It’s probably fair to say that Cristhian Stuani didn’t exactly set the Premier League alight when he was with Middlesbrough.
The Uruguayan striker spent two seasons at the Boro, helping them secure promotion from the Championship under Aitor Karanka back in 2016 before hitting just four Premier League goals in their fairly forgettable return to the top flight.
But these days, he’s certainly enjoying himself in Spain with Catalan also-rans Girona.
In La Liga this season, Stuani has hit a brilliant 13 goals to make him the third-highest scorer in Spain’s top division.
Only Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have hit more, while big names such as Antoine Griezmann, Iago Aspas and Karim Benzema are all currently trailing him.
But what’s most remarkable about Stuani’s goal-tally is his ability to score against the league’s most challenging opponents.
In Girona’s clash against Real Madrid on Sunday, Stuani struck the equalising goal in his side’s eventual 2-1 win over Los Blancos, holding his nerve to beat Thibaut Courtois from the spot amidst the jeers of the Bernabeu.
Stuani also netted twice when Girona faced local rivals Barcelona back in September, sealing a famous 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.
In total, he’s netted 10 goals in nine games against Spain’s ‘Big Three’ since 2016; four against Madrid, four against Atletico and two against Barcelona.
Stuani’s goals have helped Girona make history, with their win over Madrid on Sunday their first ever at the Bernabeu.
They even managed to knock Atletico out of the cup last month, with Stuani netting in their 3-3 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Talk about a big game player, eh?
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