Clubs: Valencia CF, SD Eibar (loan), RC Celta de Vigo (loan), Manchester City FC
• A native Canary Islander, he was scouted by Valencia and moved to the Spanish mainland with his family at the age of 15; played for the club's B team and had loan spells at SD Eibar and RC Celta de Vigo before being recalled to replace Pablo Aimar at Valencia for the 2006/07 season.
• Played in Spain's 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Championship-winning team and also at the following year's FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring four goals, and was capped at senior level for the first time in November 2006, in a friendly against Romania.
• Landed his first major trophy as Valencia rescued a disappointing 2007/08 season by winning the Copa del Rey, before hitting the jackpot for Spain at his first major tournament, starting five matches at UEFA EURO 2008 and scoring one goal − in the semi-final − as La Roja took the trophy.
• Scored three goals in qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but was dropped after the opening defeat at the finals by Switzerland and made just one further appearance – late on in the semi-final against Germany; re-emerged with four goals en route to UEFA EURO 2012, including a double versus Scotland.
• Scored 21 goals in 119 Liga appearances for Valencia before joining Manchester City in July 2010; made a relatively slow start in England before bursting into life with an FA Cup win and a succession of outstanding days in the 2011/12 Premier League campaign as the Citizens dramatically pipped Manchester United FC to the title.
• Started every game in Poland and Ukraine as Spain retained their UEFA European Championship crown, making three assists and scoring twice – including the opening goal in the 4-0 final defeat of Italy.
UEFA European Championship: winner 2008, 2012
UEFA EURO 2012: Team of the Tournament
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: winner 2004
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|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Georgia||0-1||Spain||64||0||0|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Belarus||0-4||Spain||56||0||1|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Spain||1-1||France||13||0||0|
|22.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Spain||1-1||Finland||90||0||1|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Spain||2-1||Belarus||90||0||0|
|13.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Spain||1-5||Netherlands||78||0||0|
|18.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Spain||0-2||Chile||90||0||0|
|23.06.2014||FIFA World Cup||Final tournament - Group stage||Australia||0-3||Spain||7||0||0|
|17.08.2014||English Premier League||Newcastle||0-2||Man. City||90||1||0|
|25.08.2014||English Premier League||Man. City||3-1||Liverpool||65||0||0|
|30.08.2014||English Premier League||Man. City||0-1||Stoke||90||0||0|
|04.09.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||Final tournament - Group stage||France||1-0||Spain||32||0||0|
|08.09.2014||UEFA EURO||Qualifying round||Spain||5-1||FYROM||90||1||1|
|13.09.2014||English Premier League||Arsenal||2-2||Man. City||90||0||0|
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