Retirement

Santi Cazorla and Bruno end Villarreal careers after easy Eibar win

The two icons of the club are moving on, one into retirement while the other remains unknown

 
7:32pm on Sunday 19th July 2020
By
Paul Macdonald

Two famous faces of El Madrigal, Santi Cazorla and Bruno Soriano said their goodbyes to Villarreal as they ended their careers there with a resounding 4-0 win over Eibar.

Cazorla announced earlier this week of his intention to move on at the end of the season, after restarting his career at his old club following a succession of ankle problems while at Arsenal.

It was thought he would never play again at one stage, but he has bounced back in sensational style at the age of 35 and enjoyed one of his best-ever seasons.

Cazorla will likely play out the rest of his days with a lucrative contract in the Middle East, with Qatar at the moment his most likely destination.

35 yrs - AM, M (C) - Villarreal
92
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
2377
Played matches
34
11
8
Passes completed P90
49.69
SUCCESSFUL PASSING %
86%
Final third passes
22.74
Man of the match
5

His team-mate Bruno also feared he would never play again, having missed up to three years through a succession of serious injuries.

But the pandemic has given him the opportunity to go on a farewell tour, playing 170 minutes in six substitute appearances during the restart, and the 36-year-old can now go into retirement.

Gerard Moreno was the star of the show on the day, netting a late double to clinch an easy win for the Yellow Submarine.

Latest news

Predicted XI

Henderson and Alexander-Arnold return? How Liverpool could line-up v Brighton

Jurgen Klopp should be able to recall a number of key players to his Liverpool squad for the visit to Brighton

  • 29 minutes
Premier League

Do Chelsea have the best full-back pairing in the Premier League?

With Reece James and Ben Chilwell on each flank, Chelsea have constantly looked dangerous, are their full-backs the best in England?

  • 59 minutes
Player Ratings

Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets, Player Ratings: Vinicius stars as Spurs march on

Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius bagged two goals and an assist as Tottenham comfortably beat Ludogorets 4-0 in the Europa League.

  • 10 hours
Player Ratings

Molde 0-3 Arsenal, Player Ratings: Pepe and Willock shine in Europa League win

Nicolas Pepe bounced back from a red card against Leeds United to lead the line for Arsenal in their 3-0 victory over Molde.

  • 12 hours
Premier League

'We can win the league' - Moura on Tottenham's chances this season

The Brazilian winger believes that, under Jose Mourinho, they can win the Premier League for the first time in their history

  • 16 hours
Diego Maradona

How Maradona won Boca over...by firing four past them

The Argentina legend passed away this week aged 60, leaving an unrivalled legacy within the world of football

  • 16 hours

Most read