Franco Acosta

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Franco Acosta
Personal information
Full name Franco Acosta Machado
Date of birth (1996-03-05)5 March 1996
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Date of death 6 March 2021(2021-03-06) (aged 25)
Place of death Pando, Uruguay
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
2009–2013 Fénix
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Fénix 20 (3)
2015–2020 Villarreal B 48 (7)
2018Racing Santander (loan) 4 (0)
2019–2020Plaza Colonia (loan) 24 (3)
2020–2021 Atenas 7 (0)
Total 103 (13)
National team
2013 Uruguay U17 15 (12)
2015 Uruguay U20 14 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Franco Acosta Machado (5 March 1996 – 6 March 2021) was a Uruguayan professional footballer who played as a striker.

Acosta joined Centro Atlético Fénix's youth setup in 2009, aged 13. On 23 November 2013, he made his first team debut.

On 19 January 2015, he signed a ​5 12-year contract with Villarreal CF, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.[1]

On 15 January 2018, Acosta joined Segunda Division B team Racing de Santander on loan until the end of the season.[2] Acosta was then loaned out to Plaza Colonia for the 2019 season.[3]

On 6 March 2021, a day after his 25th birthday, Acosta disappeared after swimming across the Arroyo Pando, in the Department of Canelones, Uruguay. Two days later, on 8 March 2021, his body was found. He was declared dead at the scene.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Un delantero de proyección (A forward of showing) Archived 12 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Villarreal's official website, 19 January 2015 (in Spanish)
  2. González, Roberto (15 January 2018). "El Racing abre el mercado con el uruguayo Franco Acosta". Cadena SER (in European Spanish). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. Plaza suma dos refuerzos más para el primer equipo Archived 2020-01-19 at the Wayback Machine,, January 2019
  4. Observador, El. "Encontraron el cuerpo de Franco Acosta, que había desaparecido en el arroyo Pando". El Observador. Retrieved 8 March 2021.