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Top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga

Mon 15 February 2021 | 10:30

This article is going to be about the world-famous Spanish goalkeeper, so get ready for top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga.

When you hear “Kepa Arrizabalaga”, you reminisce the top moments that this player had, either in Chelsea’s jersey or Spain’s. From his top moments to his worse, like refusing to get out off the field while he was marked for substitution, this player made his way through fans’ hearts.

This young and beloved goalkeeper is what gives hope to other young talents who are yet at the beginning of their football career and have a lot to learn.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been one of the best goalkeepers in football, there is no doubt in that but there are a lot of facts that fans don’t know about Kepa, simply because he preferred to keep them as a secret.

This article is going to provide you with some facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga’s life and it will familiarize you with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s personal life or information related to his professional career.

So without further ado let's jump into the top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga, the promising Spanish goalkeeper.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga Biography

The most comprehensive list of top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga

Let us start from scratch and provide you with some general information and statistics that would familiarize you with our hero and will give you a trail to follow on our top facts about

Kepa Arrizablaga.

Kepa Arrizabalaga personal information

His statics and information are as the following:

Kepa Arrizabalaga personal information

  • Full name

    : Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Date of birth

    : 3 October 1994

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Place of birth

    : Ondarroa, Spain

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Age

    : 26

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Star sign

    : Libra

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Marital status

    : Single

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Religion

    : Christian

Kepa Arrizabalaga Football information

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Nickname

    : The bird master

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Currently playing

    : Chelsea

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga position

    : Goal keeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga Body measurement and appearance

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Heigh

    t: 1.86 m

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Weight

    : 88 kg

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Ethnicity

    : White

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Hair color

    : Light brown

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Eye color

    : Blue

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga Shoe size

    : EU 42

Now that you got a general idea of Kepa Arrizabalaga, tune in to read about his childhood and the bird contests that he participated in as a child.

Kepa Arrizabalaga childhood and early life

In this part of the

top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga

, we are going to get in the time machine and go back to the days that Kepa Arrizabalaga was a young kid and was dreaming of training the best singing goldfinch.

Kepa was born on October 3, 1994, in Odarroa, Spain. He would often go hunting with his dad and hunt down goldfinches. He would train the ones that he managed to keep alive and would teach them how to sing so he could participate in bird singing tournaments. At that time, he was a student and was playing for a local football academy.

His birds were named Rocky, Oker, and Raikkonen. These birds were named the best singing birds in the region after they won a regional contest in 2008 and 2010. His birds, especially Oker, were singing so good that the judges gave him the victory without a little remorse. His birds are still being used in competitions as he is competing in the world-class premier league.

Let us get to the starting point of his professional career, the place that changed his life in the next part of the top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga.

As mentioned before, he started his career from a local academy which was enough to get him to an important stage of his life which was signing for

Athletic Bilbao

. To be fair, it was Athletic Bilbao that gave Kepa Arrizabalaga a chance to shine and attract the attention of high-class clubs such as the one he is currently playing in,

Chelsea

.

This young athlete that was once training birds for the contests was now training himself to participate in world cups and top-tier leagues. He quickly moved through the ranks in Athletic Bilbao. He sometimes played as a striker or even defender. He was known for his goals but little he knew that one day he is going to be the last man in the field that is going to block the ball from getting into the net.

He was reaching his dream of destroying the dreams of strikers and offenders that would step too close to his position.

Now, that we have come this far into his personal life with a little mixture of his overall football career, let us go through his professional career in the next part of top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga, and then we would discuss about his personal life and hobbies or even his relationship.

Kepa Arrizabalaga football career

In this part we are going to skim through Kepa's football career. If you want to read a complete report on his professional career, we would offer you

Kepa Arrizabalaga biography

.

Kepa was 10 when he joined Athletic Bilbao. It was on May 5, 2012, when he was invited to the main team to participate in a match in La Liga, but he had to spend the whole match on the bench and got no chance to play in the field. After that, he got called up once or twice but couldn’t make it to the field.

After Jon Ander Serantes got injured team had to place Kepa in the reserves in 2013 as a replacement for their goalkeeper. He finally got his first cap for the B-side in February, in which he managed to keep a clean sheet.

This event was the spark that his rocket ship of success needed to ignite and take off. Unfortunately, his shining in the field wasn’t that long since he suffered an injury which forced him to take some time off. But his return was glorious since he was a first choice for the B-side. Many teams were trying to acquire Kepa, from which Real Valladolid was the successful one in obtaining Kepa for a season-long loan deal.  He was frequently used in the team and only missed 3 matches.

He then came back to Athletic Bilbao, and this time his name was on the first team players list. He renewed his contract with Athletic Bilbao until 2025, but since he got an offer from Chelsea he had to pay his release clause to be able to move on to Chelsea. He paid his €80 fee and signed a 7-year contract with Premier League’s Chelsea.

His entrance to the premier league was amazing. He made his first appearance 3 days after signing for Chelsea and managed to keep the goal shut for 6 matches, maintaining a fantastic clean sheet rate.

Chelsea went on a 12 match victory streak with Kepa in the goal. That was before Chelsea got beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. Kepa Arrizabalaga gained even more reputation when he saved a penalty against Tottenham's Lucas Moura in the EFL Cup semi-final.

In the finals, however, an unfortunate incident happened that ruined his reputation. On January 24, 2019, He was called for substitution but he refused to come off which resulted in a dispute between him and the team’s manager, Maurizio Sarri. We are going to talk about the incident more in the next part of top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In 2019, Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a penalty from Dani Parejo in a match against

Valencia

. But the 2019-2020 season was harsh to Kepa. He almost spent the whole season on the bench and trying to stay in form, which was not an easy thing to do since he couldn’t test himself in the field so he had no clue how fit his body is. He gets to play in FA Cup against Liverpool. But sadly that was almost the only match he got to play in the season.

Starting the new season strongly, Kepa could find himself in the field again. Just one match in and he got criticized again by the pundits. Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s manager, came to Kepa’s rescue and told the interviewers that he was happy by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s performance. Kepa made a few mistakes in the following matches and again got bombarded with unfair judgment.

He got his 100th cap for Chelsea in a match against Morecambe on January 10th, 2021.

International

Kepa has played both for under 18 and under 19 for his national team. He succeeded in saving two penalties in UEFA European Championship in a match against

France

. He was absent due to an injury in the 2013 FIFA World Cup. He got invited to the Under 21 national team where he got to play alongside his former teammate Iker Muniain.

Due to the fact that he was one of the best young goalkeepers at that time, he was called up to play for the senior team on March 22, 2017.

He played for Spain in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and it was his first world cup experience.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s dispute with Sarri

The Finals of the Carabao Cup were Chelsea against Manchester City. Sarri tried to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga with

Willy Caballero

, since the referee decided to give a penalty shootout to

Manchester City

. Caballero had a good history of saving penalties and Kepa seemed to be injured moments before the referee’s decision.

To Sarri’s surprise, Kepa refused to come out of the field. This incident was a huge misunderstanding by both sides. Kepa tried to tell sari that he is ok and could stay in the field while Sarri was trying to prevent Kepa from more serious injuries. Kepa apologized after the match and said that his relationship with Sarri is still good and friendly.

Kepa Arrizabalaga salary and net worth

Let’s get to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s fortune and net worth in this part of the top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa's annual salary was somewhere near £7 million with the weekly wage of £150,000 in 2019. As for the current year his net worth is somewhere near £24 million. Due to the fact that he has a contract with Chelsea until 2025, his net worth will grow up to £54 million by the end of his contract.

Kepa Arrizabalaga social media

Kepa Arrizabalaga is active on multiple social platforms like Twitter and Instagram. His Instagram account is kepaarrizabalaga with a blue mark. He currently has 1.4 million followers which is not that great.  He mostly posts pictures of his training and matches. However, he has some other pictures of him and his girlfriend while they were on a vacation in Mexico. He is active on Twitter by the name of kepa_46. mostly reposting his Instagram images.

Social media hasn’t been nice to Kepa Arrizabalaga since it’s a link between the athlete and his fans, a lot of haters came to his page just to criticize him over the mistakes that he made. He has been struggling with haters a lot since his dispute with Sarri gave them a reason to spread hatred under his posts, in the comment section but he has been trying to keep it cool and friendly.

Kepa Arrizabalaga personal life

There is not much information about his family but to talk about his relationships there are a few facts that you should know and we are going to provide them with details in top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been in a romantic relationship with Andrea Perez, you can gather that much when you visit Kepa’s Instagram account. They have been on vacation in various places such as Mexico and northern Spain. There are rumors about their separation which have not been confirmed till today and his Instagram page still consists of his and his girlfriend's pictures.

Kepa likes MotoGP and watches the races of the mentioned sport often. He once invited two of the MotoGP famous drivers, Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales to Chelsea’s stadium where they got to visit every facility of the stadium and got a chance to talk about their driving careers.

He also likes watching TV series and playing video games which is not surprising since he is a millennial and almost all of the millennials like video games and grew up playing them. His favorite foods are Fast foods and French foods and he also likes to have a cup of tea with his meal. He is into superhero movies and his favorite superhero is from the DC universe which is Superman himself. He likes to work out in the morning because that’s his favorite time of the day.

Best Kepa Arrizabalaga quotes

Let go through some of the wisest words that this athlete has spoken till today.

“I'm here now playing for Chelsea. I chose to leave my home at Athletic Bilbao, and it was an important step in my career.”, it is sometimes necessary to leave the place that you call home or you are comfortable in to reach your dreams. You need to get out there and start facing the hardships of cold winters and restless nights to reach the top. This could be the greatest quote of in

top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga

article.

“Looking towards the future excites me with the possibilities we have to improve, and I'm excited about what the future might bring.”, optimism at its finest. It encouraging just to read these words and think about the meaning. He knows that the future will bring him what he deserves and that he should hope for a fruitful future.

“I do need to focus on playing my football and what's happening on the pitch rather than off it... I want to be myself and not think about it.” This is what he said to the critics when they were clubbing him down with harsh judgment. He stood there like a man, looked them in their eyes, and said no matter what you say about me I’ll do my best for the team.

“Those who are close to me know that I am a person who likes to analyze everything before making a decision.” Intelligent and delicate, that’s how a successful man should be. Considering the consequences before making moves is the way to success and wealth.

In the following quote, you can see that he had a hard time getting used to the premier league and his teammates but he managed to get along with the situation and now is enjoying his career in the top-class Premier league: “You need a little time, the usual sort of time it takes to get to know your team-mates and the league itself, but it's all good, generally. I'm very happy.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga accomplishments and honors

For the last part of the top facts about Kepa Arrizabalaga, we are going to quickly run through all the things he has accomplished so far in his professional career.

It is needless to say that as a goalkeeper, it’s hard to obtain any world-class awards and this player had a hard time in collecting trophies but here's a list of what he has accomplished to this day.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and his teammates managed to lift the UEFA Europa League for the 2018-19 championship cup for Chelsea. On the contrary, they failed to be the champions of the FA Cup of 2019-29 and EFL Cup of 2018-19 as they couldn’t defeat the champion and became second.

His name was among the squad of the season players’ names for UEFA Europa League in 2018-19.

As for his national side, young Kepa just lifted UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2012. Due to the fact that he is young and has a lot to do or experience, we would say that this list will grow in the next few years.

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