47 Facts About Alfredo Morelos


Alfredo Jose Morelos Avilez was born on 21 June 1996 and is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the Colombia national team.


Alfredo Morelos currently holds the club record for most goals scored in European competitions with 29 goals.


Alfredo Morelos played youth international football for Colombia at under-17 and under-20 levels.


Alfredo Morelos was a member of the under-20 team that were runners-up in the 2015 South American U-20 Championship.


Alfredo Morelos made his senior international debut for Colombia in 2018 and was part of the squad that finished third at the 2021 Copa America.


Alfredo Morelos revealed that it was his father who got him into football and goalscoring.


Alfredo Morelos made a further four appearances in the 2014 Categoria Primera A but the goal against Fortaleza would be his last of the season.


Alfredo Morelos ended the 2014 season with fourteen appearances and six goals in all competitions for Independiente Medellin and received a 2014 Categoria Primera A Finalizacion runner-up medal.


Alfredo Morelos made eleven appearances in all competitions in the 2015 season, six in the Categoria Primera A and five in the Copa Colombia but failed to find the net in any of the matches.


In January 2016 it was reported in the Colombian media that Alfredo Morelos was linked with a move away from Independiente Medellin to European side HJK Helsinki.


Alfredo Morelos made a total of twenty five appearances for Independiente Medellin scoring six goals in all competitions during his time with the club.


Alfredo Morelos scored six goals in the first five league matches against VPS, RoPS, SJK and AC Kajaani.


Alfredo Morelos then scored four more league goals by August against PK-35 Vantaa, FC Lahti, KuPS and scored against KuPS for the third time in another encounter weeks later on 28 August 2016.


Alfredo Morelos earned a Veikkausliiga runner-up medal, a Finnish Cup runner-up medal and was awarded the league's best striker of the year award.


Alfredo Morelos followed this up by scoring three goals in the remaining four group games against KTP, GrlFK, and HIFK.


Alfredo Morelos helped HJK finish top of their group with five wins out of five and progress through to the Quarter-final.


Alfredo Morelos made a total of 62 appearances for HJK scoring 46 goals, he won three player of the month awards, one striker of the year award and two trophies during his time at the club.


Alfredo Morelos quickly became a favourite with Rangers supporters, who nicknamed him El Bufalo.


Alfredo Morelos finished the season with 18 goals, tied as the club's top scorer for the season; 14 of those strikes were in the league, the second-highest total behind Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock.


Rangers started the season playing in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, and goals against NK Osijek and NK Maribor from Alfredo Morelos helped them progress to the group stages of the tournament.


Alfredo Morelos was sent off against Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium in the opening league fixture for a kick out at an opponent, although the red card was rescinded on appeal.


Alfredo Morelos followed this up in the return leg at Ibrox, by scoring his third hat-trick for Rangers.


Alfredo Morelos then scored a goal and made two assists against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League Third Qualifying round.


In October 2019, Alfredo Morelos was allegedly racially abused by Hearts fans after he scored during a match between the two sides.


In scoring these goals, Alfredo Morelos became the first Rangers player to score in four consecutive matches in European competition.


Alfredo Morelos was sent off for diving, and made some gestures with his hand across his throat as he left the field.


Alfredo Morelos set a UEFA individual record for most goals in a European campaign before Christmas, with 14.


Alfredo Morelos started the season with five goals in his first seven games including braces against St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership and Lincoln Red Imps during Europa League qualifying.


Alfredo Morelos followed this up four days later with a goal in the Europa League Round of 32 match against Royal Antwerp.


Alfredo Morelos won his first trophy after four seasons with the club.


Alfredo Morelos ended the season with 17 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.


Alfredo Morelos stayed a Rangers player but missed the first two matches of the season after being called up to the Colombia national side for the 2021 Copa America.


In doing so Alfredo Morelos scored his 100th goal for Rangers in his 199th match for the club, he celebrated by jumping into the crowd which he received a yellow card for.


Alfredo Morelos became the first player to score 100 goals for Rangers in over five years and the 18th post-war player to do so, with Kenny Miller being the last player to achieve this in 2016.


Alfredo Morelos won the player of the month award for December 2021.


In May 2023 Rangers announced Alfredo Morelos would depart the club upon the expiration of his contract.


Alfredo Morelos went on to make four appearances for the under-17 side.


Alfredo Morelos was in the Colombia squad when they finished runner's-up in the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship.


Alfredo Morelos played six games in total for the under-20 team.


On 28 August 2018, Alfredo Morelos received his first call-up to the Colombian senior national team for the friendly matches against Venezuela and Argentina.


Alfredo Morelos made his international debut on 8 September 2018, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute against Venezuela.


Alfredo Morelos made a further two appearances in March 2019 in friendlies against Japan and South Korea, making his first international start against the latter side.


Alfredo Morelos was not named in the 40-man preliminary squad announced on 16 May for the 2019 Copa America, with several media outlets speculating his poor on-field discipline at club level in Scotland contributed to his omission.


Alfredo Morelos returned to the national side in October 2019 and featured in friendlies against Chilie and Algeria.


Alfredo Morelos made two more appearances in the qualifiers during 2020; one against Chile on 14 October and the other against Uruguay on 13 November.


Alfredo Morelos was selected in the 28-man Colombia squad for the 2021 Copa America which took place in June 2021, but missed the warm up World Cup qualifier games against Peru and Argentina after he tested positive for corona virus during a routine round of testing whilst on international duty.


Alfredo Morelos has been with his childhood sweetheart Yesenia Herrera since 2014, the couple married in January 2016 and have a daughter together Leonela Alfredo Morelos who was born in May 2020.