VIDEO: Ex-Manchester City £17.5m striker nets bullet header

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A Roque Santa Cruz goal gave Malaga a 1-0 win over Getafe on Saturday.

With Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo netting goals for fun at Manchester City this season, it seems like a lifetime ago that the Etihad Stadium club were relying on Roque Santa Cruz to get their goals.

The Paraguay international is having a good season in Spain this term, and has scored four goals in eight starts for Malaga to date.

His latest strike, this bullet header against Getafe on Saturday, gave his side a much-needed three points and lifted them away from the relegation zone.

Santa Cruz started the game on the bench, and scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 victory within a minute of being on the pitch.

Santa Cruz made his name in England with Blackburn, and moved to Manchester City along with former manager Mark Hughes in 2009 for a whopping £17.5 million fee.

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However, the South American failed to find his best form at City, and only netted three goals in the space of 20 Premier League appearances for the club.

After loan spells at former club Blackburn, Real Betis and finally Malaga, Santa Cruz moved to La Rosaleda on a permanent deal in the summer.

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image: © Nicholas Raymond

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