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Newcastle United Respond After 18-Year-Old Santiago Munoz Makes His First Start In Liga MX Last Night

Newcastle United Respond After 18-Year-Old Santiago Munoz Makes His First Start In Liga MX Last Night

We've not heard about Santiago Munez since he missed the World Cup following a film car crash many years back, but Santiago Munoz is making waves in Mexico.

Munoz, with a name close to the legendary character/ Newcastle United and Real Madrid icon from the Goal! films, made his first start in Liga MX last night.

The 18-year-old Mexican-American striker started for Santos Laguna in their 1-0 win last night, and of course, Newcastle had to react on social media.

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The El Paso native, who shone for Mexico's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2019, made his league debut in a 2-1 win over Atlético San Luis back in October.

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Wearing the No.192 on the back of shirt for reasons that cannot be explained, Munoz came off the bench and played the last 17 minutes.

The last time we saw close namesake Munez was in the huge flop that was Goal! III way back in 2008.

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The plot catches up with a much older Munez, who has transitioned from a football player to a football coach. Becker feels it would bring some closure to the first two films after the monumental disappointment of the third.

However, the stumbling block is that he does not own the rights.

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"I wrote the Goal 4 movie because I think it's a beautiful story," he told SPORTbible.

"It picks up Santi as a trainer and it's a life lesson about failure and success. I think it's very moving and so do the people around me that I worked with.

"But they're still thinking about money [regarding the rights] - which is the wrong way to think in a movie.

"There's people with the rights who are like, 'If I don't receive this amount of money'. If you're thinking like that, f**k it I'll just write another movie and make something else.

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"It's not in my hands, I don't own the rights because if I did I would keep fighting for the financing.

"I think the worldwide audience that the first two movies have, they need some closure of the story and it would be nice to see what happened with the characters but with a good story that has something to say and respects the first two.

"The script that I wrote for Goal 4 is actually very commercial but it has a lot of feeling and a lot of heart - which is what I think made the first one work so well. I may try again but I'm not going to keep trying all my life."

Becker also revealed he broke both ankles training for the role and confirmed he wishes to return to St James' Park in the future.

We look forward to seeing Munoz pulling on the black and white stripes of Newcastle and later becoming a Galactico.

Topics: Football News, Football, Santiago Munez, Mexico

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