Carles Aleñá

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Carles Aleñá
Carles Alena 2017.jpg
Aleñá with Barcelona B in 2017
Personal information
Full name Carles Aleñá Castillo
Date of birth (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Mataró, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 21
Youth career
2005–2016 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Barcelona B 83 (18)
2016– Barcelona 17 (2)
National team
2013 Spain U16 3 (0)
2013–2015 Spain U17 16 (3)
2015–2017 Spain U19 13 (2)
2019– Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:42, 23 April 2019 (UTC)20:42, 23 April 2019 (UTC) 04:15, 13 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2019

Carles Aleñá Castillo (born 5 January 1998) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Barcelona.

Club career[edit]

Born in Mataró, Barcelona, Catalonia, Aleñá moved to FC Barcelona's youth system, La Masia, in 2005 at the age of 7, after a successful trial.[1][2] Highly rated by the club,[3][4] he made his debut with the reserves on 29 August 2015, coming on as a late substitute for David Babunski in a 0–0 Segunda División B home draw against CF Pobla de Mafumet.[5]

On 24 November 2015, Aleñá scored a spectacular goal in a UEFA Youth League game against Roma.[6] He scored his first senior goal on 19 December, in a Barça B 2–4 away loss to CD Eldense.[7]

Aleñá was first included in Barcelona's main squad on 10 February 2016,[8] remaining an unused substitute in their 1–1 away draw against Valencia CF in the second leg of Copa del Rey semi-finals.[9] He made his first team debut on 30 November of that year, starting and scoring the equalizer in an away draw against Hércules CF for the same scoreline, in the same competition.[10]

Aleñá made his La Liga debut on 2 April 2017, coming on as a second-half substitute for Ivan Rakitić in a 4–1 away routing of Granada CF.[11] On 28 June, he signed a three-year professional deal with Barcelona, including a release clause of 75 million.[12] In July 2018, he was nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award. On 4 December 2018, Aleñá was officially promoted to the first team, two days after scoring his first league goal for Barcelona against Villarreal CF.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 April 2019[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2015–16 Segunda División B 14 1 14 1
2016–17 23 3 6[a] 0 29 3
2017–18 Segunda División 38 11 38 11
2018–19 Segunda División B 8 3 8 3
Total 83 18 6 0 89 18
Barcelona 2016–17 La Liga 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2017–18 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2018–19 14 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 22 2
Total 17 2 10 1 2 0 0 0 29 3
Career total 100 20 10 1 2 0 6 0 118 21
Notes
  1. ^ All appearances in Segunda División B play-offs

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona

Personal life[edit]

Aleñá's father, named Francesc, was also a footballer. A forward, he played for several clubs in the 1980s and 1990s.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carles Aleñá, uno de los elegidos (Carles Aleñá, one of the chosen); Mundo Deportivo, 14 September 2015 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Carles Aleñá, una excepción (Carles Aleñá, an exception); Mundo Deportivo, 5 April 2017 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Aleñá, el Maradona de la cantera (Aleñá, the Maradona of the youth system); Mundo Deportivo, 27 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Así es Carles Aleñá, la nueva perla de la cantera azulgrana (So is Carles Aleñá, the new pearl of Barcelona's youth system); Marca, 19 February 2016 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Un penalti fallado en el 90' impide el primer triunfo del Barça B (A missed penalty in the 90th minute prevents the first triumph of Barça B); Sport, 29 August 2015 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Watch Carles Aleñá's stunning goal for Barcelona; UEFA, 24 November 2015
  7. ^ "CD Eldense-Barça B: Derrota para cerrar el año (4-2)" [Eldense CD-Barça B: Defeat to end the year (4-2)] (in Spanish). 19 December 2015.
  8. ^ FC Barcelona announce squad for Mestalla; FC Barcelona, 10 February 2016
  9. ^ Barça salvage 1–1 King's Cup draw against improved Valencia; Reuters, 10 February 2016
  10. ^ Otro petardazo del Barça (Another firecracker from Barça); Marca, 30 November 2016 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Carles Aleñá: un debut de cinco minutos (Carles Aleñá: a five-minute debut); Sport, 2 April 2017 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Carles Aleñá agrees to new FC Barcelona contract; FC Barcelona, 28 June 2017
  13. ^ Carles Aleñá at Soccerway
  14. ^ Carles Aleñá: "No me llamo Carles, me llamo Pivaldo" (Carles Aleñá: "My name is not Carles, call me Pivaldo"); Sport, 14 September 2015 (in Spanish)

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