Ferreyra in July 2013
|Full name||Facundo Ferreyra|
|Date of birth||14 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Lomas de Zamora, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
(on loan from Benfica)
|2014-2015||-> Newcastle United (loan)||0||(0)|
|2019-||-> Espanyol (loan)||5||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2019|
? National team caps and goals correct as of 17 February 2019
Facundo Ferreyra (Spanish pronunciation: [fa'kundo fe'rei?a]; born 14 March 1991), nicknamed "Chucky", is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol on loan from Portuguese side Benfica as a forward.
Ferreyra came through the youth system at his home town club of Banfield, and was promoted to the first team in the 2008-09 season. He made six appearances in that season, three as a substitute, scoring one goal. His debut goal was a header against Argentinos Juniors in a 2-2 draw on 6 December 2008.
Ferreyra's next first team appearances came in the 2010-11 season, when he scored six goals in 19 games, including one against Boca Juniors to secure a 1-1 draw on 4 June 2011. He was among the 15 top league goalscorers for the season. On 3 January 2011, he signed a new three-year contract with Banfield.
Following Banfield's relegation at the end of the 2011-12 Argentine Primera División season, Ferreyra was transferred to Vélez Sársfield. During his first season playing for Vélez, Ferreyra was the top goalscorer for the team in their 2012 Inicial winning campaign, scoring 13 goals in 15 games. He was also joint top scorer of the championship along Ignacio Scocco. Ferreyra also started in the 2012-13 Superfinal, in which Vélez defeated Newell's Old Boys.
On 9 July 2013, Ferreyra signed a five-year contract with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in a US$9 million transfer. He rarely featured for the club during his first season in Ukraine, but did manage to score six league goals from five starts as Shakhtar won their ninth league title.[deprecated source]
Due to personal security concerns over the war in Donbass and the recent Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, Ferreyra along with five other foreign teammates refused to return to Ukraine after a friendly match against Lyon on 20 July 2014. With the relocation of Shakhtar's training base to Kiev and home games to be played in Lviv for the 2014-15 season and following talks with CEO Sergei Palkin, Ferreyra and his teammates returned to the club in late July.
On 3 August 2014, Newcastle United signed Ferreyra on a season-long loan. The deal included a £6 million option to buy at the end of the season. However, Ferreyra struggled with the physical demands of English football, stating in an interview in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle "When I got here [Newcastle] I struggled to adapt ... it is a very physical league." On 29 May 2015 it was announced that Newcastle would not take up the option to buy Ferreyra and he would return to Shakhtar Donetsk without having played a single minute of first team football for Newcastle.
On 6 June 2018, Ferreyra signed a four-year contract with Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. The following 31 January, after being rarely used, he moved to La Liga side RCD Espanyol on loan until June 2020. He scored 1 goal in 9 games in La Liga in the second half of the 2018-19 season.
Ferreyra is a former Argentina under-20 youth international. He was joint second top scorer at the 2011 South American Youth Championship with four tournament goals, helping Argentina to third place. He also played with the team at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Super Cup||Continental||Total|
|Vélez Sársfield||2012-13||Primera División||22||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||3[c]||1||25||17|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||2013-14||Ukrainian Premier League||13||6||2||0||0||0||0||0||7[d]||0||22||6|
|Newcastle United (loan)||2014-15||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Espanyol (loan)||2018-19||La Liga||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|