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Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria Ayala (born 4 March 1996), also known as Tonny Sanabria, is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Italian club Genoa, on loan from Betis, as a striker.

Antonio Sanabria
Toni Sanabria.jpg
Personal information
Full name Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria Ayala
Date of birth (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Paraguay
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Genoa (on loan from Betis)
Number 9
Youth career
2004–2007 Cerro Porteño
2007–2009 La Blanca Subur
2009–2013 Barcelona
2014 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Barcelona B 10 (3)
2014 Sassuolo 2 (0)
2014–2016 Roma 2 (0)
2015–2016Sporting Gijón (loan) 30 (11)
2016– Betis 54 (14)
2019–Genoa (loan) 15 (3)
National team
2012–2013 Paraguay U17 8 (6)
2013–2015 Paraguay U20 9 (0)
2013– Paraguay 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:01, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 October 2017

Club careerEdit

BarcelonaEdit

Born in San Lorenzo, Paraguay, Sanabria started his career in futsal, later moving to football. He joined Cerro Porteño's youth academy in 2004.[2] In 2007, he and his parents moved to Spain, and he joined a local club from Sitges, called La Blanca Subur CF.

Sanabria joined FC Barcelona's youth academy in 2009, aged 13.[3] A year later, he moved to La Masia's facilities. In September 2012, still a youth, he was called up by manager Tito Vilanova to train with first team.[4]

In August 2013, Sanabria was promoted to FC Barcelona B in Segunda División.[5] On 29 September he made his professional debut, playing the last 22 minutes in a 0–1 home loss against RCD Mallorca.[6]

On 20 November 2013, Sanabria rejected a contract extension from Barça.[7] Three days later he scored his first professional goal, in a 1–2 home loss against UD Las Palmas.[8] He was linked to Roma and others which faced fierce competition to sign him in January.[9]

SassuoloEdit

On 29 January 2014, Sanabria joined fellow Serie A side Sassuolo, for a €4.5 million fee, plus €7.5 million bonuses "dependent on the player’s performance and his future value".[10] The deal was later clarified and he would join Roma in July, as the Giallorossi already reached the foreign quota.[11]

Sanabria made his Serie A debut on 23 March, replacing Davide Biondini in a 0–1 loss at Udinese.[12]

RomaEdit

Sanabria officially joined Roma in July 2014 for €4.926 million[13] (including €2.5 million from Roma via Sassuolo to Barcelona). Roma also took the contractual responsibility from Sassuolo, to pay Barcelona up to an additional €7 million for bonuses.[14] As well as being a member of the first team squad, Sanabria also featured for the Roma Primavera squad in the 2014–15 UEFA Youth League,[15] scoring two goals in the 3–2 defeat against Bayern Munich on 5 November 2014.[16]

On 8 February 2015, Sanabria made his first team debut for Roma, replacing Francesco Totti after 62 minutes, in the 2–1 Serie A victory against Cagliari.[17]

Sporting de Gijón (loan)Edit

On 11 August he returned to Spain, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with La Liga side Sporting de Gijón.[18] Sanabria made his La Liga debut on 23 August 2015, starting in a 0–0 home draw against Real Madrid.[19] He scored his first goals in the category on 23 September, netting a brace in a 3–2 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña.[20]

Sanabria scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 home success over UD Las Palmas on 6 December 2015. He added another on 22 January of the following year, in a 5–1 routing of Real Sociedad.

BetisEdit

On 15 July 2016, Sanabria signed a five-year deal with Real Betis for a fee of €7.5 million,[21] with Roma retaining a 50% clause on the following transfer and a re-buy clause.[22]

On 20 September 2017 he scored the winning goal in Real Betis' 1-0 win over Real Madrid. It was Betis' first win at the Bernabeu since October 1998, when Finidi George scored in another 1-0 victory.

GenoaEdit

On 26 January 2019, Sanabria signed for Serie A club Genoa on loan until 30 June 2020.[23]

International careerEdit

After playing for both under-17 and under-20 levels, Sanabria made his full squad debut on 14 August 2013, in a 3–3 draw against Germany.[24] Sanabria was selected as part of Paraguay's Copa America Centenario roster, where he made two appearances. He came on as a substitute in the second group stage match against Colombia, as well as started in the final group stage match against the United States.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Paraguay's goal tally first.[25]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 October 2017 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia   Colombia 2–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 May 2019[26]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2013–14 Segunda División 10 3 10 3
Total 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Sassuolo 2013–14 Serie A 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Roma 2014–15 Serie A 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sporting Gijón 2015–16 La Liga 30 11 1 0 31 11
Total 30 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 11
Real Betis 2016–17 La Liga 22 4 2 1 24 5
2017–18 La Liga 17 8 0 0 17 8
2018–19 La Liga 15 2 3 2 5 2 23 6
Total 54 14 5 3 5 2 0 0 64 19
Genoa 2018–19 Serie A 15 3 0 0 15 3
Career total 113 31 6 3 5 2 0 0 124 36

InternationalEdit

As of 5 October 2017
Paraguay
Year Apps Goals
2013 3 0
2014 2 0
2015 0 0
2016 3 0
2017 1 1
Total 9 1

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://genoacfc.it/team/antonio-sanabria
  2. ^ Con ustedes, el paraguayo Antonio Sanabria, futuro crack del Barcelona (With you, Paraguayan Antonio Sanabria, Barcelona's future star); Pasión Libertadores, 6 April 2013 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Un paraguayo en La Masia (A Paraguayan in La Masia); abc, 13 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Toni Sanabria, el yacaré del gol (Toni Sanabria, goal's alligator); El Mundo Deportivo, 7 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ La fuerza de la juventud (The strength of youth); Sport, 13 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El Mallorca asalta el Miniestadi (Mallorca assaults Mini Estadi); Marca, 29 September 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Sanabria no renovará con el Barça (Sanabria will not renew with Barça); Diario Gol, 20 November 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Los grancanarios llaman a la puerta del ascenso directo (The Gran Canarians calls to direct promotion places); Marca, 23 November 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Se acerca a Italia (Approaching Italy); Fichajes, 12 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ FC Barcelona and US Sassuolo agree to terms for Tonny Sanabria; Barcelona's official website, 29 January 2014
  11. ^ ¿Por qué la Roma ‘ha utilizado’ al Sassuolo para fichar a Sanabria? (Why Roma 'used' Sassuolo to sign Sanabria?); Marcador Int, 30 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Udinese 1–0 Sassuolo; Football Italia, 23 March 2014
  13. ^ U.S. Sassuolo Calcio S.r.l. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2014 (in Itlaian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  14. ^ "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO SANABRIA AYALA ARNALDO ANTONIO" (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 24 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  15. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2014/09/17/europe/uefa-youth-league/roma-u19/pfk-cska-moskva-under-19/1939701/
  16. ^ "BAYERN MÜNCHEN U19 VS. ROMA U19 3 – 2". soccerway.com. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Cagliari vs. Roma 8 February 2015 – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Antonio Sanabria in prestito allo Sporting Gijon" [Antonio Sanabria on loan at Sporting Gijón] (in Italian). Roma's official website. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  19. ^ "El Madrid sigue seco" [Madrid is still dry] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  20. ^ "El Sporting se estrena en Riazor" [Sporting debuts in Riazor] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  21. ^ "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO: SANABRIA AYALA ARNALDO ANTONIO" (PDF). A.S. Roma. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Antonio Sanabria, seventh signing for Real Betis". Real Betis. 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 23 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  23. ^ "UFFICIALE: Genoa, tesserato Antonio Sanabria" (in Italian). Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  24. ^ GERMANY VS. PARAGUAY 3 – 3; Global Sports Media, 14 August 2013
  25. ^ "Sanabria, Antonio". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  26. ^ "A. Sanabria". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  27. ^ "First Youth League title goes Barcelona's way". UEFA.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.

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