Gerard Moreno

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Gerard Moreno
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Gerard with Spain in 2019
Personal information
Full name Gerard Moreno Balagueró[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Santa Perpètua, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2001 Damm
2001–2007 Espanyol
2007–2010 Badalona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Villarreal C 39 (34)
2011–2013 Villarreal B 29 (13)
2012–2015 Villarreal 40 (10)
2013–2014Mallorca (loan) 31 (11)
2015–2018 Espanyol 107 (36)
2018– Villarreal 120 (58)
National team
2019– Spain 17 (5)
2014– Catalonia 3 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:48, 16 April 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 08:08, 3 September 2021 (UTC)

Gerard Moreno Balagueró (born 7 April 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Villarreal and the Spain national team.

In his career, he has played for Villarreal, Mallorca and Espanyol, winning the 2021 Europa League and two Zarra Trophies with the first club.

Moreno made his full debut for Spain in 2019, being part of the squad at UEFA Euro 2020.

Club career[edit]

Villarreal[edit]

Born in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona, Catalonia, Moreno joined Villarreal in 2010 from local Badalona. On 5 March 2011, while still a junior, he made his debut with the reserves, appearing as a late substitute in a 1–2 home loss against Rayo Vallecano.[2] During his early spell he also represented the third team, scoring at an astonishing rate in Tercera División.[3]

Moreno scored his first goal as a professional on 10 December 2011, contributing to a 3–1 Segunda División home victory over Xerez.[4] He played his first official game with Villarreal's main squad roughly one year later, starting in a 1–0 loss at Elche.[5] He scored his first goal for the Yellow Submarine on 25 January 2013, opening a 3–0 defeat of Sabadell.[6]

On 8 July 2013, Moreno signed with Mallorca of the second tier in a season-long loan.[7] He subsequently returned to Villarreal, being definitely promoted to the first team now in La Liga.[8]

Moreno made his debut in the Spanish top flight on 14 September 2014, starting in a 0–0 away draw against Granada.[9] He scored his first goal in the competition ten days later, in a 1–1 draw at Eibar.[10]

Espanyol[edit]

On 13 August 2015, Moreno signed a five-year deal with fellow league side Espanyol,[11] who bought 50% of his rights for a €1.5 million fee. The following 23 January, he scored in a 2–2 home draw against his former team before being sent off.[12]

Moreno netted 16 times in the 2017–18 season, in an 11th-place finish.[13]

Villarreal return[edit]

Moreno returned to Villarreal on 12 June 2018, agreeing to a five-year contract. Having retained 50% of the player's rights previously, his former club paid Espanyol €20 million in the transfer to buy back the remaining 50% and acquire the player outright.[14]

Moreno finished 2019–20 with 18 league goals, thus winning the Zarra Trophy.[15] He renewed the accolade the following season with 23 and a team-best seven assists,[16] scoring a further seven times in their victorious run in the UEFA Europa League;[17][18][19] he was later voted the Europa League's Player of the Season, beating Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.[20]

On 10 August 2021, Moreno signed a new six-year deal.[21][19] The following day, he scored in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea,[22] surpassing Giuseppe Rossi to become the club's all-time top scorer at 83 goals.[23][24][19]

Moreno featured much less in the 2021–22 campaign, due to injury problems.[25][26]

International career[edit]

Moreno was never capped for Spain at any youth level. He made his senior debut on 15 October 2019, playing the entire 1–1 draw in Sweden for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.[27][28] One month later, for the same competition and also as a starter, he scored his first goal in a 7–0 rout of Malta in Cádiz for the already qualified hosts.[29] On 18 November, he added a brace in the 5–0 victory over Romania,[30] being included in Luis Enrique's 24-man squad for the finals on 24 May 2021.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2022[32][33][3]
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
Villarreal C 2010–11 Tercera División 39 34 39 34
Villarreal B 2010–11 Segunda División 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Segunda División 4 1 4 1
2012–13 Segunda División B 24 12 24 12
Total 29 13 29 13
Villarreal 2012–13 Segunda División 14 3 0 0 14 3
2014–15 La Liga 26 7 6 5 7[a] 4 39 16
Total 40 10 6 5 7 4 53 19
Mallorca (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 31 11 1 1 32 12
Espanyol 2015–16 La Liga 32 7 4 0 36 7
2016–17 La Liga 37 13 1 0 38 13
2017–18 La Liga 38 16 6 3 44 19
Total 107 36 11 3 118 39
Villarreal 2018–19 La Liga 35 8 3 1 11[a] 4 49 13
2019–20 La Liga 35 18 2 2 37 20
2020–21 La Liga 33 23 1 0 12[a] 7 46 30
2021–22 La Liga 17 9 2 1 7[b] 2 1[c] 1 27 13
Total 120 58 8 4 30 13 1 1 159 76
Career total 366 162 26 13 37 17 1 1 430 198
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 2 September 2021[34]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2019 3 3
2020 6 1
2021 8 1
Total 17 5
As of match played 2 September 2021
Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Moreno goal[34]
List of international goals by Gerard Moreno
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2019 Estadio Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain  Malta 6–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
2 18 November 2019 Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain  Romania 2–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
3 3–0
4 14 November 2020 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–1 1–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A
5 31 March 2021 Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain  Kosovo 3–1 3–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Villarreal

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "El Rayo saca partido de su efectividad" [Rayo take advantage of effectiveness]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 March 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b Pérez, Javier (15 January 2015). "Goleador en la sombra" [Scorer in the shadow]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Porcar se carga al Xerez" [Porcar kills Xerez]. Marca (in Spanish). 10 December 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ Marín, David (2 December 2012). "El Elche se confirma como el 'gallito' de la categoría" [Elche the confirmed 'underachiever' in category]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  6. ^ De Andrés, Rubén (25 January 2013). "El Villarreal se engancha a los puestos de ascenso" [Villarreal reach promotion zone]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Gerard Moreno jugará cedido en el Mallorca" [Gerard Moreno will play with Mallorca on loan]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ Franch, Víctor (14 August 2014). "El reto de Gerard Moreno" [Gerard Moreno's goal]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. ^ Melero, Delfín (14 September 2014). "Demasiado tarde" [Too late]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Eibar 1–1 Villarreal". ESPN FC. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Principi d'acord per Gerard Moreno" [Agreement in principle for Gerard Moreno] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  12. ^ Estepa, Javier (23 January 2016). "Musacchio rasca un punto en el caos" [Musacchio scrapes a draw amidst the chaos]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. ^ Navarro, Cristina (22 May 2018). "Gerard Moreno: "Mi corazón siempre será blanquiazul"" [Gerard Moreno: "My heart will always be white-and-blue"]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 June 2018.
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  26. ^ "Gerard Moreno se retiró con una lesión muscular frente al Getafe" [Gerard Moreno retired with muscle injury against Getafe]. Estadio Deportivo (in Spanish). 17 April 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
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  30. ^ "Gerard Moreno bags brace as Spain finish group campaign with easy win over Romania". Belfast Telegraph. 18 November 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
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