Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta, professionally known as Kepa Arrizabalaga or simply Kepa is a Spanish professional football player. He plays as a goalkeeper. He started his football career from Athletic Bilbao and has played for Bilbao Athletic, Ponferradina, Valladolid, and Athletic Bilbao before joining the English club, Chelsea in 2018. He moved to Chelsea for a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper. He is the current most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

At different ages, Arrizabalaga was a member of Spain’s national team. He was a member of the 2012 European Championship-winning Spain U19 squad. In 2017, he made his senior international debut.

What makes Kepa Arrizabalaga so well-known?

When he joined Chelsea in 2018, he became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

What is the origin of Kepa Arrizabalaga?

On October 3, 1994, Kepa Arrizabala was born. Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta is his birth name. Ondarroa, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain is where he was born. He is of Spanish descent. He is of white racial origin. Christianity is his religion. Libra is his zodiac sign. At this time, there is no information about his parents or siblings.

Timeline of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s Career

In 2004, Arrizabalaga entered Athletic Bilbao’s academy.

In January 2012, he made his first-team debut with the Tercera Division’s farm team.

On May 5, 2012, he was called up to the club’s first team for a La Liga match against Getafe CF. He went unnoticed for a long time.

On September 23, 2012, he was an unused substitute against Malaga CF.

In January 2013, he was transferred to the reserves.

On February 16, 2013, he made his B-side debut against UD Logrones in the Segunda Division B championship match.

On March 3, 2013, he was sent off at the end of a 3-1 home victory over SD Amorebieta.

He was out of commission for nearly five months in 2013, from April to September, due to pubalgia.

He fractured the first metacarpal of his right hand in January 2014, which forced him to miss a month of football.

In March 2014, Getafe CF rejected Getafe CF’s loan request for Kepa.

In January 2015, the club loaned him to Segunda Division club SD Ponferradina until June.

On January 11th, he made his professional debut against Racing de Santander.

In July 2015, the club loaned him to Real Valladolid in the second division for a season.

On August 22, he made his competitive debut for Valladolid against Cordoba CF.

He returned to his parent club after his loan spell at Valladolid.

He started out as a third-string goalkeeper.

On September 11, 2016, he made his top-flight debut against Deportivo de La Coruna.

In early 2018, he was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. In January 2018, he extended his deal with the club until 2025.

In August 2018, he paid his mandatory release clause of 80 million euros, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

Chelsea, an English club, offered him a seven-year deal.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper at the time had left to join Real Madrid.

His move to Chelsea broke Alisson’s record for the most expensive goalkeeper transfer, which he set in the same month.

Kepa made his Premier League debut against Huddersfield Town on August 11, 2018.

In his first six Premier League games, he had six clean sheets.

Chelsea went 12 games without losing. Tottenham Hotspur beat them 3-1 later on.

He is well-known for his one altercation with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at the time. On February 24, 2019, he declined to be substituted during the 2019 EFL Cup Final against Manchester City. For the upcoming penalty shootout, Sarri has requested that Arrizabalaga be replaced by Caballero. Sarri was worried about his leg cramps. Arrizabalaga, on the other hand, declined to be replaced and stayed on the field. In a penalty shootout, Chelsea lost 4-3. Arrizabalaga was fined a week’s pay and was omitted from Chelsea’s starting lineup against Tottenham.
Arrizabalaga saved two penalties in the UEFA Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 9, 2019.
Chelsea advanced to the final, where they were defeated 4-1 by Arsenal.
In the 2019-20 season, Arrizabalaga’s form deteriorated. In favour of Caballero, he was benched for many Premier League and Champions League matches.

On Match Day 2 against Liverpool on September 20, 2020, Arrizabalaga made a terrible error that resulted in him conceding a goal. His pass was intercepted by Sadio Mane of Liverpool, who caught the ball and scored. The production of Arrizabala was widely panned.

International Career of Kepa Arrizabalaga

Arrizabala has represented Spain at different levels of the national team.

He’s played for Spain’s U18, U19, and U21 squads.

He was a central member of the 2012 UEFA European U19 Championship-winning Spain U19 squad. In the semi-final against France, he saved two penalties in a shootout.

Due to injury, he was unable to play in the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup.

On November 11, 2017, he made his senior international debut in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he was selected to Spain’s 23-man squad.

Honors for Kepa Arrizabalaga

2018–19 UEFA Europa League

2019–20 FA Cup runner-up

2018–19 EFL Cup runner-up

The 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship will be held in France.

2018–19 UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season

Kepa Arrizabalaga Girlfriend

Kepa Arrizabalaga is unmarried. He is reportedly single at present. He was previously in a relationship with Andrea Perez. They were childhood sweethearts and reportedly dated for 9 years until their split. He last shared his picture with Andrea Perez on his Instagram on 13 July 2018.

He has over 1.3 million followers on his Instagram @kepaarrizabalaga.

Kepa Arrizabalga Height

Kepa Arrizabalaga stands at a height of 1.86 m i.e. 6 feet and 1 inch tall. He has a body weight of 88 kg. He has an athletic body build. His sexual orientation is straight. His eye color is brown and his hair color is black.

Kepa Arrizabalaga Net Worth

Kepa Arrizabalaga earns from his professional career as a footballer player. His income comes from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements.  Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in football. He broke the transfer fee record set during Alisson’s move to Liverpool when he joined Chelsea for 80 million Euro in 2018. His release clause was set 80 million before joining Chelsea. His annual salary at Chelsea is reported at 11 million Euro. He reportedly earns 150,000 pounds per week. His net worth is estimated at $3 million at present.

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