Gerard Moreno (footballer)

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Gerard
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
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)
2013–2014 Mallorca (loan) 31 (11)
2015–2018 Espanyol 107 (36)
2018- Villarreal 0 (0)
National team
2014– Catalonia 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 June 2018
‡ 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 Villareal as a striker.

Football 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]

Villarreal[edit]

On 12 June 2018, Gerard signed for his boyhood club Villareal CF for a club record fee on a five-year deal.[11] RCD Espanyol will receive €20 million for him, with €8 million paid in installments of €4 million each in next two years. [12]

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