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What happened to the £26million ex-Tottenham star

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Roberto Soldado never managed to live up to his price tag as part of Tottenham Hotspur’s infamous ‘Magnificent Seven’ and is now making headlines at Levante for mixed reasons.

Spurs signed the Spaniard from Valencia for a club record £26 million in August 2013. He arrived in north London as part of the package Andre Villas-Boas hoped would replace Gareth Bale before selling the Welshman to Real Madrid for a then world record £85 million.

But Soldado only lasted two years in the Premier League before joining Villarreal £7 million. He later played for Fenerbahce and Granada before joining Levante last summer £420,000. Still, it took him until January 8 and a 2-0 win over Mallorca to score his first La Liga goal.

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Soldado struggled a lot with Spurs as the Spaniard lacked the pace, fine technique and raw physicality for the Premier League. He has scored just 16 goals and has struck 11 in 76 games in all competitions with Tottenham, including seven and six in 52 top division games.

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What happened to ex-Tottenham star Roberto Soldado

On Soldado’s return to his native Villarreal, the 12-cap striker couldn’t shake his struggles with just 12 goals and 19 assists in 55 games. Life in Turkey wasn’t much better with 19 goals and 11 assists in 59 games at Fenerbahce while he only started 35 of his games.

He eventually found some momentum with Granada, scoring 16 times in 61 La Liga games. Those hits saw Levante crash, but it took Soldado 11 top-flight games to open his account. He also scored three against Huracan Melilla and Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey.

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However, Levante’s 2-0 win over Mallorca on January 8 is just one of Soldado’s last seven LaLiga appearances. Referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes gave the former Tottenham man two yellow cards in a 4-3 defeat by Valencia on 20 December for injury-time incidents.

He received his first dissenting opinion in the 90th minute and Gonzalez Fuertes gave his marching orders for Soldado’s role in a mass confrontation five minutes later. The striker returned to score against Mallorca two games later but has made just five appearances since then.

But in those five games, the 36-year-old has scored twice more and also seen another red card. Santiago Jaime Latre showed Soldado a straight red for a knee-high lunge at William Carvalho in the 74th minute of the Granotes’ 4-2 defeat by Real Betis on 13 February.

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Soldado played just 15 minutes in Levante’s next eight top-flight games before taking on Granada on 17 April. Last month he had offered Osasuna an assist from the bench and marked his return to the line-up with an away goal for Grenada.

It lasted until the 94th minute, but Soldado rounded out a 4-1 win at Nuevo Los Carmenes with a left foot. And his goal kept the attacker in Alessio Lisci’s plans for Thursday night’s game at one-time champions Sevilla. But he couldn’t help Levante avoid defeat.

However, Soldado scored against Sevilla, with the former Tottenham man giving Levante hopes of a late comeback. Three minutes before the end he met Jose Luis Morales’ pass to make it 2-3. But the strike ultimately proved to be too little, too late.

In other news, Report: Tottenham eye movement for £44m man who once claimed ties to Spurs angered him

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