Born to Score: Iago Aspas

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Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas. (PHOTO: LaLiga)
Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas. (PHOTO: LaLiga)

A native of Moana, a small town just cross the bay from Vigo, Iago Aspas is perennially one of LaLiga Santander’s most prolific scorers and has already contributed to 22 goals for Celta Vigo this season.

A perennial fixture in Eduardo Coudet's team this season. He has started 26 games, picking up 2,277 minutes, and hasn’t disappointed — with 12 goals and 10 assists. 

Of his 12 goals to date, he’s scored twice on two occasions, and is now Celta's all-time leader in braces with 23. 

The first of them, on Matchday Two against Valencia, handed his side the three points. The second brace came earlier this month in a dramatic 3-4 loss to Sevilla, his heroics coming up just short in the search for the win. 

Not only is the former Liverpool player a scorer, but he also lays chances on a plate for his teammates. Aspas has also provided two assists in a single game twice this season, on Matchday 13 against Cadiz and then again against Alaves on Matchday 29. 

Coincidentally, he also scored in both games. Talk about an all-round contribution!

Indeed, Aspas takes players on, recovers possession, and is daring. He is also Celta's top dribbler, with 53 take-ons, and is the player with the most shots on goal. On top of that, he’s almost ever-present: just three players have played more minutes than him this season.  

Playing for Celta was Iago’s childhood dream, growing up in the heart of the Ria de Vigo, the bay which surround the city on Spain’s north-western coast. He made his Celta debut in the 2007/08 season, coming off the bench to score twice and instantly endearing himself to the fans. 

Fast forward over a decade, and he’s an institution at the club. He has character, and he fights for what he wants. He has won 122 LaLiga matches and has regained 94 possessions. In addition, he combines well with teammates, making 967 passes with an impressive 75 per cent success rate.

Aspas is known as the ‘Magician of Moana.’ He’s the boy who dreamed of wearing the Celta shirt and who made it. With eight matchdays of the season left, don’t rule out more Aspas-inspired fireworks in Vigo.

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