Sergio Díaz (footballer, born 1998)

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Sergio Díaz
Sergio Diaz 2016.jpg
Díaz (right) playing for Real Madrid B in 2016
Personal information
Full name Sergio Ismael Díaz Velázquez
Date of birth (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Itauguá, Paraguay
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Cerro Porteño
(on loan from Real Madrid)
Youth career
2006–2008 Tacuary
2008–2014 Cerro Porteño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Cerro Porteño 62 (15)
2016– Real Madrid B 36 (5)
2017–2018Lugo (loan) 8 (0)
2018–2019Corinthians (loan) 1 (0)
2019–Cerro Porteño (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2015 Paraguay U17 11 (3)
2015 Paraguay U20 7 (2)
2016 Paraguay U23 4 (2)
2017– Paraguay 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:44, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2017

Sergio Ismael Díaz Velázquez (born 5 March 1998) is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño, on loan from Real Madrid, as well as the Paraguay national football team.

Díaz ranked number one in a list of the most expensive players in Paraguayan football for 2015 published by Diario Extra.[1]


Youth and early career[edit]

Díaz played at Club Tacuary School of Football for 1 year, before moving to Cerro Porteño.[2] Díaz arrives at Cerro Porteño aged 10, at the club's school of football.[3] He scored approximately 30 goals in the Cerro Porteño U15 team and was then moved to the reserves team. He was coached by Diego Gavilán in the U15 team.[4] In 2013, he was referred to as the Sergio Aguero of Cerro Porteño as the reserves joined in on a practice session with the first-team.[5]

Cerro Porteño[edit]

2014 season[edit]

Diaz debuted as a 15-year-old in the Primera División Paraguaya, on 27 June 2014, in a 2-1 home victory against Club General Díaz. He entered the field in the 84th minute for Guillermo Beltrán.[6] Díaz then scored against Nacional Asunción in September, handing Cerro Porteño the victory.[7] The player scored a double in a 2-0 home victory against 3 de Febrero on 8 October 2014.[8] Against Boca Juniors in the Copa Sudamericana, Diaz wore the #22 jersey.[9]

During his performances at the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship in January 2015, it was reported that both Liverpool F.C. and Manchester United F.C. were chasing his signing.[10]

2015 season[edit]

In Diaz's debut for Cerro Porteño in the 2015 Primera División Paraguaya season, he scored one goal in his side's 3-0 away victory against Sportivo Luqueño on 14 February 2015. He signed his first professional contract after turning 18 years old and renewed his contract with Club Cerro Porteño until 2021.

Real Madrid[edit]

Sergio Diaz is the second Paraguayan to play in Real Madrid preceding Javier Acuña.

He will play with Real Madrid B at the beginning of the 2016 season.[11][12]

Diaz was included in Real Madrid U19 squad for UEFA Youth League, making his debut against Sporting Club de Portugal. Diaz scored the opener for Los Blancos, but Sporting eventually equalized.[13]

On 10 August 2017, Díaz was loaned to Segunda División club CD Lugo for one year.[14] He suffered a knee injury on 16 November 2017, which kept him out for the rest of the season.[15]

A year later, on 30 July 2018, he was loaned to Brazilian club Corinthians, for one and a half year.[16]

International career[edit]

In January 2015, Díaz was selected to represent Paraguay U20 at the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship.[17][18]

The player scored one goal in his debut at the 2016 Toulon Tournament for Paraguay U23.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Sergio is a self-proclaimed fan of the English football club Arsenal, which he in May 2015 described as his dream destination in the future.[20]




  1. ^ "Los jugadores más caros del fútbol paraguayo". (in Spanish). 19 July 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ Color, ABC. ""Díaz irá quemando etapas", según Arce - Edicion Impresa - ABC Color" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Kun Díaz: "No imaginé jugar este partido"" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Sergio Díaz, El Kun Agüero de Cerro Porteño | Cerro Porteño". d10 (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Sergio Díaz, El Kun Agüero de Cerro Porteño | Cerro Porteño". d10 (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Cerro Porteño vs. General Díaz - 28 June 2014 - Soccerway". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Cerro Porteño vs. 3 de Febrero - 9 October 2014 - Soccerway". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Cerro Porteño vs. Boca Juniors - 6 November 2014 - Soccerway". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Liverpool, Man Utd in Cerro Porteno talks for superkid Sergio Diaz - Tribal Football". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  11. ^ AS, Diario (2 July 2016). "Real Madrid land Paraguayan forward Sergio Díaz for 5M euros". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Division Profesional - Sportivo Luqueño vs Cerro Porteño - Soccer - Scoresway - Results, fixtures, tables and statistics". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  13. ^ 1-1: Under-19s denied win by last-minute equaliser
  14. ^ "Sergio Díaz, nuevo delantero del Club Deportivo Lugo" [Sergio Díaz, new forward of Club Deportivo Lugo] (in Spanish). CD Lugo. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Sergio Díaz se pierde lo que queda de temporada" (in Spanish). 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Atacante Sergio Díaz reforça o Corinthians" (in Spanish). 5 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Paraguay: los 'albirrojos' convocados para el Sudamericano Sub-20 | CONMEBOL". (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  18. ^ Radio, Caracol. "Paraguay definió los 23 jugadores que estarán en el Sudamericano Sub 20". Caracol Radio (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  19. ^ "::: Festival International Espoirs ::: Les rencontres du Festival". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  20. ^ McKnight, Gareth. "Sergio Diaz: Arsenal are my dream club, but I'm signing for Roma". Here Is The City. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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