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 29)
Place of birth Quilmes, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 18
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)
2012–2015 Middlesbrough 56 (8)
2014–2015 Rotherham United (loan) 7 (1)
2015 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Rotherham United 5 (0)
2016 Brentford 1 (0)
2016 Panetolikos 9 (0)
2017– New York Cosmos 13 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 18, 2017.

Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (born 24 May 1988) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League.


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.[8] Ledesma scored one goal in aiding Walsall's successful survival against relegation,[9] 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.[8]

Ledesma signed a three-year contract with Middlesbrough in July 2012.[10] 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.[11] 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.[11] Ledesma scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough in a 4–1 win against Charlton Athletic.[11] 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.[11] 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.[12] He scored another long range effort a month later against Charlton Athletic.[12]

On 22 November 2014, it was announced that Ledesma had been recruited on an emergency loan deal to Rotherham United until January 2015.[13] He made his debut as a half-time substitute the same day in a 1–0 loss to Birmingham City.[14]

Following his release by Middlesbrough, on 2 July 2015 Ledesma signed a one-year deal with Championship side Rotherham United.[15]

On 9 August 2016, Ledesma joined Championship club Brentford on non-contract terms,[16] but after just two appearances,[17] he departed for Superleague Greece club Panetolikos.[18] On 24 December 2016, Panetolikos and Ledesma parted ways.[19]

On 23 March 2017, Ledesma joined North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos.[20]


  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. 2 February 2009. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Novara: dopo Ledesma, è fatta anche per Cossentino e Rigoni" (in Italian). 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-19. [dead link]
  7. ^ "LEDESMA LASCIA GLI AZZURRI" [LEDESMA LEAVE BLUES]. Novara Calcio (in Italian). 24 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b http://www.skysports.com/football/player/2871/emmanuel-ledesma
  9. ^ "Games played by Emmanuel Ledesma in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  10. ^ "Middlesbrough sign forward Emmanuel Ledesma". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Games played by Emmanuel Ledesma in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  12. ^ a b "Games played by Emmanuel Ledesma in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  13. ^ Emmanuel Ledesma completes loan move to Rotherham United - Gazette Live
  14. ^ "Games played by Emmanuel Ledesma in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  15. ^ "Emmanuel Ledesma: Rotherham sign ex-Middlesbrough winger". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  16. ^ FC, Brentford. "Emmanuel Ledesma signs for Brentford on a non-contract basis". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  17. ^ "Emmanuel Ledesma | Football Stats | Brentford | Season 2016/2017 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  18. ^ FC, Brentford. "Emmanuel Ledesma leaves Brentford to join Greek side Panetolikos". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  19. ^ "Λύση συμβολαίων". Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  20. ^ http://www.nasl.com/news/2017/03/23/new-york-cosmos-add-pair-of-signings-ahead-of-opening-night

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