May 31, 1997,
El Vigía, Mérida, Venezuela
February 2nd 2016
Adalberto Peñaranda signed for Watford in February 2016. The then 18-year-old signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Vicarage Road, but stayed with Granada on loan.
The Venezuela international beat Lionel Messi’s record in December 2015 as the youngest non-Spanish scorer of a brace in a La Liga, having become Granada’s youngest-ever player in November 2015.
Peñaranda first broke through in his native Venezuela at Deportivo La Guaira, where he featured nearly 40 times, and he has also spent time on loan with Udinese and Malaga.
He signed a new five-year deal at Watford in November 2018, having received all relevant work permit paperwork, and made his Hornets debut in the FA Cup trip to Woking in January 2019.
He has reached double figures in senior international appearances and was also a key part of the Under-20 side which finished World Cup runners-up in 2017.