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David de Gea

Who is David de Gea?

David de Gea Quintana, commonly known as David De Gea, is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Premier League club Manchester United. Spain international was born on 7 November 1990 in Madrid.

David began his playing career with Atletico Madrid, rising through the Los Colchoneros academy system before playing his senior game in 2009, aged only 18.

After being made the Spanish club’s first-choice shot-stopper, De Gea helped Atletico Madrid win the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010.

The Spanish goalkeeper’s displays finally attracted the attention of Man United, and the shot-stopper joined the Red Devils in summer 2011 for £18.9m, a British record for a shot-stopper at the time.

Since joining the English club, David has played nearly 400 games and won a Premier League trophy, an FA Cup, a League Cup, 3 Community Shields and the UEFA Europa League. In 2018 David was named in the FIFA FIFPro World11.

For three back-to-back years from 2013–14 to 2015–16, De Gea was elected as the Red Devils’ Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, the first footballer in the award’s history to win on three successive occasions, as well as being included in four consecutive PFA Team of the Year sides from 2015 to 2018.

What is David de Gea’s international career like?

David helped the Furia Roja’s U17 side win the 2007 European Championship and finish second at the 2007 Mundial. However, De Gea was selected to play at the 2012 Summer Olympics and played all three games as Spain was eliminated in the group stage.

In summer 2014, the 30-year-old goalkeeper was selected in the Furia Roja’s 30-man team for the 2014 Mundial and later made the final squad. The Spanish goalkeeper made his first senior international debut with El Salvador.

The Spain international has been tipped by many to succeed Iker Casillas as the long-term number one shot-stopper, including Real Madrid legend himself. In summer 2016, De Gea was named to Spain’s final 23-man team for UEFA Euro 2016.

In summer 2018, David was called up to the Furia Roja’s team for Russia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup. His unsteady displays in the group stage drew criticism in the media, who noted that De Gea had just made one save in the competition.

David ended the competition having conceded six goals from seven shots on target. In summer 2021, the 30-year-old shot-stopper was included in Spain’s 24-man team for UEFA Euro 2020.

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