Borja Iglesias

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Borja Iglesias
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Borja Iglesias in the Real Zaragoza jersey (2017)
Name Borja Iglesias Quintás
Birthday 17. January 1993
Birthplace Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Size 187 cm
Position Striker
Years Station
2006–2010 Valencia FC
2010–2011 FC La Roda
2011–2012 FC Villarreal
Years Station Games (goals)1
2012–2013 Villarreal FC C 29 (11)
2013–2017 Celta Vigo B 144 (73)
2014–2018 Celta Vigo 1 0(0)
2017–2018 → Real Zaragoza (loan) 39 (22)
2018–2019 Espanyol Barcelona 37 (17)
2019– Betis Sevilla 35 0(3)
1 Only league matches are shown.
Status: 23 July 2020

Borja Iglesias Quintás (born 17 January 1993 in Santiago de Compostela) is a Spanish footballer who signed for first division club Betis Sevilla in August 2019.


Borja Iglesias moved to Villarreal FC youth in 2011, having previously played for Valencia FC and La Roda FC. He began his professional career with Villarreal C FC in July 2012. He scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in the Tercera División. On 9 July 2013, he signed a two-year contract with first division club Celta Vigo. During his time at Vigo, Iglesias played mainly for the reserve team. He made his debut for the professionals on 3 January 2015, when he was substituted for Santi Mina in the closing stages of a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla FC.[1] On 11 December 2016, Iglesias scored his 53rd goal for Celta Vigo B, becoming the sole record goalscorer for the reserve team. In that 2016/17 season, he became the top scorer in the third-tier Segunda División B with 32 goals in 37 league games.[2]

On 6 July 2017, Borja Iglesias was loaned to second division side Real Zaragoza for the entire 2017/18 season.[3] He made his debut for the Blanquillos on 18 August 2018, the first matchday of the season, against CD Tenerife.[4] He scored his first goal the very next matchday, in a 1-1 draw against Granada FC.[5] On the penultimate matchday, Iglesias scored his first treble in a Saragossa shirt against Real Valladolid.[6] He has scored 22 goals in 39 appearances for Zaragoza.[7] In 144 league games for the reserves, Borja Iglesias scored 73 goals. Iglesias made just one league appearance in five seasons for Celta Vigo’s professional side.

On 9 July 2018, he was signed by first division club Espanyol Barcelona, as a replacement for Gerard Moreno, who left for Villarreal FC. The Catalans transferred a transfer fee of €10 million to Vigo for the striker.[8] He made his debut on 18 August in a 1-1 draw with his former club Celta Vigo.[9] In his next outing, he scored his first goal for Espanyol. In a 2-0 home win over Valencia FC, he benefited from a mistake by defender Cristiano Piccini in the 68th minute.[10] In his first season in the Spanish top flight in 2018/19, he managed to completely replace Moreno and became an undisputed regular in the attacking centre. He missed only one of Espanyol’s 44 games of the season across competitions due to a yellow suspension.[11] In the final stages of the season, he contributed to the team’s success with two braces in victories over Atlético Madrid[12] and CD Leganés[13] to help his club finish seventh in the table. The result guarantees the Catalans a place in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League qualifiers.[14]

On 14 August 2019, Borja Iglesias moved to league rivals Betis Sevilla for a transfer fee of €28 million, where he signed a five-year contract. In doing so, he followed his coach Rubi, who joined the Verdiblancos back in June.[15][16] He scored his first goal on 24 September 2019 (matchday 6) in a 3-1 home win against UD Levante.[17] With Betis, he experienced a poor start to the 2019/20 season.[18] Iglesias himself also fell short of high expectations, often finding himself as a mere substitute behind strong competition.[19] Things didn’t get any better for him or Betis after Rubís was sacked, and he finished the season with just three goals in 35 league appearances,[20] while the Verdiblancos finished in mid-table.[21]

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Individual references

  1. Demasiado premio para el Sevilla In: Marca, 3 January 2015 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  2. LIST OF GOALSCORERS SEGUNDA DIVISIÓN B – GRUPO I 16/17 In: (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  3. Acuerdo con el Celta para la cesión del delantero Borja Iglesias In: Real Zaragoza of 6 July 2017 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  4. Tenerife – Zaragoza, 18.08.2017 In: of 18 August 2017 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  5. Zaragoza – Granada, 27.08.2017 In: from 27. August 2017 (retrieved on 7. September 2018)
  6. Zaragoza – Valladolid, 27 May 2018 In:, 27 May 2018 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  7. Borja Iglesias – Performance data 2017/18 In: (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  8. Borja Iglesias, nou davanter de l’Espanyol In: Espanyol Barcelona, 9 July 2018 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  9. Tablas para ir calentando In: Marca, 18 August 2018 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  10. Granero y Borja Iglesias borran al Valencia In:, 26 August 2018 (retrieved 7 September 2018)
  11. Borja Iglesias – Performance data 18/19 In: (retrieved on 18 July 2019)
  12. Atletico Madrid forced to wait for second place by Espanyol In: Marca on May 4, 2019 (retrieved on July 18, 2019)
  13. Un poquito del ‘panda’ es mucho para el Espanyol In: Marca on May 12, 2019 (retrieved 18 July 2019)
  14. Espanyol break Basque hearts to qualify for the Europa League In: Marca on May 18, 2019 (retrieved 18 July 2019)
  15. Real Betis bring in striker Iglesias – Hermoso replaced as most expensive Espanyol sale In: on August 14, 2019 (retrieved on August 13, 2019)
  16. Borja Iglesias llega al Betis tras el pago de su cláusula al Espanyol In: on Aug 14, 2019 (retrieved on Aug 13 2019)
  17. El arte de Joaquín no tiene fecha de caducidad In: Marca on September 24, 2019 (retrieved on July 23, 2020)
  18. Rubi calm despite Betis’ current situation In: BeSoccer of October 20 2019 (retrieved on July 23 2020)
  19. Borja Iglesias, sin goles pero con ganas In: El Correo de Andalucía on 25 November 2019 (retrieved 23 July 2020)
  20. Borja Iglesias – Performance data 2019/20 In: (retrieved 23 July 2020)
  21. LaLiga – Standings 2019/20 In: Primera División (retrieved 23 July 2020)