Roberto with Olympiacos in 2015
|Full name||Roberto Jiménez Gago|
|Date of birth||10 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|2005–2008||Atlético Madrid B||40||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Gimnàstic (loan)||28||(0)|
|2010||→ Zaragoza (loan)||15||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Olympiacos (loan)||23||(0)|
|2017–2018||→ Málaga (loan)||34||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 20 May 2018|
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An Atlético Madrid youth graduate, Madrid-born Roberto played mainly for the B-side, only receiving the occasional call-up due to suspensions or injuries. After a plague of the latter, he made his first-team debut, playing in a 1–2 away loss against CA Osasuna.
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