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Gerard Deulofeu Biography

Mon 02 August 2021 | 10:30

Gerard Deulofeu is a professional footballer who is currently serving as a forward at the Italian football club Udinese. Find out all the details about Gerard Deulofeu biography in this article.

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is Spanish, and you probably are familiar with the fact that Spanish footballers are gifted with the ball on the field. The same goes for Deulofeu as well. He first started his career with Barcelona B and established himself as a professional player. Deulofeu is a versatile player and he can also play as a winger on both flanks.

Deulofeu is a quick player with good technique and dribbling ability. He was a key player in Spain youth team and later he was qualified to captain the squad. Deulofeu stated about his early days: “When you come to Barca as a child you are crazy about football and want to get to the first team. In my case, I liked Ronaldinho a lot.” Stay tuned for Gerard Deulofeu life story.

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Ireland international and former teammate Seamus Coleman compared Deulofeu to Cristiano Ronaldo. In an interview he stated: “I remember when Cristiano Ronaldo broke on the scene first at Manchester United and he was known for his stepovers. Well, the goal Gerry [Deulofeu] set up at Middlesbrough the other night was similar, with the stepovers and then a great final ball.”

Gerard Deulofeu Information 

Before we get into the details of

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and early life we will fill you in with the details of his bio and other information. 

Gerard Deulofeu Bio

  • Full name: Gerard Deulofeu Lazaro

  • Nickname: Jerry

Personal Information

  • Gerard Deulofeu date of birth: 13 March 1994

  • Place of birth: Riudarenes, Spain

  • Gerard Deulofeu nationality: Spanish

  • Zodiac sign: Pisces

  • Gerard Deulofeu religion: Christian

  • Father’s name: Marcel Deulofeu

  • Mother’s name: Maria Jesus Lazaro

  • Marital status: married

  • Fiancée: Maria Casas

  • Children: Sara and Chris 

​Body Measurements

  • Height: 177 cm

  • Weight: 73 Kg

  • Hair color: Blonde

  • Eye color: Black

Gerard Deulofeu Early Life 

Gerard Deulofeu Lazaro was born on 13 March 1994 in Riudarenes, Spain to his father Marcel Deulofeu and his mother Maria Jesus Lazaro. According to

Gerard Deulofeu date of birth

, his zodiac sign is Pisces. As a kid, he dreamed of one day becoming a professional footballer. Deulofeu used to play football all the time both on the street with his friends and even in the living room of their house which made his mother angry.

He was raised in a football-loving environment. His father always supported his dream and encouraged him to go on and make a career out of it. Eventually, his parents came to the conclusion that it is better if their son receives proper education in football and enrolled him at Penya Bons Aires. Find out more details about the footballer’s career in the following.

Gerard Deulofeu Profile  

As we mentioned before and according to

Gerard Deulofeu bio

he is a versatile player who plays both as a forward and winger on both flanks. Not without further adding we will walk you through the player’s career in different clubs.

Barcelona

In 2003 the footballer joined

Barcelona

's youth academy while he was nine years old. In 2005 he made his way to the U-13 team and on 2 March 2011, Deulofeu made his senior debut in a 4-1 away victory over Córdoba in Segunda Division. He came in as a substitute for Eduard Oriol in the 75th minute. In an interview Deulofeu recalled his early days and stated: “When you get to 14, 15 years old, when you feel you are close to the first-team, maybe you start to feel that it’s a job.”

He added: “There is a specific mentality that is put into the young players at Barcelona and from nine or 10 years old, you have to make good seasons because if not, you are out. In my [birth] year – 1994 – it was just me that arrived to the first-team. You’ll see every year, all your teammates, gone. Because of that pressure at Barcelona, it’s difficult.” In late April 2011, he was included in the senior squad for the first time for a La Liga game over Real Sociedad on 29 April. However, he remained as an unused substitute for a 1-2 away loss.

On 3 August he made his debut for the first team in a 1-4 friendly defeat over Guadalajara. Three years later in a game over Club America he assisted his teammate

Seydou Keita

in the 90th minute of a 2-0 victory. On 16 September 2012, the footballer scored his first goal in a 1-2 loss at Hercules. On October 29, Deulofeu made his first official appearance with the side substituting

Cesc Fabregas

in the 63rd minute of a 5–0 league home win over Mallorca. The footballer scored 18 goals for the side in the 2012-13 season and on 15 May 2013, Deulofeu officially signed a contract with Barcelona until June 2017.

Everton (loan)

On 10 July 2013, the footballer was loaned to the Premier League side Everton. The Liverpool Echo revealed that any loan fee would be waived in case he featured in more than 50% of his new club’s games. On 29 August during his debut for the side Deulofeu managed to score in a 2-1 home victory against Stevenage in the second round of the Football League Cup. On 30 November, he aimed the net for his first league goal for the Toffeemen. He scored the opening goal in a 4-0 home win over Stoke City.

He scored his second goal for the side in the 85 minute of a 1-1 draw at

Arsenal

. On 14 December 2013, Deulofeu sustained an injury in a 4-1 win against Fulham. The injury cleared him off the pitch for five weeks. He aimed the net for the last time on 15 March, scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 home victory against Cardiff City. Deulofeu also helped the side record its all-time

Premier League

points tally of 72 and secured its fifth position. At the end of the season Barcelona, the mother club declared that the player wouldn't continue his spell at Everton.

Sevilla (loan)

In May 2014, Deulofeu was loaned to Sevilla's first team. On 14 August 2014, Sevilla officially reached an agreement with the footballer’s mother club Barcelona. Deulofeu was surprised by Barca’s manager, Luis Enrique's decision for his transfer to Sevilla. The footballer started his spell by sitting on the bench during a 1-1 draw with Valencia. Later he debuted for the side on 30 August by filling Vitolo’s shoes in the 73rd minute of a 2-1 away victory over Espanyol.

Deulofeu made his UEFA Europa League debut on 18 September, featuring a 2-0 home win over Feyenoord. On 24 September, he managed to aim the net for his first goal for the side in a home win against Real Sociedad. This was also his first goal in the top flight Spain. Deulofeu loan was considered one of the worst spells and Marca the Spanish newspaper included him in their La Liga 'Worst team of the season. Find out more details about

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in the following.

Everton 

On July 1 2015, Deulofeu reached an agreement with

Everton

and signed a contract with the side for more than £4 million. He managed to aim the net for his first goal by a free-kick at the Madejski Stadium, as Everton won the game 2-1 over Reading in the third round of the League Cup. On 1 November he scored his first league goal which was the opening in a 6-2 thrashing of Sunderland. Stay tuned for more details about

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A.C. Milan (loan)

On January 23, 2017, the footballer reached an agreement with A.C. Milan on a loan until the end of the 2016-17 season. He debuted for the side while Milan was in a Coppa Italia quarter-final game over Juventus, replacing the Colombian footballer Carlos Bacca in a 1–2 loss. On 29 January, Deulofeu went on and made his league debut substituting the injured Giacomo Bonaventura in another 1-2 loss over Udinese. On 8 February Deulofeu made an assist for his teammate Mario Pasalic, in a 0–1 away win over Bologna.

Later he aimed the net for his first goal in a 2-1 win over

Fiorentina

at the San Siro. In an interview Deulofeu recalled his days at

A.C. Milan

: “It’s nice that clubs are interested and Milan, as I say, I have a special appreciation. I do not close the door to a return in the future. My time at Milan was the happiest. I felt very loved there, I enjoyed football a lot. From the first moment they told me what they wanted from me, they trusted my game and I helped the club.” 

Return to Barcelona 

On 30 June 2017, the Catalan made a comeback to his former club Barcelona as the club applied their buyback part of the deal. On 21 October, Deulofeu scored his first goal for the side since he came back which was the opener in the second minute of a 2-0 victory over Malaga. More details about Gerard Deulofeu biography are in the way.

Watford

On 30 June 2017, the Catalan made a comeback to his former club Barcelona as the club applied their buyback part of the deal. On 21 October, Deulofeu scored his first goal for the side since he came back which was the opener in the second minute of a 2-0 victory over

Malaga

. More details about Gerard Deulofeu biography are in the way.

Watford

On 29 January 2018 he was loaned to the side. He managed to score his first goal for Watford in a premier league 4-1 victory over

Chelsea

. The footballer had a whirlwind in his career as he had short spells with different clubs and also back and forth to Barcelona. However, it seemed like he was settling in at Watford as on June 11, 2018 he officially signed a permanent contract with the club. Based on Deulofeu’s own words: “I feel that I can be a regular at Watford.”

He added: “I got another injury in pre-season but I’ve played the last eight games now, I’m playing good and the second part of the season is the most important for us. Our target should be a top 10 finish. That’s realistic. I’m happy here and I know that I’m an important player. I have to show every week.” On 22 February 2019, he became the first Watford player to score a Premier League hat-trick, scoring three goals in a 5–1 victory against Cardiff City.

Udinese 

On 5 October 2020, the Catalan was loaned to

Udinese

for the season. On 30 January 2021, he made a permanent transfer to Udinese, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract. Deulofeu commented about his career over the years: “Loan moves? Going to new teams and listening to the coaches made me mature and think about what was happening. They helped me to change a lot as a person, because when I was younger, I was more crazy and I didn’t think things through that much. I work hard to do what I have to do over the weekend, and I study the opposition.”

He added: “I have improved in many aspects, especially defensively. Now I am more of a team player, before I was more individual. English football is direct and it’s experienced with a lot of passion. The Premier League is very good, one of the best leagues, even though the best players are here [in La Liga]. I have great memories of my time at Milan, they were the happiest months of my life, because the birth of my daughter happened at the same time. I'm happy that I'm playing and contributing to the team but you always want to do more.” Find out more details about

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in the following.

International Career 

From 2009 until 2011 the Catalan played for the Spanish under-17 team as they finished runner-ups at the 2010 UEFA European Championship. In 2011 he was included in the under 19s squad. The Spanish side managed to win two consecutive European Championships and Deulofeu was selected best player in the 2012 edition. On 30 May 2014, the footballer was included in the senior side for the first time and played in a friendly game over Bolivia while wearing the number 7 shirt.

He replaced Pedro in the last ten minutes of a 2-0 victory in Seville. However, the next day he wasn’t included in the national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Things took another turn as on 12 November 2015, Deulofeu scored a hat trick and captained the under 21 team in a 5-0 victory against Georgia in Almería, for 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification.

He won his second senior cap with

Spain

and scored his first goal on international level in a friendly game over France on 28 March 2017. The footballer featured in two more games as a substitute back in 2017. Appearing in a 2-2 friendly drew with Colombia and later an 8-0 win against

Liechtenstein

in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The latter game was Deulofeu's competitive international debut. Find out more details about Gerard Deulofeu biography in the following.

Style of Play 

Deulofeu is a talented player with great pace and dribbling ability. He is a versatile player who is capable of playing as a winger or as a forward on either flank. He operates as a lone striker and occasionally plays as an out-and-out striker. The footballer beats his opponents in one on one situations and in addition to scoring goals he creates chances for his other teammates to score. Deulofeu considers Ronaldinho his inspiration and main idol in football but as we mentioned before his style of play has been compared to the four-time winner of the Ballon d'Or trophy, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reception 

Deulofeu was highly regarded as a young talent back in 2012. He was named in the Don Balón list of 101 most exciting prospects born after 1991. In January 2014, he was named by The Observer as one of the ten most promising young footballers in Europe. Back in 2018, NBC Sports' Daniel Karell described the young player: “In his younger days, the now 24-year-old winger was a dynamic and lightning-quick attacker with a central midfielder’s technique to boot.” 

He was also praised upon his arrival at Everton by the club’s manager,

Roberto Martinez

who played a huge role in signing the Catalan. In an interview with the club’s official website he stated: “Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton.” Learn more details about Gerard Deulofeu biography in the following.

Goal Celebration 

Gerard Deulofeu has his own style in celebrating goals. Mostly he runs in joy then gets down on his knees and pretends to shot an arrow as a sign of victory.

Gerard Deulofeu Outside Football 

Gerard Deulofeu religion

is Christian and he is a married man. His life style is the typical family guy who spends time with his wife and child. He is a caring father who puts his family first. Just with a quick look on the footballer’s Instagram page you will be more familiar with his character and how much of an outdoor person he is. In addition to his regular work out Deulofeu loves to swim and hang out with his friends.

Gerard Deulofeu Personal Life 

As they say behind every successful man there is a woman, well the same goes for the Catalan footballer as well. He is in a relationship with the stunning Maria Casas and they are engaged. Maria is a very supportive partner and she is there for Deulofeu in every up and down. On June 21 Deulofeu posted a photo on his Instagram congratulating her birthday and captioned: “Happy birthday my love. I wish we continue this adventure together. There are lots of moments left to go places and create memories together. I love you. You are everything to us.” Stay tuned for more details about

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Family, Children and Relationships 

Over the years the couple bonded really well and their romance flourished. Looks like Deulofeu has a two-year-old daughter named Sara from his previous relationship and together with and on April 10, 2017 Maria gave birth to his second child, a cute baby boy named Chris. Looks like Deulofeu and his fiancée are fans of the famous Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe. He posted a video on Instagram on June 25 while the chef is doing his famous signature move by sprinkling salt on a steak. Deulofeu also posted a video while his son having his first hair cut which was really cute and went viral on social media.

Philanthropy

While he was at Everton, the footballer along with 11 of his teammates participated in a charity work. They posed topless for the 12 Shades of Blue charity calendar which raised money for the club's official charity, Everton in the Community. In an interview Deulofeu stated upon the subject: “It was good. When I was asked I was happy to say yes, it was a pleasure to make the calendar and it’s a good cause.” The calendar costed £10 and all its money was donated to Everton in the Community. Find out more details about Gerard Deulofeu biography in the following.

Legal Issues

As far as we know the footballer didn’t face any legal issues.

Gerard Deulofeu Career Statistics

Over the years the footballer had short and long spells at different clubs. Find out the number of Deulofeu appearances and the goals he has scored both in clubs and international level in the following.

Club

First he stated at Barcelona B in the 2010-11 season while making 68 appearances and scoring 27 goals for the side. He also made appearances for the senior team, playing in 6 games. In 2013-14 season he was loaned to the Liverpool based club Everton, featuring in 29 premier league games and scoring 4 goals for the side. He was also loaned to Sevilla for a season long while making 28 appearances and scoring 3 goals.  In 2015 he signed a professional contract with Everton and started his premier league spell.

Deulofeu thought this was going to be the end of changing clubs and he would finally remain for a long period of time at Everton however he only stayed for two seasons there, featuring in 75 games while scoring 8 goals. After a short loan to Ac Milan the footballer returned to Barcelona and then went for Watford on a loan. In 2018-19 season, Deulofeu officially signed a contract with Watford and made 70 appearances, while scoring 17 goals. Eventually he signed a contract with Udinese after a loan and so far he has made 15 appearances and scored 2 goals. 

International

Between 2014 and 2017 the footballer has made 4 appearances and scored 1 goal for Spain national team. 

Managerial

So far Deulofeu hasn’t made any plans for management. 

Gerard Deulofeu Honors

Over the years the footballer showed talent on the field and earned his name. Find out the details about Gerard Deulofeu honors in the following.

Barcelona B

  • Copa del Rey Juvenil: 2011

Sevilla

  • UEFA Europa League: 2014–15

Barcelona

  • La Liga: 2017–18

Watford

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FA Cup runner-up: 2018–19

Spain U17

  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship runner-up: 2010

Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2011, 2012

Spain U21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship runner-up: 2017

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Golden Player: 2012

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012

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