The Catalan Gerard Moreno, who this Saturday achieved a triplet with the Villarreal CF shirt, has become the first great striker of the Castellón club grown into an entity whose main attackers in his two decades in LaLiga Santander had come from abroad.
Gerard Moreno achieved his first triplet wearing the Villarreal shirt in the First Division in his team’s 3-0 victory in Granada, where he scored two penalties.
The left-handed attacker has admitted that he is in the best moment of his career, which is ratified by the twenty-five goals he has accumulated this season (nineteen in the League, four in the Europa League and two with the Spanish team).
Gerard Moreno, raised at Villarreal
The player arrived at Villarreal in 2010 at the age of 18 from Badalona to play in the youth team and in January 2012 he went up to the first team with Marcelino García Toral, who bets on his goals for the return to the First Division.
After being loaned to Mallorca for one season, he returned to the team club to play a season, 14-15, in the first team and in the highest category, but the arrival of Roberto Soldado accelerated his departure and he left for Espanyol, the other club. of his life, in exchange for 1.5 million euros and with the rights to the player shared 50 percent between the two.
After two campaigns in Barcelona, Villarreal decides to pay 20 million euros for the other fifty percent of the player, which makes him the second most expensive contract, only surpassed by the 25 million corresponding to Paco Alcácer.
The termination clause of Gerard Moreno
With a 100 million termination clause in his contract, one of the highest in the team, the footballer is one of the best in the team and has the opportunity to defend Spain in the next European Championship.
His numbers in this campaign represent his best record as a professional and, in addition, they are accompanied by numerous assists. His 51 goals in the league with the team, allow him to approach figures such as those of the Uruguayan Diego Forlán and the American Giusseppe Rossi, who have scored 54 each.
In total, the Spanish international has achieved 74 goals with the yellow Villarreal shirt. Along with the 51 in the League, he has added twelve in the Europa League, eight in the Copa del Rey and three in the Second Division, with which he is close to 82 for Rossi, the club’s top scorer.
With all this, the Catalan tip has already becomen the great forward of the club set at home and in the main benchmark of the team in a position where he has not managed to have such a high-level player trained at home.
This situation contrasts with that of other demarcations in which the base of the club has been a natural nursery, as has happened with the sides of both bands Mario Gaspar and Juame Costa or centrals such as Mateo Musacchio or Pau Torres, all formed in the quarry or very young arrived at the entity.
Bruno Soriano, Manu Trigueros or Santi Cazorla are also among the players from the house who have made yellow history, while the bets in attack have almost always focused on footballers who have come from abroad.
It is the almost of the foreigners Gica Craioveanu, Sonny Anderson, Diego Forlán, Giuseppe Rossi, Cedric Bakambú or Carlos Bacca, among others, and of the nationals Víctor Fernández, Joseba Llórente, Roberto Soldado, Jose Mari Romero or Paco Alcácer.
The Villarreal players celebrate a goal by Gerard in Granada (Photo: LaLiga).