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Who is Sergi Roberto?

Sergi Roberto Carnicer (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒi roˈβɛɾto], born 7 February 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Barcelona. Mainly a central midfielder, he can also operate as a defensive midfielder, full-back or winger.

Club career

Born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalonia, Roberto began playing football with local UE Barri Santes Creus at the age of 8, arriving in Barcelona’s youth academy six years later from neighbours Gimnàstic de Tarragona. In the 2009–10 season, at only 17, he first appeared with Barça’s reserves, contributing with 22 games as the team returned to the second division after 11 years.

On 10 November 2010, Roberto made his debut for the first team, playing the second half of a 5–1 home win against AD Ceuta for the campaign’s Copa del Rey.

Roberto first appeared in La Liga on 21 May 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win at Malaga in the season’s last round.

On 8 March 2017, Roberto scored the final goal for Barcelona in the 95th minute as part of a 6–1 home victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16, making Barcelona the first club to overcome a four-goal deficit in the competition.

On 22 February 2018, Roberto extended his contract with Barcelona until 2022.

International career

Sergi Roberto playing for Catalonia against Cape Verde in 2013.
In October 2009, shortly after making his Barcelona B debuts, Sergi Roberto was called by the Spanish under-17 team for the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria.

Roberto made his debut for the under-21 side on 5 September 2011, playing the last four minutes of the 2–0 win in Lugo over Georgia for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.[23] He received his first call up to the senior squad in March 2016, for friendlies against Romania and Italy. His debut took place in the former match on the 27th, as he started in a 0–0 draw in Cluj-Napoca.

Style of play

Roberto plays predominantly in midfield, he is known for his versatility, pace, strength rigorous work rate, power with the ball and accurate passing. In 2016–17 season under Luis Enrique, he played in seven different positions with Barcelona.

Personal life

In 2014, Roberto started dating Israeli model Coral Simanovich. In early September 2017, they became engaged.

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