Everyone agrees Giovani dos Santos has talent. His potential is high but I think he has held it back a bit. As he once again begins hunting for a job after the LA Galaxy cut him lose, one can't help but wonder why he never could harness his full potential. How did this player, who already was in Barcelona 's famed La Masia academy when he won the Silver Ball at the U World Championship in Peru by helping Mexico to the title, not break through? Dos Santos never found any consistency in Europe.
He was just 16 years old at that time and was the only footballer on the team who was not playing on Mexican soil. Dos Santos was arrived in La Masia at age He quickly became an undisputed starter with the youth teams, including Barcelona B. Son of Brazilian player Zizinho, who appeared with Mexican clubs America, Leon and Necaxa, to name a few, it was clear that Gio had the technique and playing style of his father. He became the brains on the pitch. His fantastic touch and creativity gave Mexico depth and goal opportunities. No other footballer made as many assists as Dos Santos, who bagged a total of seven. Gio was the kind of player Mexico lacked. He had fantastic dribbling skills, fine touch, speed and intelligence, which gave the team a lot of attacking options. His future seemed bright until he arrived in Tottenham Hotspur , where he not only barely played but was loaned on a regular basis.
Place of birth: Monterrey. Citizenship: Mexico. Height: 1,75 m.
Dos Santos joined the Galaxy in after experiences in Spain and England. He is a crafty attacking player known for his technique, playmaking abilities and quickness, and can play anywhere across the attacking line. Perhaps his most memorable moment came in the Gold Cup final against the United States, when he bewitched the US defense with a mazy run before curling the ball into the far corner, spurring Mexico on to a win. He struggled to establish himself in Barcelona's first team after coming up through the academy and was sold to Tottenham after one senior season with the Blaugrana. He had a similarly tough time at Spurs, making just 33 appearances in all competitions and being loaned out three times in his four-year spell at the club. He finally found some purchase in Spain, enjoying strong stints with Mallorca and Villarreal, before moving to LA. Dos Santos comes from a soccer family. His father, Brazilian player Zizinho, starred in Mexico during the s and his brother, Jonathan, is a professional player and has been Giovani's teammate with Barcelona, Villarreal and Mexico.