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Top Facts About Alphonse Areola, The France World Cup Hero

Thu 18 March 2021 | 6:30

Meet Alphonse Areola the French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Fulham. He transformed into a professional goalkeeper at the French club Paris Saint-German. Find out the untold life story and the top facts about Alphonse Areola in this article.

During his career, the French goalkeeper had spells with big clubs like Lens, Bastia, and Villarreal. Alphonse Areola is a remarkable goalkeeper with a unique tactic. According to Alphonse Areola transfer market stats, he also was loaned to the Spanish club, Real Madrid. In addition to his appearances at big clubs, he played at the international level as well, featuring in every youth level at France national team.

He was part of the squad that won the U20 FIFA World Cup. You might be interested in Alphonse Areola personal life as well. The French goalkeeper is a married man. Alphonse Areola wife is a stunning beauty who is a mix of Filipino and Lebanese origin just like Alphonse. Marrion gave birth to

Alphonse Areola children

a year after their wedding. Stay tuned and find out the untold storyline of this professional footballer.

Top Facts About Alphonse Areola, You Probably Didn’t Know about

As we mentioned before the French footballer took part in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final. He had such a heroic performance and finished without allowing any goals after extra-time. The remarkable goalkeeper saved kicks from Uruguay's Emiliano Velázquez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the penalties and led his national team to victory. Don’t miss the top facts about Alphonse Areola. Now without further adding let’s begin with

Alphonse Areola childhood

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Alphonse Areola Childhood and Early Career  

Let’s start with Alphonse Areola childhood. Alphonse Francis Areola was born on 27 February 1993 in Paris, France. The footballer is a mix of Filipino and Lebanese origin. Alphonse Areola parents migrated to France in order to have a better life. He grew up alongside his sister Gratia Claire Areola. As a child, Alphonse dreamed of one day become a professional footballer. He dedicated himself to football and worked hard to fulfill his dream. Alphonse Areola age was only six when he started his career in football.

He began by playing for Sportive des Petits Anges. He spent seven years at this club prior to his contract with Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Alphonse Areola parents

supported him and encouraged their son to go further. When Alphonse Areola age was 15, he enrolled at the Clairefontaine football centre following the coaches’ advice. He established himself there and worked hard on his performance. Alphonse Areola parents were proud of their son, but this was just the beginning. Find out more top facts about Alphonse Areola in the following.

Alphonse Areola Signs a Professional Contract with PSG

The next year he came back to

PSG

and signed a professional contract with the club in July 2009 for three years. On 18 May 2013, following his improvement in the club, he was given his senior debut for the team. He substituted for the first choice goalkeeper

Salvatore Sirigu

in a 3-1 home victory against Brest. Prior to the game, PSG overtook the Ligue 1 champions title and their opponents were already defeated.

He made his first start for the team after a 3-1 victory against Lorient. The French goalkeeper played for 61 minutes in a final match of the season prior to being substituted for the fourth choice goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom who was sent off the pitch by the referee for making a foul on Ulien Quercia. Find out more top facts about Alphonse Areola and his ups and downs in football in the following.

Areola The Ligue two Goalkeeper of the Year

On 23 July 2013, the goalkeeper was loaned to Ligue 2 side RC Lens. The club was managed by former PSG manager Antoine Kombouare, for the 2013–14 Ligue 1 season. Upon his arrival at the team, the French keeper quickly established himself and took the first choice goalkeeper place of the team, Rudy Riou. According to

Alphonse Areola stats

he made 36 appearances for the campaign along with his Coupe de France debut.

The footballer proved himself worthy and helped

RC Lens

to a second-place finish in the league and as a result, the team got promoted to the Ligue 1. The goal keeper’s efforts and remarkable performance were noticed and earned him the Ligue 2 Goalkeeper of the Year award and a spot in the Team of the Season. Areola also received the Eurosport Revelation of the Year award he got ahead of other goalkeepers like

N'Golo Kante

and Gartan Bussmann.

Alphonse Areola Loan to Bastia

RC Lens was looking forward to extending their contract with the Goalkeeper of the Year. However, their financial status wasn’t so good and there were speculations that Alphonse Areola will return to his previous club, PSG. Claude Makelele, manager of Bastia took advantage of the situation to sign a loan for the 2014–15 Ligue 1 campaign, with the deal being completed on 26 July 2014. Following the retirement of Michael Laudrup the holder of the Ligue 1 appearances record, he made his debut for Bastia on 9 August, in a 3–3 draw with Marseille.

By the end of the season, the goalkeeper made 39 appearances for the club keeping 13 clean sheets and

Bastia

finished the Ligue 1 season in 12th place as runners-up in the Coupe de la Ligue. On 11 April, in the finals, Bastia went against Areola's parent club, Paris-Saint German. The game ended 4-0 in favor of the Parisians. Find out more top facts about Alphonse Areola in the following.

Areola Should Have Been the First Choice Goalkeeper of Villarreal

According to

Alphonse Areola transfer market stats

, on 17 June 2015, the Spanish club Villarreal declared the signing of Areola on a long loan replacing Sergio Asenjo who was suffering from a long-term injury the season before. The French footballer made his debut for the club on the first day of the 2015-16 season in a 1–1 draw with Real Betis. At the Spanish, Club Areola made a name for himself and amazed everyone with his remarkable performance.

Based on Alphonse Areola stats he kept 5 clean sheets during 37 games allowing only 26 goals as the club ended the season in fourth place in

La Liga

. His clean sheet for the league season was enhanced by only two other goalkeepers, Jan Oblak of Atlético Madrid, and Claudio Bravo of Barcelona. The footballer broke the club’s record for 615 minutes of football played without allowing any goal as well. This record was previously held by

Diego Lopez

who went in 620 minutes without a goal before conceding over Las Palmas.

Later Michael Laudrup, who previously had the chance to meet the young footballer in Bastia Club, described him: “Areola is a perfect example to other young players. With the 23-year-old given the chance to quietly grow while on loan at RC Lens, SC Bastia and Villarreal, Emery (Villarreal manager) should have picked Areola as his first choice from the start.” Outside the domestic football or the first time in his career, the goalkeeper appeared in the Europa League, making five appearances as Villarreal reached the semi-finals and got defeated by Liverpool. More

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Areola, Paris Saint German First Goalkeeper

Based on

Alphonse Areola

transfer market stats following his setback in Spain the footballer made a comeback to PSG for the 2016–17 Ligue 1 season.

Gianluigi Buffon

, who is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, described the young footballer: “After a year on loan with Villarreal and Europa League football, he returned to PSG, today he is physically imposing and assured with a big presence. He will become an important goalkeeper.”

He started the campaign as understudy to German keeper Kevin Trapp, who signed a contract with the club the season before. Areola made his first appearance for the team on 13 September in a 1-1 Champions League draw with Arsenal. After the game against Arsenal, the Frenchman improved his performance and became Paris Saint-German's first-choice goalkeeper. In October the footballer kept four clean sheets in 8 appearances.

But things didn’t work out well, as in December he allowed 10 goals just in 11 shots faced and eventually he gave his place to Kevin Trapp. The next year in April he was an unused substitute and PSG defeated Monaco 4-1. The French side earned the fourth straight Coupe de la Ligue title but started in a 1–0 victory against Angers which saw PSG lift the Coupe de France title the following month. Stay tuned for more

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Areola The Next France National Team Goalkeeper

The next season on 29 July 2017, the footballer earned his second Trophée des Champions medal when he started in a 2-1 victory against

Monaco

which led the French club to their fifth consecutive title. The Frenchman went on as an undisputed goalkeeper in the league and Europe, with

Trapp

, favored in cup tournaments. The young goalkeeper made a great performance and didn’t allow the ball to reach the net in the five opening games and PSG scored 24 goals. These were the most goals scored by a club in the group stages of the competition.

On 31 March 2018, Areola was an unused substitute as PSG preserved the Coupe de la Ligue title with a 3–0 victory against Monaco. The footballer didn’t take part in the final, and he remained an unused substitute. Later the club signed a contract with the best goalkeeper of the world Gianluigi Buffon and this affected Areola in a bad way, relegating him to a rotational role. According to Alphonse Areola stats he made his 100th PSG appearance on 21 April 2019, in a 3-1 victory against Monaco.

When the captain of the club, Thiago Silva was asked about Areola’s performance by the journalists he answered: “Alphonse is a young goalkeeper and he plays very well with the ball at his feet, I have nothing negative to say about his ability with his hands either. I hope that he will continue like this, because he will be the next France national team goalkeeper.” Find out more

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in the following.

Areola Loan to Real Madrid and Fulham

On 2 September 2019, PSG made a deal with the Spanish Club

Real Madrid

to exchange Alphonse Areola with Keylor Navas. This was a long loan and Areola moved to Real Madrid. On 25 September, he made his debut for the team in a 2-0 league victory against Osasuna. During the league season, he made 4 appearances and the team won the 2019–20 La Liga. On 9 September 2020, the goalkeeper was loaned to the English side

Fulham

for a season with an option to buy. One week later he made his debut for the team in a 1–0 victory over Ipswich Town in the EFL Cup.

France Hero in The FIFA World Cup

Areola is originally from Filipino heritage therefore he was eligible to play for the Philippines national team. Back in 2011, he was invited by the team’s manager Dan Palamito to consider playing for the Philippines national team. However, the footballer chose differently and represented France national team. He played at all youth levels of France national team from U16 to U21 between 2008 and 2014. As we mentioned before in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup final he finished without allowing any goals after extra-time.

Areola saved kicks from Uruguay's

Emiliano Velázquez

and Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the penalties and led his national team to victory. They named him France hero in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final. On 1 October 2015, he was included in the senior team squad by manager Didier Deschamps in a friendly game against Armenia and Denmark as part of the

France

preparations to host the UEFA Euro 2016. On 17 May 2018, he was included in the squad that featured in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

France went on to the triumph as Areola became the first footballer to pick up the World Cup trophy despite being uncapped for his country back then. The same year he took the place of the injured Lloris as the third-choice goalkeeper. On 6 September, he featured in the UEFA Nations League match over Germany. He performed very well and kept the net clear on his debut at the international level. Areola was named man of the match in the encounter which ended in a goalless draw. Find out facts about

Alphonse Areola personal life

in the following.

Alphonse Areola Wife and love life

Areola is a married man and he is happily married to his long-time sweat heart Marrion Areola. As we mentioned before she is a mix of Filipino and Lebanese origin.

Alphonse Areola wife

is widely followed on Instagram. She is available by the username of @areola.marrion. The couple shares an intimate relationship together. On 26th December 2014, Marrion walked down the aisle wearing the traditional white dress. They were announced husband and wife among their family and friends.

In October 2020, she posted a lovely photo of herself and Alphonse in Kenwood House which is a former stately home in Hampstead, London, and it is located on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. She captioned: “When we first came to this park (almost 10 years ago) we were a young couple …. Now we are the same young couple but this time we are married.”

As for Alphonse Areola children, the pair is blessed with three beautiful girls.

Alphonse Areola age

was 22 when he first experienced fatherhood. His first child Ayleen was born in 2015 and the second one Aymma-Lyse was born on January 2, 2017. Marrion posted a photo on her Instagram after she gave birth to their third daughter Ayva May Victoria in October 2020. She captioned: “Ayva May Victoria was born at 20 AM. We are blessed.” Find out facts about Alphonse Areola net worth and salary in the following.

Alphonse Areola Net Worth and Salary

Now let’s get into the details of

Alphonse Areola salary

and earnings. The French footballer earned fame and recognition over the years. In addition to his career in football and contracts he has signed with different clubs, Areola also added more value to his net worth and salary with an endorsement deal, however, he didn’t reveal any information regarding this matter. He extended his contract with the French side PSG and announced the news on his Instagram in December 2018. He captioned: “I confirm that this Thursday, December 20, I signed a 4-year extension with Paris Saint-German.”

He added: “So I will be under contract until June 2023. I’ve Couldn’t dream of a better setting, nicer city and bigger club to continue my progress and growth. I joined the club at the age of 13 signed my first professional contract in 2009 at the age of 16. I’m happy to continue the adventure in my city, in the club of my heart and close to you all.” At PSG Alphonse Areola salary is more than £30k per month and more than £1 million per year.

Alphonse Areola net worth

is estimated to be more than £2 million.

Alphonse Areola Social Media Accounts

Now let’s get into the details of

Alphonse Areola social media accounts

. France Hero in FIFA World Cup is very popular on social media. More than 1 million fans follow him on Instagram. Recently he posted a photo congratulating women’s day to his wife. He captioned: “Happy women’s day to my wonderful wife that always been by my side. We’ve had some funny moments, many beautiful moments, and happier moments. I love you, and I will love you forever. Happy women’s day.” 

On Instagram, he is available by the username of

@alphonseareola

. As for other Alphonse Areola social media accounts, he has an account on Facebook which is available by the username of

@AreolaAlphonse

. 1 million fans follow the French footballer on this platform. On Twitter, you can find him by the username of

@AreolaAlphonse

. More than 190k fans follow the footballer. You can follow him on social media and get more updates on his daily life. Hope you got all the information you were looking for.

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