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Santiago Munoz Made His Football Debut In Mexico

Santiago Munoz Made His Football Debut In Mexico

We've not heard much of Santiago Munez for a while but we do know that Santiago Munoz has just burst onto the scene

Munoz, with a name as close to the legendary character/ Newcastle United and Real Madrid icon from the Goal! films, is a 18-year-old Mexico youth international who was key to El Tri's run to the final in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2019.

The El Paso native plies his trade with Santos Laguna and made his Liga MX debut in a 2-1 win over Atlético San Luis on Sunday.

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.

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The last time we saw close namesake Munez was in the huge flop that was Goal! III - where he was involved in a car crash and forced to miss the World Cup as a result.

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That was back in 2008 but could there be more to come from Munez?

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The man who played him, Kuno Becker, has written a script for another film with the help of a team of writers.

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.

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The problem, however, is he does not own the rights.

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

"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.

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"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.

"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.

Topics: Santiago Munez, Mexico, Newcastle United, Real Madrid

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