Alvaro Morata Profile
|Born||Oct 23, 1992|
Alvaro Morata's career has seen him represent both sides of Madrid, as well as in Turin and London - all while being a consistent presence within Spain' national team.
Alvaro Morata is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker for Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid and the Spanish national team. Previously, he has played for Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Morata began his youth career at Atletico Madrid before moving on to the youth teams of Getafe and then Real Madrid, where he began the senior phase of his career.
His time in West London was largely disappointing for all parties and Morata quickly rejoined Atletico Madrid, initially on loan and then permanently.
Atletico loaned him to Juventus for one year with an option to buy for £45million at the end of the 2020/21 season, but Juventus instead opted to extend the loan for the 2021/22 season.
Starting out at Real Madrid
Morata joined Real Madrid's youth team in 2008 after his spells at Atletico and Getafe. He played for Real Madrid C as a junior.
After winning two youth titles and scoring 34 goals, Morata was promoted to Real Madrid Castilla, the club's reserve team, in July 2010. Jose Mourinho took Morata on the club's pre-season tour of the USA.
Morata made his debut for the first team on 12 December 2010 as a substitute for Angel Di Maria in a 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza. However, Morata struggled to dislodge Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain in the first team.
After Higuain's injury in January 2011, Real Madrid opted to sign Emmanuel Adebayor rather than give Morata his chance in the first team. He nevertheless kept plugging away in the reserves and scoring regularly.
Morata's most prolific season in his first spell at Real Madrid was 2013/14, when he scored nine goals in 34 matches in all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti. He was able to play his part in the club's historic 10th UEFA Champions League title - Real Madrid became the first, and only, club to reach this milestone.
After the 2013/14 season, Morata was sold to Juventus for a reported €20million with the option for Real Madrid to buy him back.
Morata enjoyed a successful first season at Juve and famously scored home and away in a semi-final victory over Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
After two seasons at Juventus, Real Madrid brought the Spaniard back to the Bernabue. Morata scored 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions as Real Madrid won La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup under Zinedine Zidane.
On 19 July 2017, Morata left Real Madrid to join Chelsea for a reported initial fee of £58million, a club record for the Blues at the time.
London, Madrid and Turin
During his first spell at Juventus, Morata scored 27 goals in 93 appearances, winning Serie A titles in 2014/15 and 2015/16 as well as the Coppa Italia in both of those seasons and the 2015 Supercoppa Italiana.
Despite his heroics in the semi-final against Real Madrid in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League, Juventus fell at the final hurdle and were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the final.
After he left Real Madrid for Chelsea in 2017, Morata got his Blues career off to a bright start, but the goals dried up, and by his own admission, Morata was unhappy in London.
He told Goal: "I had lost confidence in myself previously. I was very upset by the opinion of the people in England. I think they caught me in the middle of everything.
"I didn't quite feel loved or appreciated by the club or the fans. I started very well at Chelsea, but an injury in the end leaves you a bit stuck.
"As bad as it was, I still scored 15 goals and won the FA Cup... but I was out of the World Cup, and for me that was the hardest thing that could happen to me in my life.
"I've dreamed of being able to play in a World Cup since I was 10 years old, and I chose Chelsea because I thought it would be the best club to later be able to play in the World Cup."
Morata returned to Atletico Madrid on loan for the second half of the 2018/19 season and made his move permanent for the 2019/20 campaign. He scored 22 goals in 61 appearances for Atleti before being loaned out to Juventus for the 2020/21 campaign.
Morata was prolific under former teammate Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, scoring 10 goals in his first 15 appearances in his second spell.
As a result of his form, Juventus opted not to buy Morata but to instead extend his loan for the 2021/22 season.
Starring for Spain
Morata was a key player for Spain from U17 level upwards and was part of the teams which won the U19 UEFA European Championship in 2011 and the U21 UEFA European Championship in 2013 - winning the Golden Boot award in both tournaments as the competition's top scorer.
Morata made his senior international debut on 15 November 2014, coming on as a substitute for Isco in a 3-0 victory over Belarus in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. On 27 March 2015, he scored his first goal for the senior national team - the winner in a 1-0 win over Ukraine in another Euro qualifier.
After making the Euro 2016 squad, Morata scored a brace against Turkey and another goal against Croatia. However, he was omitted from Spain's FIFA World Cup 2018 squad after a poor season for Chelsea.
Morata earned his recall after the tournament and continued to score regularly for Spain when selected, helping him to regain his place in the squad.
After his return to form for both club and country, Morata was called up to Luis Enrique's Euro 2020 squad.
Morata featured in all six of Spain's games in the tournament, and his three goals, including the equaliser against Italy in the semi-finals, means he now has six overall in European Championships, making him Spain's top scorer in the competition.
Despite his equaliser against Italy, Spain were defeated on penalties in the semi-final, with Gianluigi Donnarumma saving Morata's penalty in the shootout.
Morata married Alice Campello in Venice on 17 June 2017. He famously cut his honeymoon short to speed up a move to Manchester United, as per AS, but ultimately ended up signing for Chelsea with United signing Romelu Lukaku instead.
Morata's father, Alfonso, was involved in negotiations over his Real Madrid exit alongside agent Juanma Lopez, according to AS.
According to Tuttosport, Morata costs Juventus just short of £7milllion per year in salary. This works out to around £130,000 per week.
Talksport reported while Morata was at Chelsea that he was the fourth-highest earner out of all Premier League players, bringing in £155,000 per week in salary.
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