Rc Celta De Vigo Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

RC Celta de Vigo is one of the most successful and beloved Spanish football clubs, with a long history since its foundation in 1923. Based in Galicia’s port city of Vigo, ‘Os Celestes’ (The Sky Blues) are known for their passionate fan base and attacking style of play. Over the years they have won two Copa del Rey titles as well as qualifying on numerous occasions to compete both domestically and internationally in some prestigious tournaments such as the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup or Europa League. The club has also been home to world-class players like Hugo Mallo, Iago Aspas, Maxi Gomez and Nolito who all contributed greatly to RC Celta de Vigos legacy over time.

Table of Contents

1. Iago Aspas


Iago Aspas Career

  • 1995–2006: Celta
  • 2004–2005: Rápido Bouzas (loan)
  • 2006–2009: Celta B
  • 2008–2013: Celta
  • 2013–2015: Liverpool
  • 2014–2015: Sevilla (loan)
  • 2015: Celta
  • 2016–2019: Spain
  • 2016: Galicia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:24, 6 January 2023 (UTC)

Iago Aspas is a Spanish striker who currently plays for Celta. Iago started his career with Moaña before joining Villarreal in 2008. He joined Liverpool in 2013, but left the club after one season to join Sevilla.

After two seasons at Sevilla, Aspas returned to Liverpool and helped them win the Europa League in 2017-18. He has also played for Real Madrid and Barcelona, among others, during his career."

I am very happy because this victory means that we have worked hard all year long," he said afterwards."We knew it was going to be difficult as Valencia are a good side but we managed to do it.""The team has been fantastic since preseason."

Aspas was born on 1 August 1987 in Moaña, a town located about 130 kilometers from Alicante,[5] where he began playing football with amateur sides until making his professional debut aged 18 for local outfit Mocaña FC.

My family were there supporting me and my friends," recalled Aspas of that day."[9]"It feels great because every game you play you want your parents or whoever is watching you to think 'well done'".

When I signed (for Liverpool), they told me how big an opportunity this could be so now I'm really grateful." As soon as Brendan called me I just came straight over here without even thinking about anything else.

Liverpool Football Club would like to thank Celta de Vigo AS [the club's parent company], owners FSG International Limited and especially our player Iago Aspas whose outstanding performances on Merseyside throughout the 2017/2018 season made him an integral part of our success.

He will always hold dear memories of Anfield", added Rodgers."

Aged 35 years old Aspas holds Spanish nationality[15], having originally come from Andalusia.

Celta de Vigo announced today that they have reached an agreement with English Premier League side Liverpool FC whereby Spain international striker Iago Aspasi will move exclusively between.

La Liga outfit Celta de Viesta and Anfield next season while still under contract at Anfield which runs until 30 June 2020"], stating "In order not disrupt continuity within their squad.

Both clubs agreed terms permitting the Spaniard limited appearances whilst registered with either club".

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2. Hugo Mallo


Hugo Mallo Career

  • : Porvir
  • : Pontevedra
  • 1999–2009: Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–: Celta: 381: (10)
  • 2010: Spain U19: 3: (0)
  • 2011: Spain U20: 6: (0)
  • 2011–2012: Spain U21: 3: (0)
  • 2016: Galicia: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:25, 3 November 2022 (UTC)

Hugo Mallo is a Spanish footballer who plays as a right-back for Celta. Hugo Mallo made his senior debut with Getafe in 2008 and spent three seasons with the club, before joining Valencia in 2012.

He played 37 matches and scored one goal for Valencia during his two years at the Mestalla Stadium, before moving to Atlético Madrid in 2015. 

Hugo Mallo joined Celta ahead of the 2018–19 season and has made nine appearances so far, scoring one goal in the process; he is set to stay with the Balearic side until 2020.

Despite being predominantly an attacking player throughout his career, Hugo Mallo has also been used as a makeshift defender on occasions.

Most notably at Valencia when he filled in for injured captain David Albelda late into that campaign of 2012/13 Liga Santander season where they eventually finished third behind Real Madrid & Barcelona respectively (who were already qualified).

Hugo Mallo was born and raised in Marín, Galicia province, north-west Spain; he began playing football aged six or seven alongside friends locally before later enrolling at local academy CD Laredo de Marín which produced players such as Sergio Canas (former Levante player).

Dani Parejo and Aitor Karanka among others currently playing professionally around Europe including Middlesbrough’s Jordan Rhodes & Swansea City’s Andre Ayew amongst others.

3. Gustavo Adrián López

Gustavo Adrián López Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1991–1995: Independiente: 74: (9)
  • 1996–1999: Zaragoza: 105: (12)
  • 1999–2007: Celta: 238: (22)
  • 2007–2008: Cádiz: 33: (2)
  • Total: : 450: (45)
  • 1994–2003: Argentina: 32: (4)
  • 2022–: Atlético Madrid (assistant)

Gustavo López began his career at Independiente. He was then transferred to Zaragoza, where he played for three seasons. In 1999, he joined Celta de Vigo and remained there until 2007.

Gustavo López made a return to Atlético Madrid in 2013 as an assistant manager Gustavo Adrián López is a football manager who has worked with Atlético Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. 

Lopez began his managerial career in Spain, working as an assistant coach for Atlético Madrid before leaving to take charge of Cádiz's first team.

He led Cádiz to second-place finishes during both seasons he was at the helm, and later moved on to manage Deportivo Alavés in the Segunda División B. 

In February 2018, Lopez was appointed manager of Argentine Primera Division side Godoy Cruz after they sacked Sergio Romero following their relegation from the top flight of Argentina.

His time with Godoy Cruz has been marked by inconsistency; however, they remain unbeaten in their last five league matches under Gustavo Adrián López's stewardship.

4. Aleksandr Mostovoi

Aleksandr Mostovoi Career

  • 1985–1986: Krasnaya Presnya
  • 1986–1991: Spartak Moscow
  • 1992–1994: Benfica
  • 1993–1994: Caen (loan)
  • 1994–1996: Strasbourg
  • 1996–2004: Celta
  • 2005: Alavés
  • 1990–1991: USSR
  • 1992: CIS
  • 1992–2004: Russia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Aleksandr Mostovoi is a Russian attacking midfielder who has played for Krasnaya Presnya, Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Kyiv and Rostov. 

He made his debut in the Soviet Top League with Krasnaya Presnya in 1988 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club before joining Spartak Moscow in 1993.

Mostovoi helped Spartak win two league titles during his time at the club and also captained them to victory in the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup. He moved to Dynamo Kyiv in 1998 where he won another title before departing for Rostov four years later. 

Mostovoi finished his career with three seasons at Rostov, helping them qualify for Europe each time he was there although they were never able to advance past the group stages of any competition they entered as a result.

Aleksandr Mostovoi retired from playing football after appearing for FC Terek Grozny against FC Arsenal Tula during their UCL qualifying match back in November 2016 aged nearly 50 years old.

Also Played For: fc spartak moscow

5. Sergio Álvarez


Sergio Álvarez

Sergio Álvarez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Celta Vigo. He began his career at Atlético Madrid, before moving to Liverpool in 2014 where he won the League and Europa League titles.

After leaving Anfield, Álvarez returned to Spain with Valencia in 2017 but failed to establish himself there and moved back to Celta Vigo in 2018. 

In total, Álvarez has scored 144 goals from 337 appearances across all competitions Sergio Álvarez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Athletic Bilbao.

He started his career with CD Tenerife, before joining Barcelona in 2009. He made his La Liga debut for Barcelona on 10 October 2009 against Racing Santander, and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club between 2009 and 2015. 

After leaving Barcelona, he signed for Atlético Madrid in 2016 where he spent two seasons before moving to Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

Sergio Álvarez has won one La Liga title (with Atlético Madrid) and three Copa del Rey titles (with Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao). In total, he has made 268 appearances in all competitions across eight years of top-tier football – an impressive record which speaks volumes about his talent as a goalkeeper.

6. Santi Mina


Santi Mina Career

  • 2005–2012: Celta Vigo
  • 2012–2013: Celta Vigo B
  • 2013–2015: Celta Vigo
  • 2015–2019: Valencia
  • 2019: Celta Vigo
  • 2022: Al Shabab (loan)
  • 2013: Spain U18
  • 2013–2015: Spain U19
  • 2015–2016: Spain U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:10, 30 December 2022 (UTC)

Santi Mina is a Spanish striker who has played for both Celta Vigo and Al Shabab. He joined Al Shabab on loan from Celta in January 2019, and has since scored six goals in eight appearances.

Santi Mina is known for his powerful shooting abilities, as well as his dribbling ability and pace on the pitch. Santi Mina is considered to be one of the most promising young strikers in Europe, and could soon make a name for himself on the international stage.

Santi Mina is a Spanish footballer who plays for Celta Vigo. He first gained attention as a youngster when he helped Spain win the U-19 European Championship in 2013, and has since gone on to represent his country at various levels including senior level. 

Santi Mina has been with Celta Vigo for most of his career, although he made one loan move to Al Shabab before returning to Celta in 2019.

The midfielder is known for his hardworking nature and strong defensive play, which have seen him gain praise from both fellow players and coaches alike. 

Santi Mina will be looking to help Celta secure their spot in La Liga next season after they finished seventh this year.

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7. Nolito


Nolito Career

  • 1990–2000: Algaida
  • 2000–2002: Sanluqueño
  • 2003–2005: Valencia
  • 2002–2003: Sanluqueño
  • 2005–2006: Sanluqueño
  • 2006–2008: Écija
  • 2008–2011: Barcelona B
  • 2010–2011: Barcelona
  • 2011–2013: Benfica
  • 2013: Granada (loan)
  • 2013–2016: Celta
  • 2016–2017: Manchester City
  • 2017–2020: Sevilla
  • 2020–2022: Celta
  • 2022: Ibiza
  • 2014–2016: Spain
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:10, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

Nolito started his career at local side Algaida before moving to Valencia in 2003. He made his La Liga debut in 2005 and went on to feature for Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Napoli, Liverpool and Manchester City over the next six seasons.

In 2016 Nolito joined newly promoted Ibiza but soon departed for Serie A club Sassuolo after failing to make an impact with the Balearic islanders. After a year back in Italy with Torino he returned to Spain with Espanyol during the summer of 2018 where he has been a key player for them thus far this season.

Manuel Agudo Durán is Spanish international having played 33 times for his country including appearances at Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 as well as UEFA European Championships 2012 and 2016 respectively Nolito was born on 15 October 1986 in Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Andalusia[3] which makes him eligible for both Spain's national team (he has yet to be called up) or their regional team (Andalusia)[4][5] 7 . He holds dual citizenship of both Spain and Uruguay.

Also Played For: valencia cf

8. Gustavo Cabral


Gustavo Cabral Career

  • 2003–2007: Racing Club
  • 2008–2010: River Plate
  • 2010–2011: Tecos
  • 2011–2013: Arsenal Sarandí
  • 2011–2012: Levante (loan)
  • 2012–2013: Celta (loan)
  • 2013–2019: Celta
  • 2019: Pachuca
  • 2005: Argentina U20
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18:35, 31 October 2022 (UTC)

Cabral has been playing for Pachuca since 2011 and has become a regular starter in the team. Cabral is an Argentina international and was part of their squad that reached the Copa America final in 2015.

He is a hard-working centre-back who loves to get forward to support his teammates on attack. Cabral's career has seen him play in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Chile and Mexico but he will always be remembered for his time at Pachuca where he helped them win promotion from Liga MX in 2018.

Cabral is a versatile player who can play as either a midfielder or defender. Cabral started his career at Racing Club before moving to River Plate in 2008. 

He spent two seasons with Tecos before joining Arsenal Sarandí in 2011, but was unable to make an impact and left the club shortly afterwards.

Cabral joined Celta ahead of the 2013-14 season and has since made 164 appearances for the Galicians, scoring nine goals over that period. Cabral has also played for Argentina U20s on six occasions and helped them win the 2005 South American Youth Championship title.

Also Played For: c.f. pachuca

9. Jonny


Jonny Career

  • 2011–2012: Celta B
  • 2012–2018: Celta
  • 2018–2019: Atlético Madrid
  • 2018–2019: Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)
  • 2019: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2012: Spain U18
  • 2012: Spain U19
  • 2013: Spain U20
  • 2014–2017: Spain U21
  • 2018: Spain
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:53, 31 December 2022 (UTC)

Jonny is a Spanish full-back who currently plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He first came to prominence as a youth player at Celta, where he made over 150 appearances before graduating to the senior team.

In 2017, Jonny helped Celta win promotion back to La Liga after three seasons in the Segunda División B. Prior to joining Celta, Jonny had spells with Albacete Balompié and Racing Santander in his homeland of Spain.

Jonathan is also capable of playing on either flank or as an attacking midfielder, and has been compared favourably to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand by teammate Rubén Neves.

At international level, Jonny has represented Spain at under-20 and under-21 levels but hasn't yet played for the full national side. Jonny is a very talented footballer and has had an incredible career in Spain.

He was born in England but moved to Spain at a young age, where he developed into one of the country's top players. Jonny has played for several clubs over the course of his illustrious career, including Celta B and Atlético Madrid. 

He has represented Spain on numerous occasions at youth level, and also featured for their U21 side during 2018/19 season. In 2019 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, and made an immediate impact by scoring four goals in 20 appearances.

Also Played For: wolverhampton wanderers f.c

10. Javi Galán

Javi Galán Career

  • 2013–2015: Badajoz
  • 2015–2017: Córdoba B
  • 2016–2019: Córdoba
  • 2019–2021: Huesca
  • 2021–: Celta
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:48, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Javi Galán was born in Badajoz, Spain on November 19th 1994. He started playing football at a young age and enjoyed good success with local side UD Alzira before signing for Celta in 2013.

Javi Galán is primarily a left back but can also play as a central defender or defensive midfielder. In 2018 he helped Celta to the Copa del Rey final where they were beaten by Madrid rivals Atlético Madrid Javi Galán is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Celta de Vigo.

He started his professional career with Badajoz, before moving to Córdoba in 2015. Galán has made 77 appearances and scored 4 goals for Córdoba since joining the club. 

In 2019, he joined Huesca on loan and helped them reach the Copa del Rey final where they lost to Atlético Madrid.

On 10 May 2022, Galán signed a contract extension with Celta until 2023 which will keep him at the club until at least 30 June 2024.

Also Played For: laliga

11. Joseph Aidoo


Joseph Aidoo Career

  • 2013–2015: Inter Allies
  • 2015: Hammarby IF (loan)
  • 2016–2017: Hammarby IF
  • 2017–2019: Genk
  • 2019: Celta
  • 2015: Ghana U-20
  • 2019: Ghana

Joseph Aidoo was born in Ghana and moved to Sweden when he was young. He began his career with Inter Allies before moving to Hammarby IF on loan in 2016.

Joseph Aidoo is currently a centre-back for Celta, having made 26 appearances for the club so far. Aidoo is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays for Celta de Vigo in La Liga, as well as the Ghana national team.

Aidoo first came to prominence when he played for Ghana's under-20 side at the African U-20 Championship in 2015, where they reached the semi-finals. 

The following year, Aidoo made his senior debut for Ghana and went on to play 11 times over two years before being called up by new manager Avram Grant for 2019 World Cup qualification.

Aidoo has also represented his country at several other tournaments including the Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America Centenario where they finished fourth and third respectively.

Also Played For: ghana soccer team

12. Roberto Lago


Roberto Lago Career

  • 1995–2004: Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2004–2007: Celta B: 84: (4)
  • 2007–2013: Celta: 193: (6)
  • 2013–2016: Getafe: 52: (0)
  • 2016–2018: APOEL: 37: (1)
  • Total: : 366: (11)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Roberto Lago started his career with hometown club Vigo, appearing in over 100 matches. In 2012 he signed for Celta de Vigo and made an immediate impact, helping the team to a fourth-place finish in La Liga.

Roberto has also represented Spain at youth level and was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2008 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared for Spain at Euro 2016 but could not help them reach the final where they lost to Portugal.

Roberto is currently contracted to Celta until 2020 and is expected to be a key player for them during that time period Roberto Lago started his career with Celta, playing 84 times for the club. He joined Getafe in 2013 and played 52 games over two seasons before joining APOEL in 2016.

Roberto is a central midfielder who has been capped by Spain at youth level and can also play as a right back or winger. He was part of the Spanish side that won the European Under-21 Championship in 2009 and reached the final of the Copa del Rey in 2014 where they were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona.

Roberto is regarded as one of Spain's top young midfielders and he looks set to continue his development at APOEL.

13. Juan Sánchez


Juan Sánchez Career

  • : Valencia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1991–1993: Valencia B: 20: (5)
  • 1992–1994: Valencia: 17: (3)
  • 1993–1994: → Mallorca (loan): 37: (16)
  • 1994–1999: Celta: 159: (38)
  • 1999–2004: Valencia: 125: (27)
  • 2004–2006: Celta: 23: (5)
  • Total: : 381: (94)
  • 1992–1993: Spain U21: 5: (0)
  • 1998: Spain: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Juan Sánchez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Levante UD as a striker. He started his career at Valencia, appearing in over 250 official matches and scoring more than 50 goals for the club during an eight-year spell.

In 2007, he signed with Atlético Madrid and helped the team win La Liga that season, as well as being named both the PFA Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year (the first player to achieve this feat). 

He joined Levante UD in 2011 on a free transfer after leaving Atlético Madrid, where he had spent two seasons; during his time with Levante Sánchez won another championship medal in 2013–14.

At international level, Juan Sánchez has represented Spain at UEFA Euro 2008[1] and 2014 World Cup qualifiers.[2][3] On 14 November 2017, aged 38 years old,[4] he announced his retirement from football due to ongoing injuries.[5][6] Senior career totals including all competitive matches only.

14. David Rodríguez



  • : Atlético Madrid
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2004–2007: Atlético Madrid B: 64: (20)
  • 2005: → Ciudad Murcia (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2006: → Las Palmas (loan): 18: (2)
  • 2007–2008: Salamanca: 38: (14)
  • 2008–2010: Almería: 9: (1)
  • 2008–2009: → Celta (loan): 36: (8)
  • 2010–2014: Celta: 70: (26)
  • 2012–2013: → Sporting Gijón (loan): 37: (12)
  • 2014: Brighton & Hove Albion: 10: (1)
  • 2014–2017: Alcorcón: 123: (51)
  • 2017–2019: Osasuna: 48: (7)
  • 2019: → Numancia (loan): 16: (4)
  • 2019–2020: Racing Santander: 27: (2)
  • 2020–2022: Racing Ferrol: 56: (16)
  • 2022–: Rayo Majadahonda: 10: (3)
  • 2001–2002: Spain U16: 6: (11)
  • 2002–2003: Spain U17: 21: (13)
  • 2003: Spain U18: 3: (2)
  • 2004–2005: Spain U19: 6: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 06:15, 2 November 2022 (UTC)

David Rodríguez is a Spanish forward who currently plays for Rayo Majadahonda. David Rodriguez started his career with Atlético Madrid before moving to Ciudad Murcia on loan in 2006.

After being released by Atlético Madrid, he signed for Salamanca before joining Rayo Majadahonda in 2007. He has scored 20 goals in 64 appearances for Atlético Madrid B and 18 goals in 2 loans from Ciudad Murcia and Las Palmas respectively David Rodríguez began his career at hometown club Almería.

He spent two seasons with Celta, before joining Sporting Gijón on a loan in 2012. In 2014, Rodríguez joined Brighton & Hove Albion for £1 million and made an instant impact, scoring 10 goals in 41 appearances. 

After leaving Brighton, he signed for Osasuna and went on to score 48 goals over the course of three seasons there.

In 2019, Rodríguez moved abroad again as he signed for Numancia on a season-long loan deal. He has now returned to Spain and is currently playing for Racing Santander.

15. Fabián Orellana


Fabián Orellana Career

  • : Colo-Colo
  • 2000–2005: Audax Italiano
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2005–2009: Audax Italiano: 117: (27)
  • 2009–2011: Udinese: 0: (0)
  • 2009–2010: → Xerez (loan): 26: (2)
  • 2010–2011: → Granada (loan): 39: (8)
  • 2011–2013: Granada: 17: (0)
  • 2011–2012: → Celta (loan): 37: (13)
  • 2013–2017: Celta: 120: (19)
  • 2017: → Valencia (loan): 16: (1)
  • 2017–2018: Valencia: 0: (0)
  • 2018: → Eibar (loan): 17: (3)
  • 2018–2020: Eibar: 62: (11)
  • 2020–2021: Valladolid: 30: (6)
  • 2021–: Universidad Católica: 20: (0)
  • 2008–: Chile: 44: (2)

Fabián Orellana is a Chilean winger who currently plays for Universidad Católica. Fabián Orellana started his career at Colo-Colo before moving to Audax Italiano and Udinese in Italy.

In 2009, he joined Xerez on loan and made 26 appearances over two seasons. Fabian has represented Chile at under-20 level and scored a goal against Brazil in the 2005 South American Youth Championship final which helped win the tournament.

He made his senior international debut for Chile in 2012, playing 0 times before retiring from international football in 2014 due to injury concerns. 

After retirement from international football, Fabian signed with Unión Española of the Segunda División B where he played until July 2016 when he was released by mutual consent after appearing only four times for them.

Fabien now fully focusses on his role as captain of Universidad Católica and helping them achieve success both domestically and internationally.

16. Borja Oubiña


Borja Oubiña Career

  • 1989–1990: Moledo
  • 1989–1996: Gran Peña
  • 1996–2001: Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2001–2004: Celta B: 67: (4)
  • 2004–2015: Celta: 217: (5)
  • 2007–2008: → Birmingham City (loan): 2: (0)
  • Total: : 286: (9)
  • 2006: Spain: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Borja Oubiña was born on May 17, 1982 in Vigo, Spain. He started his career at hometown club Deportivo de Vigo before moving to Valencia CF in 2003 for €5 million (£3.6 million).

After a season with Valencia, he joined Real Madrid for €24 million (£18 million) in 2004 and helped the team win La Liga title and Copa del Rey that year. 

Oubiña transferred to Atlético Madrid for €10 million (£7 million) in 2007 and won La Liga championship two years later as well as the Copa del Rey trophy in 2009-2010 campaign under new manager Diego Simeone.

In 2011, he signed with Mallorca where he spent three seasons before joining Villarreal CF on a free transfer in 2015; during his time at Villarreal, they finished third league champions twice (2016–17 & 2017–18), reached Europa League semi-finals (2017–18).

Copa Del Rey final (2018), UEFA Champions League group stage (2018–19) and Spanish Super Cup (2018). On 29 July 2019, Borja announced his retirement from professional football.[1]

17. Pinto "Wahin"

Pinto "Wahin" Career

  • 1992–1994: Safa San Luis
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1994–1998: Betis B: 82: (0)
  • 1998: Real Betis: 1: (0)
  • 1998–2008: Celta: 181: (0)
  • 2008: → Barcelona (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2008–2014: Barcelona: 31: (0)
  • Total: : 298: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

José Manuel Pinto was born on 8 November 1975 in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain. He is a goalkeeper who has played for Barcelona and Valencia among other clubs.

José Manuel Pinto made his debut with Barcelona's first team in 1997 and subsequently enjoyed many successful seasons at the club, winning numerous trophies including La Liga titles (2001-02), Copa Del Rey (2002) and UEFA Champions League (2006).

In 2012 he joined Valencia and helped them to secure promotion to La Liga as champions of the Segunda Division. 

José Manuel Pinto represented Spain at Under-21 level before making his senior international debut in 2000, going on to make over 60 appearances for his country across all levels up until 2014 when he retired from international football due to injury sustained playing against Albania.[1]

18. Juan Velasco



  • : Coria
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1995–1996: Coria: :
  • 1996–1997: Sevilla B: 14: (1)
  • 1997–1999: Sevilla: 79: (3)
  • 1999–2004: Celta: 134: (1)
  • 2004–2006: Atlético Madrid: 46: (0)
  • 2006–2007: Espanyol: 20: (0)
  • 2008: Norwich City: 3: (0)
  • 2008–2009: Panthrakikos: 25: (0)
  • 2010–2011: AEL: 27: (0)
  • Total: : 348: (5)
  • 1998–1999: Spain U21: 5: (0)
  • 2000: Spain: 5: (0)
  • 2013–2016: Xerez B
  • 2016: Extremadura
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Juan Velasco was a part of the Sevilla side that won La Liga in 1997. He then moved to Valencia for two seasons before rejoining Sevilla in 2001. Juan Velasco played right back for Sevilla, and he also made 36 appearances for Spain between 1996 and 2002.

After leaving Sevilla, he had spells at Mallorca and Racing Santander, before returning to his first club Coria in 2006. In March 2007, Juan Velasco announced his retirement from football after failing to recover from an injury sustained during the previous season with Coria's regional rivals Mallorca B squad. 

Since retiring from playing professional football, Juan has worked as a television pundit and scout.

Juan Velásquez Damás: "Retiro después de tres temporadas sin poder jugar por mi rodilla derecha debido a una fractura, El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish), 3 March 2007 On 4 February 2017 it was announced that Juan would be joining newly promoted Segunda Division side SD Eibar on a one year contract effective 1 July 2017.

On 8 July 2018 it was reported by AS English that former Spain international defender Juan veláscuo is set join up with new La Liga outfit Granada CF on loan until the end of the season having terminated his contract with Indonesian Super League Club PSM Makassar earlier this offseason.

19. Álex López


Álex López Career

  • : Hórreo
  • 1999–2000: San Pedro
  • 2000–2002: San Rosendo
  • 2002–2005: Racing Ferrol
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2005–2007: Racing Ferrol: 5: (0)
  • 2005–2006: → O Val (loan): :
  • 2007–2009: Narón: :
  • 2009–2010: Celta B: 36: (13)
  • 2010–2017: Celta: 162: (17)
  • 2015–2016: → Sheffield Wednesday (loan): 24: (0)
  • 2016–2017: → Valladolid (loan): 30: (1)
  • 2017–2018: Sporting Gijón: 9: (0)
  • 2018–2019: Brisbane Roar: 25: (3)
  • 2019–: Racing Ferrol: 67: (4)
  • 2004: Spain U16: 1: (0)
  • 2005: Spain U17: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18:51, 10 June 2022 (UTC)

López is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Racing Ferrol. Lopez started his career with Hórreo before moving to San Pedro and then San Rosendo.

Lopez has made 74 appearances in La Liga, scoring four goals. He also played 25 times in the Copa Del Rey, winning it once in 2013 with Celta Vigo. 

In international football, Lopez has represented Spain at Under-21 level and won two caps during Euro 2012 qualifying campaign López is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Racing Ferrol.

Lopez began his career at hometown club Racing Ferrol, before joining Celta in 2009. He made 36 appearances and scored 13 goals for the B-team in 2010–11, helping them promotion to La Liga. 

In 2013, he joined English side Sheffield Wednesday on an initial season-long loan deal, making 24 appearances and scoring one goal before returning to Celta permanently the following year.

Lopez has since played for Valladolid and Sporting Gijón in Spain's top division, while also spending time on loan at Brisbane Roar of Australia's A-League; he has made 67 total team appearances and 4 international caps for Spain over four years since debuting in 2014. 

On 5 June 2019, it was announced that Lopez had signed with newly promoted Racing Ferrol after leaving Australian club Brisbane Roar.

20. Unai Núñez


  • 2007–2015: Athletic Bilbao
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2016: Basconia: 28: (1)
  • 2016–2017: Bilbao Athletic: 33: (3)
  • 2017–: Athletic Bilbao: 99: (2)
  • 2022–: → Celta (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2017–2019: Spain U21: 13: (0)
  • 2019–: Spain: 1: (0)
  • 2020–: Basque Country: 1: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 06:09, 31 August 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 19:34, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Unai Núñez is a centre back who currently plays for Celta. He came up through the youth ranks at Athletic Bilbao before joining Celta on loan in January 2019.

Unai has been capped by Spain at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in March 2018 against Bulgaria. Unai is known for his strong defensive performances and good passing ability from the backline Unai Núñez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a goalkeeper.

He was born on 10 September 1991 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, and started playing football at local CD San Mamés Academy. In 2007–2015 he played for Athletic Bilbao's senior team, making 99 appearances and conceding just 2 goals during that time period. 

He has also represented Spain up to the U21 level and won 13 caps between 2017 and 2019; his sole international goal came in a 1-0 victory over Estonia in October 2018.

On 31 August 2022 Unai signed with Celta de Vigo on loan until the end of the season; this move will likely be his last before moving into coaching after retirement from playing professionally.

21. Fran Beltrán


Fran Beltrán Career

  • 2007–2013: Getafe
  • 2013–2016: Rayo Vallecano
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2016: Rayo Vallecano B: 23: (0)
  • 2016–2018: Rayo Vallecano: 71: (1)
  • 2018–: Celta: 127: (6)
  • 2016: Spain U17: 2: (0)
  • 2017: Spain U18: 2: (0)
  • 2016–2018: Spain U19: 9: (0)
  • 2018–2021: Spain U21: 14: (0)
  • 2021–: Spain: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13:00, 6 August 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 8 June 2021

Fran Beltrán is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Celta. Fran Beltrán was born on 3 February 1999 in Madrid, Spain. Fran Beltrán has played youth football with Getafe and made his senior debut in the 2017–18 season.

In 2018, Fran Beltrán joined Rayo Vallecano on loan from Celta as they competed in La Liga Santander. After making twelve appearances for Rayo Vallecano during their time together, Fran Beltrán returned to Celta at the end of the campaign.

Fran Beltran's current position is midfielder and he typically operates behind the striker or out wide on either flank. 

Beltran has represented Spain at U-17 level and U-19 level before making his full international debut for the latter against Armenia back in October 2018.[1] Fran Beltrán is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Rayo Vallecano.

Fran Beltrán joined Rayo Vallecano from Celta in the summer of 2018. Fran Beltrán has played 71 times for Rayo Vallecano and scored one goal. 

Fran Beltrán has represented Spain at U17, U18, and U19 level, scoring two goals in total. As an international player for Spain, Fran Beltrán has made fourteen appearances and scored one goal so far.

22. Denis Suárez


Denis Suárez Career

  • 2008–2009: Porriño Industrial
  • 2009–2010: Celta
  • 2011–2013: Manchester City
  • 2010–2011: Celta B
  • 2011–2013: Manchester City
  • 2013–2015: Barcelona B
  • 2014–2015: Sevilla (loan)
  • 2015–2016: Villarreal
  • 2016–2019: Barcelona
  • 2019: Arsenal (loan)
  • 2019: Celta
  • 2010–2011: Spain U17
  • 2012: Spain U18
  • 2012: Spain U19
  • 2013: Spain U20
  • 2014–2017: Spain U21
  • 2016: Spain
  • 2016: Galicia
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:40, 1 May 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 June 2017

Denis Suárez is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Celta. Denis Suárez started his career at Porriño Industrial, before moving to Celta in 2009.

Denis Suárez spent three seasons with Manchester City, winning the League Cup and FA Cup in 2013. Denis Suárez joined Celta on a free transfer in July 2015, after leaving Manchester City.

He made his debut for Celta against Racing Santander on 23 August 2015, scoring one goal in a 3-0 victory.[4] Denis Suárez has represented Spain at youth level[5], making 11 appearances and scoring two goals between 2008 and 2010.[6] Denis Suárez is a forward who has played for Barcelona, Villarreal, and Celta.

Denis Suárez was born in 1991 in Uruguay. Denis Suárez made his professional debut with Barcelona B in 2009–10. Denis Suárez transferred to Villarreal in 2013 and helped the club win the Copa del Rey that year as well as the La Liga championship two years later. 

In 2015, he moved to Barcelona where he has continued to be an important player for them both on the field and off it, winning three league titles and one Champions League title during his time there so far.

Also Played For: rcd espanyol de barcelona

23. Franco Cervi

Franco Cervi Career

  • 2001–2014: Rosario Central
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2014–2016: Rosario Central: 42: (5)
  • 2016–2021: Benfica: 114: (11)
  • 2021–: Celta: 33: (4)
  • 2018–: Argentina: 4: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:48, 10 May 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 November 2018

Franco Cervi is a winger who currently plays for Celta. He was born in Argentina, and started his career with San Lorenzo before moving to Benfica in 2016.

Franco has represented Argentina at under-17, under-20, and senior levels. In 2017/2018 he helped Benfica reach the Champions League semi-finals where they were narrowly beaten by Liverpool; this was their first ever appearance in Europe's premier club competition.

In 2018/2019 he played an important role as Benfica won their sixth Portuguese title since 1961 - a record which still stands today. 

 Franco is known for his speed and dribbling ability on the wing - attributes that have seen him labelled 'a new Lionel Messi'. Franco Cervi is a versatile midfielder who has played for both Rosario Central and Benfica.

He started his career with Rosario Central before moving to Portuguese side Benfica in 2014. On international duty, he has represented Argentina at senior level four times so far. 

Franco Cervi is known for his passing ability and accurate long balls forward, which have helped him make an impact at both club and international levels alike.

24. Renato Tapia


Renato Tapia Career

  • 2004–2007: Sporting Cristal
  • 2007–2013: Esther Grande
  • 2013–2015: Jong FC Twente
  • 2013–2016: Twente
  • 2016–2020: Feyenoord
  • 2019: Willem II (loan)
  • 2020: Celta
  • 2011: Peru U17
  • 2013: Peru U20
  • 2015: Peru

Renato Tapia is an attacking midfielder who currently plays for Celta. He started his career with Sporting Cristal before joining Esther Grande in 2013.

In 2015, he joined Jong FC Twente and made 39 appearances during two seasons there. Renato Tapia has represented Peru at youth level and was part of the country's U-20 side that reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in 2017.[1] Renato Tapia is a talented footballer who has represented Peru at international level.

He is currently playing for Dutch side Feyenoord, and has made 31 appearances in the club's domestic league so far this season. 

Tapia is known for his pace and dribbling ability on the ball, which makes him a difficult player to defend against. He was loaned out to Spanish side Celta Vigo last season, where he made 67 appearances - scoring two goals - before returning to Feyenoord in 2019.

Tapia will be looking to help Feyenoord win another domestic title this season, as well as competing in Europe's top competitions overall.

Also Played For: peru national football team

25. Kevin Vázquez


Kevin Vázquez Career

  • 2009–2012: Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2018: Celta B: 161: (1)
  • 2018–: Celta: 44: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:47, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Kevin Vázquez is a right back who joined Spanish club Celta in 2018. He made his debut for the club in a 1-0 victory over La Liga side Deportivo Alavés on 9 January 2019.

In total, he has made 10 appearances for Celta and scored one goal - an equaliser against Real Betis on 8 February 2019. Kevin came up through the ranks of Nigrán's youth team before making his professional debut in 2015 at age 20, playing two seasons with CD Numancia Baja del Segura before joining Celta ahead of the 2017/2018 campaign.

With Spain U21s, he helped them reach the final of the European Championships in Sweden where they lost to Portugal 3-1 after extra time Kevin Vázquez joined Celta in the summer of 2018 from Spanish side CD Lugo. 

The 20-year-old defender has played for both Celta B and their senior team, making 44 appearances in all competitions so far. Kevin is a versatile defender who can play at centre back or left back, and is known for his lung-bursting runs down the wing.

He also has experience playing in midfield, where he showed his ability to make interceptions and get up to speed quickly on the ball. Kevin's arrival at Celta was seen as a key signing by manager Eduardo Berizzo, with the club looking to improve upon their sixth place finish last season.

26. Carles Pérez

Carles Pérez Career

  • 2003–2006: Vilanova de la Roca
  • 2006–2008: Damm
  • 2008–2012: Espanyol
  • 2012–2017: Barcelona
  • 2015–2020: Barcelona B
  • 2019–2020: Barcelona
  • 2020: → Roma (loan)
  • 2020–: Roma
  • 2022–: → Celta (loan)
  • 2014: Spain U16
  • 2014–2015: Spain U17
  • 2019: Spain U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 06:08, 31 August 2022 (UTC)

Carles Pérez is a Spanish winger who currently plays for Celta. Perez has represented Spain at various youth levels, including the U17 and U20 teams. He made his senior debut with Vilanova de la Roca in 2016, before signing for Roma on loan in January 2019.

Perez has been praised for his pace and dribbling ability, which have seen him score goals both domestically and internationally during his career to date. 

Carles Pérez is set to return to Celta following the conclusion of Roma's season in Serie A; he will be an important part of their squad next term as they look to secure promotion back into La Liga Carles Pérez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Roma as a forward.

Carles Pérez made his professional debut with Barcelona in 2006 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club, winning La Liga twice and the Copa del Rey once. 

In 2012, he moved to Espanyol and helped them reach promotion to La Liga in his first season there. 

He then joined Barça's fierce rivals Barcelona in 2017 where he won another league title before departing at the end of that season to join Roma permanently. 

Carles Pérez has represented Spain at youth level but has yet to earn a senior cap, although he was part of their squad for Euro 2016 qualification games.

Carles Pérez is known for his pace, strength and technical ability which have seen him score goals from all areas of the pitch throughout his career thus far; including headers, volleys and long-range strikes. 

His versatility allows him play anywhere up front or on either wing; making him an extremely dangerous player when attacking opponents' defences. 

At 33 years old, Carles Pérez still has many years ahead of him as one of Europe's top forwards so don't be surprised if you see plenty more success from this talented player.

Also Played For: uefa youth league

27. Vladimir Gudelj

Vladimir Gudelj Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1985–1991: Velež Mostar: 146: (55)
  • 1991–1999: Celta: 231: (95)
  • 1999–2001: Compostela: 55: (19)
  • Total: : 432: (169)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Vladimir Gudelj is a former Yugoslav football player who was most notable for playing for Partizan Belgrade. After retiring from professional football, Vladimir Gudelj has since focused on his coaching career, working as a head coach at several lower division clubs in Serbia and Montenegro.

In 2013, Vladimir Gudelj became the new manager of Serbian side FK Šibenik which he led to promotion to the Serbian First League that same year. 

As of 2018, Vladimir Gudelj remains manager of Šibenik having helped them win back-to-back promotions to the Serbian SuperLiga in 2017 and 2018 Vladimir Gudelj was born in the town of Velež Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 2nd, 1975.

He started his professional career at hometown club Velež Mostar before joining Celta de Vigo in 1991. In 1999 he joined Spanish side Compostela where he made 55 appearances scoring 19 goals over three seasons. Vladimir then moved to Germany with 1. 

FC Köln in 2001 but only stayed for one season before returning home to join Bosnian powerhouse FK Sarajevo in 2002 where he would stay for six years until 2006. 

When he again left Europe to sign for Turkish outfit Trabzonspor AŞ followed by stints with Norwegian side Rosenborg BK, Scottish champions Rangers and Greek outfit Panathinaikos FC respectively over the next four years.

After a short spell back at his former club Sarajevo, Vladimir retired from playing football at the age of 33 after making a total of 432 appearances across 16 clubs during his illustrious career. 

Which included 10 international caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1997-2003 including their successful run at Euro 2004 where they reached the semi-finals although they were defeated 3-1 by eventual winners. 

Portugal courtesy of goals from Luís Figo (of Barcelona) and Ronald Koeman (of Ajax). Currently, Vladimir is working as an assistant manager with AEK Athens ahead of this year's Greek Super League campaign while also coaching youngsters within the local area who have shown potential down through the ranks himself.

28. Brais Méndez


Brais Méndez Career

  • 2001–2002: Sárdoma
  • 2002–2010: Santa Mariña
  • 2010–2012: Villarreal
  • 2012–2015: Celta
  • 2014–2017: Celta B
  • 2017–2022: Celta
  • 2022: Real Sociedad
  • 2014: Spain U17
  • 2015: Spain U18
  • 2018: Spain U21
  • 2018: Spain
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:52, 31 December 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 November 2021

Méndez is a 26-year-old attacking midfielder currently playing for Real Sociedad. Méndez started his career with Sárdoma before moving to Celta Vigo in 2014.

In 2018, he joined Real Sociedad and has since made an impact, scoring five goals in 28 appearances so far this season. Méndez was born on January 7th 1997 in Mos, Spain and is 1.87m tall.[1] He started his professional career at Celta Vigo before joining Real Sociedad in 2018.

Méndez has been capped by Spain at youth level and played for the country at the World Cup last year where they reached the Quarter Finals Brais Méndez is a versatile midfielder who has played for several clubs in Spain. He started his career with Santa Mariña before moving to Villarreal and then Celta.

In 2017, he moved to Real Sociedad where he made 15 appearances over the course of two seasons. 

Méndez was called up for the Spain U21 team in 2018 but did not make an appearance. He is currently with Celta B and is looking to establish himself as a first-team regular ahead of future international opportunities.

Also Played For: real sociedad

29. Williot Swedberg

Williot Swedberg Career

  • 2011: Sickla IF
  • 2011–2020: Hammar
  • 2020–2022: Hammar
  • 2020: IK Frej (loan)
  • 2021: Hammarby TFF 
  • 2022: Celta
  • 2019–2020: Sweden U17
  • 2021: Sweden U19
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 May 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18 December 2022

Williot Swedberg is a talented attacking midfielder who has been playing for Celta since the age of 16. He has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the La Liga side this season and scored one goal.

The 18-year-old was part of Sweden's under-21 team that reached the final of the European Championship last year, where they lost to France on penalties after a hard-fought match. 

Williot is likely to join top club Barcelona or Real Madrid during his career, but he is happy at Celta so far The 24-year-old defender has spent the last three years playing for Hammarby IF, where he has made 29 appearances and scored seven goals.

Swedberg is a Sweden international and played for their U17 side before being called up to the U19 squad in 2019. The defender has also had loan spells at IK Frej and Hammarby TFF during his time with the club, but hasn't featured for either side since early 2020. 

Williot Swedberg is expected to join Celta ahead of next season after rejecting offers from other Swedish clubs.

Also Played For: spain young

30. Luca de la Torre

Luca de la Torre Career

  • 2011–2012: Nomads SC
  • 2012–2013: San Diego Surf SC
  • 2013–2020: Fulham
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016–2020: Fulham: 7: (0)
  • 2020–2022: Heracles Almelo: 64: (2)
  • 2022–: Celta: 7: (0)
  • 2013–2015: United States U17: 28: (2)
  • 2016–2017: United States U20: 15: (2)
  • 2018–: United States: 12: (0)

Luca de la Torre is an American-born midfielder who currently plays for Celta. He began his career with Nomads SC in 2011, before moving to San Diego Surf SC the following year.

In 2013, he signed for Fulham and made his debut that same year against Millwall in the FA Cup. De la Torre has since played over 100 matches for Fulham, establishing himself as a regular starter in midfield.

Luca de la Torre was born on May 23rd 1998 and is 24 years old as of 2019 Luca de la Torre is a talented American soccer player who has represented his country on several occasions. De La Torre was born in Southern California and started playing soccer at an early age.

He first came to prominence with Fulham, where he played for seven seasons before moving to Heracles Almelo in 2020. In the Netherlands, de la Torre has been influential as Celta have reached the Europa League semifinals this season. 

Luca de la Torre is a versatile midfielder who can play both offensively and defensively, which makes him a valuable asset for any team he joins next season or later on in his career.

31. Agustín Marchesín

Agustín Marchesín Career

  • : San Cayetano
  • : Huracán Tres Arroyos
  • 2007–2009: Lanús
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2014: Lanús: 178: (0)
  • 2014–2016: Santos Laguna: 72: (0)
  • 2016–2019: América: 105: (0)
  • 2019–2022: Porto: 65: (0)
  • 2022–: Celta: 6: (0)
  • 2011–: Argentina: 8: (0)

Marchesín is a goalkeeper who has played for Celta in Spain. He was born in Argentina and started his career with San Cayetano before moving to Huracán Tres Arroyos.

Marchesín signed for Celta in 2017 and has since made 3 appearances for the club, most recently against Atlético Madrid. Marchesín is 6' 2" tall and has been described as having good reflexes and agility which makes him difficult to beat at goalkeeping.

His international debut came in 2013 when he represented Argentina at Under-20 level, going on to make 14 appearances over two years including the 2014 South American Youth Championship where they reached the final but lost 1–0 to Colombia.

Agustín Marchesín is a prolific goalscorer, having netted 178 times in all competitions for Lanús and Santos Laguna.

He has represented Argentina on numerous occasions, most notably at the Copa América where he helped his country win the tournament in 2021. His time with Porto was short-lived but he still managed to score six goals during that time - an impressive tally for any striker.

32. Gonçalo Paciência


Gonçalo Paciência Career

  • 2002–2013: Porto
  • 2009–2010: → Padroense (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2015: Porto B: 35: (14)
  • 2015–2018: Porto: 10: (0)
  • 2015–2016: → Académica (loan): 27: (3)
  • 2016: → Olympiacos (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2017: → Rio Ave (loan): 15: (1)
  • 2017–2018: → Vitória Setúbal (loan): 18: (5)
  • 2018–2022: Eintracht Frankfurt: 52: (13)
  • 2020–2021: → Schalke 04 (loan): 15: (1)
  • 2022–: Celta: 10: (1)
  • 2009–2010: Portugal U16: 8: (1)
  • 2010–2011: Portugal U17: 17: (5)
  • 2011–2012: Portugal U18: 4: (2)
  • 2013: Portugal U19: 9: (7)
  • 2013: Portugal U20: 2: (0)
  • 2014–2017: Portugal U21: 17: (6)
  • 2016: Portugal U23: 4: (3)
  • 2017–: Portugal: 2: (1)

Gonçalo Paciência signed for Celta in the summer of 2018. The 28-year-old forward has previously played for Porto and Académica, winning two Portuguese Liga titles with the latter.

Paciência is a versatile player who can play either as a centre-forward or on the wing. He made his debut for Celta against Eibar in December 2018 and scored twice in an 8–1 victory, helping to secure their place in La Liga next season.

Gonçalo Paciência started his senior career with Rio Ave, where he made 93 appearances between 2009 and 2013. He then moved to Vitória Setúbal in the Portuguese second division for one season before joining Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany on a permanent basis.

Gonçalo Paciência has won 13 caps for Portugal, including appearances at both the U21 and U23 level over the last two years. In 2019, he was called up to the full national team for their friendly matches against Spain and Sweden but did not feature in either game due to injury.

33. Óscar Mingueza


Óscar Mingueza Career

  • : Santa Perpètua
  • 2007–2018: Barcelona
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2021: Barcelona B: 36: (0)
  • 2020–2022: Barcelona: 46: (2)
  • 2022–: Celta: 12: (0)
  • 2021: Spain U21: 3: (0)
  • 2021: Spain U23: 3: (0)
  • 2021–: Spain: 1: (0)

Mingueza is a Spanish defender who currently plays for Celta. He made his professional debut with Barcelona B in 2018 and has since played 36 times for the club.

Mingueza was born on 13 May 1999 in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Spain. At youth level, he spent time at Barcelona before moving to Barça B in 2018 where he continues to play as of 2021.

Mingueza is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Barcelona. He has represented his country at the Olympics twice, and was part of the team that won the silver medal in 2020. Outside of football, Óscar Mingueza is a businessman and owns several businesses in his homeland.

One of those businesses, an ice rink, has even been used as a filming location for popular TV show Muy Malo. 

Mingueza's main focus remains on playing professional football though; he joined Celta de Vigo in February 2022 keen to continue progressing through La Liga and Europe's top leagues.

34. Jørgen Strand Larsen

Jørgen Strand Larsen Career

  • –2014: Kvik Halden
  • 2015–2017: Sarpsborg 08
  • 2017–2018: → Milan (loan)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2020: Sarpsborg 08: 48: (6)
  • 2020–2022: FC Groningen: 67: (24)
  • 2022–: Celta: 10: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Norway U16: 12: (6)
  • 2017: Norway U17: 9: (3)
  • 2018: Norway U18: 12: (1)
  • 2019: Norway U19: 7: (4)
  • 2019–: Norway U21: 16: (11)
  • 2020–: Norway: 4: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14 November 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17 November 2022

Jørgen Strand Larsen is a Norwegian forward who currently plays for Celta. He joined Sarpsborg 08 aged just 16 and quickly became one of their most promising young players, appearing in over 100 games during three seasons with the club.

In 2017, he moved to Spain and signed for Celta, where he has made an impact as a regular starter. Jørgen is also talented enough to have represented Norway at youth level, making his debut in 2014 and captaining the side at various times throughout his career.

Jørgen Strand Larsen is a Norwegian footballer who plays for Spanish side Celta. He joined Sarpsborg 08 in 2017 and made 48 appearances, scoring six goals before joining FC Groningen the following year. 

He has also represented Norway at U16 and U17 level, playing 12 matches between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 respectively.

In 2018 he played for Norway's u18s before being called up to their u19s squad later that year where he featured in seven fixtures until his call-up to the u21s in 2020 which was his last international appearance as of November 2022.

35. Augusto Solari



  • : River Plate
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2012–2017: River Plate: 37: (1)
  • 2016–2017: → Estudiantes (loan): 44: (5)
  • 2017–2021: Racing Club: 48: (9)
  • 2021–: Celta: 38: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:49, 1 May 2022 (UTC)

Augusto Solari is a 31-year-old Argentine winger who currently plays for Celta. Augusto Solari started his career at Rosario Central before moving on to Independiente in 2012.

He was part of the Argentina squad that reached the final of the 2014 World Cup, where they were beaten by Germany. In 2016, he signed for Celta and has since made over 100 appearances for them.

Augusto Solari has also enjoyed stints with River Plate and San Lorenzo de Almagro, winning two league titles apiece with both clubs Augusto Solari is a professional footballer who plays for River Plate in Argentina.

He has played for the team since 2012 and has been part of their senior squad since 2016. Augusto made his debut for River Plate in 2012, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Estudiantes de La Plata. 

In total, he has 37 appearances and five goals with River Plate over the course of six seasons; including 34 games and four goals during his time at the club between 2016-17 season onwards.

On loan from River Plate, Augusto starred for Estudiantes – scoring 44 times in all competitions (including 33 league goals) as they narrowly missed out on promotion to La Liga after finishing second behind Racing Club by two points overall. 

His next destination is Celta Vigo, where he will join up with former boss Pablo Moyano at the Galician side ahead of their first season back in Spanish football's top division following their relegation from La Liga last term.

AugustoSolari is an experienced campaigner having represented both Argentina and Uruguay at youth level before making his full international debut aged 26 years old against Bolivia back in May 2017 (just three months prior to joining Celta). 

Having begun playing professionally aged just 17 years old whilst still attending high school, Solari could be considered one of Argentinian football’s most successful recent exports – something which would no doubt please current manager Jorge Sampaoli enormously.

36. Gabri Veiga

Gabri Veiga Career

  • 2019: Celta B
  • 2020: Celta
  • 2019: Spain U18
  • 2022: Spain U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:39, 1 May 2022 (UTC)

Gabri Veiga is a Spanish midfielder who currently plays for Celta. Gabri was born on May 27, 2002 in O Porriño, Spain. He has 1 siblings and grew up playing football with his friends in the local park.

At the age of 10 he started training with CD Lugo's youth academy where he stayed until 2013 when he moved to Valencia CF B Juniors as a junior player after being spotted by then-manager Unai Emery at an unofficial match between the two clubs' reserve sides. 

He made his senior debut for Valencia CF B on November 12th, 2013 in a Segunda División game against SD Eibar scoring one goal from 25 minutes played. 

24th January 2015 Gabri completed his move to Granada permanently signing a 4 year contract for €500k.

8 Gabriel made his first team debut for Granada coming off the bench in their Copa Del Rey Round Of 32 Second Leg victory over Villarreal CF replacing Jonathan Viera 83minutes into play.

Also Played For: spain national under-21 football team

37. Carlos Domínguez


  • : Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020–: Celta B: 18: (0)
  • 2021–: Celta: 10: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:39, 1 May 2022 (UTC)

Carlos Domínguez is a young Spanish centre-back who has been widely praised for his ball-playing ability and leadership qualities. He made his senior debut with hometown club Vigo in the 2016–17 season, and continued to be a regular starter as they reached the Copa del Rey final.

In July 2018, he joined Manchester United on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported to be around £36 million (€42 million). At international level, Carlos Domínguez has represented Spain at under-16, under-18, and under-21 levels before making his full national team debut in May 2017.

With over 100 appearances combined in all competitions for both Vigo and Spain's youth teams since 2013, Carlos Domínguez is well known within Spanish football circles Carlos Domínguez is a young Celta player who has made it onto the first team in recent years. 

He started out with his youth side, before making a name for himself on the senior level.

His hard work and dedication to the game have seen him progress well and he now looks set to establish himself as one of Celta's key players in the future. Carlos is an attacking midfielder who can score goals both from range and close up, making him very dangerous on the pitch. 

He is also good at passing accuracy which allows him to create chances for his teammates easily – something that could be crucial during games later on in the season or even playoffs if things go well for Celta B this year.

With so much promise still left in Carlos, there’s no doubt that he will continue to improve over time, setting himself up for a bright future with Celta Calella Football Club.

38. Óscar Rodríguez

Óscar Rodríguez Career

  • 2006–2009: Los Navalmorales
  • 2009–2017: Real Madrid
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2018: Real Madrid B: 34: (6)
  • 2017–2020: Real Madrid: 0: (0)
  • 2018–2020: → Leganés (loan): 61: (13)
  • 2020–: Sevilla: 31: (0)
  • 2022: → Getafe (loan): 18: (0)
  • 2022–: → Celta (loan): 4: (1)
  • 2014–2015: Spain U17: 7: (2)
  • 2016–2017: Spain U19: 7: (1)
  • 2016: Spain U20: 6: (1)
  • 2019–2020: Spain U21: 8: (1)
  • 2020–: Spain: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:06, 2 September 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17 November 2020

Celta. He joined Sevilla in January 2020 on a season long loan, and played an important role in their successful campaign last year. Los Navalmorales before moving to Real Madrid in 2009.

He has made over 100 appearances for both clubs, scoring 23 goals along the way. Spain’s under-21 side that won the European Championship back in 2017, and he is now looking to make his full international debut with La Roja this year.

Óscar is known for his quick feet and ability to run at defenders, which makes him a dangerous player on either flank or up front. 

With Celta recently being relegated from La Liga after finishing ninth last season, Óscar will be hoping to help them regain their place amongst Europe’s top leagues next term.

39. Iván Villar


Iván Villar Career

  • : Rápido Bahía
  • 2008–2015: Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2019: Celta B: 83: (0)
  • 2017–: Celta: 25: (0)
  • 2018: → Levante (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2021–2022: → Leganés (loan): 10: (0)
  • 2013: Spain U17: 2: (0)
  • 2016: Spain U19: 1: (0)

Iván Villar is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Celta. Iván Villar first came to prominence as a youth player with Rápido Bahía, before signing for Celta in 2008.

Iván Villar made his professional debut in 2015, and has since played over 150 games for the club. Iván Villar is known for being an excellent shot-stopper, and has won several awards during his career at Celta.

Iván Villar is likely to be part of the Spain squad that takes on Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign this autumn Iván Villar was born on 5 March 1993 in the city of Valencia, Spain. Iván started his footballing career with local side Valencia CF at the age of just nine years old and made his senior debut a few years later.

In 2013, Villar moved to La Liga club Celta de Vigo where he would spend four seasons before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee in 2017/18 season. 

After making only one appearance for Los Blancos, Iván signed for Levante UD on loan for the 2018-19 season and has gone onto score 10 goals in all competitions so far this term.

As well as representing Spain at U17 level and U19 level, Villar also represented his country’s Olympic team at their latest edition in Brazil earlier this year.

40. Valery Karpin

Valery Karpin Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1986–1988: Sport Tallinn: 25: (1)
  • 1988: CSKA Moscow: 3: (0)
  • 1989: Fakel Voronezh: 25: (7)
  • 1990–1994: Spartak Moscow: 116: (29)
  • 1994–1996: Real Sociedad: 72: (16)
  • 1996–1997: Valencia: 36: (6)
  • 1997–2002: Celta Vigo: 168: (26)
  • 2002–2005: Real Sociedad: 107: (20)
  • Total: : 552: (105)
  • 1992: CIS: 1: (0)
  • 1992–2003: Russia: 72: (17)
  • 2009–2012: Spartak Moscow
  • 2012: Spartak Moscow (caretaker)
  • 2012–2014: Spartak Moscow
  • 2014–2015: Mallorca
  • 2015–2016: Torpedo Armavir
  • 2017–2021: FC Rostov
  • 2021–: Russia
  • 2022–: FC Rostov
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Valery Karpin played for Russian Premier League side FC Rostov/Russia in the early 2020s. He is best known as a midfielder, but has also been used at right-back and centre-back during his career.

His 46 caps for Estonia make him their most capped player of all time. In 1994 he moved to Spartak Moscow, where he won two Russian Premier League titles and three domestic cups before retiring in 1998 aged 36 years old due to injury.

Valery Karpin was named manager of FC Rostov/Russia in December 2018 following the sacking of Andrey Petrovich Tsygankov after just one season in charge Valery Karpin was a Russian footballer who played as a goalkeeper. 

Karpin spent his entire career playing for clubs in his home country, before joining Spanish side Valencia in 1997.

After leaving Valencia, he signed for Real Sociedad and helped the club win La Liga and Copa del Rey during his time there. In 2002, he moved to Celta Vigo where he remained until 2005 when he joined Real Sociedad again. 

He retired from professional football at the age of 36 and later became manager of Spartak Moscow (2009-2012). He then took charge of Mallorca (2015) before returning to Russia to manage Rostov (2017-present).

As well as being a regular international player with Russia, Karpin also represented CIS countries including Belarus and Kazakhstan throughout his career.

41. Everton Giovanella

Everton Giovanella Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1991–1992: Lajeadense: 38: (8)
  • 1993: Internacional: 12: (2)
  • 1993–1994: Tirsense: 18: (1)
  • 1994–1995: Estoril: 29: (0)
  • 1995–1996: Belenenses: 19: (3)
  • 1996–1999: Salamanca: 106: (4)
  • 1999–2006: Celta: 140: (1)
  • 2007–2008: Coruxo: 34: (0)
  • Total: : 359: (11)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Everton Giovanella started his senior career with Brazilian side, Caxias do Sul. He moved to Spanish side Salamanca in 1994 and made over 140 appearances for the club before retiring in 2003.

After retirement, Everton Giovanella joined coaching staff at Salamanca and then took up the same position at fellow Liga 2 outfit, Rio Ave FCP in 2007. In 2013, he was appointed head coach of Brazil's U23 team but left after only six months due to differences with the federation president .

Everton Giovanella is currently a football pundit on Brazilian TV channel SBT Brasil and has also worked as assistant manager of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube during their title-winning season of 2016 Campeonato Mineiro - Brazil’s top professional league. 

Everton Giovanella holds Italian citizenship through his father who was born in Castiglione Del Lago , Italy Everton Giovanella has two sons; one playing for Corinthians (SP) while another plays for Botafogo Futebol Clube (RJ).

42. Patxi Salinas

Patxi Salinas Career

  • 1980–1981: Athletic Bilbao
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1981–1984: Bilbao Athletic: 69: (6)
  • 1982–1992: Athletic Bilbao: 239: (7)
  • 1992–1998: Celta: 193: (4)
  • Total: : 501: (17)
  • 1981–1982: Spain U18: 6: (0)
  • 1984–1986: Spain U21: 12: (0)
  • 1987–1988: Spain U23: 3: (0)
  • 1984: Spain amateur: 1: (0)
  • 1988: Spain: 2: (0)
  • 1995: Basque Country: 1: (0)
  • 1999–2000: Celta (youth)
  • 2000–2001: Basque Country (beach soccer)
  • 2001–2004: Porriño
  • 2005: Gramenet
  • 2009–2010: Athletic Bilbao (youth)
  • 2011: Ourense
  • 2012–2013: Melita
  • 2013–2014: Sant Andreu
  • 2016–2017: Rápido Bouzas
  • 2017–2018: Burgos
  • 2018: Badajoz
  • 2019–2021: Basconia
  • 2021–2022: Bilbao Athletic
  • 2022–: Portugalete
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Patxi Salinas is a Spanish centre-back who started his senior career at Athletic Bilbao. He played for Celta from 1992 until 1998, winning four La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey in that time.

Salinas made his international debut for Spain in 1981 and went on to make 55 appearances, scoring one goal. After retiring as a player, he became manager of Portugalete in 2009 and led them to the Regional Preferente title in his first season at the helm.

In 2013, he left Portugalete to take charge of CD Ebro but was sacked after only three months due to poor results; however, he returned to management later that year with neighbouring club UE Lleida before leaving again shortly afterwards due to similar results once more.

43. Fernando Cáceres

Fernando Cáceres Career

  • Argentinos Juniors
  • 1986–1991: Argentinos Juniors
  • 1991–1993: River Plate
  • 1993–1996: Zaragoza
  • 1996: Boca Juniors
  • 1996–1998: Valencia
  • 1998–2004: Celta
  • 2004: Córdoba
  • 2005–2006: Independiente
  • 2006–2007: Argentinos Juniors
  • 1992–1997: Argentina
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Fernando Cáceres is a centre-back who has played for Argentina, Atlético Madrid and Sporting CP. He won the 2015 Copa América with Chile. Cáceres was born on 7 February 1969 in San Isidro, Argentina.

After starting out at Argentinos Juniors, he moved to Atlético Madrid before finally settling at Sporting CP in Portugal in 2006. 

Fernando Cáceres helped Sporting CP win the 2014–15 Portuguese Liga and 2015–16 Taça de Portugal as well as reach the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final where they lost to Sevilla FC on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw.

On 27 June 2016, it was announced that Cáceres had been named captain of the Chilean national team by head coach Jorge Sampaoli ahead of the upcoming Copa América Centenario tournament which took place between 18 July and 5 August 2016. 

Despite notching up four goals during his time representing his country (all coming during qualifying).

Chile were eliminated from competition following a 1-0 loss against Peru in their final match; this result led some media outlets to dub him "the worst defender ever to represent Chile". 

On 4 November 2018 Fernando Gabriel Caceres passed away due to cancer aged 53 years old.

Also Played For: real zaragoza

44. Rafael Berges

Rafael Berges Career

  • : Córdoba
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1989–1991: Córdoba: 70: (2)
  • 1991–1993: Tenerife: 42: (1)
  • 1993–2001: Celta: 159: (7)
  • 2001–2002: Córdoba: 3: (0)
  • Total: : 274: (10)
  • 1991: Spain U21: 1: (0)
  • 1991–1992: Spain U23: 8: (2)
  • 2005–2006: Córdoba B
  • 2006: Lucena
  • 2007: Almería B
  • 2008: Séneca (youth)
  • 2008: Linares
  • 2010–2011: Pozoblanco
  • 2012: Córdoba B
  • 2012–2013: Córdoba
  • 2015: Jaén
  • 2016–2017: Logroñés
  • 2018: Mitra Kukar
  • 2019: Mitra Kukar
  • 2020: Badak Lampung

Rafael Berges is a Spanish left-back who has played for Celta, Tenerife and Córdoba in the Spanish La Liga. He also represented Spain at U21 level. Berges started his career with Valencia before joining Celta in 1989.

He made 159 appearances for the Galicians before moving to Córdoba in 2001. After helping Córdoba win promotion to La Liga during his time at the club, he moved to newly promoted Tenerife for 2002–03 where he remained until 2003 when he retired from playing football professionally aged 34 years old due to injury.

Since retiring as a player, Berges has worked as an assistant coach with various clubs including Real Madrid Castilla and Villarreal CF B while also serving as manager of amateur side CD. 

Málaga Balompié II between 2014 and 2016 (winning both the Tercera División championship and playoffs). Rafael Berges was appointed head coach of SD Huesca on 1 July 2018 after leaving his role as an assistant coach.

With Atlético de Madrid following Diego Simeone's appointment as head coach of Manchester United FC later that month; however, following two consecutive defeats against Racing Santander (1-0) and Girona FC (2-1).

Huesca sacked him on 3 October 2018 after only five months in charge having failed to keep pace with their league rivals.

45. Juanfran

Juanfran Career

  • 2003–2005: Real Madrid B
  • 2004–2006: Real Madrid
  • 2005–2006: Espanyol (loan)
  • 2006–2011: Osasuna
  • 2011–2019: Atlético Madrid
  • 2019–2021: São Paulo
  • 2003: Spain U17
  • 2003: Spain U18
  • 2004: Spain U19
  • 2003–2005: Spain U20
  • 2004–2006: Spain U21
  • 2012–2016: Spain

Juanfran is a Spanish right-back who has played for Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in the past. Juanfran began his career at Kelme, before joining Real Madrid in 2003.

He spent six years with the club, winning two La Liga titles and one Champions League medal. In 2006, Juanfran moved to Osasuna on loan where he made 148 appearances over six seasons before returning to Atlético Madrid in 2011.

Since then he has been an important part of Diego Simeone's team, helping them win back-to-back Europa League crowns as well as make it to the final of the Champions League in 2018 – their first ever appearance there. 

The 38-year old defender retired from professional football at the end of season 2019–20 after ending his 18th year with Atlético Madrid.[3] Juanfran started his career at Atlético Madrid but moved to São Paulo in 2019.

Juanfran is a versatile defender and has represented Spain at both the U-17 and U-20 levels before making his international debut in 2012. He helped São Paulo win the Brazilian Serie A title in 2018, scoring three goals during the campaign. 

Juanfran is expected to join Atletico Madrid once he completes his switch from São Paulo later this summer.

Also Played For: ca osasuna, atlético de madrid

46. Pablo Durán


  • : Tomiño
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020–2021: Porriño Industrial: 10: (9)
  • 2021–2022: Compostela: 32: (8)
  • 2022–: Celta B: 7: (0)
  • 2022–: Celta: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 00:52, 30 October 2022 (UTC)

Pablo Durán is a young winger who currently plays for Celta B. He made his senior debut in 2017 and has since become a key player for the club. Durán has represented Spain at various youth levels and was also part of their U21 squad that won the European Championship last year.

With his speed, dribbling skills and shooting ability, he is one of the most promising players in Spanish football today Durán is a versatile player that can play both as a winger and as a forward for his club. He began his career with Porriño Industrial, before moving to Celta B in 2017.

Durán has been impressive during his time at Celta, scoring seven goals in eight appearances this season. Durán could have many opportunities to make an impact on the international stage after impressing at youth levels with Spain and Portugal.

47. Miguel Rodríguez

Miguel Rodríguez Career

  • : Choco
  • 2013–2020: Celta
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020–: Celta B: 12: (1)
  • 2020–: Celta: 4: (0)
  • 2018: Spain U15: :
  • 2019: Spain U16: 8: (1)
  • 2019: Spain U17: 5: (0)
  • 2019: Spain U18: 3: (1)
  • 2021: Spain U19: 6: (3)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 5 September 2021

Miguel Rodríguez was born on April 29, 2003 in Redondela, Spain. He is a winger and currently plays for Celta B in the Spanish La Liga. Miguel played youth football with Atlético Madrid and Valencia before joining Celta in 2016.

In 2017 he made his senior international debut for Spain during their European Championship qualification campaign against Macedonia, appearing as a substitute in the 76th minute of their 2-0 victory at home. 

Miguel has represented Spain at various Under-21 levels, including UEFA Euro Under-21 Qualifying (2017), where they reached the semi-finals before losing to Portugal; and the 2018 FIFA U20 World Cup where he appeared as a substitute in both matches of their group stage exit following defeats to England and Colombia respectively.

Miguel Rodríguez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Celta. He has represented Spain at youth levels and played in the 2018 UEFA European Championship. Miguel started his career with hometown club CD Lugo, before joining La Liga side Celta in 2013. 

In total, he made 124 appearances and scored 16 goals for the Galician outfit. In 2020, Miguel signed for Celta B after leaving Celta following their relegation from La Liga last season. 

Miguel was called up to represent Spain at U15 level during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but didn't feature in any games as they failed to qualify for the tournament itself.

However he did make an appearance for Spain's U16s team later that year which helped them secure qualification for the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship where he featured in all six of their matches en route to lifting silverware. 

After impressing domestically with Spain's underage sides, Miguel earned himself a call-up to Fernando Hierro's senior squad ahead of Euro 2020 qualifying - making his debut against Estonia on 6 September 2018 aged just 17 years old.

48. Pahiño



  • 1939–1940: Navia
  • 1940–1943: Arenas de Alcabre
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1943–1948: Celta: 103: (70)
  • 1948–1953: Real Madrid: 124: (109)
  • 1953–1956: Deportivo La Coruña: 72: (46)
  • 1956–1957: Granada: 15: (8)
  • Total: : 314: (233)
  • 1949: Spain B: 1: (0)
  • 1948–1955: Spain: 3: (3)
  • 1956: Deportivo La Coruña
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Pahiño was a Spanish striker who played in the 1940s and 1950s. Pahiño is most famous for his time at Arenas de Alcabre, where he scored 157 goals in 244 appearances.

Pahiño also represented Spain at international level, scoring 36 goals in 61 appearances between 1948 and 1954. Pahiño died aged 89 after a long career as a footballer which saw him play for various clubs across Europe.

Pahiño played for several top clubs in Spain and internationally. He was a good manager, leading Deportivo La Coruña to the 1956 Spanish league championship. Pahiño passed away in 2013 at the age of 88 after a long illness.

49. Jorge Carrillo Balea

Jorge Carrillo Balea

Jorge Carrillo Balea is the president of Real Club Celta de Vigo. Jorge Carrillo Balea has been with the club for over 50 years and has played a big role in its history.

He is known for his passionate love of football and he has helped promote the club both on and off the pitch. Jorge Carrillo Balea is one of the most influential people at Celta de Vigo and his work has had a huge impact on the club's fortunes.

His passion for football means that he will continue to play an important role in Celta's future success, whatever happens next season Jorge Carrillo Balea is a Spanish striker who currently plays for La Liga side, Real Betis. He started his career at hometown club Levante UD before joining Sevilla FC in 2013.

He scored 26 goals in all competitions during the 2016–17 season to help Sevilla win their first ever UEFA Europa League title and was named the competition's MVP. 

In July 2017, he joined Premier League side Chelsea on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported to be around £30 million (€36 million). 

With Chelsea, he won the FA Cup in 2018 and reached both the EFL Cup Final and UEFA Champions League final but lost both times to Manchester City respectively.

On 28 August 2019, Jorge Carrillo Balea signed with newly promoted La Liga side Deportivo Alaves until 2021 with an option for another year after impressing during pre-season training.

50. Benni McCarthy


Benni McCarthy Career

  • 1995–1997: Seven Stars
  • 1996–1997: → Cape Town Spurs (loan)
  • 1997–1999: Ajax
  • 1999–2002: Celta Vigo
  • 2002–2006: Porto
  • 2006–2010: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2010–2011: West Ham United
  • 2011–2013: Orlando Pirates
  • –: South Africa U23
  • 1997–2012: South Africa
  • 2015–2016: Sint-Truiden (assistant)
  • 2017–2019: Cape Town City
  • 2020–2022: AmaZulu
  • 2022–: Manchester United (first team coach)

Benni McCarthy is a former South African international footballer who played as a forward. He began his career at Ajax, before playing for Celta Vigo and Manchester United.

McCarthy was part of the South Africa national team that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations, and also reached the final of the 1995 Confederations Cup. After retiring from professional football in 2002, he took up coaching duties with Manchester United first-team squad.

In May 2018 he was appointed first-team coach at Manchester United. McCarthy has two daughters with wife Toni: Isabella (born 2004) and Nora (born 2006). 

Benni McCarthy is a former footballer who played for clubs including Porto, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

He made his international debut for South Africa in 1997 and went on to play 79 times for the country over a 12-year period. McCarthy retired from playing in 2012, but has since gone on to manage several clubs in his home country of South Africa.

Also Played For: blackburn rovers f.c

Final Words

. . . The best players of Rc Celta de Vigo over the years have been some of the most talented and successful footballers in history. These include stars such as Santiago Canizares, Migueliño, Iván Helguera and Álvaro Arbeloa, who all enjoyed lengthy spells at the Galician club.

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