Adrian Lopez


BornFebruary 25, 1987


Adrián López Álvarez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a forward. Following his days at the Real Oviedo's youth system, Adrian moved to Oviedo’s first squad, scoring twice in 26 matches, while playing in Segunda División B. In October 2006, Oviedo were given a €330.000 compensation by the La Liga side along with a professional contract. In March 2008, Adrián was loaned to Segunda División strugglers Deportivo Alavés. After helping the Basque team avoid relegation with three league goals, he returned to A Coruña to be loaned again to newly-promoted Málaga CF, on a season-long deal. For 2009–10 season, he returned to Deportivo, where he began to feature prominently in the starting XI, in various offensive positions. In the 2010–11 campaign, he finished the season as the team's top scorer at eight (in 36 games). In July 2011, he signed on to join Atlético Madrid on a four year contract. In the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada, Adrián scored a hat-trick for Spain against Jordan, with all three goals coming in a span of 10 minutes, late in the first half. He was awarded the Golden Boot as the highest scorer in the 2011 UEFA European Championships in Denmark.
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