Maxi Gómez

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Maxi Gómez
XXIII Memorial Quinocho (RC Celta vs Mainz 05) - 09.jpg
Gómez with Celta in 2018
Personal information
Full name Maximiliano Gómez González
Date of birth (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Paysandú, Uruguay
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 22
Youth career
Litoral
2013–2015 Defensor Sporting
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Defensor Sporting 47 (28)
2017–2019 Celta 71 (30)
2019– Valencia 3 (1)
National team
2017– Uruguay 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2019

Maximiliano "Maxi" Gómez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaksi ˈɣomes]; born 14 August 1996) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Valencia and the Uruguayan national team.

Club career[edit]

Defensor Sporting[edit]

Born in Paysandú, Gómez joined Defensor Sporting's youth setup in 2013, from CA Litoral.[2] He made his first team debut on 15 September 2015, coming on as a late substitute for Héctor Acuña in a 1–0 away win against Universitario for the year's Copa Sudamericana.[3]

Gómez made his Primera División debut on 4 October 2015, but in a 0–4 away loss against Nacional.[4] His first senior goal came on 16 October, the last in a 2–3 home defeat against Montevideo Wanderers.[5]

On 31 October 2015, Gómez scored a brace in a 4–1 home routing of Juventud de Las Piedras; he repeated the feat on 20 November in a 2–2 home draw against El Tanque Sisley, and also in a 3–2 home success over Danubio the following 28 February. On 22 May 2016, he scored four goals in a 6–5 away win against El Tanque Sisley, and finished his first season with 14 goals in only 21 matches.

After only four goals in 14 matches in the 2016 campaign, Gómez contributed with ten goals in 12 matches in 2017; highlights included a brace in a 2–0 away win against Danubio on 5 March 2017.

Celta[edit]

In May 2017, Gómez signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Celta Vigo moving abroad for the first time in his career.[6] He made his debut for the club on 19 August, starting and scoring a brace in a 2–3 home loss against Real Sociedad.[7]

Valencia[edit]

On 14 July 2019, Maxi Gomez signed a contract with Valencia until 2024, with his release clause set at €140m [8] The deal saw Valencia pay €14.5m with Santi Mina and Jorge Sáenz moving in the opposite direction, with the latter joining Celta on a two-year loan deal.[9]

International career[edit]

Made his debut for Uruguay as a substitute against Poland in late 2017.[10] In May 2018 he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[11] In the quarterfinal match against France he substituted Cristhian Stuani at the 59th minute.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 May 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defensor Sporting 2015–16 Uruguayan Primera División 21 14 0 0 4 0 0 0 25 14
2016 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4
2017 12 10 0 0 1 1 0 0 13 11
Total 47 28 0 0 5 1 0 0 52 29
Celta 2017–18 La Liga 36 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 39 18
2018–19 35 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 13
Total 71 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 75 31
Career total 118 59 4 0 5 1 0 0 127 60

International[edit]

As of match played 11 September 2019[13]
Uruguay
Year Apps Goals
2017 2 0
2018 7 0
2019 5 2
Total 14 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Uruguay's goal tally first.[13]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 2019 Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning, China  Thailand 4–0 4–0 2019 China Cup
2. 7 June 2019 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Panama 1–0 3–0 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 32.
  2. ^ "Un "inconsciente": con 19 años, "Maxi" Gómez hizo historia violeta" [An "unconscious": with 19 years, "Maxi" Gómez made history violeta] (in Spanish). Ovación. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Defensor vuela en la Copa, 1:0 en Perú" [Defensor fly in the cup, 1–0 in Peru] (in Spanish). Tenfield. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Nacional de gala, goleó 4:0" [Gala Nacional, thrashed 4–0] (in Spanish). Tenfield. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Wanderers derrotó 3 a 2 a Defensor en el Franzini" [Wanderers defeated Danubio by 3–2 at the Franzini] (in Spanish). Teledoce. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Maxi Gómez, imponente goleador de presente y futuro para el RC Celta" [Maxi Gómez, imposing goalscorer for the present and future for RC Celta] (in Spanish). Celta Vigo. 22 May 2017. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  7. ^ "La Real Sociedad remonta con penalti polémico" [Real Sociedad comeback with a controversial penalty] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Valencia Club de Fútbol". www.valenciacf.com.
  9. ^ Burke, Dan (14 July 2019). "Valencia complete Maxi Gómez signing". Onefootball. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  10. ^ Houston, Craig (11 December 2017). "Beijing Guoan sign Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo for US$27.6m". gbtimes. Retrieved 16 July 2019. Gomez [...] made his international debut as a substitute in the recent goalless draw against Poland in Warsaw.
  11. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists | Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  12. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". FIFA.
  13. ^ a b Maxi Gómez at National-Football-Teams.com

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