Iker Muniain is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao and the Spain national football team. Due to his style of play and stature, he was dubbed 'the Spanish Messi' by the media.
Muniain was a product of Basque giants Athletic Bilbao's youth ranks, Muniain made his first team debut on 30 July 2009. He entered the field as a 59th minute substitute for Gaizka Toquero, in an eventual 0Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 home defeat, thus becoming the youngest player ever to wear Athletic's shirt in an official game, at 16 years, 7 months and 11 days old. One week later Muniain scored his first goal for the club, in the return match in Switzerland, Athletic won 2Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 and qualified for the playoff rounds. In this match he again entered the club's record books, as the youngest ever player to score a goal (16 years, 7 months and 18 days) in an official match.
On 30 August 2009 another record befell, as Muniain started in the 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 home win against RCD Espanyol becoming the youngest player to have donned the club's shirt in La Liga. On 30 August 2009 another record befell, as Muniain appeared (and started) in the 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 home win against RCD Espanyol (2009Ã¢â‚¬â€œ10's opener), becoming the youngest player to have donned the club's shirt in La Liga. Muniain has been linked to several big European clubs ever since.
Having played for almost every Spanish youth team Muniain made his Spain debut in February 2012 in a 5-0 win against Venezuela.