Ivan Saponjic

Squad No. 12
Date of Birth August 2, 1997
Age 25
Height 190cm
Position Forward
Birthplace Nova Varoš
Previous Clubs Atlético Madrid

Ivan Šaponjić (born 2 August 1997) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Cádiz, on loan from Atlético Madrid.

At international level, Šaponjić won the gold medal for Serbia at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring two goals in the process.

Born in Nova Varoš, Šaponjić started playing football at local clubs Zlatar Nova Varoš and Sloboda Užice before joining the youth academy of Partizan. He made his senior debut for the club in a league game on 30 November 2013, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute in a 2–0 home win over Spartak Subotica. He eventually failed to make any other competitive appearance in the 2013–14 season.

On 30 May 2014, he signed his first professional contract with Partizan, penning a three-year deal. He scored his first competitive goal for the team in a 2–0 away victory over Jagodina in the second leg of the Serbian Cup semi-final on 8 April 2015. Five days later, he scored his first league goal in a 3–1 away win over OFK Beograd. In total, he scored 5 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions during the 2014–15 season.

On 25 July 2015, Šaponjić scored a brace in a 6–0 home league win over Jagodina. He scored his first international goal for Partizan with an overhead kick in a 2–1 home win over BATE Borisov in the return leg of the Champions League play-off round on 26 August 2015. This was the club’s 100th victory in European football. He also scored both goals for Partizan in their 2–0 Serbian Cup win over Sinđelić Beograd on 28 October 2015.

On 12 January 2016, Šaponjić signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Portuguese champions Benfica and was immediately assigned to their reserve team. In July 2017, he was loaned out to Belgian club Zulte Waregem.

Atlético Madrid
On 11 July 2019, Šaponjić signed a three-year contract with Atlético Madrid for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in region of 500 thousand euros. He made his debut on 23 January 2020, in a Copa del Rey clash against Cultural Leonesa.

On 22 January 2021, Šaponjić joined fellow La Liga side Cádiz on loan until the end of the season. On 31 January 2021, he made his club debut in a 2–4 home league defeat against his contractual owners, Atlético Madrid.