Adios Santa Cruz

MALAGA striker Roque Santa Cruz played his last game for Malaga on December 21 in a 2-1 win against bottom La Liga side Elche.

The 33-year-old started the match and was substituted in the 51st minute for Nordin Amrabat.

At the end of the game, Malaga president Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani posted a thank you message on Twitter, stating: “Thank you very much Roque Santa Cruz. You will always be in our hearts. I wish you every success.”

Santa Cruz will be playing for Mexican side Cruz Azul in 2015. The Paraguay international will reportedly be the highest paid player in the Mexican league, earning a reputed $2 million (€1.6 million) a year.

Santa Cruz won the German Bundes-liga several times during his time with Bayern Munich before leaving to join Premiership side Blackburn Rovers in 2007.

In 2009, he went  to Manchester City where he played until 2011. Santa Cruz moved to Spain to join Real Betis in that year and has been a Malaga player since the 2012 season.

He made his debut for the Paraguay national side in 1999 at the age of 17 in a friendly match against Mexico.

He is a naturalised Spaniard.


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