Gonzalo Julián Melero Manzanares (born 2 January 1994) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Almería as a central midfielder.
|Full name||Gonzalo Julián Melero Manzanares|
|Date of birth||2 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2013–2014||Real Madrid C||37||(7)|
|2014–2015||Real Madrid B||6||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20 August 2022|
Born in Madrid, Melero joined Real Madrid's youth setup in 2004, aged ten, after starting out at EF Zona Norte. He made his debut as a senior with the former's C-team in the 2013–14 campaign, being relegated from Segunda División B.
In July 2014 Melero was promoted to the reserves, now also in the third level. On 30 January of the following year, after being sparingly used by manager Zinedine Zidane, he moved to Segunda División's SD Ponferradina in a 2+1⁄2-year deal.
Melero made his professional debut on 15 February 2015, coming on as a second half substitute for Pablo Infante in a 2–1 home loss against CD Numancia. He scored his first professional goal on 27 February of the following year, but in a 4–2 away loss against Bilbao Athletic.
On 27 July 2016, after Ponfe's relegation, Melero signed a one-year contract with SD Huesca still in the second level. On 10 December, he scored a brace in a 5–2 home routing of UCAM Murcia CF.
Melero was an undisputed starter during the 2017–18 campaign, contributing with a career-best 17 goals as his side achieved promotion to La Liga. He made his debut in the category on 19 August 2018, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against SD Eibar.
On 3 July 2019, after suffering relegation, Melero signed a four-year contract with Levante UD still in the top tier.
On 1 September 2022, he agreed to a four-year deal with UD Almería also in the first division.
- ^ "Zidane 'debuta' con el Castilla el 14 de julio" [Zidane 'debuts' with Castilla on 14 July] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- ^ "Gonzalo Melero, nuevo fichaje de la Ponferradina" [Gonzalo Melero, new signing of Ponferradina] (in Spanish). Ponferradina's official website. 30 January 2015. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- ^ "El Numancia voltea el duelo en un final pletórico de Julio Álvarez" [Numancia tosses the duel with a plethoric ending from Julio Álvarez] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- ^ "Gonzalo Melero, nuevo fichaje de la SD Huesca" [Gonzalo Melero, new signing of SD Huesca] (in Spanish). SD Huesca. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- ^ "El Huesca estrena a lo grande" [Huesca debut through the big door] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- ^ "Levante UD y SD Huesca acuerdan el traspaso de Melero que será granota hasta 2023" [Levante UD and SD Huesca agree the transfer of Melero who will be granota until 2023] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
- ^ "Newest addition Gonzalo Melero to reinforce midfield". UD Almería. 1 September 2022. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
- Real Madrid profile
- Gonzalo Melero at BDFutbol
- Gonzalo Melero at Soccerway