Jaime Mata

Squad No. 7
Date of Birth October 24, 1988
Age 33
Height 186cm
Position Forward
Birthplace Madrid
Previous Clubs Real Valladolid

Jaime Mata Arnaiz (born 24 October 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF and the Spain national team as a striker.

Born in Madrid, Mata finished his youth career with local Galáctico Pegaso, making his senior debut with the reserves in 2007. After appearing with the main squad in Tercera División, he moved to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano in December 2009, being immediately loaned to UD Socuéllamos in the same level.

Mata was subsequently loaned to fellow league team CD Móstoles in August 2010, in a season-long deal. He returned to Rayo in summer 2011, being assigned to the B team in Segunda División B.

On 5 July 2012, Mata signed for Lleida Esportiu also in the third division. After scoring 32 goals over two seasons, he moved to Segunda División after agreeing to a two-year deal with Girona FC.

Mata played his first match as a professional on 24 August 2014, starting in a 1–0 home win against Racing de Santander. He scored his first goal six days later, the winner in a 2–1 away victory over AD Alcorcón.

On 11 June 2015, in the first leg of the promotion playoffs’ semi-finals, Mata scored a brace in a 3–0 away defeat of Real Zaragoza. On 30 June 2016, after again being knocked out in the playoffs, he signed a two-year contract with Real Valladolid also of the second tier.

Mata scored a career-best 36 goals in his second season at the Estadio José Zorrilla, notably netting a hat-trick in a 5–1 away rout of Lorca FC on 19 May 2018. On 2 July, he signed a three-year contract with La Liga club Getafe CF as a free agent, making his debut in the competition on 24 August at the age of 29 years and ten months in a 2–0 home win against SD Eibar where he played 79 minutes.

Mata scored his first top-flight goal on 1 October 2018, the equaliser in a 1–1 away draw with RC Celta de Vigo. In the following year, he scored braces against Deportivo Alavés, Celta and SD Huesca, being also named the competition’s best player for the month of February.

On 17 October 2020, Mata scored a penalty in a 1–0 victory over FC Barcelona, the club’s first against that opponent since 2011.