Matías Nahuel

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Matías Nahuel
Personal information
Full name Matías Nahuel Leiva Esquivel
Date of birth (1996-11-22) 22 November 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Escuela ADIUR
2011–2013 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Villarreal C 12 (2)
2013–2015 Villarreal B 64 (11)
2014– Villarreal 25 (0)
2016–2018Betis (loan) 17 (0)
2018Barcelona B (loan) 18 (5)
National team
2014–2015 Spain U19 11 (3)
2015– Spain U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2017

Matías Nahuel Leiva Esquivel (born 22 November 1996), known as Nahuel, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, Nahuel moved to Spain at only 14, joining Villarreal CF's youth setup.[1] He made his senior debuts with the C-side in 2012–13, in Tercera División, and also appeared occasionally for the reserves during that first season.

Nahuel made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 13 January 2014, playing 23 minutes in a 5–1 home routing of Real Sociedad.[2] On 28 August he scored his first professional goal, netting the last in a 4–0 home win against FC Astana for the campaign's UEFA Europa League.[3]

On 16 June 2016, Nahuel signed a two-year loan contract with Real Betis, also in the top tier.[4][5] On 30 January 2018, he was loaned to FC Barcelona B in Segunda División, for six months.[6]

International career[edit]

Nahuel was part of the Spanish under-19 team which won the 2015 UEFA European Championship in Greece. He scored in a 3–0 group stage opening victory against holders Germany,[7] adding the second goal in the 2–0 win over Russia in the decisive match in Katerini.[8]


Spain U19


  1. ^ Conociendo a Matías Nahuel Leiva (Knowing Matías Nahuel Leiva); Futbolistas Argentinos por el Mundo, 8 October 2013 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Five-star Villarreal cruise to win Archived 25 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN FC, 13 January 2014
  3. ^ ¡Europa, ya estamos aquí! (4–0) (Europe, we have arrived! (4–0)) Archived 4 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Villarreal CF, 28 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Real Betis signs Nahuel for the next two seasons Archived 30 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine.; Real Betis, 16 June 2016
  5. ^ Nahuel jugará cedido en el Real Betis (Nahuel will play on loan at Real Betis); Villarreal CF, 16 June 2016 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Agreement with Villarreal CF for the loan of Nahuel Leiva". FC Barcelona. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Slick Spain too strong for holders Germany". UEFA. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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