A native of Moaña, a small town just cross the bay from RC Celta’s home city of Vigo, Aspas is perennially one of LaLiga Santander’s most prolific goal scorers and has this season participated in 22 of his team’s goals.
Iago Aspas has, as always, been a fixture in the team coached by Eduardo Coudet this season. He has started 26 games, picking up 2,277 minutes, and hasn’t disappointed. He has scored 12 goals and has participated in another ten with assists.
Of his 12 goals to date, he’s scored braces on two occasions. The first of them, on matchday two against Valencia CF at ABANCA Balaídos, handed his side the three points. The second brace came just this month in a dramatic 4-3 loss to Sevilla FC, his heroics coming up just short in the search for the win. Aspas is actually the player with most all-time braces for the club in LaLiga Santander, with 23.
Aspas has also provided two assists in a single game twice this season, on Matchday 13 vs Cadiz CF and then again against D. Alaves on Matchday 29. Coincidentally, he also scored in both games. Talk about an all-round contribution!
Not just a goal scorer, Aspas lays chances on a plate for his teammates. He takes players on, he recovers possession, and is daring. The top scorer and top assist provider for Celta this season, he’s also the team’s top dribbler, with 53 take-ons and the player with the most shots on goal. And, on top of that, he’s almost ever-present. Just three players have played more minutes than him this season.
Playing for Celta was Iago’s childhood dream, growing up in the heart of the Ria de Vigo, the bay which surround the city on Spain’s north-western coast. He made his Celta debut in the 2007/08 season, coming off the bench to score twice and instantly endearing himself to the fans. Fast forward over a decade, and he’s an institution at the club.
He has character, and he fights for what he wants. He has won 122 LaLiga matches and has regained 94 possessions. In addition, he combines well with teammates, making 967 passes with an impressive 75% success rate.
Aspas is known as the ‘Magician of Moaña.’ He’s the boy who dreamed of wearing the Celta shirt and who made it. With eight matchdays of the season left, don’t rule out more Aspas-inspired fireworks in Vigo!