Leonardo Ulloa

The Transfer Record: Leonardo Ulloa

In July 2014, Leicester City set a new transfer fee record when Nigel Pearson signed Leonardo Ulloa for an undisclosed fee in time for the Club’s return to the Premier League.
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Born in the small city of General Roca in North East Argentina, Leo began his career in the Argentine Second Division with CIA in 2002 before moving in 2005 to spend two years at San Lorenzo.

He then played for the Argentinian sides of Arsenal Sarandi in and Olimpo before moving to the Spanish Second Division club CD Castellon in 2008.

He was the team’s top scorer for the next two seasons, but following Castellon’s relegation to the third tier, he signed for the La Liga side Almería in 2010, who were relegated in 2011.

The following season (2011/12), Leo was the Segunda Division’s top scorer with 28 goals. His next move was to Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2013.

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Leonardo Ulloa
Leonardo Ulloa

Ulloa's last-minute winner against Norwich City in the 2015/16 season has since been labelled the 'Earthquake goal'.

He was the first player to score a hat-trick at the new AMEX Stadium, and his goals helped his side to two Championship play-off appearances before his move to Leicester City in the summer of 2014. 

Highlights in his first season at Leicester included scoring on his debut against Everton, on the opening day of the season, and twice more in the famous 5-3 victory over Manchester United.

He also played a big part in the ‘Great Escape’ in the final nine games of the season by scoring four vital goals.

In the 2015/16 Premier League title-winning season, meanwhile, Leo’s main contribution was as an impact substitute on several, crucial occasions.

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Leonardo Ulloa
Leonardo Ulloa

The Argentine striker played a key role, usually from the bench, as Leicester won the Premier League.

His last-minute winner against Norwich City in February led to fans’ celebrations registering on the Richter Scale for an effort which is now referred to as the 'Earthquake goal'.

The arrival of Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani the following season increased competition for places, however Ulloa continued to play a prominent role when required.

Despite off-field strife, he signed a new contract in August 2017, but in January 2013 he returned to Brighton and Hove Albion on loan.

Leo's next move was in August 2018 to Pachuca in the Mexican top flight, while he is currently playing for Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s Segunda Division.

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