Alvaro Morata is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker. Find out more about Alvaro in our in-depth biography
Alvaro Morata is a Spanish footballer who plays as a striker.
The striker moved to the five-time Premier League champions Chelsea FC in the 2017 summer transfer window in a £58m deal from Real Madrid.
Morata started his career with Real Madrid before the centre-forward moved to Serie A giants Juventus in 2014.
The Spanish forward spent two seasons in Turin before Morata returned to Real Madrid to win the Champions League and La Liga in 2017.
The attacker completed a move to the Premier League in July 2017 after Chelsea FC agreed a club-record fee with Real Madrid.
He then left the Blues in January 2019, initially joining Atletico Madrid on loan.
Morata signed for Juventus in September 2020 on an initial loan deal from Atletico Madrid after that move was made permanent.
Morata has become a regular in the Spain national team squad after having scored 12 times in 22 international games.
Quick Facts and Info
• Date of birth: 23 October 1992
• Age: 28 years old
• Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
• Nationality: Spanish
• Height: 189cm / 6ft 2 ins
• Weight: 82kg / 181 lbs
• Wife: Alice Campello
• Transfer value: £58m (2020)
Morata came through the ranks at Real Madrid but the talented goal-scorer started his career at two of los Blancos’ Spanish rivals.
His first professional club was Atletico Madrid before Alvaro moved to Getafe, which is a club located in Madrid’s metropolitan area.
He signed for Real Madrid in 2008. Morata started with Real Madrid C before his prolific goal record at youth level secured a promotion to the club’s Castilla team in 2010.
Jose Mourinho looked to acclimatise Morata to the first-team squad with some training sessions alongside their world-class names such as Cristiano Ronaldo but the promising striker learned his trade with the Castilla side.
Morata scored 15 goals in 28 appearances in the Segunda Division in the 2010-11 season to underline his rising status as a promising talent.
He continued to score goals for Real Madrid’s B team in the next two seasons but his goal-scoring feats made his call-up to the senior squad inevitable.
Morata finished his Castilla career with 30 goals in 55 games.
Real Madrid (2010-14)
Alvaro made his Real Madrid debut as an 88th-minute substitute for Angel di Maria in a 3-1 win against Real Zaragoza in December 2010.
Morata had to wait until 2011-12 for his next La Liga appearance but his road to the first team was congested by the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.
The Spanish striker scored a memorable first senior goal. Alvaro was a late substitute in a 2-1 win at Levante after scoring the winner with less than five minutes to go.
Morata’s winner didn’t earn him an immediate La Liga start. Indeed, Mourinho made the striker wait until February 2013 before handing the striker his home debut against Rayo Vallecano.
Unfortunately his first full start ended in disappointment after he was sacrificed to accommodate Raul Albiol following Sergio Ramos’ sending off.
His rising status in the Spanish capital was highlighted when Morata started El Clasico in March 2013. Morata teed up Karim Benzema in a 2-1 win against Benzema as he completed 90 minutes.
Mourinho’s departure prompted the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti in 2013.
The Italian coach placed his faith in Morata and made the centre-forward a first-team regular.
The Spanish striker scored his first Champions League goal in a 3-1 win against Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04. Morata made a string of appearances en route to Real Madrid reaching the Champions League final.
Morata was a late substitute for Benzema in the European showpiece as Real Madrid beat their bitter rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties.
The Spain international scored nine times in 34 games in all competitions but Morata decided to seek a new challenge in search of more first-team minutes.
Morata opted to leave his native Spain and complete a €20m move to Serie A giants Juventus in 2014.
The Spanish striker signed a five-year contract with the Turin side but crucially Real Madrid inserted a clause which gave los Blancos the option to re-sign Morata.
While Antonio Conte orchestrated a deal for Morata, the striker’s prospective manager opted to leave to take over the reins of the Italian national team before his transfer went through.
New Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri initially used Morata sparingly.
The big-money signing made his Juventus debut as a late substitute for Fernando Llorente in September 2014.
His first goal came as a replacement for Llorente again when he was brought on off the bench to open his Juventus account with a header in a 3-0 victory over Atalanta.
Morata netted twice in Juventus’ 7-0 demolition of Parma in one of their more memorable victories during the 2014-15 season. He scored eight times in 29 games to help Juventus win the Serie A title.
He missed Juventus’ 2-1 win against Lazio in the Coppa Italia final due to suspension but was still able to celebrate a double success in his first season in Turin.
The striker played a key role in helping the Italian club reach a first Champions League final since 2002. Morata scored the winner in a 2-1 win against Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
Morata won a penalty in the quarter-finals to help Juventus beat Monaco. In a twist of fate, the Spain international was pitted against his former club Real Madrid in the last four.
He scored the opening goal in a 2-1 home win before Alvaro scored at The Bernabeu to help Juve secure their passage to the final. Tellingly, Morata didn’t celebrate either of his goals against los Blancos.
Morata capped his first season at Juventus with a goal in the Champions League final but was powerless to prevent the Serie A giants from losing 3-1 to eventual treble winners Barcelona.
The Spanish striker’s second season was punctuated by transfer speculation linking Alvaro with a potential return to Real Madrid, or a switch to the Premier League.
Morata scored 12 times in 47 games in all competitions in the 2015-16 season as he secured his second successive Serie A and Coppa Italia titles.
Alvaro signed a contract extension to keep him at Juventus until 2020 in December 2015 but Real Madrid exercised their clause to buy back Morata following a return of 27 goals in 93 games six months later.
Real Madrid (2016-17)
Morata returned to Real Madrid in a €30m transfer in June 2016.
He started his first Real Madrid game of the 2016-17 season in a 3-2 win against Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup.
It didn’t take Alvaro long to open his La Liga account for the campaign after he scored in a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo in August 2016.
Morata started 14 games and was a substitute 12 times as Real Madrid pipped Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the Spanish title in 2016-17.
He contributed 15 goals and four assists to Zinedine Zidane’s team but struggled to hold down a regular first-team place as the French legend persevered with his rotation policy.
Morata found securing a starting place in the Champions League even more difficult. In fact, the Spanish striker started one game in Real Madrid’s title-winning campaign.
He made a further eight appearances from the bench but only got 27 minutes in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Morata was an 88th-minute substitute in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over his former club Juventus in the final in Cardiff.
Given his lack of starting opportunities in the 2016-17 campaign, it was no surprise to see Morata on the move again in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Having missed out on the opportunity to play under Conte at Juventus, Morata got his chance to work with the Italian coach at Chelsea when the Premier League club signed the striker in July 2017.
The Blues manager made Morata the most-expensive signing in Chelsea’s history after the 2017 champions signed the centre-forward in a £58m deal from Real Madrid.
Morata scored on his Premier League debut with a consolation goal and an assist in Chelsea’s surprise 3-2 loss to Burnley.
The Spain international scored six times in his first seven games in the Premier League. He scored his first Chelsea hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Stoke City on 23 September.
Morata opened his Champions League account in a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.
However, his impressive start to the 2017-18 season was hampered by a hamstring injury in a 1-0 loss to Manchester City on 30 September.
Morata signed for Atletico Madrid on loan in the January transfer window in 2019.
His move to Atletico was made permanent in July 2020, with the transfer fee reported to be around £58m.
Return to Juventus
In September 2020, Morata re-signed for Italian side Juventus, initially on a one-year loan deal.
Morata made his first appearance in the Spain national team in November 2014.
He scored his first goal for la Roja in a victory over Ukraine in their 2016 European qualifier.
Morata was included in Spain’s squad for Euro 2016. The striker scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Turkey in the group stage.
Following his Chelsea move, Morata converted his domestic form to the international stage with a brace in a 3-0 win against Italy in 2018 World Cup qualifying.
As of November 2017, Morata had scored 12 times in 22 appearances for the Spain national team.
Morata netted against Newcastle, Brighton and Bournemouth in the Premier League in December before a disappointing end to his first campaign in England.
Indeed, Alvaro didn’t open his account for 2018 until a goal in a 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the FA Cup. Morata netted in a 2-0 win over Southampton in the semi-finals to book their place in the final.
The Spanish forward was a substitute in Chelsea FC’s 1-0 win against Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Morata netted 15 goals in all competitions in an underwhelming first season in England.
Morata got engaged to his long-term Italian girlfriend Alice Campello in December 2016.
The beautiful couple got married in a lavish wedding ceremony in Venice in June 2017.
Morata speaks English, Italian and Spanish with his wife Alice.
Things you might not know about Alvaro Morata
Morata has already enjoyed great success in his professional career.
The Spain international has won two La Liga titles, two Serie A crowns, two Copa del Rey trophies and two Coppa Italia crowns. Morata has also won the Champions League twice.
However, Alvaro has managed to remain grounded despite playing for three of Europe’s biggest clubs.
In 2014, Morata shaved his head after he visited a cancer charity home and one of the children was upset that they couldn’t have a haircut like the striker.
Morata said: “Kids with cancer wanted to have my haircut but they couldn’t, so I gave myself theirs.”