scored several goals for its C-team in division four. He also caught the eye of main squad manager Diego Simeone who awarded him his first top division appearance in over five years on 1 June: after just a minute on the field, he assisted Diego Costa for the second goal in an eventual 3–1 win at Zaragoza.[8]

International career[edit]

Aquino represented Spain at both under-17 and under-19 levels. During the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup he scored three goals and was the nation's second-best scorer, only trailing Bojan Krkic's five.[9]

Subsequently Aquino appeared at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, held in the Czech Republic.

Honours[edit]

Spain U17

Personal[edit]

Aquino's father, Daniel Toribio Aquino, was born in Argentina, but played for seven different teams in Spain, most notably Murcia and Real Betis.[10]

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