Gerard Moreno (footballer)

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Gerard
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Moreno with Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Gerard Moreno Balagueró
Date of birth (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Santa Perpètua, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position 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 25 (4)
National team
2014– Catalonia 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:26, 7 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2016

Gerard Moreno Balagueró (born 7 April 1992), known simply as Gerard, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Villarreal[edit]

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

On 10 December 2011, Gerard netted his first goal as a professional, contributing to a 3–1 Segunda División home success over Xerez CD.[2] Roughly one year later he played his first official game with Villarreal's main squad, starting in a 0–1 loss at Elche CF;[3] he scored his first goal for the Yellow Submarine on 25 January 2013, netting the opener in the 3–0 win against CE Sabadell FC.[4]

On 8 July 2013, Gerard signed with RCD Mallorca in the second level, in a season-long loan.[5] He subsequently returned to Villarreal, being definitely promoted to the main squad now in La Liga.[6]

Moreno made his debut in the Spanish top flight on 14 September 2014, starting in a 0–0 away draw against Granada CF.[7] He scored his first goal in the competition ten days later, in a 1–1 draw at SD Eibar.[8]

Espanyol[edit]

On 13 August 2015, Gerard signed a five-year deal with fellow league club RCD Espanyol,[9] 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.[10]

Gerard netted 16 times in the 2017–18 campaign, helping to an 11th-place finish.[11]

Villarreal return[edit]

Gerard 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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Rayo saca partido de su efectividad (Rayo take advantage of effectiveness); Marca, 5 March 2011 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Porcar se carga al Xerez (Porcar kills Xerez); Marca, 10 December 2011 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Elche se confirma como el 'gallito' de la categoría (Elche the confirmed 'underachiever' in category); Marca, 2 December 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Villarreal se engancha a los puestos de ascenso (Villarreal reach promotion zone); Marca, 25 January 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Gerard Moreno jugará cedido en el Mallorca (Gerard Moreno will play with Mallorca on loan); Marca, 8 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El reto de Gerard Moreno (Gerard Moreno's goal); Marca, 14 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Demasiado tarde (Too late); Marca, 14 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Eibar 1–1 Villarreal; ESPN FC, 24 September 2014
  9. ^ Principi d'acord per Gerard Moreno (Agreement in principle for Gerard Moreno); RCD Espanyol, 13 August 2015 (in Catalan)
  10. ^ "Musacchio rasca un punto en el caos" [Musacchio scrapes a draw amidst the chaos] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  11. ^ Navarro, Cristina (22 May 2018). "Gerard Moreno: "Mi corazón siempre será blanquiazul"" [Gerard Moreno: "My heart will always be white-and-blue"] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Official: Gerard Moreno joins Villarreal from Espanyol" (in Spanish). Sport. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

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