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Santiago "Santi" Mina Lorenzo (Spanish pronunciation: [sanˈtjaɣo ˈsanti ˈmina loˈɾenθo]; born 7 December 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RC Celta de Vigo as a forward.

Santi Mina
Santi Mina 2019.jpg
Mina with Valencia in 2019
Personal information
Full name Santiago Mina Lorenzo
Date of birth (1995-12-07) 7 December 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Vigo, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Celta
Number 22
Youth career
2005–2012 Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Celta B 13 (8)
2013–2015 Celta 50 (9)
2015–2019 Valencia 117 (29)
2019– Celta 6 (1)
National team
2013 Spain U18 2 (1)
2013–2015 Spain U19 16 (6)
2015–2016 Spain U21 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2019

He began his career at Celta, scoring 12 goals in 56 games across three seasons before a €10 million move to Valencia in 2015. Four years later, he returned to Celta.

Club careerEdit

CeltaEdit

Born in Vigo, Galicia, Mina played youth football with hometown's RC Celta de Vigo, and made his senior debut with the reserves in the 2012–13 season, in Tercera División. On 5 January he signed a professional deal with the club, running until 2018.[2]

Mina made his first-team – and La Liga – debut for them on 16 February 2013, coming on as a substitute for Iago Aspas in the 66th minute of a 1–3 away defeat against Getafe CF.[3] He scored his first top-flight goal on 16 September, but in a 2–3 loss at Athletic Bilbao;[4] at only 17 years, 9 months and 10 days, he became the team's youngest goalscorer in the first division.[5]

On 11 April 2015, Mina scored four goals in a 6–1 home routing of Rayo Vallecano,[6] becoming the youngest player ever to do so in the Spanish top tier and the first from Celta since 1979.[7]

ValenciaEdit

On 4 July 2015, Mina moved to fellow league team Valencia CF after agreeing to a six-year deal for a 10 million fee.[8] He scored his first competitive goal for the club on 5 December, netting four minutes from time in a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona.[9]

On 18 February 2016, in only the first 45 minutes, Mina scored twice and provided three assists in a UEFA Europa League last-32 tie against SK Rapid Wien, in an eventual 6–0 win also at the Mestalla Stadium (the half-time result was a competition record).[10]

Return to CeltaEdit

After four years at the Mestalla Stadium, Mina returned to Celta on a five-year contract as Maxi Gómez moved in the opposite direction.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Mina's father, also named Santiago, was also a footballer. A defender, he played for several clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, including Celta.[12][13]

Club statisticsEdit

As of game played 18 May 2019[14][15]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celta 2012–13 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 29 2 2 1 0 0 31 3
2014–15 20 7 4 2 0 0 24 9
Total 50 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 56 12
Valencia 2015–16 La Liga 26 4 4 1 6 3 0 0 36 8
2016–17 29 6 2 0 0 0 31 6
2017–18 32 12 6 3 0 0 38 15
2018–19 30 7 5 4 10 2 0 0 45 13
Total 117 29 17 8 16 5 0 0 150 42
Career total 167 38 23 11 16 5 0 0 206 54

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Santi Mina". Valencia CF. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ El Celta blinda a Santi Mina (Celta shield Santi Mina); La Voz de Galicia, 5 January 2013 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Celta stay in drop zone after defeat Archived 23 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 16 February 2013
  4. ^ Athletic open stadium with win Archived 17 September 2013 at Archive.today; ESPN FC, 16 September 2013
  5. ^ Santi Mina se convierte en el goleador más joven del Celta en Primera División (Santi Mina becomes the youngest goalscorer of Celta in Primera División); La Voz de Galicia, 17 September 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El Celta halla una Mina (Celta find a Mine ("Mina" in English)); Marca, 11 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ ¡Cuatro goles de Santi Mina! (Four goals from Santi Mina!); Marca, 12 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Santi Mina, new Valencia CF player; Valencia CF, 4 July 2015
  9. ^ Santi Mina anima la Liga (Santi Mina livens League); Marca, 5 December 2015 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Records tumble as Valencia thump Rapid Wien; UEFA, 18 February 2016
  11. ^ Official: Santi Mina returns to Celta Vigo; Marca, 14 July 2019
  12. ^ Santi Mina: «Mi padre no me ha visto jugar» (Santi Mina: «My father has not seen me play»); La Voz de Galicia, 15 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ 'Papá' Mina no va a Balaídos ('Daddy' Mina does not go to Balaídos); Marca, 15 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ "Santi Mina". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  15. ^ Santi Mina at ESPN FC

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