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Spanish footballer Iago Aspas currently plays as a striker for the La Liga squad Celta de Vigo besides his regular participation for the Spanish national football team. He started his childhood footballing journey with his native club CD Moaña. He then joined the youth academy system of Celta de Vigo in 1995 when he was just eight years old. Aspas earned his promotion through several age-groups in the academy and finally made his debut for the club’s reserve team in 2006. He then moved to the first squad of Celta in 2008 and played 139 matches for the club before moving to Premier League club Liverpool.
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While playing with Liverpool, Aspas went to play for La Liga side Sevilla on a loan from the Reds in 2014. He then again returned to his youth club Celta de Vigo in 2015. Since his second return to the club, he proved himself as one of the best strikers of the team and has earned a permanent spot in the first squad. Besides his club career, Aspas also made his debut for the national side in 2016. As an interesting fact, he also plays friendly matches for the Galicia national football team.
Aspas grew up in Moaña while being a Celta de Vigo fan since his childhood. And after a short stint with native side CD Moaña, he tried out for the youth academy system of Celta with no football boots. With immense talent, he got selected in his very first attempts. He joined the youth academy at the age of just eight in 1995. He started rigorous football training at the academy and quickly escalated through several age-groups. Aspas spent a season on loan to Rápido de Bouzas from Celta in 2004. After his return, he showed his worthiness to play for the senior side of the club.
Aspas made his debut for Celta de Vigo in a Segunda División match against .D. Salamanca SAD on 8th June 2008. He then scored his first goal for the senior side against Deportivo Alavés on 6th June 2009. Aspas became a regular member of the Celta squad and proved himself in each of the seasons that he played. He then scored his career-best 23 league goals in the 2011–12 season. For that awesome performance, he received the best forward title and Zarra Trophy. Aspas then made his La Liga debut for the club against Málaga CF on 18th August 2012. He scored his first ever La Liga goal against CA Osasuna at Balaídos on 22nd October 2013. He went on to make his debut in the Galician derby against Deportivo de La Coruña on 15th March 2013.
Aspas agreed to join one of the English Premier League winners Liverpool in May 2013 for a reported transfer fee between £7 and £9 million. He signed the contract with the Reds on 23rd June 2013 and received the number 9 shirt. He made his debut for Liverpool in a friendly match against Preston North End on 13th July 2013, as a substitute for Raheem Sterling. Aspas then made his Premier League debut for the Reds against Stoke City at Anfield on 17th August 2013. He scored his first competitive goal for the club in an FA Cup match against Oldham Athletic on 5th January 2014.
Aspas returned to his homeland and joined Sevilla FC on 14th July 2014 on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He made his debut for Sevilla in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid at the Cardiff City Stadium on 12th August 2014. He then made his La Liga debut for the club against Getafe CF on 14th September 2014. Shortly after, he scored his first goal in a UEFA Europa League group stage match against HNK Rijeka on 2nd October 2014. Aspas scored his first competitive hat-trick in the Copa del Rey match against CE Sabadell FC on 29th October 2014. He went on to score his first La Liga goal for Sevilla against RCD Espanyol on 1st February 2015.
Aspas permanently transferred to Sevilla from Liverpool on 12th June 2015. Sevilla sold him to his former club Celta de Vigo the very same day. Aspas then signed a five-year contract with Celta on 18th June 2015 for a transfer fee of €5 million. He scored his first brace for the club against Barcelona on 23rd September 2015. He scored five times in the following month and received the La Liga Player of the Month award for October 2016. Aspas scored his first competitive goal for Celta in the Europa League final-32 second leg match against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 23rd February 2017. He then scored against Real Sociedad in the last matchday of the season on 21 May 2017. For his amazing performance and awesome goal-scoring ability, he received the Zarra Trophy for that season.
Aspas earned his first call-up for the Spanish national team under one of the most successful managers Vicente del Bosque in December 2012. He was first selected for an exhibition game with Uruguay on 6th February 2013 in Doha, Qatar, but remained unused. He then made his debut for his national side in a friendly match against England on 15th November 2016. Aspas made his competitive debut in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel on 24th March 2017.
Born in Moaña, Galicia, to his parents Urbe Aspas Martínez and María Juncal González, Iago proved his prominence in football since his early days. He grew up in the Province of Pontevedra along with his brother Jonathan Aspas. Both the brother went to the youth academy system of Celta de Vigo during their childhood. As an interesting fact, Iago’s Brother Jonathan is also a professional footballer and currently plays for the Italian side A.S. Pro Piacenza. Besides, their cousin Aitor also plays for smaller teams in their native place. Aspas dated his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Rueda since his early professional career. The couple got married in 2015. The couple has a son together named Thiago Aspas on 17th June 2016.
The current market value of Iago Aspas stands at €20 Million as of 2018. According to the recent reports, his current net worth is estimated to be around €6 Million. After the signing of contract-extension with Celta de Vigo, Aspas currently gets around €2 Million yearly salary from the club. Besides his footballing income, he also made his fortune through his endorsement deal with Nike. He currently wears their Nike Magista Obra II boots on the ground.
Aspas helped the reserve and youth team of Celta de Vigo to achieve several great successes over their opponents. He then achieved the UEFA Europa League trophy with Sevilla in the 2014-15 season. Besides his club success, he also received several accolades throughout his career. Some of the most notable individual awards that he received till now are as follows: