Cristian Ceballos

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Cristian Ceballos
Personal information
Full name Cristian Ceballos Prieto[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, forward
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2004–2011 Barcelona
2011–2013 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2013–2014Arouca (loan) 19 (1)
2015–2017 Charlton Athletic 5 (0)
2016–2017Sint-Truiden (loan) 20 (1)
2017–2019 Sint-Truiden 18 (2)
2019– Al-Wakrah 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:55, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

Cristian Ceballos Prieto (born 3 December 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Qatari club Al-Wakrah.


Rising through the ranks at FC Barcelona[edit]

Ceballos joined Barcelona's famous La Masia youth facility at the age of 11.[2] In 2007, he became a YouTube sensation after being filmed juggling the ball with Ronaldinho.[3] He progressed through the youth system but was impeded by injuries.[4] In 2004, he took part in the Torneo Nacional Alevín de Fútbol in Brunete for Barcelona's U-12 side where he scored 8 goals and won the trophy for the tournament's best player.[5] Having been released from his contract at Barcelona in 2010, Ceballos trained with Chelsea in March 2011.[3][4]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Following a trial, Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of Ceballos on 11 July 2011.[3] He was named on the substitutes bench for a Carling Cup tie at Stoke City in September 2011.[6] During his first season at the club he was a regular in the Spurs XI reserve team, scoring 10 goals in 13 appearances.[7]

For Tottenham Hotspur's 2012–2013 season Ceballos was selected in the provisional squad and was given the number 44 shirt.[8] He played for Tottenham Hotspur's U21 side in the new Barclays U21 Premier League and scored a hat-trick against Southampton U21 In a 4–2 win for Tottenham.[9] He also netted a brace against Liverpool U21 in the Elite Group of the league on 1 April 2013.[10]

Ahead of the 2014–15 season Ceballos was given the number 39 shirt and was a regular on the substitutes bench, including for the 2–1 victory against Hull City in November.[11] He was released by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season.[12]

Arouca loan[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Ceballos joined newly promoted Portuguese First Division side Arouca on loan[13] and was given the number 11 shirt.[14] On 20 September 2013, he made his professional debut in the league for Arouca;[15] coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute in a 1–0 loss to Braga.[16]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 23 July 2015, Ceballos joined Charlton Athletic on a three-year deal.[17]


On 1 August 2016, Ceballos joined Sint-Truidense V.V. on a season-long loan.[18]


  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Espantada en la cantera del Barça, Cristian Ceballos vuela hacia Londres". Punto pelota (in Spanish). Intereconomía TV. 11 July 2011. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Tottenham sign former Barcelona teenager Cristian Ceballos". The Guardian. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b García, Juan Manuel (25 May 2011). "Novedades en La Masía: llegan seis canteranos del Espanyol, un alevín americano y se va Ceballos". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  5. ^ "La última joya de La Masia" (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo. 8 June 2004.
  6. ^ "Stoke 0-0 Tottenham (7-6 pens)". BBC Sport (UK). 20 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur Reserves (Spurs XI) & Academy".
  8. ^ "Cristian Ceballos player details (skysports profile)". Sky Sports (UK).
  9. ^ "Barclays U21s: Ceballos treble sinks Southampton". (UK). 16 October 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Ceballos at the double as Tottenham storm ten points clear". (UK). 2 April 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Hull City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport (UK). 23 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Retained and released lists submitted by Premier League clubs". Premier League. 10 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Cristian Ceballos reforça ataque". FC Arouca. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 7 September 2013.
  14. ^ "F.C. Arouca main squad". FC Arouca. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Arouca vs Braga". Sky Sports. 20 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Arouca 0-1 Sporting Braga". Eurosport. 20 September 2013.
  17. ^ "Cristian Ceballos becomes Charlton's fifth summer signing". 23 July 2015. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Cristian Ceballos finalises loan switch to Sint-Truiden". Charlton Athletic Official Site. 1 August 2016. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.

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