Emmanuel Ledesma

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Emmanuel Ledesma
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Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma
Date of birth (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Quilmes, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
2005–2006 Defensa y Justicia
2006–2008 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Genoa 0 (0)
2008–2009 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 17 (1)
2009 Salernitana (loan) 8 (1)
2009–2010 Novara (loan) 8 (1)
2010 Crotone 10 (0)
2011 Walsall 10 (1)
2011 Defensa y Justicia 3 (0)
2012 Walsall 10 (4)
2012– Middlesbrough 56 (8)
2014-2015 Rotherham United (loan) 7 (1)
2015 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (born 24 May 1988) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Middlesbrough.


After moving through the youth ranks of Serie A side Genoa, Ledesma joined Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan in June 2008.[1] Ledesma made a bright start to his career in English football, highlighted by a hat-trick at home to Carlisle in the second round of the League Cup,[2] this coming days after his first and what turned out to be only league goal for QPR in a 2–0 win over Doncaster Rovers.[3] After only a few games at Loftus Road, he had made a good impression on many Queens Park Rangers fans and a limited edition t-shirt was made in his honour.[4] On 2 February 2009 he left QPR by mutual consent to join Serie B side Salernitana in a half-season loan move.[5]

In July 2009 he went to Novara Calcio, on loan from Genoa, with option to sign him in a co-ownership deal.[6] Although he won promotion to Serie B with Novara, in June 2010, the club decided to send him back to Genoa.[7] Ledesma subsequently signed for newly promoted Serie B club, F.C. Crotone, in a co-ownership deal, however, after only half of the season, he returned to Genoa and was released in January 2011.

Following his release by Genoa, Ledesma was offered a trial with Brighton and Hove Albion where, despite scoring on his debut for the reserves, he was not offered a permanent deal. While playing for Brighton reserves, Ledesma was spotted by Walsall, where he successfully completed a trial, and contracted himself to Walsall until the end of the 2010–11 season. Ledesma scored one goal in aiding Walsall's successful survival against relegation, before returning to Argentina to re-join boyhood club Defensa y Justicia. Ledesma returned to England in 2012 and, in March, again signed a contract with Walsall for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.

Ledesma signed a three year contract with Middlesbrough in July 2012. On 11 August 2012, Ledesma scored on his first competitive game for Middlesbrough, scoring in a 2 – 1 victory over Bury in the first round of the League Cup. After struggling to establish himself in the first team squad, he added a second goal scored directly from a corner in a 3–1 victory over Preston North End in the third round. Ledesma scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough in a 4–1 win against Charlton Athletic. Ledesma was named in the Championship team of the week after the Charlton match and followed up this strong performance with a man of the match effort against Sheffield Wednesday a week later. He also scored a free kick in a 3–0 home win over Huddersfield Town. After struggling to get amongst the first team again in the 2013/2014 season, Ledesma earned a place in the lineup in December under new manager Aitor Karanka and scored two goals in two games. He scored another long range effort a month later against Charlton Athletic.

On 22 November 2014, it was announced that Ledesma had been recruited on an emergency loan deal to Rotherham United[8] until January 2015. He made his debut as a half-time substitute the same day in a 1–0 loss to Birmingham City.


  1. ^ "QPR net Genoa midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  2. ^ "QPR 4–0 Carlisle". BBC. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "QPR 2–0 Doncaster". BBC. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ledesma stars for QPR". Sky Sports. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Acquistato Ledesma, ceduto Umunegbu" (in Italian). Salernitana Calcio 1919. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Novara: dopo Ledesma, è fatta anche per Cossentino e Rigoni" (in Italian). 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  7. ^ "LEDESMA LASCIA GLI AZZURRI" [LEDESMA LEAVE BLUES]. Novara Calcio (in Italian). 24 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/emmanuel-ledesma-completes-loan-move-8155517

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