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Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɟʝonatan dos ˈsantos]; Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʒonatɐ̃ dus ˈsɐ̃tus]; born 26 April 1990) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and the Mexico national team.

Jonathan dos Santos
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Jonathan with Mexico at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Monterrey, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 81 (6)
2009–2014 Barcelona 14 (0)
2014–2017 Villarreal 88 (4)
2017– LA Galaxy 52 (5)
National team
2009– Mexico 45 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:59, 20 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:06, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

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Early lifeEdit

Born in Monterrey, Mexico,[3] Jonathan was competing along with his brother Giovani in a youth tournament in France, where he was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts who were impressed with what they saw and decided to bring him and his brother to La Masia for a trial.

Club careerEdit

BarcelonaEdit

2008–09 seasonEdit

In the 2008–09 season, Dos Santos was in Juvenil A where he was captain of the team.[4] During that same season, he obtained a Spanish passport and thereby acquired Citizenship of the European Union, which enabled him to play in the first team.[5]

2009–10 seasonEdit

In the summer of 2009, Dos Santos was selected by FC Barcelona B manager Luis Enrique to form part of the second team.[6] Subsequently, Pep Guardiola called him up to the first team during pre-season in England and the tour in the United States.[7] On 15 August 2009, Dos Santos was called up for his first official game with the first team in the Supercopa de España against Athletic Bilbao, although he was eventually ruled out and saw the game as a spectator.[8][9] He made his debut with Barcelona B on 5 September 2009 against Mallorca B. The match finished in a 1–1 draw.[10] Jonathan made his debut for Barcelona on 28 October 2009, coming on as a substitute for Seydou Keita in the 80th minute in an away Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa, which Barcelona won 2–0.[11] He made his Champions League debut for Barcelona on 24 November 2009 against Internazionale in a 2–0 win at the Camp Nou when he replaced Andrés Iniesta in the 92nd minute.[12] Due to the lengthy 2009–10 season, many Barcelona first-team players were given breaks towards the end of the year. This meant the first team was going to be a few men short, and hence four Barça B players were called up by Guardiola on 29 December 2009. Among these four were Dos Santos, Thiago, Gai Assulin and Víctor Vázquez.[13] His La Liga debut came on 2 January 2010 when he started against Villarreal CF before being substituted by Iniesta in the 60th minute.[14]

2010–11 seasonEdit

Dos Santos was called up by Pep Guardiola to the Barcelona first team during pre-season along with other players from Barcelona B. In the first three matches, Guardiola played him as defensive midfielder, a position he had never played before. Nevertheless, Dos Santos said, "I've felt comfortable in this position."[15]

2011–12 seasonEdit

On 26 July 2011, Dos Santos started, and scored a goal, in the 2–2 draw against Sport Club Internacional in the 2011 Audi Cup. The match went to a penalty shootout, where he scored as well. Barcelona advanced to the final, where they beat FC Bayern Munich 2–0. He was part of the starting line-up in both matches, though he played at right back in the final. He made his season debut on 29 August in the 5–0 home win against Villarreal, coming in as a substitute for Cesc Fàbregas in the 70th minute.

On 24 November 2011, Dos Santos signed a contract extension which would keep him at Barcelona until 2015.[16] On 6 December, he appeared in the starting squad and played 58 minutes against FC BATE Borisov for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage match.[17]

2012–13 seasonEdit

Despite rumours of a transfer to other Spanish clubs such as Real Betis and Málaga CF,[18] and Sevilla FC,[19] newly appointed coach Tito Vilanova officially called up Dos Santos to Barcelona's first team squad, handing him the number 12 shirt.[20] On 6 April 2013, against RCD Mallorca, he came on as a substitute for Andrés Iniesta in the 50th minute and competed against his brother Giovani dos Santos.

VillarrealEdit

On 9 July 2014, Dos Santos signed a five-year deal with Villarreal, and going to play with his brother Giovani.[21] On 21 December, Dos Santos scored his first La Liga goal in the 3–0 victory against Deportivo de La Coruña.[22]

LA GalaxyEdit

On 27 July 2017, MLS club LA Galaxy announced the signing of Dos Santos as a Designated Player,[23] reuniting him with his brother, Giovani, at the American club. Villarreal sold Jonathan for a fee reportedly around €5–6 million.[24]

International careerEdit

 
Jonathan playing for Mexico in 2011.

Dos Santos made his debut for the Mexico national team when he started in a friendly against Colombia on 30 September 2009. He was substituted for Patricio Araujo in the 72nd minute; Colombia won the game 2–1.[25][26] This meant that he represented his national team before debuting for his club team.[27]

On 3 March 2010, Dos Santos played 61 minutes against New Zealand. During the match, off a corner from Cuauhtémoc Blanco, the ball rolled towards him and he shot from outside the box but hit the crossbar.

Dos Santos was left out of Mexico's 23-man final squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[28][29]

In May 2011, Dos Santos was left out of the 2011 Gold Cup final squad. On 24 May 2011, he was called up to play the Copa América.[30] He was subsequently dismissed from the team due to indiscipline.[31]

On 29 February 2012, Dos Santos returned to the Mexico national team for a friendly against Colombia in Miami, Florida, in which they lost 0–2.[32]

In November 2014, after a two-year absence with the national team, Dos Santos was called up by coach Miguel Herrera for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Belarus on 12 and 18 November, respectively.

In 2015, Dos Santos was called up to Mexico's friendly against Ecuador and Paraguay, Jonathan did not start nor play in Ecuador's friendly, but he started in Paraguay's friendly which led to a 1–0 win against them at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. He was called back up for two friendlies against Costa Rica and Honduras where both matches were drawn, and he was also called up for the 2015 Gold Cup, starting in every match as Mexico won the tournament.

In May 2018 he was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[33] and in June, was named in Mexico's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[34]

On 26 March 2019, he scored his first ever senior international goal, opening the scoring in a 4–2 friendly win over Paraguay.[35]

In June 2019, he was named in Mexico's 23-man squad for the 2019 Gold Cup.[36] He scored the lone goal in a 1–0 victory over the United States in the final.[37]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 11 June 2019[38]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other[39] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 19 1 19 1
2010–11 32 2 32 2
2011–12 30 3 30 3
Total 81 6 81 6
Barcelona 2009–10 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
2011–12 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2013–14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 14 0 9 0 4 0 1 0 28 0
Villarreal 2014–15 28 2 5 0 9 1 42 3
2015–16 24 0 2 0 9 1 35 1
2016–17 36 2 4 0 8 1 48 3
Total 88 4 11 0 26 3 125 7
LA Galaxy 2017 12 1 12 1
2018 23 2 0 0 23 2
2019 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 50 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 5
Career total 233 15 20 0 30 3 1 0 284 18

InternationalEdit

As of 7 July 2019[40]
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2009 1 0
2010 4 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2014 2 0
2015 10 0
2016 1 0
2017 13 0
2018 6 0
2019 7 3
Total 45 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2019 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States   Paraguay 1–0 4–2 Friendly
2. 9 June 2019 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States   Ecuador 1–0 3–2
3. 7 July 2019 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States   United States 1–0 1–0 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

HonoursEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Jonathan is the son of former Brazilian footballer Zizinho, who played for the Mexican football clubs América and León in the late 1980s. His mother, Liliana Ramírez, is a Mexican national; two brothers and two half-brothers – the elder, Éder dos Santos, who used to play for América as a defensive midfielder before retiring, and Giovani dos Santos, who also used to play for Los Angeles Galaxy.[43]

ReferencesEdit

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  39. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
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