Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris was born on the 26th of December 1986, and he is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper and captains both Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the France national team. The goalkeeper is a three-time winner of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Research has proven it that Lloris started playing football at the age of six at CEDAC (Centre de Diffusion et d’Action Culturelle), a local cultural center based in the neighborhood of Cimiez, Nice. The club offered a variety of activities, which included football. The young star played a variety of positions at the centre, such as in the attack, before switching to the goalkeeper position after coaches noticed that he possessed impressive goalkeeping qualities, such as ball-handling and catching skills. Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris excelled at the position and caught the attention of former OGC Nice goalkeeper and French international Dominique Baratelli, who recommended that the player join his former club.
After Hugo Lloris’ success with the club’s under-18 team, he was promoted to the club’s reserve team in the Championnat de France Amateur, the fourth level of French football, for the 2004–05 season. The young star alternated the starting goalkeeper spot with Hilaire Munoz as he appeared in 12 matches. BBC report has it that he was promoted to the first team squad ahead of the 2005–06 season and assigned the number 1 shirt. Lloris was designated by manager Frédéric Antonetti as the team’s starting goalkeeper for the club’s Coupe de la Ligue campaign ahead of fan-favourite (and fellow Nice native) Damien Gregorini, who was relied more upon in league play.
The young goalkeeper made his league debut on 18 March 2006 against Nancy picking up a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory. Lloris made four more league appearances that season.
After another Lloris’ tremendous performance season with Nice, speculation arose as to where Lloris would play the following season. He was primarily linked to French club Lyon, who wanted him to replace the departing Grégory Coupet, Milan, who wanted him to replace the Brazilian Dida, and Tottenham Hotspur, who wanted Lloris to replace Paul Robinson. It was claimed that after reportedly coming to personal terms with Milan, Lloris snubbed the Italian club for seven-time Ligue 1 champions Lyon.
Before the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Lloris was nominated for the UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year award at the UEFA Club Football Awards, but lost out on the award to Champions League-winning keeper Júlio César of Internazionale. In the 2010-11 season, Lloris performed well, despite conceding a career-high 40 goals in the league as Lyon failed to win the league for the third consecutive season.
Unarguably, he signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 31 August 2012 for €10 million and €5 million variable. However, Lyon also receives 20% of Lloris’s future transfer profit. The young goal stopper made his debut for Spurs in a UEFA Europa League match against Lazio on 20 September 2012, the result of the match was 0–0.
In 2013–14 season, following speculation linking him with a move to Monaco, Lloris insisted he had left Lyon to play abroad. On the 3rd of November 2013, in a match against Everton, Lloris lost consciousness in a collision with Romelu Lukaku’s knee, but remained in the game after manager André Villas-Boas determined he “showed great character and personality”.
As per Skysport report, in the 2019–20 season, Lloris made his 300th appearance for the club in the second league match of the season against Manchester City, a match that finished 2–2. And on the 5th October, Lloris was carried off on a stretcher after suffering a dislocated elbow against Brighton, a match which ended in 3–0 defeat for Spurs. Ligament damage sustained in the injury would rule him out of the team for a few months. In the month of November 2019 he underwent surgery for the dislocation. The 35-year old returned from injury in January 2020 in the home game against Norwich.
The young goal stopper has been active on the international front with France, first appearing with the under-18 team making his debut on 11 March 2004 in a friendly match against Germany. Hugo Lloris later played with the under-19 team and was part of the winning team at the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He appeared in all five matches the team played in the competition. The goalkeeper made only five appearances with the under-21 team, primarily because of his commitments to the senior team. However, on the 11th of October 2008, with the under-21 squad attempting to qualify for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, coach Erick Mombaerts called up Lloris to the team for their important two-legged playoff against Germany, despite him having been called up to the senior team and the player having last played for the team in August 2007.
The French international was applauded by the media and players alike, for his performance over two legs against the Republic of Ireland that saw France earn a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. However, the former French national team goalkeeper Grégory Coupet credited his performance as “phenomenal”, while the French media described him as “Saint Lloris”, which is a play on the nickname of Real Madrid counterpart Iker Casillas, who was considered one of the top goalkeepers in Europe at the time.
Hugo Lloris earned his 100th cap in France’s 1–0 win over Peru in their second group stage game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the 21st of June 2018. Against Uruguay in the quarter-finals, Lloris kept a clean sheet and made a key save from a Martín Cáceres header as France won 2–0. And on the 15th of July, he lifted the World Cup trophy as the team’s captain, as France defeated Croatia with a 4–2 victory in the final, despite a mistake which allowed Croatia’s Mario Mandžukić to score their second goal as Lloris tried to dribble past him.
It was recorded that on the 18th of May 2021, Lloris was selected to the France squad for UEFA Euro 2020. However, during France’s match against Switzerland in the Round of 16 on 28 June 2021, he saved a penalty taken by Ricardo Rodriguez in the 55th minute of the game. The game eventually went into a penalty shoot-out after a 3–3 draw. Unfortunately, Hugo Lloris failed to save a single Swiss penalty, and France were eliminated from the tournament.
Hugo Lloris’ salary
Hugo Lloris’ salary per week is a whopping $123,149. As the first-choice goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur F.C., he earns $7 million each year.
Hugo Lloris Net Worth
Hugo Lloris is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world of football. As per the Forbes update, he has an estimated net worth of $30 Million
Coupe de France: 2011–12
Trophée des Champions: 2012
Football League/EFL Cup runner-up: 2014–15, 2020–21
UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2018–19
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2005
FIFA World Cup: 2018
UEFA Nations League: 2020–21
UEFA European Championship runner-up: 2016
Toulon Tournament Best Goalkeeper: 2006
Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
UNFP Player of the Month: September 2009
Knight of the Legion of Honour: 2018