|Full name Iker Muniain Goni|
Salary 2 million EUR (2012)
Height 1.69 m
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Name Iker Muniain
Siblings Andoni Muniain
|Date of birth (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 22)|
Current teams Athletic Bilbao (#19 / Forward), Spain national football team (Forward)
Parents Nuria Goni, Fernando Muniain
Similar People Aritz Aduriz, Ander Iturraspe, Markel Susaeta, Oscar de Marcos, Aymeric Laporte
Iker muniain the future of football
Iker Muniain Goñi ([iker muniaiŋ ɡoɲi], [ˈiker muˈnjaiŋ ˈɡoɲi]; born 19 December 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as a left winger.
- Iker muniain the future of football
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- Club career
- International career
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Due to his style of play and stature, he was dubbed "the Spanish Messi" by the media. He spent most of his career with Athletic Bilbao after debuting in 2009 as their youngest player in a competitive match, making over 300 appearances for the club and reaching the finals of the Copa del Rey and Europa League in 2012.
Muniain made 59 appearances for Spain at youth level, winning the European Under-21 Championship in 2011 and 2013. He also featured at the 2012 Olympics, in the same year as his senior international debut.
Iker muniain 2013 14 athletic club goals
Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Muniain was a product of Basque giants Athletic Bilbao's youth ranks after joining at the age of 11. In January 2009 he made his debut for the reserve team Bilbao Athletic in the Segunda División B championship, aged 16 years and 16 days, and scored his first goal at that level 19 days later.
Muniain made his first-team debut on 30 July 2009, in a UEFA Europa League qualifying match against BSC Young Boys: he entered the field as a 59th-minute substitute for Gaizka Toquero in an eventual 0–1 home defeat, thus becoming the youngest player in 94 years to wear Athletic's shirt in an official game at 16 years, 7 months and 11 days old, only behind Domingo Acedo who scored on his debut in 1914. One week later, in the return leg in Switzerland, he netted his first goal, in a 2–1 win that qualified for the playoff rounds; he again entered the club's record books as the joint-second-youngest player to find the net (16 years, 7 months and 18 days) in a competitive match – behind Acedo and level with Agustín Gaínza– and the youngest ever in a European match.
On 30 August 2009 another record fell, as Muniain started in the 1–0 home win against RCD Espanyol, 2009–10's opener, becoming the youngest player to have donned the club's shirt in La Liga (overtaking Patxi Ferreira). Two weeks later he scored again in European competition, 3–0 at home against FK Austria Wien, after a good team move involving Andoni Iraola and veteran Joseba Etxeberria.
On 4 October 2009, Muniain became the youngest player to score in a first division match as he netted in a 2–2 draw at Real Valladolid, aged 16 years and 289 days– that record was surpassed by Málaga CF's Fabrice Olinga in August 2012. On 1 December he signed his first professional contract with Athletic, running until June 2015. On the 6th, after nearly one month out due to injury, he returned to action, scoring as a 51st-minute substitute to give Athletic the lead, albeit in a 1–2 loss to Valencia CF; he set up both of his team's goals in the next game, a 2–1 win at Real Zaragoza, and finished his first senior season with 35 appearances and six goals across all competitions.
Muniain was an undisputed starter for Athletic in the 2010–11 campaign, featuring as a left winger for the Joaquín Caparrós-led side. On 17 April 2011 he scored a last-minute goal in a 2–1 away win against hometown club CA Osasuna, helping his team come from behind; he was initially booked for taking his hand to his ear during his celebrations (before signing for Athletic he played for UDC Chantrea in Pamplona, and always considered Osasuna a rival organisation) which meant a suspension for his fifth yellow card of the season, but it was later lifted; now allowed to take part in the following matchday, the derby against Real Sociedad, he netted another, in a 2–1 home success.
Muniain appeared in 58 contests overall in 2011–12, scoring on nine occasions as the Lions reached both the Europa League and the Copa del Rey finals. On 1 December 2013 he netted the game's only goal at the San Mamés Stadium, to hand FC Barcelona its first league loss of the new season; eighteen days later he celebrated his 21st birthday by grabbing a brace in a 4–0 domestic cup home win over Celta de Vigo, which signified his team progressed through to the round-of-16 4–1 on aggregate.
On 4 April 2015, during a game against Sevilla FC, Muniain suffered the first serious injury of his career, being sidelined for several months with an anterior cruciate ligament ailment to his left knee– this meant he was unable to take any part in the year's Spanish Cup or Spanish Supercup finals. After suffering some setbacks in his recovery process he returned to action on 20 December, replacing Iñaki Williams for the last minutes of a 2–0 home win over Levante UD.
On 8 February 2011, at the age of only 18, Muniain made his debut with the Spain under-21 team in a match against Denmark, replacing Adrián López. Subsequently, he was selected by manager Luis Milla to the squad that appeared in the 2011 UEFA European Championship, appearing in all the games as the nation won its third title in the category and qualified to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On 24 February 2012, Muniain was called up to the senior side for the first time, for a friendly with Venezuela. Five days later, he came on for Cesc Fàbregas in the 74th minute of the 5–0 win in Málaga. Later that year, at the Summer Olympic Games in London, he made two appearances as Spain exited in the group stage without scoring a goal.
Muniain earned 31 caps for the under-21s, which was a national record for three years before being surpassed by Gerard Deulofeu. He also featured for the unofficial Basque Country regional team.
Muniain has two older cousins who are also footballers, were both Athletic youth players and were briefly his teammates at Bilbao Athletic. Adrien Goñi, a midfielder, made a handful of first-team appearances before embarking on a career in the Spanish third level; winger Julen Goñi eventually moved to Barakaldo CF also in that tier, but departed when they were relegated and did not find another club at that level.
Muniain's son was born in February 2015, with the player announcing his girlfriend's pregnancy in August 2014 by gesturing while celebrating his goal against S.S.C. Napoli in the play-off of the UEFA Champions League. He is an admirer of Sergio Agüero, and named his pet Labrador Kun after the Argentina international; Muniain's own nickname, Bart Simpson, was given to him by Fernando Amorebieta due to his mischievous personality as well as his diminutive stature and fair hair.