Ante Budimir

Squad No. 17
Date of Birth July 22, 1991
Age 30
Height 190cm
Team
Position Forward
Birthplace Zenica
Previous Clubs RCD Mallorca

Ante Budimir (born 22 July 1991) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Osasuna and the Croatia national team.

FC St. Pauli
In August 2014, Budimir joined German club FC St. Pauli of the 2. Bundesliga on a four-year deal until 2018. St. Pauli had to pay a transfer fee believed to be around €900,000. In an interview on Budimir’s signing, former Croatian international Jurica Vranješ described him as “tall, strong in the air, and reliable in combinations” and compared his style to Dimitar Berbatov. Budimir had a tough time at St. Pauli, scoring just 1 goal in 20 appearances in the St. Pauli shirt.

Crotone / Sampdoria
On 1 September 2015, Budimir was loaned out to Italian club Crotone for the remainder of the season. He made his Crotone debut on 7 September 2015, in a 4–0 loss to Cagliari Calcio, coming on as a 71st-minute substitute for Pietro De Giorgio. In March 2016, Crotone exercised their €1 million buyout option on the player. Budimir ended the season as Crotone’s top goalscorer with 16 goals in 40 Serie B appearances, as they were promoted as runners-up to Cagliari; this tally was fourth for goalscorers in the whole league season.

In June 2016, ahead of Crotone’s debut Serie A season, Sampdoria of the same league activated Budimir’s release clause believed to be in the region of €1.8 million, and the player signed a deal ending in mid-2020. A year later, he was sent back to Crotone on a one-year loan with obligation to buy. The obligation was fulfilled by now relegated Crotone at the end of the season, and he remained in the club on a permanent contract.

Mallorca
On 15 January 2019, Budimir moved on loan to Spanish club Mallorca. He scored his first goal for the Balearic club on 3 February as a Panenka penalty kick in a 2–0 home win over AD Alcorcón, later being sent off. On 27 June, after achieving promotion to La Liga – he scored the opening goal as they overturned a 2–0 first-leg deficit to defeat Deportivo de La Coruña 3–2 on aggregate in the play-off final – he signed a permanent deal for a €2.2 million fee.

During the 2019–20 season Budimir scored 13 goals, which also placed him as the 8th best 2019–20 La Liga top scorer.

Osasuna (loan)
On 5 October 2020, Budimir was loaned to top tier side CA Osasuna for the 2020–21 season.

Osasuna
On 7 June 2021, CA Osasuna announced the signing of Budimir on a permanent deal, after spending the previous season on loan at the club. The contract expires in the summer of 2025.