Hector BellerinSpanish footballer
Hector Bellerin is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Arsenal.
The Spanish right-back started his professional career at La Liga club FC Barcelona.
Hector moved to Arsenal from FC Barcelona in 2013 after he signed his first professional contract with the north London club.
Bellerin made his competitive debut in a 1-1 draw with West Brom in the League Cup final on 25 September 2013.
The Arsenal starlet has since established himself as a regular in the Gunners team under Arsene Wenger.
Bellerin made his first start for the Spanish national team in a 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in 29 May 2016.
• Date of birth: 19 March 1995
• Age: 26 years old
• Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain
• Nationality: Spanish
• Height: 178cm / 5ft 10 ins
• Weight: 74kg / 163 lbs
• Wages: £100,000 a week
• Transfer value: £52.5 million
Hector was born in Barcelona in 1993.
Bellerin spent most of his youth career at FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2011.
However, he failed to make an appearance for the Spanish side before his departure in 2011.
While Cesc Fabregas’ £35m move to FC Barcelona from Arsenal dominated the headlines in the 2011 summer transfer window, Hector moved in the other direction to the English capital.
Bellerin signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in July 2013.
Arsene Wenger handed Hector his competitive debut in a 1-1 draw with West Brom in the League Cup in September 2013. He was a 95th-minute substitute in the cup tie.
Hector was sent out on loan to Championship side Watford in order to gain more first-team experience. The defender made eight appearances for the Hornets.
Arsenal recalled Bellerin from his loan spell in February 2013 to reunite with the Gunners first-team squad.
Bellerin found his pathway to the Arsenal team cleared following injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal.
Hector made his first Champions League start in a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on 16 September 2014 in a clear sign of Wenger’s faith in the defender.
His first Premier League start came in a 2-2 draw with Hull City at The Emirates on 18 October.
Bellerin was in and out of the Gunners team throughout the festive period with starts against Galatasaray, Newcastle, Hull and Manchester City.
The Spanish defender scored his first Premier League goal in a 5-0 win over Aston Villa at The Emirates in February 2015.
Bellerin netted a vital goal in an Arsenal shirt when the Spanish starlet netted in a 4-1 win over Liverpool FC at The Emirates in April.
Wenger placed his faith in Bellerin for Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May 2015.
He finished the season with one goal and four assists in 30 appearances in all competitions.
Bellerin was rewarded with a new long-term contract ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
He made his first appearance of the season in a 1-0 win over Chelsea FC in the Community Shield at Wembley.
Hector was a regular at right-back in Wenger’s team despite his lack of inexperience at the top level.
He made assists in successive victories over Watford and Bayern Munich in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Bellerin’s only goal of the season came in a 4–0 win over Watford at The Emirates in April 2016.
The Spanish defender netted one goal and made eight assists in 44 appearances in all competitions.
Bellerin’s performances in the Premier League earned the right-back a spot in the PFA Premier League team of the season.
However, he came third in the voting for Arsenal’s player of the season.
Hector’s impressive performances earned the full-back interest from La Liga giants FC Barcelona in the 2016 summer transfer window.
But Bellerin signed a contract thought to be worth around £100,000 a week at Arsenal to secure his future until 2022.
Bellerin continued to be a key player in the Arsenal team in his third season with the senior squad.
He started Arsenal’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool FC at The Emirates in their Premier League opener in August 2016.
Bellerin made an assist in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Chelsea FC at The Emirates in the team’s best performance of the season.
However, Hector and his Arsenal team-mates struggled to maintain their consistency throughout the 2016-17 season.
Wenger switched to a 3-4-3 formation midway through the season to result in Bellerin being used in a wing-back role.
Bellerin’s only goal of the Premier League campaign came in a 3-1 win against Everton at The Emirates on 21 May.
Hector completed 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May 2017.
Bellerin helped Arsenal to ease to a penalty shootout win against Chelsea FC in the Community Shield at Wembley back in August 2017.
Hector opened his Europa League account for the the campaign with a goal in a 3-1 win over Bundesliga outfit Cologne in September.
The Spanish defender continued to feature in the Arsenal team despite his inconsistent performances.
Bellerin found the score sheet in Chelsea FC’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates after he had earlier conceded a penalty.
11 days later, Hector was on the score sheet again when he netted in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in the Premier League in January 2018.
Reports in the British media in March 2018 linked Bellerin with a shock move to Manchester United. Speculation suggested that Arsenal have placed a £55m price tag on Bellerin.
He finished the season with three goals and five assists in 47 games.
Bellerin has represented Spain throughout his national team’s various age groups, including Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-21s.
He was named the player of the tournament at the Under-19 European championship in 2013.
The Arsenal star made his first appearance for the Spain senior team in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 29 May 2016.
Bellerin started his second game in a 6-1 win over South Korea before a substitute appearance in a 1-0 loss to Georgia.
Hector’s personal life has attracted some attention following a string of relationships.
The Arsenal star regularly posted photos with his Spanish girlfriend Berta Requeno before the pair broke up in 2016.
Bellerin was spotted in the English capital on a date with Bollywood actress Esha Gupta.
In 2017, the Arsenal defender was reported to be dating Shree Patel.
Interesting facts about Hector Bellerin
• Bellerin started his career as a right winger at FC Barcelona. However, Wenger made the decision to convert the Spanish starlet into a full-back.
• Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino was reportedly unimpressed with Bellerin’s defensive performances during his loan spell at the Hornets.
• Bellerin has earned the reputation for being Arsenal’s fastest players. According to reports, Hector surpassed Theo Walcott’s previous record over 40 metres.
• Hector is pursuing a diploma in marketing in an online course at the University of Pennsylvania.
• The Arsenal defender has 4.5 million followers across three social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.