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Jordi Alba Biography

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A detailed look at Jordi Alba biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Jordi Alba is a professional player who is currently playing as a left-back for Barcelona Football club and Spain National team. During his career, the 31 years old defender has established himself as one of the top left-backs in the football world. He has won many collective and induvial awards including five La Liga titles and one Uefa Champions League.

A graduate of FC Valencia academy, Alba made a name for himself after his impressive performances as a teenager first at Barcelona's academy, La Masia and latter at Valencia. After a two-season spell with Valencia's senior side, He returned to Barcelona in 2012 and has been playing for the Catalans ever since.

Alba became one of the best in his position during his time at the Camp Nue. He has been praised for his great performances, especially during Luis Enrique era. His best season individually and collectively was the 2014-15 season in which he won the five out of six trophies with Barcelona. He has been a key player for Spain since 2012 and has represented his country in two European Championships and two World Cups.

In total, Alba has scored 30 goals and has provided 84 assists in 508 matches during his professional career. He has scored 3 goals and has provided an incredible 10 assists in 27 games for Barcelona so far into the 202-21 season. He seems to be reaching his best form under Barcelona's new coach, Ronald Koeman. Stay tuned to read more about

Jordi Alba biography

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Jordi Alba biography

which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

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Jordi Alba Bio

  • Full Name: 

    Jordi Alba Ramos

  • Nickname:

    Squirrel

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Jordi Alba Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    70 Kg

  • Height:

    1.70 m (5 ft.6 in)

  • Eye Color:

     Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Brown

Jordi Alba Football Information

  • Position:

    Left-back

  • Jersey Number:

    18 at Barcelona

  • Professional Debut:

     2008

Jordi Alba Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    21 March 1989

  • Birth Place:

    L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Aries

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

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Jordi Alba Early Life

In this section of our article about

Jordi Alba life story

 we will present you with the most interesting facts about his childhood and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Jordi Alba date of birth is at March 21, 1989. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with many top footballers including his current teammate,

Antoine Griezmann

and Barcelona's legend, Ronaldinho.

Jordi Alba nationality

is Spanish. He was born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, a district of Barcelona famous for its people's passion for football.

Alba's Parents were both football fans and helped their son on the early stages of his footballing journey. When he turned 7, His parents enrolled him into their home town local club, Hospitalense. Alba impressed right from the start and soon was given a chance for a trial with Barcelona's famous football academy, La Masia.

Jordi Alba passed the trial and entered La Masia. His short height and weak physicality was a source of concern for his coaches at the time, but He was praised for his pace and skills. It seemed that he would become another La Masia graduate who would play for Barcelona's senior team.

One of his best memories of this period was when he was invited to the Barcelona coach, Luis Van Gaal table in a ceremony and chatted about football with the famous Dutch manager.

Despite all the progress he made at Barcelona's academy, fate had different plans for Alba as he ultimately was released from La Masia, mainly because of his short heights, a decision which left the teenager in despair.

Net stop for Alba was the

Cornella

academy, where he stayed for two seasons before moving to FC Valencia's academy at the age of 15. Alba played the next three seasons at Valencia's academy, two of which he played for Valencia's B team. In 2008, the 19 years-old Alba was loaned to Gymnastic, which market the start of his professional career.

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Jordi Alba Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Jordi Alba profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

2008-2009: starting at Segunda Division with Gimnastic

After two seasons with Valencia B team which resulted in their promotion from Tercera Division in 2007–08, Alba was called up to the senior team, but was immediately loaned to Gimnastic in Segunda Division.

Alba made his debut for

Gymnastic

in August 30 in a 3-2 loss against Tenerife. His first assist came in December 12 of 2008 in a 4-1 win against Xerez.

Alba was a key member for Gymnastic during his sole season with the club. In total he made 35 appearances for the club and provided 4 assists. His fine performances persuaded his parent club, Valencia to bring him back in the summer of 2009.

2009-2012: becoming a key player for Valencia

Alba made his La Liga debut in September 2009, in a 4-2 win against Real Valladolid. He scored his first goal in April 2010 in Valencia's 4-2 win against Mallorca. He then debuted in

Europa League

against Lille, which ended with a 1-1 draw. In his first season Alba scored 1 goal and provided 2 assists in 21 games.

Alba stayed at Mestalla for the next two seasons and reached the Champions League with the club. He became a ley member for Valencia's coach at the time, Unai Emery in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. His best season with Los Che was his last season at the club. Alba played a staggering 50 games during the season and managed 3 goals and six assists. In total, he played 110 games for Valencia, registering 6 goals and 8 assists to his name.

In 2012 Alba returned to Barcelona and this time there was no doubt of his quality as he soon found his place in the team's starting line-up. He made his official debut on 19 August, in a 5–1 home win against

Real Sociedad

.

Alba scored his first goal for the Catalans on 20 October 2012, in a 5–4 win at Deportivo La Coruna. He also scored an own goal in that game. He continued his fine start at Barcelona with a goal in his Champions League debut for Barcelona. The game was against Celtic in the competitions group stage and Alba scored in the 93rd minute as Barcelona won the game 2-1.

In his first season with Barcelona, Alba scored 5 goals and assisted 5 times in 44 games across all competitions.

Alba missed the majority of the 2013-14 season due to injury and managed only 2 assists in 26 matches across all competitions.

Jordi Alba's best season with Barcelona was the 2014-15 season in which the club won 5 out of the possible 6 trophies in a footballing year. Alba played a big part in Barcelona's achievements with his telepathic relationship with Neymar and Messi. He provided 7 assists in 44 games, including an assist against Manchester City in the Champions League.

He bettered his stats with 9 assists and 1 goal in 45 games in the 2016-17 season as Barcelona won the domestic double with their new coach, Ernesto Valverde.

2017-2020: the dark period of Alba's career

During this period, Alba did not enjoy the same success he had in his first four seasons with Barcelona. Barcelona won another two League titles and one

Copa del Rey

, but they suffered from three humiliating defeats in the Champions League, first against AS Roma, then against Liverpool and lastly against Bayern Munich. Alba was criticized especially for his woeful performance in the return leg against Bayern Munich which Barcelona lost 4-0.

Alba missed half if Barcelona games in the 2019-20 season, but still managed to provide 9 assists. His best season during this period was the 18-19 season in which he registered 17 assists and 3 goals (a personal record) in 54 games.

2020-21: regaining his top form under Ronald Koeman

Alba has been in fine form since the start of the 20-21 season. After an unconvincing start to the season Barcelona has found their form since the start of the 2021 and Alba has been instrumental with 10 assists and 3 goals in 27 games so far into the season.

His best game of the season and probably the entire of his career was in the Copa del Rey game against

Granada

in which he scored two goals and provided another as Barcelona came from behind in the dying moments of the normal time and won the game 5-3 in the extra time.

 As of February 2021, Alba has played 363 games for Barcelona, scoring 20 goals and providing 76 assists.

With Spain youth and senior national teams

Jordi Alba He was a member of Spain U19, U20, U21 and U23 youth teams and scored a total of 2 goals in 24 games. He made his debut for Spain senior side in a 3-1 win against Scotland at Euro 2012 Qualifiers and scored his first international goal in the 2-0 against

Italy

at the same year. His best game for the national team was against Nigeria at 2013 Confederation Cup as he helped Spain to a 3-0 win with a brace.

Alba has registered 8 goal and 12 assists to his name in 70 games for Spain, Winning many trophies including the 2012 European Championship and the 2010 FIFA World Cups.

Style of Play

The promising German midfielder is famous for his blistering pace, amazing crosses and stamina. He is an excellent assist provider and has proven his quality since his early years at Barcelona's academy.

Alba is good on one-on-one situations and can pass the opposition players easily with his speed. He is also famous for his ability to make attacking runs and exploit spaces, and for his telepathic relationship on the field with

Lionel Messi

.

Alba's main position is the left-back, but he has played as a left midfielder as well. During his career, Alba has played 354 games as the left-back and 6 games as a left midfield. He also played 2 games as a center-back when he was playing for Valencia.

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Reception

Jordi Alba is considered as one of the best left-backs of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his speed, pinpoint crosses and assist stats.

Alba received praise from many footballing figures after his amazing performances during the 2014-15 season in which he helped Barcelona to their second treble ever. He has provided many assists for Lionel Messi and the two have enjoyed a telepathic relationship on the field. Alba himself once talked about his linking up with Messi in an interview in 2020.

"Whenever I have the ball, I always look to see where Messi is, He scores so many times, he is a very important player in our team and he is the best player in the history of football."

Even the best players in the history of football have faced criticism from their coaches and fans at some parts of their career. In the case of Jordi Alba, he was criticized the most because of his weak performances in the defence. He was especially criticized after Barcelona's 4-0 loss against

Liverpool

in the 2018-19 Champions League in which he was directly responsible for two of Liverpool's goals.

Goal Celebration

Jordi Alba does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However one of his most memorable goal celebrations was in Barcelona's game against Real Sociedad in 2020. Alba scored Barcelona's second goal in the dying moments of the game and made the gesture of cupped-ear, sending a message to Barcelona die-hard fans to show more respect to the team. Unluckily for him, his goal was ruled out for offside.

Jordi Alba outside football

Jordi Alba's favorite activities besides playing football are eating, exploring the nature and playing video games. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Jordi Alba is famous for his passion for Video Games, especially the FIFA game. Jordi Alba rating in FIFA 21 is 80 (his overall rating) with a potential of 84.

Alba is also active regularly on social media. His Instagram account id is

@jordialbaoficial

. He has around 13 million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is @JordiAlba.

Alba has been also active in show business. In 2015, He made his only TV show appearance so far on the comedy talk-show, En el aire con Andreu Buenafuente.

One interesting fact about Jordi Alba's life outside football is that he does not have driving license and usually his father drives him to Barcelona's training center.

Jordi Alba Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on Jordi Alba biography is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Jordi Alba immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Alba has had two public relationships in his life. His first girlfriend was Mellisa Morilas, with whom Alba started dating during his time at Valencia. The couple were together for a few years before breaking up due to personal disagreements. Alba later revealed that Morilas was unstable and suffered from temper issues.

Jordi Alba

's second relationship was with Romarey Ventura, a former Spanish model, now a business woman. Romarey Ventura is a famous Instagram influencer with around 500k followers. She also works as an ambassador for Valeria Savannah clothing brand. In 2017 Ventura decided to develop her own shopping app, which is called 21 Buttons.

Alba has two children with Romarey Ventura, a son and a girl. In 2018, Ventura gave birth to their first child, a boy named Piero. In 2020, Jordi Alba announced via Instagram that they are expecting their second child.

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Philanthropy

It is really interesting to know if Jordi Alba has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Jordi Alba religion

is Christianity. He is a Catholic by birth. Although it is not clear whether he is a devoted Christian or not, He has always tried to help those in need.

Alba has been active in some humanitarian projects. In February 2015 he posted a video on his twitter account, calling for his followers to get involved in a large-scale sweet sale for helping the kids who are battling with cancer.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Jordi Alba has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

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Jordi Alba Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Jordi Alba career statistics both on the club and international level.

Club

Overall, Jordi Alba has played 508 games for three clubs (Gymnastic, Valencia and

Barcelona

). He has registered 30 goals and 84 assists during his career. His goals and assists stats for each one of his clubs are as below:

  •  4 goals in 35 appearances for Gimnastic

  • 6 goals and 8 assists in 110 games for Valencia

  • 20 goals and 76 assists in 363 games for Barcelona (February 7, 2021)

Jordi Alba best season individually was the 2018-19 Season in which he scored 5 goals and assisted further 17 in 54 games across all competitions.

International

On the international, Jordi Alba career stats shows that registered 8 goal and 12 assists to his name in 70 games for Spain. Jordi Alba was also a member of Spain U19, U20, U21 and U23 youth teams and scored a total of 2 goals in 24 games.

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Jordi Alba Honors

We rap up our article on Jordi Alba biography with a look at his honors and achievements.

Jordi Alba celebrated his first club trophy in the 2012-13 season when he won the La Liga title with Barcelona. His first individual honor was winning the award for the Young Catalan Player of the Year in 2015. On the international level, his first trophy was the Mediterranean Games with Spain U20 in 2009.

During his career, Jordi Alba has won a total of 14 collective and 5 individual awards, the most important of them are: La Liga: (5 titles), Copa del Rey (4 titles and 2 runner-up), Spanish Super Cup (three titles), Uefa Champions League (one title in 2014-15), FIFA Club World Cup (2015), UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament (2012), UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014–15, FIFA FIFPro World11 second team (four times), La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15 and ESM Team of the Year ( two times)

Jordi Alba's last collective achievement was winning the 2018-19 La Liga title with Barcelona.

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