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Since his arrival from Atlanta United in January, many have compared Newcastle's record signing Miguel Almiron to fictional character and all-round cult hero Santiago Munez for a number of different reasons.
For one, Almiron has made the switch from America to try and win the hearts of Newcastle fans, just like Munez did when Glen Foy, a former Scottish footballer and scout, spotted him playing for an amateur club in Los Angeles.
Rafael Benitez's side splashed out a record fee of £21 million for the Paraguayan forward, who scored 21 goals in 62 games during his time in the MLS, and it has been so far so good for the 25-year-old.
He impressed on his full-debut against Huddersfield, and is clearly having a positive effect on a team that was previously struggling for form.
Remind you of anyone?
The movie Goal is happening!
Santiago Muñez from Goal is South American :flag_py:
Miguel Almirón, Newcastle's new Signing, is South American :flag_py:
Muñez worked in a Chinese restaurant :rice:
Almirón worked in a Chinese restaurant :rice:
Muñez moved to NUFC :black_circle::white_circle:
Almirón moved from to NUFC :black_circle::white_circle: pic.twitter.com/dv663GJ8ph
- Capital North East (@CapNorthEast) February 1, 2019
Not only are Munez and Almiron from Latin America but according to Capital North East, the 25-year-old worked at a Chinese restaurant when he was younger, just like Munez did while also working part-time with his father in a gardening business.
Many on social media have compared the fictional character Santiago Munez to Newcastle's latest signing in recent days.
Here are just some of the tweets:
It's a madness how Miguel Almiron is the real life Santiago Munez pic.twitter.com/TPXYMjFHRn
- Adam Watson (@adamwatson16) February 26, 2019
Each time I see Almiron's face, all I can think of is the Geordie legend, that is, Santiago Munez :ok_hand: #NUFC pic.twitter.com/jBu5H6Pngx
- Dave Cox (@bigdavecox90) February 26, 2019
Miguel Almiron just reminds me of that Santiago munez from the goal film #nufc
- Luke Haigh (@LHaighy26) February 28, 2019
Miguel Almiron just opens everything up for everyone else with his pace and directness.....
He genuinely is Santiago Munez ain't he?
- JΛKE BUCKLEY :flag_au: (@TheMasterBucks) February 26, 2019
Miguel Almiron reminds me of Santiago Muñez in the first Goal! movie, running things for Newcastle.
- Melo (@Howardson_) February 26, 2019
Munez is the ringer of almiron pic.twitter.com/cl9M6VBgDF
- Luke Wardle (@lukewardle1878) February 23, 2019
Almiron is basically Santiago munez looks like him came from America and went to Newcastle :joy:
- Jack Jones (@MrJackArsenal) February 23, 2019
Miguel Almiron the real life Santiago Munez unreal stuff
- Brandon (@the_other_87) February 23, 2019
Newcastle fans are understandably thrilled with the way Almiron has started life on Tyneside and his manager also expressed his delighted with his performance at the weekend:
"He did really well (on Saturday). We knew he could give us pace and energy and he did it. Everything we were expecting from him, he did it and he did it well." Benitez said.
Thoughts on Almiron's start to life in the Premier League? Will he end up at Real Madrid, like Santiago Munez?
Let us know in the comments.
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