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Sergi Roberto Carnicer (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒi ruˈβɛɾtu], born 7 February 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Barcelona and the Spain national team. Mainly a central midfielder, he can also operate as a full-back, defensive midfielder or winger.[3][4]

Sergi Roberto
Sergi Roberto 2019 03 17 1.jpg
Roberto playing for Barcelona in 2019
Personal information
Full name Sergi Roberto Carnicer[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Reus, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder / Full-back
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 20
Youth career
2000–2004 Santes Creus
2004–2006 Gimnàstic
2006–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Barcelona B 106 (7)
2010– Barcelona 165 (1)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U17 11 (3)
2010–2011 Spain U19 9 (0)
2011 Spain U20 5 (1)
2011–2014 Spain U21 14 (2)
2016– Spain 7 (1)
2011– Catalonia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019

Club careerEdit

 
Sergi Roberto playing for FC Barcelona B in 2012

Born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalonia, Sergi Roberto began playing football with local UE Barri Santes Creus at the age of 8,[5][6] arriving in Barcelona's youth academy six years later from neighbours Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[7] In the 2009–10 season, at only 17, he first appeared with Barça's reserves, contributing with 29 appearances as the team returned to the second division after 11 years.

On 10 November 2010, Roberto made his debut for the first team, playing the second half of a 5–1 home win against Ceuta for the campaign's Copa del Rey (7–1 on aggregate).[8] On 27 April of the following year he made his first UEFA Champions League appearance, coming on as a substitute for David Villa in the last minute of a 2–0 away victory over Real Madrid for the competition semi-finals' first leg.[9]

Roberto first appeared in La Liga on 21 May 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win at Málaga in the season's last round.[10] His first start for the main squad came on 6 December of that year, against BATE Borisov in the Champions League group stage, as manager Pep Guardiola rested all his starters for the upcoming El Clásico: in the 35th minute, he opened the scoring in an eventual 4–0 home win.[11]

In only his third official appearance for Barcelona's first team, on 12 January 2012, Roberto scored his second goal, helping the visitors come from behind to win it 2–1 against Osasuna in the domestic cup (6–1 on aggregate).[12] On 16 December 2014, also in that competition, he netted his third, contributing to an 8–1 demolition of Huesca at the Camp Nou.[13]

In the 2015–16 season, after being reconverted by manager Luis Enrique and merely months after nearly being deemed surplus to requirements,[14][15] Roberto appeared as a right-back in several games.[16][17] In two consecutive matches against Athletic Bilbao in January 2016, one for the league and another for the Spanish Cup, he featured on the other flank in the place of injured Jordi Alba,[18] going on to play in as many as seven different positions.[3]

On 20 August 2016, Roberto started as a right-back and provided two assists in a 6–2 home defeat of Betis in the opening match of the campaign.[19] On 24 September, from the same position, he again contributed with two assists in a 5–0 away rout of Sporting de Gijón.[20]

On 8 March 2017, Roberto scored the final goal for Barcelona in the 95th minute as part of a decisive 6–1 home victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16, making Barcelona the first club to overcome a four-goal deficit in the competition.[21][22] On 22 February 2018, he extended his contract until 2022.[23]

In injury time of the first half of El Clásico on 6 May 2018, Roberto was shown a straight red card after punching Marcelo, in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[24] He was first-choice right-back during the season ahead of newly signed Nélson Semedo, and his team won the national championship after a one-year wait.[25]

International careerEdit

 
Sergi Roberto playing for Catalonia against Cape Verde in 2013.

In October 2009, shortly after making his Barcelona B debuts, Sergi Roberto was called by the Spanish under-17 team for the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria. On 5 November, before being substituted by Javier Espinosa in the 88th minute, he scored a hat-trick against Burkina Faso at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.[26][27] Spain eventually finished third in the tournament, with him and Atlético Madrid's Borja González accounting for eight of the team's total goals.[28]

Roberto made his debut for the under-21 side on 5 September 2011, playing the last four minutes of the 2–0 win in Lugo over Georgia for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.[29] He received his first call up to the senior squad in March 2016, for friendlies against Romania and Italy.[30] His debut took place in the former match on the 27th, as he started in a 0–0 draw in Cluj-Napoca.[31]

Style of playEdit

Sergi Roberto plays predominantly as a full-back, but also excels in midfield. In the 2015–16 season, under Luis Enrique, he played in seven different positions with Barcelona. This versatility, combined with his pace, strength, rigorous work rate and accurate passing earned the praise of the manager: “In a team like ours, except in goal, he could play in any position, it’s no surprise. The most difficult thing is doing it well all over the field and Sergi Roberto does that.”[32][3] He is best utilized as a box-to-box player.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2014, Sergi Roberto started dating Israeli model Coral Simanovich (Pnina Rosenblum's stepdaughter).[34] They became engaged in early September,[35][36] and got married in Tel Aviv on 30 May 2018.[37] The couple’s first child Kaia was born on 8th November 2019.

Roberto's mother, María Rosa Carnicer, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2018.[38]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 9 November 2019[39]
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 Segunda División B 29 0 29 0
2010–11 Segunda División 26 2 26 2
2011–12 28 4 28 4
2012–13 23 1 23 1
Total 106 7 106 7
Barcelona 2010–11 La Liga 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 1 0 2 1 1[a] 1 0 0 4 2
2012–13 1 0 3 0 1[a] 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 17 0 6 0 4[a] 0 0 0 27 0
2014–15 12 0 4 2 2[a] 0 18 2
2015–16 31 0 6 0 8[a] 1 4[b] 0 49 1
2016–17 32 0 6 0 8[a] 1 1[c] 0 47 1
2017–18 30 1 8 0 8[a] 0 2[c] 0 48 1
2018–19 29 0 6 1 9[a] 0 0[c] 0 44 1
2019–20 11 0 0 0 3[a] 0 0[c] 0 14 0
Total 165 1 42 4 45 3 7 0 259 8
Career total 271 8 42 4 45 3 7 0 365 15
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, one appearance in Supercopa de España and one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ a b c d All appearances in Supercopa de España

International goalsEdit

As of 5 September 2016 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each S. Roberto goal)[40]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2016 Reino de León, León, Spain   Liechtenstein 2–0 8–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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