Fabián Ruiz

Squad No. 8
Date of Birth April 3, 1996
Age 25
Height 189cm
Team
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Los Palacios y Villafranca
Previous Clubs Real Betis

Fabián Ruiz Peña (born 3 April 1996), simply known as Fabián, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian club Napoli and the Spain national team.

Early years
Born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Seville, Andalusia, Fabián joined Real Betis’ youth setup in 2004, aged eight, after starting it out at EF La Unión de Los Palacios. He was promoted to the reserves in July 2014, and made his senior debut on 21 September, coming on as a second half substitute in a 1–4 home loss against Marbella FC for the Segunda División B championship.

Fabián played his first match as a professional on 16 December, replacing Xavi Torres in the 51st minute of a 1–0 Segunda División away win against CD Lugo. He appeared in six matches during the season, as his side achieved promotion to La Liga as champions.

Fabián made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 23 August 2015, coming on as a substitute for Alfred N’Diaye in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.

Elche (loan)
On 23 December of the following year he renewed his contract until 2019, and was immediately loaned to Elche CF in the second level. He scored his first professional goal on 17 March 2017, netting the first in a 3–1 away win against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.

Fabián contributed with 18 appearances for the side, suffering team relegation.

Breakthrough
Upon returning, Fabián became a regular starter under new manager Quique Setién, scoring his first goal in the top tier on 25 September 2017 in a 4–0 home routing of Levante UD. The following 31 January, he renewed his contract until 2023, setting his buyout clause at €30 million.

On 30 April 2018, Fabián scored the winning goal for Betis as they secured UEFA Europa League qualification for the 2018–19 season following a 2–1 home win over Málaga CF.

Napoli
On 5 July 2018, Fabián joined S.S.C. Napoli on a five-year contract until 2023 with Napoli reportedly paying Fabián’s €30 million buyout clause. He made his debut on 16 September in a Champions League group game away to Red Star Belgrade, playing the full 90 minutes of a goalless draw. Ten days later he played his first Serie A match and first at the Stadio San Paolo, a 3–0 win over Parma Calcio 1913.