Kepa Arrizabalaga is a Spanish professional footballer. Kepa Arrizabalaga plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Chelsea. Likewise, he has also played in Athletic Bilbao, Basconia, and Spain football teams.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Kepa Arrizabalaga whose full name is Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta was born on 3rd October 1994 and is currently 26 years old. Born in early October, his zodiac sign is Libra. Likewise, he was born in Ondarroa, Spain, and holds Spanish citizenship. Talking about his religion and ethnicity, Kepa belongs to Basque native and follows Christianity.
However, there is not much information about his family members and siblings. Furthermore, talking about his educational background, he completed his graduation from the University of Nevada.
Career and Professional life
Arrizabalaga joined the athletic academy and gained experience at the fourth-tier feeder club Basconia. Later, in 2004, Kepa started his career with Athletic Bilbao’s youth setup at Lezama. His senior debut was with the farm team in Tercera Division in January 2012. Kepa was called for a La Liga match against Getafe CF in May but was remained unused in the 0-0 draw at the San Mames Stadium. In January 2013, as Jon Ander Serantes was injured, Kepa was promoted to the reserves.
Similarly, on 16th February 2013, he made his debut for the B-side, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over UD Logrones for the Segunda Division B championship. Due to injury, Kepa missed the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, replacing Ruben Yanez. However, on 8th November, he was called to the Under-21 team. Unfortunately, in January 2014, he broke the first metacarpal of his right hand. Due to which he was sidelined for a month. Likewise, Getafe submitted a loan request to the Lions for him, as a replacement to injured Miguel Angel Moya, on 11th March.
In January 2015, Kepa moved to Ponferradina on loan deals. Likewise, he made his professional debut starting in a 1-1 home draw against Racing de Santander. He moved to Real Valladolid also in a season-long loan deal. Returning from loan to the Bilbao, Kepa was the third choice behind Gorka Iraizoz and Iago Herrerin. Likewise, on 11th September, he made his first-team debut for Athletic Bilbao in a 1-0 win over Deportivo de La Coruna. Moreover, since then Kepa has been the undisputed no.1 goalkeeper.
More about his Career
On 8th August 2018, Arrizabalaga moved to Chelsea on a seven-year contract, replacing Thibaut Courtois who set off for Real Madrid. Likewise, after three days he made his Premier League debut in a 3-0 away win against Huddersfield Town kept six clean sheets. In the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final in January 2019, Kepa saved a penalty from Tottenham’s Lucas Moura in a shootout win at Stamford Bridge, taking his team to the final.
Later, in May 2019, at the end of the second leg of the UEFA Europe League semi-final, Kepa saved two penalties which were against Eintracht Frankfurt. It took Chelsea to the final, in which they won 4-1 over Arsenal. On 22nd March 2017, Kepa was called up to the senior side ahead of a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Israel and a friendly with France as a replacement for Pepe Reina. It was a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Tica in Malaga. Moreover, he was named in Spain’s 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup.
During the first half of the 2018-19 season of the Premier League, Kepa kept nine clean sheets Likewise, on 29th May 2021, Kepa was against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final. It was a 0-1 Chelsea win. Similarly, this was the second UEFA Champions League title that Chelsea won.
Talking about his net worth and earnings, Kepa is a professional footballer enthusiast who has been making an impressive amount of earnings from his career. Likewise, he is one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the Premier League. Similarly, Kepa has an estimated net worth of around $26.9 million.
Regarding his honors, in 2020-21 he won UEFA Champions League from Chelsea. Likewise, UEFA Europa League in 2018-19 again from Chelsea. Similarly, from Spain U19, he won UEFA’s European Under-19 Championship.
Regarding his relationship status, Kepa is straight and probably single at the moment. However, he was in a relationship with longtime girlfriend Andrea Perez. They used to travel together and often posted their pictures on Instagram.
Body Measurement and Social Media
Kepa stands 6 feet 2 inches (74 inches) tall and weighs 85kg (187lbs). Talking about his body measurements, his vital stats are 42-32-35. His biceps size is 15.5 inches and wears a shoe size of 10(US). Furthermore, about his physical appearance, Kepa has a pair of blue eyes and light brown hair.
Reflecting upon his social media presence, Kepa is active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. His Instagram account is @kepaarrizabalaga and has 1.4M followers. Likewise, his Facebook account is @KepaArrizabalaga and has 1.4M followers. Similarly, his Twitter account is @kepa_46 and has 373.2K followers.