Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League. He began playing football for Covadonga’s youth squad in 1992 and continued until 1996.
He joined Oviedo’s youth squad in 1996 and played there until 2003. In 2003, he made his professional debut with Villarreal. Recreativo Huelva, Malaga, and Arsenal were among his past clubs. He is currently playing for Al Sadd.
He has represented Spain at several age levels on the international stage. He has played for Spain at both the U21 and senior levels. On May 31, 2008, he made his international debut for Spain. He has played for Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cups of 2009 and 2013, as well as the Euro 2008, 2012, and 2014 FIFA World Cups, where he was also a member of the 2008 and 2012 UEFA Euro winning teams. He has made 81 appearances for his nation and scored 15 goals since his debut.
Santiago Cazorla’s Bio
On December 13, 1984, Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez was born. Llanera, Asturias, Spain is where he was born. He grew up alongside his brother, Nando Cazorla, at the home of his father, Jose Manuel, and mother, Loli Manuel. He is of Spanish descent. He is of Caucasian racial origin. Christianity is his faith. Sagittarius is his zodiac sign.
Career of Santiago Cazorla
He began playing football for Covadonga’s youth squad in 1992 and continued until 1996. He joined Oviedo’s youth squad in 1996 and played there until 2003. In 2003, he made his professional debut with Villarreal. He subsequently rose through the ranks of the reserve squad until making his first-team debut on November 30, 2003, in a 1-0 La Liga victory against Deportivo de La Coruna. In a 3-0 victory against Odense BK in the second round 1st leg of the UEFA Intertoto Cup on July 3, 2004, he scored his first goal for the club. In a 4-0 victory against Getafe on May 1, 2005, he scored his first La Liga goal for the club. In the 2004-05 season, he made 44 appearances for Villarreal, scoring seven goals and contributing one assist in all competitions as the team won the UEFA Intertoto Cup. He made his Champions League debut in a 1-1 draw against Benfica in the group stage on October 18, 2005. He made 25 appearances for Villarreal in the 2005-06 season, recording one assist in all competitions when he helped Villarreal reach the semi-final.
On 7 July 2006, he signed a four-year contract with recently promoted Recreativo de Huelva for €600,000, with a provision in his contract allowing him to return to Villarreal (for €1.2 million). He made his debut for the club on August 27, 2006, in a 1-1 draw against RCD Mallorca. In a 4-2 home victory over Racing de Santander on April 22, 2007, he dedicated a goal to his father, Jose Manuel, who had just died. He made 34 appearances for Recreativo de Huelva in the 2006-07 season, scoring 5 goals in all competitions to help the team finish eighth in the league. According to European Sports Magazine member Don Balon, his achievements that season won him the title of Spanish Player of the Year.
Because his formal contract with Recreativo expired in 2007, he returned to Villarreal after the team felt he had proved himself. He made 49 appearances for the club in 2007-08, scoring six goals and giving ten assists across all competitions. He made 39 appearances for the team in 2008-09, scoring 8 goals and giving 5 assists across all competitions. He made 30 appearances for the club in 2009-10, scoring 6 goals and giving 5 assists across all competitions. He made 54 appearances for Villarreal in 2010-11, scoring 8 goals and contributing 13 assists in all competitions as the team finished fourth in the league and qualified for the Champions League. He was sold to Malaga for a cost of €21 million on July 26, 2011. He made his debut for the club on August 28, 2011, in a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla. He made 42 appearances for the club in 2011-12, scoring 9 goals and assisting 8 times in all competitions, finishing the season as the team’s second top scorer (behind Salomon Rondon) and helping Malaga finish fourth in the league and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. He signed a £10 million long-term contract with Premier League club Arsenal on August 7, 2012. On August 18, 2012, he made his first appearance for the club in a 0-0 draw against Sunderland. In a 2-0 victory against Liverpool on September 2, 2012, he scored his first goal for the club. In a 5-2 victory against Reading on December 17, 2012, he scored his first hat-trick for the club. He made 49 appearances for Arsenal in his debut season, scoring 12 goals and giving 14 assists in all competitions as Arsenal finished fourth in the league and qualified for the Champions League.
He earned his 300th professional top-flight league appearance on November 30, 2013, as he started for Arsenal in a 3-0 victory against Cardiff City. He made 46 appearances for Arsenal in the 2013-14 season, scoring seven goals and giving nine assists across all competitions as the team won the FA Cup. In the 2014-2015 season, he kicked off the campaign with another goal at Wembley, this time in the FA Community Shield against Manchester City. He made 53 appearances for Arsenal during that season, scoring 8 goals and giving 15 assists in all competitions as the team won the FA Cup and FA Community Shield. He had a solid start to the 2015-2016 season, appearing in every match for Arsenal from the start. During that season, he appeared in 23 games for Arsenal, scoring five goals and contributing five assists across all competitions as the team won the FA Community Shield. He missed the most of the 2016-17 season due to injury, although he did manage to make 11 appearances for the club, scoring two goals and giving three assists across all competitions. He was ruled out for the 2017-18 season due to his injury, and he did not feature for the team.
After several procedures, he was temporarily sent to Salamanca to finish a further recuperation program, with the goal of returning to play football in 2018, although this was pushed back to 2019. His contract with Arsenal was set to expire at the conclusion of the season, and it was reported that he would be departing the club.
Following his departure from Arsenal, he spent some time practicing with Alaves’ junior squad. He then went to his previous club Villarreal to work and show his health for the remainder of the pre-season time. In a friendly against Hercules, he made his first appearance in 636 days. The club officially confirmed his signing on August 9, 2018. He made 46 appearances for the team in the 2018-19 season, scoring seven goals and giving 11 assists across all competitions. He became the highest-scoring midfielder in Villarreal history on September 27, 2019, when he scored his team’s second goal in a 5-1 victory against Real Betis, surpassing Juan Roman Riquelme’s record of 46 goals. He made his last appearance for Villarreal on July 19, 2020, in a 4-0 league victory against Eibar. He made 40 appearances for the club in the 2019-20 season, scoring 15 goals and giving 11 assists across all competitions.
He joined Al Sadd on July 20, 2020, to play with his old colleague Xavi. He made his debut for the club in a 3-3 tie with Al-Ain FC in the AFC Champions League group stage on September 15, 2020. He made 5 appearances for the club in his debut season, scoring two goals and contributing two assists in all competitions as Al Sadd won the Qatari Stars Cup. He made 30 appearances for Al Sadd in the 2020-21 season, scoring 18 goals and contributing 13 assists in all competitions as the team won the Qatari Stars League and Qatar Stars Cup.
At different ages, he has represented Spain. He has played for Spain at both the U21 and senior levels. On May 31, 2008, he made his international debut for Spain in a 2-1 friendly victory against Peru. He was named to the UEFA Euro 2008 squad on May 17, 2008, surprising the Spanish press. He played the last 25 minutes for David Silva in Spain’s 1-0 victory against Germany in the final, helping his nation win its first major tournament in 44 years. In a 3-0 friendly victory against Chile on November 19, 2008, he scored his first international goal for Spain. He was a member of Spain’s team that competed in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he appeared as a substitute on two occasions. Due to a fitness issue, he was unable to participate in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was nominated to Spain’s squad for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, where he was a member of the winning team. He was a member of Spain’s team in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He was nominated to Spain’s 30-man preliminary squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as the competition’s final roster. He was recalled to the Spain team in May 2019 for forthcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches. After a 4-1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying victory against the Faroe Islands on June 7, 2019, he made his first appearance for Spain in 1302 days, in a 4-1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying win. He has made 81 appearances for his nation and scored 15 goals since his debut.
Who Is Santiago Cazorla’s Wife?
Santiago Cazorla is a married man, according to his personal life. Ursula Santirso, his lovely lover, was his bridesmaid. Enzo Cazorla, the couple’s son, and India Cazorla, their daughter, are the couple’s children. He is in a loving relationship with his wife and children, and they are enjoying a happy life together.
Santiago Cazorla’s Body Measurment
Santiago Cazorla is 1.68 meters tall, or 5 feet and 6 inches tall. He is 67 kg in weight. He has a muscular physique. His eyes and hair are both dark brown. He has a heterosexual sexual orientation.
Santiago Cazorla’s Net Worth
Santiago Cazorla makes a living as a professional football player. Contracts, wages, bonuses, and endorsements are all sources of money for him. His projected net worth is $20 million as of 2022, with a salary of £1.6 million. His current market worth is estimated to be about €2.25 million.
He began playing football when he was eight years old. For Al Sadd, he wears shirt number 19. He was a member of the Spanish teams who won the UEFA Euros in 2008 and 2012. Michael Laudrup, a legendary Danish footballer, was his boyhood idol. He owns three dogs, one of them is named after the Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Spain’s Player of the Year in 2006-07. Arsenal’s Player of the Season for the 2012-13 season.