Raúl Albiol Tortajada was born on the 4th of September 1985, and he is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for La Liga club Villarreal and the Spain national team.
Raúl Albiol who was born in Vilamarxant, Valencian Community, started playing football with two modest clubs in his native region, moving to local giants Valencia before celebrating his 10th birthday. The player made his first-team debut on the 24th of September 2003 in a UEFA Cup first-round tie against AIK at 18 years and 20 days, but spent the first year still registered with the reserves.
Various sources reported that Albiol returned to the Mestalla Stadium the following season, and quickly established himself as first-choice due to his versatility. As per the reports, in the opening game of 2006–07, he scored the winner against Real Betis in a 2–1 home victory. The player also scored from long distance against Olympiacos on the 12th of September 2006 in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, which Valencia won 4–2 away. However, during his four-season spell with the first team, Albiol played at least 29 league games, and he helped to victory in the 2007–08 edition of the Copa del Rey.
According to the report from BBC sport, on the 25th of June 2009, Albiol joined Real Madrid for a fee thought to be in the region of €15 million, becoming the first Spanish player signed by Florentino Pérez upon his return to the presidency. The player scored his first goal on the 8th of December in a 3–1 Champions League win away to Marseille. And the player was an undisputed starter during the league campaign, mainly due to Pepe’s serious knee injury.
The report has it that in the 2010–11 season, Albiol was relegated to the bench as Real brought in another player for his position, Ricardo Carvalho, only appearing in the league through injury or suspension to teammates; he did start, however, in the club’s domestic cup run. And on the 26th of January 2011, in the semi-final first leg against Sevilla (1–0 away victory), he cleared a Luís Fabiano shot just before it crossed the goal line. Again, on the 16th of April, he was sent off for fouling former Valencia teammate David Villa inside the penalty area during El Clásico with Barcelona, which resulted in the first goal in a 1–1 league home draw.
As per ESPN report, on the 21st of July 2013, Albiol joined Napoli for a reported €12 million, signing a four-year contract. The player made his Serie A debut on the 25th of August, in a 3–0 home win over Bologna. Reports has it that he scored his first goal for the Rafael Benítez-led team on the 25th of January 2014, with an 88th-minute equaliser in a 1–1 home draw against ChievoVerona. And on the 3rd of May, he played the entire final of the Coppa Italia, helping to a 3–1 defeat of Fiorentina.
Some football expert announce on the 4th of July 2019, the 33-year-old Albiol returned to Spain after agreeing to a three-year deal with Villarreal. The player made his debut on the 17th of August, in a 4–4 home draw with Granada. Albiol scored twice from 11 appearances in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, as the club won the first major honour of its 98-year history. In the 2021 UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, he missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out.
According to BBC sport report, having represented Spain at under-21 level, Albiol made his debut for the senior squad on the 13th of October 2007 in an UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark, a 3–1 away win. And in the final stages, he appeared twice for the eventual champions, against Sweden (subbing in for the injured Carles Puyol) and Greece.
The report has it that Albiol was picked for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not leave the bench for the eventual champions after having suffered an injury in training. Again as an unused player, he was also in the squad for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine, which also ended in victory.
Raúl Albiol Net Worth
Raúl Albiol is a Spanish footballer (soccer player) who has a net worth of $10 million.
Raúl Albiol’s Salary
Raúl Albiol earns £39,000 per week, £2,028,000 per year playing for Villarreal as a D C.
Copa del Rey: 2007–08
UEFA Cup: 2003–04
La Liga: 2011–12
Copa del Rey: 2010–11; runner-up: 2012–13
Supercopa de España: 2012
Coppa Italia: 2013–14
Supercoppa Italiana: 2014
UEFA Europa League: 2020–21
Albiol (number 2) celebrating Spain’s win in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2004
FIFA World Cup: 2010
UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
FIFA Confederations Cup runner-up: 2013; third place 2009
La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2006
UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2014–15, 2020–21