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Magpies has announced the arrival of the Santos Laguna teenager, in a peculiar case that almost echoes fiction
Newcastle United have confirmed the conquest of youth international Santiago Munoz in Mexico on an 18-month loan deal that has a striking resemblance to key elements in the film “Goal!”
The Magpies have announced the arrival of the Santos Laguna teenager on a contract that runs through the middle of the 2022-23 season with a view to a permanent switch.
But it is the peculiar, fact-mimicking fiction of the transfer that has raised eyebrows after the news of the 19-year-old’s arrival in Tyneside.
What has happened?
In the 2005 film “Goal!” – also known as “Goal! The Dream Begins” in US markets – Newcastle United sign on probation a young Mexican named Santiago Munez after arriving in England.
Throughout the film, Munez overcomes various obstacles to prove his worth to the Magpies, and is both released and signed by the club again throughout his journey.
He ultimately proves crucial in their qualification for the Champions League in the final, allowing the winner against a Liverpool side to earn European glory for his side.
Munoz’s journey in reality
Aside from the coincidence of Munoz’s name, which almost matched the name of a fictional character who signed for Newcastle in the film, the teenager has had a less eventful trip to St James’ Park.
Munoz is already an established international youth star for Mexico, although he was born in the United States in El Paso, Texas.
He made his senior debut for Santos Laguna in October last year in a League MX victory over Atletico San Luis, having already finished as a runner-up at the Under-17 World Cup a year earlier with El Tri.