23 Facts About Alvaro Morata


Alvaro Borja Morata Martin is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Atletico Madrid and the Spain national team.

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Alvaro Morata began his career at Real Madrid, making his debut with the senior team in late 2010.

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Alvaro Morata made his senior debut in 2014, and represented Spain at UEFA Euro 2016 and UEFA Euro 2020.

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Alvaro Morata signed for Real Madrid in 2008 from neighbouring Getafe after starting out at Atletico Madrid, and appeared for Real Madrid C while still a junior.

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On 15 August 2010, Alvaro Morata made his debut with Castilla in a friendly match with Alcorcon, scoring the only goal of the game.

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Alvaro Morata finished his first season as a senior with 14 league goals – joint top scorer in the squad with Joselu – but Castilla failed to gain promotion in the play-offs.

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Alvaro Morata featured in the club's victory in the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid, playing the last ten minutes of regular time and extra time after replacing Benzema.

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On 28 January 2015, Alvaro Morata played the last 13 minutes of the Coppa Italia fixture against Parma, and scored the game's only goal at the Stadio Ennio Tardini to qualify for the semi-finals.

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On 7 April 2015, Alvaro Morata was sent off for a foul on Alessandro Diamanti as Juventus defeated Fiorentina in the cup semi-final, thus missing the final.

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In early August 2015, Alvaro Morata was ruled out for a month due to a soleus muscle tear in his left calf during training, and was sidelined for the 2015 Supercoppa Italiana.

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Alvaro Morata added three goals in nine appearances in the UEFA Champions League, which Real Madrid won for the second successive year.

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On 17 January 2018, Alvaro Morata was sent off after picking up a booking for diving, then another seconds later for dissent, in a third round FA Cup replay win over Norwich City.

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Alvaro Morata finished his first year with 15 goals in all competitions, and the Blues finished fifth in the league table.

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On 27 January 2019, Alvaro Morata returned to Atletico Madrid after 12 years, joining the club on an 18-month loan deal.

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On 18 August 2019, Alvaro Morata scored the only goal in Atletico Madrid's La Liga opener win against Getafe.

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Alvaro Morata returned to Juventus on 22 September 2020, on a one-year loan worth €10 million, with an option for purchase at €45 million.

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Alvaro Morata was selected to the Spain under-17 team for the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria, playing four matches and scoring two goals as Spain finished third.

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Alvaro Morata was selected by Spain for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Romania, helping the national team win the tournament with six goals, the highest in the competition.

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Alvaro Morata made his debut with the under-21s at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel, scoring the only goal in each of the first two group games against Russia and Germany, in the 82nd and 86th minutes respectively.

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On 7 November 2014, Alvaro Morata was called up to manager Vicente del Bosque's senior squad for matches against Belarus and Germany.

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Versatile and well-rounded forward, Alvaro Morata is capable of playing as a main striker or linking up play between the lines, and has played out wide on the wing.

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Alvaro Morata's father is heavily involved in transfer negotiations alongside Morata's agent, Juanma Lopez.

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In March 2014, Alvaro Morata shaved off all of his hair in solidarity with sick children, saying "kids with cancer wanted to have my haircut but they couldn't, so I gave myself theirs".

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