Lucas Vázquez

Lucas Vázquez Iglesias (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlukaz ˈβaθkeθ iˈɣlesjas];[lower-greek 1] born 1 July 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain national team as a right winger or right-back.

Lucas Vázquez
Vázquez after winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Lucas Vázquez Iglesias[1]
Date of birth (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Curtis, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Position(s) Winger, right-back
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2004 Curtis
2004–2007 Ural
2007–2010 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Real Madrid C 14 (2)
2011–2015 Real Madrid B 89 (15)
2014–2015Espanyol (loan) 33 (3)
2015– Real Madrid 164 (15)
National team
2016– Spain 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:55, 10 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:03, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Starting his career at Real Madrid, he made his first-team debut in 2015 after a season on loan at Espanyol. He made his La Liga debut with the latter. Since returning to Real Madrid in 2015 he has appeared in more than 200 matches for the club and has won 12 major trophies including three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles.

Vázquez represented Spain at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

Club career

Real Madrid

Born in Curtis, Galicia, Vázquez arrived at Real Madrid's youth system in 2007, aged 16. He made his senior debuts in the 2010–11 season with the C-team and, the following campaign, scored four goals in 23 games to help the reserves return to the second division after a five-year absence; his first came on 25 February 2012 in a 2–2 home draw against La Roda CF.[4]

Vázquez made his first appearance in the second level on 17 August 2012, playing six minutes in a 1–2 away loss against Villarreal CF.[5] He scored his first professional goal on 15 October, netting the winner in a 3–2 home success over UD Las Palmas.[6]


On 19 August 2014, Vázquez was loaned to La Liga's RCD Espanyol, in a season-long deal.[7] He made his debut in the competition on 30 August, coming on as a second-half substitute for Salva Sevilla in a 1–2 home loss against Sevilla FC.[8]

Vázquez scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 5 October 2014, netting the first in a 2–0 home success over Real Sociedad.[9] On 3 June of the following year, he signed a four-year permanent deal with the Pericos,[10] for a 2 million fee.[11]

Return to Real Madrid

On 30 June 2015, Real Madrid exercised their buyback clause and Vázquez returned to the club.[12] He made his debut on 12 September in a 6–0 away win over his former team Espanyol,[13] and his first start came a week later, in a 1–0 home defeat of Granada CF.[14]

Vázquez scored his first competitive goal on 30 December 2015, replacing Karim Benzema for the final 15 minutes of the league fixture against Real Sociedad and netting in a 3–1 success at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[15] He contributed with seven appearances in the season's UEFA Champions League, as the tournament ended in a win; in the final against Atlético Madrid, he again came on for the Frenchman late into the second half of a 1–1 draw, and converted his attempt in the penalty shootout triumph.[16]

Vázquez started the 2016 UEFA Super Cup against fellow Spaniards Sevilla FC, providing an assist to Sergio Ramos in injury time to take the game to extra time, where Real Madrid eventually won 3–2.[17] He signed a new contract on 26 October 2016, running until 2021.[18]

Vázquez appeared 33 times during 2016–17 and scored twice,[19][20] helping Real Madrid to its first league in five years.[21][22] He added ten matches in the campaign's Champions League, scoring once in the group stage[23] as his team also conquered the latter tournament.[24]

Vázquez made ten appearances during the 2017–18 Champions League and added one goal,[25] when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the competition.[26]

In November 2019 he broke his toe after dropping a weight on it.[27] After returning, he made 18 appearances during the league season, as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.[28]

Being a regular started during the 2020–21 season, he injured himself on 10 April 2021, in a 2–1 El Clásico win over FC Barcelona and was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a Posterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee.[29] On 3 June 2021, he signed a new three-year contract, which keeps him until 2024 at Madrid.[30]

International career

Vázquez did not represent Spain at any youth level. On 17 May 2016 he, Saúl Ñíguez and Sergio Rico were the three uncapped players named in Vicente del Bosque's provisional squad for UEFA Euro 2016 in France,[31] and he also made it to the final list of 23.[32] He made his debut on 7 June, starting and playing 61 minutes in a 0–1 friendly loss to Georgia at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.[33]He appeared once in the tournament, replacing Álvaro Morata in the 70th minute of a 0–2 round-of-16 defeat against Italy at the Stade de France.[34] He was then included in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[35] making his debut in the competition on 15 June when he replaced David Silva for the final four minutes of the 3–3 group stage draw to Portugal.[36]

In Real Madrid – Celta de Vigo 2016

Career statistics


As of match played 10 April 2021[37]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals Apps Goals
Real Madrid Castilla 2011–12 Segunda División B 2343[lower-alpha 1] 0264
2012–13 Segunda División 26326 3
2013–14 Segunda División 408408
Total 89150000309215
Espanyol (loan) 2014–15 La Liga 3336100394
Real Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 254107[lower-alpha 2]0334
2016–17 La Liga 3324110[lower-alpha 2]13[lower-alpha 3]0504
2017–18 La Liga 3345310[lower-alpha 2]15[lower-alpha 4]0538
2018–19 La Liga 311736[lower-alpha 2]13[lower-alpha 5]0475
2019–20 La Liga 182114[lower-alpha 2]0233
2020–21 La Liga 242108[lower-alpha 2]01[lower-alpha 6]0342
Total 1641519845312024026
Career total 2863325945315037145
  1. Appearance(s) in Prmotion Playoffs
  2. Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  5. One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  6. Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España


As of match played 20 June 2018[38]


Real Madrid Castilla[39]

Real Madrid[39]


  1. In isolation, Lucas and Vázquez are pronounced [ˈlukas] and [ˈbaθkeθ] respectively.


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