Gonzalo Castro Irizábal - Club Career

Club Career

A product of Club Nacional de Football's youth ranks, Castro made his professional debut on 13 July 2002 in a 3–1 win over Central Español. He went on to become an important first-team member, helping Nacional to two national leagues while finishing in the scorer charts' top three in 2005–06.

On 7 August 2007, Castro penned a five-year link with La Liga side RCD Mallorca. Rarely used during his first season, the same occurred in 2008–09; however, during a week in March 2009, he managed to score in a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, adding a brace in a league 3–3 home draw with Real Betis after coming from the bench as the Balearic Islands club trailed 0–2 (and eventually 0–3).

In 2009–10 Castro finally beat competition from veteran Fernando Varela, starting most of the campaign and scoring six goals in 35 matches as Mallorca finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League (fourth until the last minute of the last matchday). On 23 October 2010 he netted twice at Valencia CF in a 2–1 win, opening the score with a 7th-minute penalty kick. He scored five goals in 33 games during the season to help his team barely avoid relegation.

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