Borja Iglesias – Wikipedia

Spanish footballer

Borja Iglesias
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Full name Borja Iglesias Quintas[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Compostela, Spain[1]
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker

Current team

Number 9
2007–2010 Valencia
2010–2011 Roda
2011–2012 Villarreal
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Villarreal C 29 (11)
2013–2017 Celta B 144 (73)
2014–2018 Celta 1 (0)
2017–2018 → Zaragoza (loan) 39 (22)
2018–2019 Espanyol 37 (17)
2019– Betis 96 (24)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:00, 20 May 2022 (UTC)

Borja Iglesias Quintas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈboɾxa iˈɣlesjas]; born 17 January 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for La Liga club Real Betis as a striker.

Formed at Celta, where he played mainly in the reserves, he achieved totals of over 100 La Liga games and 30 goals for that team, Espanyol and Betis, winning the 2021–22 Copa del Rey with the latter.

Club career[edit]


Born in Santiago de Compostela, Province of A Coruña, Galicia, Iglesias graduated from Villarreal CF’s youth setup after stints at CD Roda and Valencia CF. He started his senior career in 2012, with the former’s C team in Tercera División.[2]


Iglesias joined RC Celta de Vigo on 9 July 2013, signing a two-year deal with an option for a further three and being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.[3] On 3 January 2015 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Santi Mina in a 1–0 away loss against Sevilla FC.[4]

On 11 December 2016, after scoring a brace in a 3–2 away defeat to Caudal Deportivo, Iglesias became Celta B’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals, surpassing Goran Marić.[5] He topped the third tier charts at 32, being essential as his team sealed a play-off berth.[6]

On 6 July 2017, Iglesias was loaned to Segunda División club Real Zaragoza for one year.[7] He scored his first goal for his new team on 27 August, the equaliser through a penalty kick in a 1–1 home draw with Granada CF.[8] Additionally, he scored braces against Córdoba CF, Sevilla Atlético, Real Valladolid and CA Osasuna, to reach 15 goals by March[9] and finish the season as the division’s joint-third highest scorer on 22.[10] Earlier on 24 September, he was sent off just before half time in a 1–1 draw with Gimnàstic de Tarragona at La Romareda for what the referee considered an aggression towards goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.[11]


On 9 July 2018, Iglesias signed a four-year contract with RCD Espanyol with a buyout clause of €28 million.[12] He made his official debut for the club on 18 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against former club Celta.[13] In his next appearance, he helped the hosts defeat Valencia CF 2–0 after profiting from a Cristiano Piccini mistake midway through the second half.[14]

Iglesias scored three goals over two legs in an aggregate 7–1 win over Ungmennafélagið Stjarnan in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League in late July and early August 2019.[15]


Iglesias being presented by Betis in August 2019

On 14 August 2019, Iglesias moved to Real Betis after agreeing to a five-year deal for a fee of €28 million, reuniting with his former Espanyol manager Rubi.[16] He struggled with just three goals as the team finished 15th in his debut campaign,[17] and received a red card on 20 February at the end of a goalless draw at CD Leganés for pushing an opposition coach.[18] In 2020–21, he contributed 13 goals – 11 in the league – to clinch a Europa League place.[17]

On 3 March 2022, in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey against Rayo Vallecano, Iglesias scored in stoppage time to ensure his team a 1–1 draw and a spot in the final.[19] In the decisive match on 23 April, he scored the opening goal of a 1–1 draw with Valencia as his team won on penalties;[20] he also topped the tournament’s individual charts at five.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Iglesias was nicknamed Panda, after the song of the same name by rapper Desiigner.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 May 2022[23][24]




  1. ^ a b c d “B. Iglesias”. RCD Espanyol. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ Molero, Iván (2 October 2018). “La primera vez de Borja Iglesias con su ‘ex’ y ante un amigo” [Borja Iglesias’ first time with an ‘ex’ and against a friend]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  3. ^ “El delantero gallego Borja Iglesias, nuevo refuerzo para el Celta B” [Galician forward Borja Iglesias, new addition to Celta B] (in Spanish). Celta Vigo. 9 July 2013. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^ Campos, Tomás (3 January 2015). “Demasiado premio para el Sevilla” [Too much prize for Sevilla]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ “Borja Iglesias becomes reserve team top scorer of all times”. Celta Vigo. 14 December 2016. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. ^ Galicia, Samuel (18 May 2017). “Celta B: Pólvora y más pólvora para dinamitar la fase de ascenso” [Celta B: Gunpowder and more gunpowder for blowing up the promotion play-offs]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  7. ^ “Acuerdo con el Celta para la cesión del delantero Borja Iglesias” [Agreement with Celta for the loan of forward Borja Iglesias] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  8. ^ “1–1. El Granada logra un punto en Zaragoza gracias a la actuación de Javi Varas” [1–1. Granada get one point in Zaragoza thanks to Javi Varas’ performance] (in Spanish). Canal Sur. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ “Borja Iglesias ya suma 15 goles en liga” [Borja Iglesias already sums up 15 goals in the league]. Diario Aragonés (in Spanish). 18 March 2018. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  10. ^ Rodríguez, Chus (25 May 2018). “Un Pichichi de otra época” [A Pichichi of another era]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  11. ^ Gaudioso, Sonia (24 September 2017). “El Zaragoza resiste al acoso del Nástic… y al árbitro” [Zaragoza resist Nástic’s harassment… and the referee]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  12. ^ “Borja Iglesias, nou davanter de l’Espanyol” [Borja Iglesias, new forward of Espanyol] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  13. ^ Melero, Delfín (18 August 2018). “Tablas para ir calentando” [Draw to start preparing]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  14. ^ “Granero y Borja Iglesias borran al Valencia” [Granero and Borja Iglesias wipe Valencia out] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  15. ^ Navarro, Cristina (1 August 2019). “El Espanyol liquida al Stjarnan en la Europa League por la vía rápida” [Espanyol finish off Stjarnan in the Europa League through the fast lane]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  16. ^ “Borja Iglesias llega al Betis tras el pago de su cláusula al Espanyol” [Borja Iglesias arrives at Betis after Espanyol release clause was met] (in Spanish). Cadena COPE. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  17. ^ a b Morán, Miguel Ángel (6 September 2021). “Borja Iglesias: “Si algún día consideran que puedo aportar en la Selección, me encantaría” [Borja Iglesias: “If one day they consider that I can contribute to the national team, I would love it”]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  18. ^ “Borja Iglesias sees red for shoving Leganes assistant into the dugout”. Marca. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  19. ^ “Real Betis reach Copa del Rey final on late Borja Iglesias goal”. ESPN. 3 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  20. ^ a b “Real Betis 1–1 Valencia”. BBC Sport. 23 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  21. ^ “El Panda se adueña de la Copa” [Panda takes hold of the Cup]. Sport (in Spanish). 24 April 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  22. ^ Calvo, Brian (10 July 2019). “La historia de Borja Iglesias: un ‘panda’ que ilusiona a los pericos” [The story of Borja Iglesias: a ‘panda’ that gets parakeets dreaming] (in Spanish). La Contra Deportiva. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
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  24. ^ Borja Iglesias at Soccerway

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