David de Gea

David de Gea Quintana (; born 7 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United and the Spain national team. Born in Madrid, De Gea began his career aged 13 with Atlético Madrid and rose through the academy system at the club before making his senior debut in 2009. After being made Atlético’s first-choice goalkeeper, he helped the team win both the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010. His performances attracted the attention of Manchester United, whom he joined in June 2011 for £17.8 million, a British record for a goalkeeper. Since joining United, De Gea has made over 200 appearances and won a Premier League winner’s medal in 2013 amongst a host of other honours. He has been hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. For three consecutive seasons from 2013–14 to 2015-16, he was elected as United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, the first player in the award’s history to win on three successive occasions. De Gea was the captain for the Spain under-21 national side that won the European Championship in 2011 and 2013, and also competed in the 2012 Olympics. He made his debut for the senior team in 2014 and was selected for that year’s World Cup, and has been tipped by many as the successor to Iker Casillas as Spain’s long-term goalkeeper.

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