Michu burst onto the scene at Swansea City in the 2012-13 season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions while helping lead the Swans to a League Cup title.
Now, he is getting ready to play for UP Langreo, a semi-professional side that plays in the fourth-tier of Spanish football.
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His fall from grace was quick. After a brilliant first season with Swansea in which he was named the club’s Player of the Year and earned his first cap for the Spanish national team, injuries hit and limited his playing time. His goal tally in the Premier League fell from 18 to 2 the next season, and he was eventually loaned out to Napoli in Serie A.
Another ankle injury held Michu to just five appearances for Napoli, as he was released from the Italian side after one year.
After being told he was not a part of Swansea’s plans moving forward, Michu parted ways with the club by mutual consent earlier this week. He has now returned home to Spain to play for Langreo, who are managed by his brother Hernan.
One year ago, Michu was playing in the Champions League. Now, he will be playing in Spain’s Tercera Division, the fourth-tier of football that consists of 360 teams divided into 18 regional groups.