Bruno Fornaroli

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fornaroli and the second or maternal family name is Mezza.
Bruno Fornaroli
Personal information
Full name Bruno Fornaroli Mezza
Date of birth (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Salto, Uruguay
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 23
Youth career
0000–2008 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Nacional 29 (15)
2008–2012 Sampdoria 17 (0)
2009 San Lorenzo (loan) 12 (2)
2009–2010 Recreativo Huelva (loan) 17 (2)
2011 Nacional (loan) 9 (4)
2012–2013 Panathinaikos 17 (0)
2014–2015 Danubio 25 (5)
2014 Figueirense (loan) 0 (0)
2015– Melbourne City 29 (27)
National team
2003 Uruguay U17

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2016.


Bruno Fornaroli Mezza (born 7 September 1987 in Salto) is a Uruguayan footballer currently playing for Melbourne City FC as a forward. He is also nicknamed El Tuna, meaning "The Prickly Pear".

Career[edit]

Sampdoria[edit]

On July 2007 Fornaroli – who has Italian ancestry – was moved to Italian Serie A team Sampdoria from Nacional in which he started his career as a professional footballer. He acquired an Italian passport in 2008, making it easier to sign with clubs based in the European Union.[2]

Loan to Recreativo Huelva[edit]

On August 2009 he was loaned to Recreativo Huelva.[3]

Loan to Nacional[edit]

In January 2011 Fornaroli was loaned back to Club Nacional de Football, returning in August 2011 to Sampdoria following their relegation.

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 21 July 2012 Fornaroli signed[4] a three-year contract with Panathinaikos F.C. after manager Jesualdo Ferreira requested to have him in his team.

On 2 September 2013 he terminated his contract with Panathinaikos.[5]

Danubio[edit]

On 8 July 2015, Danubio FC confirmed that he will leave the club and continue his career at Melbourne City FC.

Melbourne City[edit]

On 10 August 2015, Melbourne City FC confirmed that they had signed Fornaroli on a two-year deal.[6] He scored his first goal for Melbourne City FC on his debut on 26 August 2015 against Wellington Phoenix in an FFA Cup match. In the following round of the FFA Cup the quarter finals he scored two goals against Heidelberg United. Fornaroli scored his first A-League goal in a 3-2 defeat to rivals Melbourne Victory. The following week Fornaroli scored a brace in City's 3-1 victory over the Central Coast Mariners. He continued his rich scoring form with a brace against Adelaide United making him the top scorer of the league by round 5. Fornaroli also became the quickest A-League player to score 11 goals in the league.[7]

On 5 March 2016, Fornaroli notched a hat-trick against Sydney FC at AAMI Park to become the first A-League player to score 20 goals in a regular season.[8]

Melburnians, a City supporters group, honoured Fornaroli with a dedicated display, reading "El Tuna 23 Rey de Melbourne", at City's next home game on 18 March 2016.[9] Fornaroli capped the season by winning the league golden boot, scoring 23 goals in the regular season (5 ahead of his nearest challenger) and was the joint winner of Melbourne City's Player of the Year award.[10]

On 8 August 2016, City confirmed Fornaroli had signed a new three-year deal, with the striker being elevated to marquee player status.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 April 2016[12][13][14][15][16]
Club Season League Cup Continental[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nacional 2007–08 29 15 8 2 37 17
Sampdoria 2008–09 5 0 1 1 4 2 10 3
2010–11 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 11 0 0 0 11 0
Total 17 0 1 1 4 2 22 4
San Lorenzo (loan) 2008–09 12 2 3 0 15 2
Recreativo Huelva (loan) 2009–10 17 2 3 1 20 3
Nacional (loan) 2010–11 9 4 4 0 13 4
Panathinaikos 2012–13 17 0 2 2 7 0 26 2
Danubio 2013–14 14 2 - - 0 0 14 2
2014–15 11 3 - - 6 0 17 3
Total 25 5 0 0 6 0 31 5
Melbourne City 2015–16 29 25 3 3 31 28
Total 154 53 9 7 32 4 195 64

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Includes appearances in the Copa Libertadores, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Nacional

Danubio

Individual[edit]

Records

References[edit]

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