Roberto playing for West Ham United in 2019
|Full name||Roberto Jiménez Gago|
|Date of birth||10 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|West Ham United|
|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)|
|2019–||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 20 May 2018|
Roberto Jiménez Gago (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto xiˈmeneθ ˈɣaɣo] ; born 10 February 1986), known simply as Roberto, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club West Ham United.
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He appeared in 128 La Liga matches during six seasons, in representation of Atlético Madrid (two spells), Zaragoza (twice), Espanyol and Málaga. Abroad, he spent three years with Olympiacos where he always won the Superleague Greece, and also played in Portugal with Benfica.
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An Atlético Madrid youth graduate, Madrid-born Roberto played mainly for the reserves, only receiving the occasional call-up due to suspensions or injuries. After a plague of the latter he made his first-team debut on 22 December 2005, in a 1–2 away loss against CA Osasuna.
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In early July 2008, following a Segunda División loan at Gimnàstic de Tarragona,Roberto was deemed surplus to requirements and sold to fellow La Liga club Recreativo de Huelva as part of the deal that sent Florent Sinama Pongolle in the opposite direction – Atlético, however, had an option to rebuy. During his only season, which ended in relegation, he was restricted solely to appearances in the Copa del Rey.
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As first-choice Sergio Asenjo was summoned for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Roberto was promoted to the starting XI,his first game being a 2–5 loss at FC Barcelona on 19 September. He got injured shortly after, and when he returned found himself third-choice behind Asenjo and youngster David de Gea; thus, in late January 2010, a loan to struggling Real Zaragoza was arranged until the end of the campaign – he relegated Juan Pablo Carrizo to the bench, helping the Aragonese finally escape relegation.
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On 25 June 2010, it was confirmed that S.L. Benfica signed Roberto for a fee of €8.5 million.In his first three official matches – the first against FC Porto in the season's Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira – his performances were poor overall, as the Lisbon club suffered three defeats and he conceded six goals; he was benched for the third Primeira Liga game of the season, at home against Vitória de Setúbal, but had to be brought in after Júlio César was sent off for a foul in the box at the 20-minute mark, and saved the ensuing penalty from Hugo Leal in a 3–0 win.
Subsequently, Roberto fell out of favour at Benfica after the off-season signings of Artur and Eduardo.
On 1 August 2011, Roberto returned to Zaragoza, being transferred for a fee of €8.6 million in a purchase which was almost totally funded by a parent company of Zaragoza, who retained 99% of the player's economic rights.However, it was later reported that a football investment fund was involved in that deal.
In his first season in his second spell, he played all 38 league games as the team again avoided top flight relegation in the very last round. He again started in the 2012–13 campaign, but they returned to the second level after a four-year stay.
Roberto returned to Atlético Madrid on 26 July 2013, signing a four-year contract after an arrangement with Benfica and being immediately loaned to Greek side Olympiacos FC.The transfer was questioned by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, with Benfica explaining that BE Plan, the parent company who originally funded his transfer, defaulted on its obligations, so Zaragoza and Benfica agreed to revert the player's sporting and economic rights, with the latter immediately selling him to Atlético Madrid for €6 million.
On 5 November 2013, Roberto put on a man-of-the-match performance against his former club Benfica, in a 1–0 win in Piraeus in the season's UEFA Champions League.In February of the following year, Olympiacos and Atlético reached an agreement for a permanent €2.5 million transfer, and he signed a four-year contract with the former; prior the official announcement, news regarding the move were announced through the Karaiskakis Stadium loudspeakers during a match against Panionios FC.
On 22 October 2014, Roberto saved several shots in a 1–0 home win over Juventus F.C. in the Champions League,but his team eventually did not progress from the group stage.
On 22 June 2016, Roberto became new manager Quique Sánchez Flores' first signing at RCD Espanyol, penning a three-year contract for €3 million.On 5 July of the following year, after playing second-fiddle to Diego López, he moved to fellow league club Málaga CF on loan.
Upon his return to the RCDE Stadium, Roberto did not take part in any more league games as López was present in all 38 fixtures.
On 31 May 2019, Roberto signed for West Ham United on a two-year deal for a free transfer commencing on 1 July.He made his full debut on 27 August, in a 2–0 win against Newport County in the second round of the EFL Cup.
Roberto won the first of his six caps for Spain at under-21 level on 5 June 2007, in a 1–0 away victory over Georgia for the 2009 UEFA European Championship qualifiers.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Atlético Madrid||2004–05||La Liga||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||0|
|Gimnàstic (loan)||2007–08||Segunda División||28||0||0||0||—||—||28||0|
|Atlético Madrid||2009–10||La Liga||3||0||0||0||—||1||0||4||0|
|Zaragoza (loan)||2009–10||La Liga||15||0||0||0||—||—||15||0|
|Olympiacos (loan)||2013–14||Superleague Greece||23||0||0||0||—||6||0||29||0|
|Málaga (loan)||2017–18||La Liga||34||0||0||0||—||—||34||0|
|West Ham United||2019–20||Premier League||0||0||0||0||1||0||—||1||0|
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