David de Gea Quintana is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester United and the Spain national team. He’s looked upon to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Born in Madrid and raised in nearby Illescas, De Gea began his playing career with Atlético Madrid, rising throughout the academy system at the club before making his senior debut in 2009. After being made Atlético’s first-choice goal keeper, he also helped the club win the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010. His performances then attracted the eye of Manchester United, also De Gea joined the club in June 2011 for £18.9 million, a British record for a goalkeeper at the moment.
Since joining United, De Gea has made over 400 appearances and won a Premier League name, an FA Cup, a League Cup, three Community Shields and also the UEFA Europa League. For three successive seasons from 2013-14 to 2015-16, he had been elected as United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the season, the first player at the award’s history to win on three consecutive occasions (four in total), as well as being comprised in four sequential (five in total) PFA Team of the Year sides from 2015 to 2018. In 2018 he had been named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.
Tipped by many as the successor to Iker Casillas as Spain’s long-term goalkeeper, De Gea has been the captain to the Spain under-21 national team that won the European Championship in 2011 and 2013, and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. He made his debut for the senior team in 2014 and was selected for that year’s World Cup. De Gea was called Spain’s starting goalkeeper at the 20-16 European Championship, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup.