Top facts about Diego Lopez

Mon 19 April 2021 | 19:29

We will have a look at the top facts about Diego Lopez, Espanyol's goalkeeper!

Diego Lopez Rodriguez (born 3 November 1981) is a Spanish football player who performs for 

RCD Espanyol

 as a goalie. Playing for different clubs, he made an identity for himself in La Liga with Villarreal, playing in 230 matches through the 5 seasons. In 2013, after a short period with Sevilla, he came back to Real Madrid.

López represented Spain at the 2009 Confederations Cup. Diego is a goalkeeper who have been one of the luckiest players in football because he had the opportunity to play for Real Madrid in a situation where Real Madrid had Iker Casillas.

Iker Casillas on the bench for Real Madrid was playing for the Spanish national team in the starting lineup. Although

Diego Lopez

played for Real Madrid for several years, he was not very popular because he had replaced Casillas in such a strange way. Of course, he had his fans, but his popularity is certainly not comparable to the holy Iker of Real Madrid.

He has played in different teams, but whenever his name comes up, the subconscious mind falls on the period he spent at Real. He also showed that he can be trusted and he proved this on the field. If you want to know more about Diego Lopez's style of play, stay with us.

Lopez was a controlling and versatile goalkeeper, with a great and magnificent form and powerful management characteristics which help him get out to demand crosses. have a fast response, concentrate, and a great location awareness, he was besides an efficient shot-stopper.

López was familiar in specific for his ball control and speed when dashing off his line to predict rivals.

As we have said before, he is a lucky goalkeeper yet he is very unlucky in national games, and this can be seen from the interviews he has done or from his football record. He only played a friendly for


and did not make it to the national team in official games. He, of course, sees this as the reason for something else, which we will mention below.

Four years ago when he was called to the national team. he stated: "Vicente del Bosque invited me. Thank him for a year and a half. When I was at Real Madrid, things got a little weird and I realized it was a personal matter, not a sport. I was Real Madrid number one and I usually had to be invited, I am always grateful to Del Bosque."

Top facts about Diego Lopez you might want to know

Let's have a look at the 

top facts about Diego Lopez

, Espanyol's goalkeeper.

Diego Lopez Information

In the following article, we will take a look at the 

Top facts about Diego Lopez

. we want to talk about 

Diego Lopez's religion

 and Personal Info.

Diego Lopez Bio

  • Full Name

    : Diego López Rodríguez

  • Profession

    : Professional Football Player

  • Nickname

    : Diego López

  • Current Team

    : Espanyol

Diego Lopez bodily Stats

  • Height

    : 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)

  • Weight

    : 89kg

  • Hair Color

    : Black

  • Hairstyle

    : Short

  • Eye Colour

    : Black

  • Religion

    : Christianity

Diego Lopez soccer Information

  • Position

    : Goalkeeper

  • Shirt Number

    : 13

  • Age

    : 39

Diego Lopez Date of Birth and individual Info

  • Date of Birth

    : 3 November 1981

  • Birth Place

    : Paradela, Spain

Diego Lopez Nationality

: Spanish

Diego Lopez early and professional career

In this part, we will look at the

top facts about Diego Lopez

, From his early life to highest level in football.


Lopez was born in Paradela, Lugo, Galicia. A younger graduate from birthplace's CD Lugo he agreed with Real Madrid at age 18 and, later a lend at the additional side from the capital region, AD Alcorcón, he finally transferred to Real's B team, beginning in his second season, which finished in advancement to the Segunda División.

Lopez helped as the main-team backup to Iker Casillas after two La Liga campaigns: in the ending stages of 2005–06, he performed in consecutive away victories, over 


 (as Casillas got off) and Racing de Santander, adding a UEFA Champions League group stage match at Olympiakos FC, a 1–2 loss.

At the end of June 2007, López agreed with 


CF for a stated payment of €6 million, and began the season as the second select to Uruguayan Sebastián Viera but, later a series of great plays – he performed in the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Cup – he was chosen for the main team, ending the season with 21 games.

The goalie was ever-present in 2008–09, performing each minute and support Villarreal ends fifth in the league. The next campaign was known, but the team could just end seventh, outside the European positions. However, as fifth-positioned RCD Mallorca was ejected from the European tournaments because of insolvency, the Valencians took their position in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

López played in each league match exclude one in 2011–12, being provided his marching commands over Sevilla FC in a 2–2 home tie in the second round. The Yellow Submarine was ultimately demoted later 12 years, with the player receiving 50 goals. His 121 sequential top-flight matches determined a 21st-century history in the league, which was shattered by 

Iñaki Williams

 in 2019.

On 22 May 2012, López linked Sevilla on a 5-year deal for a stated payment of €3.5 million. He divides the initial-select condition with Andrés Palop through his period.

On 25 January 2013, López came back to Real Madrid later Casillas suffered a hand hurt that managed him outside for 12 weeks, which conclude for €3.5 million until June 2017. briefly once coming, he said he had forever wished of returning to the football club.

López performed his initial match in his second time on 30 January 2013, in a 1–1 home tie over FC Barcelona in the Spanish Cup semi-finals.

On 5 March, he had a series of caches as Real defeat Manchester United 2–1 at Old Trafford to qualify for the last-eight in the Champions League (3–2); later the game, manager José Mourinho told: "Diego López was the great player in my team". He kept his place until the finish of the season, even though Casillas had earlier came back.

López held his number one post at the beginning of the following campaign when Carlo Ancelotti had substituted Mourinho. Casillas has performed in two the

Champions League

and the home cup, however.

On 13 August 2014, Real Madrid and 

AC Milan

 attained a deal through the transfer of López. He had his competitive entry on 31 August in the initial game of the new season in Serie A, rescue a delayed penalty from Antonio Candreva in a 3–1 victory against S.S. Lazio. On 14 September he endured a right thigh hurt over Parma FC, being outcast for nearly a month.

later 3 games without a victory early into the 2015–16 campaign, coach Siniša Mihajlovic fallen López in favor of 16-year-old 

Gianluigi Donnarumma

. On 31 August 2016, López linked RCD Espanyol on a season-long lend agreement. He was selected La Liga Player of the Month in November, later not conceding in any of the 3 games.

López's transfer was created persistent on 23 May 2017, on a 3-seasons contract with a release section of €50 million. He was overcome by Pau López still below coach Quique Sánchez Flores, but after the latest transfer to Real Betis, he included his beginning position and was the just player to play in all 38 matches of 2018–19.

In August 2020, after Espanyol's relegation, the almost 39-year-old López agreed to play for another season.


As the third goalie, López was initially chosen for Spain for both 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in late March/early April 2009, one and the other over Turkey. He was called in the squad by manager Vicente del Bosque for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa backside of Casillas and 

Pepe Reina

and didn't perform any games there.

López had his entry on 12 August 2009, performing the latest 30 minutes of a 3–2 friendly victory in Macedonia, substituting Reina and not conceding any goals.

Diego Lopez wife and relationships

In the following, we want to talk about top facts about Diego Lopez and his wife. Iria Otero Rodriguez is married to Espanyol's goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

López married Iria Otero on 11 June 2011, fathering three children. Iria Said: she loves football and enjoys looking her husband perform. she explained his husband as: very known and amiable, he loves spending moments with his family, he leads peaceful to my  life,” Iria added, “he is very kind, I’ve not at all greeted somebody like him previously.”

Their marrying was held on Pontesampaio, around Arcade, on June 11, 2011, crowd of 250 people. The party was at the Los Escudos de Vigo Hotel.

In the past, when he played for Sevilla, Both of them lives in Sevilla with their girl, and then he transferred to the Real Madrid team, he decided to change his home and nowadays he plays for Espanyol and we don’t know where is Diego's home at the moment.

Diego Lopez Net worth, Salary and Market Value

Diego Lopez's market value

is at € 500k. He is ranked number 22 among all Espanyol players. Diego Lopez's ranked number 235 among all players of the laliga2.

It is interesting you know through top fact about Diego Lopez, his ranked number 6 among all players born 1981.

Diego Lopez Transfer market stats

Another top Fact about Diego Lopez, about his profile this season. we want to mention his games and performance this season. He has made 27 appearances for Espanyol this season, receiving one yellow card and not a red card. He conceded 17 goals and had over 10 clean sheets.

He has played in 100% of games from the beginning and shows that he does have a very stable position in the team and has played more as a regular. He was also present in 100% of possible minutes and wasn't effective in penalty saves in the Espanyol club. These are the statistics related to him in Laliga2 20/21. He didn't play for Espanyol in the Copa del Rey 20/21.

In total, at the moment of writing, he has played 27 games for Espanyol, conceded 17 goals, and over 10 clean sheets.

Some Short top facts about Diego Lopez

Diego Lopez is active on social media. 

Diego Lopez Instagram

 account, @diegolopezofficial has 130k followers.

Of course, since Diego has been relegated to the second division of La Liga with Espanyol, he is not seen much and he hopes that he can return to the first level of Europe. Of course, he is indeed 39 years old, but this wish is not far from him.

The posts he puts on Instagram get about 2000 to 3000 likes and he is usually not very active, and when we write the article, his last post is from 3 days ago, which is about his wife, because they have been together for another year. They are happy and congratulated his wife.

As we mentioned before,

Diego Lopez Height

is 1.96 meters. Diego Lopez's weight is 89 kg. For a goalkeeper, this profile is extraordinary. Of course, as you know, these statistics do not play on the football field, but your situation in that game is decisive.

We will not forget the goal that

Alexis Sanchez

scored against Real Madrid's in the box, which led to Real's 2-1 loss over Barcelona.

The most interesting top fact about 

Diego Lopez's tattoos

 is that there are not many photos of Diego Lopez without a shirt, but that is clear is that he is not interested in tattoos, unlike many footballers, and this can be seen from his hands. His personality style and personal reasons did not allow him to engrave patterns on his skin.

Like many other football stars, Diego Lopez is spending part of the time with little fans and gives them an autograph.

Diego Lopez Entertainment

In this section, we will look at the 

top facts about Diego Lopez

. He spent most of his leisure time in Sardinia while in Milan. Sardinia is an island in western Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. According to a photo of him published in 2006, his physical fitness is unparalleled and this can be seen.

He is very interested in going to the beach and the pleasant sound of the sea, and recently, on February 3, 2021, he and his wife went to the beach and published his photo.

Diego Lopez Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Diego Lopez is a look back at his most interesting and controversial quotes about himself and other players. About 4 years ago, Diego Lopez gave an interview and made a strange comment about Casillas. He believes that Casillas's non-invitation to the Spanish national team at that time did not surprise him.

He told: "I was not surprised that Casillas was not invited to the Spanish national team because he is a player like everyone else and we need to know that there is a lot of competition for the national team," Julen Lopetegui was the coach of Spain at that time.

The most interesting top fact about Diego Lopez is in another interview, Diego said he was proud to be Iker Casillas' rival. Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez said he was proud to have been Casillas' rival in gates at that time, although he said the rivalry had changed the relationship between him and the Real's captain.

Diego Lopez said of his relationship with Casillas: "There has never been any disrespect between us but the relationship between us has changed and I don't think I did anything that changed it. "It was created. He certainly had a difficult time and I was making progress. There may be problems between the amateurs, but I do not remember talking about this competition between us."

"I will tell my grandchildren that I was in close competition with Iker Casillas, the great goalkeeper of Real Madrid, and I will always be proud of that," Lopez said.

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If you remember, they were sometimes criticized at that time, and this move ignited the heat of criticism, but the players, in addition to their football income, also earn money through advertising, and this is normal.

Diego Lopez Injury History

Diego Lopez has missed a total of 41 games due to injury throughout his career. Most of the injuries are related to his time in Milan, where he missed a total of 27 games due to a knee injury, patellar problems, and biceps femoris muscle injury.

The injuries caused Gianluigi Donnarumma to slowly take his place in the Milan squad and is now the No. 1 goalkeeper in Milan. Exactly what happened to him in Milan, exactly the opposite happened in Real Madrid. He replaced the injured Casillas in the team and did not lose this position until the end of the season.

Diego Lopez Achievements

We want to finish our article on the top facts about Diego Lopez with a list of his most notable achievements and records at the club and international level.

An example of an individual award winnner is currently 

Manuel Neuer

. Someone who was nominated in the past for the Golden Ball of the World. Goalkeepers have to be outstanding to be able to win a lot of awards. Of course, like many players, their priority is team awards, but Diego Lopez has once been the best player of the month, the date of which we have mentioned above.

Diego Lopez did not get a chance to play for the Spanish national team. Maybe if he could play, his football record would be more complete in every way, and as he said to his children and explained that he was Casillas' rival one day, he could describe the experience of his first game for his country's national team, which did not happen to him.

It should not be overlooked that he did not participate in Real Madrid's consecutive European Championships, and maybe if he could, he might have preferred to spend 3 years on the bench, but he had 3 European Cups in his bag.


Real Madrid

  • Copa del Rey

    : 2013–14; Runner-up 2012–13

  • UEFA Champions League

    : 2013–14



  • FIFA Confederations Cup third-place

    : 2009


  • La Liga Player of the Month

    : November 2016

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