Priority to Lions
The Uruguayan striker is referring here to the many summer requests pushed back one by one. An appetite for clubs born from his very good season in Italy. Under the colors of Foligno, a club around Perugia, in the center of the country, “Santi” drew with a vengeance: “The Italian and Uruguayan styles of play are very close. I knew I could express myself perfectly there,” he says in perfect French, learned in high school in his country.
As a result, after a timid start, Celeste scored 11 goals and attracted teams from higher levels: “I had very good offers, but I preferred to come back to Stade Bordelais and participate in the N2 adventure. In terms of adventure, Santiago Ciganda knows a lot about it and his CV shows it. The player can boast of having participated in Copa Libertadores matches, the equivalent of the Champions League for the South American continent, under the colors of CA Cerro.
Highs also experienced in Peru before his arrival in France almost on the sly while Stade Bordelais was playing in N3 in 2020-2021: “I had had contacts in Poland, but it was a little too cold there for me. A friend then put me in contact with French clubs. My sister living in Paris, I thought it might be a good idea. I then received a proposal from Stade Bordelais. I was seduced by the plan to go up to N2 and agreed to come to Bordeaux. »
A season finally truncated with the cessation of competitions in October after only five games: « a frustrating situation for me who would have liked to show my qualities a little longer ». A lapse of time which had nevertheless made it possible to see the skills of this attacker of 1.81 m, especially in the aerial field.
Adroit in front of goal, versatile on the front of the attack, Santiago is now waiting to unlock his goal counter: “I know that scoring his first goal is the most difficult, but I’m putting all the chances on my side. I’m gradually finding my bearings in a club that hasn’t changed much. I discovered a new coach after being close to Alexandre Torres, a new way of working. I feel good physically, good mentally. »