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Santa Cruz remains with the Blue and Whites for another three seasons
Málaga Club de Fútbol and Roque Santa Cruz have reached an agreement for the Paraguayan-born striker to continue with the Blue and Whites. Following the end of his previous contract with Manchester City, Santa Cruz has signed with Málaga CF for the next three years, and will travel to Germany this afternoon with Ignacio Camacho and Bobley Anderson, to join the rest of the first team for pre-season training with coach, Bernd Schuster.
Roque Santa Cruz started playing football in the lower ranks of Club Olimpia de Paraguaya at just nine years old, making his professional debut at 15. After three League seasons as a member of the first team, the striker signed to Bayern Munich, where he stayed for eight years, achieving more than 10 titles (one Champions League, one Intercontinental Cup, Five Bundesligas and 4 Germany Cups).
In 2007/08, Santa Cruz signed to Blackburn Rovers, where he made his debut in the Premier League. During his first season he scored 26 goals: 20 in the Premier League, three in the Carling Cup and another three UEFA Cup goals. He was the team’s highest goal-scorer, and fourth highest in the Premier League that year. Santa Cruz sustained an injury during the second half of the season, which prevented him from repeating his previous success in his Premier League debut. He later signed to Manchester City, although he returned to Blackburn Rovers on loan in 2010/11, Real Betis in 2011/12 and Málaga Club de Fútbol last season.
Whilst with the Blue and Whites, Santa Cruz played a total of 31 League matches – 15 in the starting-11 – scoring eight goals; four in the Copa del Rey – in the starting-11 three times – and 10 in the Champions League, including the historic goal which saw Málaga CF qualify to the quarter-finals. As an international with Paraguay, Santa Cruz has played in the lower ranks and made his way to the first team, to become the country’s highest goal-scorer in history.