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Dani Carvajal
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Carvajal with Real Madrid in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 32)
Place of birth Leganés, Spain
Height 1.73 m
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 2
Youth career
1999–2002 ADCR Leman's
2002–2010 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Real Madrid Castilla 68 (3)
2012–2013 Bayer Leverkusen 32 (1)
2013– Real Madrid 263 (7)
National team
2010–2011 Spain U19 11 (0)
2012–2014 Spain U21 10 (1)
2014– Spain 42 (0)
Men's football
Representing  Spain
UEFA Nations League
Winner 2023 Netherlands
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Winner 2013 Israel
UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Winner 2011 Romania
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:31, 2 December 2023 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:50, 19 November 2023 (UTC)

Daniel "Dani" Carvajal Ramos (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈnjel kaɾβaˈxal ˈramos]; born 11 January 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right-back for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spain national team.

Having risen through the Real Madrid youth ranks, he spent a season with Bayer Leverkusen before returning to Real Madrid. He broke into the first team in 2013, and has subsequently gone on to win 20 major trophies at Real Madrid including five Champions League trophies, three La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey.

At youth international level, Carvajal won the 2011 European Championship with the under-19 team and the 2013 edition with the under-21 side. He made his senior debut in 2014, representing the nation at the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup. At the 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals, he scored the winning penalty which led Spain to their first UEFA Nations League title.

Club career

Real Madrid Castilla

Carvajal was born in Leganés, a suburb of Madrid. He joined Real Madrid's youth system as a 10-year-old, and continued climbing through the ranks until reaching Real Madrid Castilla in 2010.

In his first season as a senior Carvajal was immediately cast in the reserve team's starting XI, also being the team's captain. In the following campaign, he fared even better (38 games and two goals, playoffs included), as the B's returned to Segunda División after a five-year absence.

Bayer Leverkusen

On 11 July 2012, after failing to make a single appearance for Real's first team, Carvajal signed a five-year contract with Germany's Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a transfer fee of 5 million. The Spaniards added on a buy-back clause in the region of €6.5 million if they wanted to re-sign the player after one season, €7 million after two and approximately €8.5 million after three.

Carvajal made his Bundesliga debut on 1 September 2012 in a 2–0 home win against SC Freiburg, being subsequently named to the Team of the Week. He scored his first goal for his new club on 25 November, netting the second in an eventual 2–1 success at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Carvajal was selected as one of the three best right backs at the end of his first and only season, behind FC Bayern Munich's Phillip Lahm and FC Schalke 04's Atsuto Uchida. He received 16% of the total vote from the fans.

Real Madrid

On 3 June 2013, Real Madrid exercised its buy-back option on Carvajal, who became the team's first signing for 2013–14 for a fee believed to be in the region of €6.5 million. This was confirmed by Bayer's director of football Rudi Völler, who stated: "Real Madrid noticed the outstanding performances by Dani this season, and it was only a matter of time before they exercised their buy-back option." Shortly after the move, he spoke of his happiness to return, thanking the president, the fans and the club at a press conference.

Carvajal made his La Liga debut on 18 August 2013, in a 2–1 home win against Real Betis. One month later he played his first match in the UEFA Champions League, again featuring the full 90 minutes in a 6–1 away victory of Galatasaray SK in the group stage.

Carvajal appeared in 45 matches in his first season and scored twice, in the league against Rayo Vallecano and CA Osasuna. He added 120 minutes in the Champions League final, a 4–1 triumph over Atlético Madrid.

Carvajal started in Real Madrid's triumphs in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup over compatriots Sevilla FC, and in that year's FIFA Club World Cup final against Argentina's San Lorenzo de Almagro. In the first leg of the Champions League's semi-finals, on 5 May 2015, he conceded a penalty by fouling Carlos Tevez, with the Juventus forward converting the spot-kick to defeat the Spaniards 2–1.

On 8 July 2015, Carvajal signed a new deal with the Merengues until 2020. He contributed with eight appearances and one goal in the campaign's Champions League, as the tournament ended in win; in the final against Atlético Madrid, he was subbed off injured early into the second half of a 1–1 draw (penalty shootout triumph).

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Carvajal with Real Madrid in 2016

On 9 August 2016, Carvajal started in the UEFA Super Cup clash against Sevilla in Trondheim, and scored the final 3–2 in the 119th minute after an individual effort. During the league season, in spite of several physical ailments, he still contributed with 23 games to help the team be crowned champions. On 3 December 2016, after Sergio Ramos had equalised in the last minute against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp, he celebrated the goal by giving opposing fans the middle finger, but later apologised; after nearly one month on the sidelines, he returned to action just in time to start at the Champions League final on 3 June, which they won for the third time in four years.

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Carvajal in a trophy presentation ceremony at Virgin of Almudena in 2022

On 17 September 2017, Carvajal's contract was extended until 2022. Early in the following month, he was sidelined with a heart condition; he made eight appearances during that year's Champions League, and Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the competition. In the decisive match against Liverpool he was forced to leave the pitch due to an injury, in an eventual 3–1 win in Kyiv.

Carvajal scored Real Madrid's first league goal of the new season on 19 August 2018, in a 2–0 home victory over Getafe CF.

The next season, he was a regular starter as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.

On 29 July 2021, Carvajal extended his contract until June 2025.

International career

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Carvajal playing for Spain in 2019

Carvajal acted as backup to FC Barcelona's Martín Montoya at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, playing in the 3–0 group stage win against the Netherlands as Spain went on to win the tournament. He was selected by full side manager Vicente del Bosque for his 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, being excused alongside all other Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid players from the warm-up game against Bolivia on 30 May due to the Champions League final, and being omitted from the final list the following day.

On 29 August 2014, Carvajal was called up to the squad for the first time, for matches against France and Macedonia. He made his debut on 4 September, in a 0–1 friendly defeat to the former in which he played the full 90 minutes; he was also selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, being dropped after an injury contracted whilst with his club.

Carvajal was named in Spain's final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After sitting out the first game against Portugal as he was not fully fit, he made his first appearance in the competition on 20 June and played the entire 1–0 win over Iran.

Carvajal played for Spain in the 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals, scoring the winning penalty via panenka in the final against Croatia.

Career statistics


Club Season League National cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid Castilla 2010–11 Segunda División 30 1 0 0 30 1
2011–12 38 2 0 0 38 2
Total 68 3 0 0 68 3
Bayer Leverkusen 2012–13 Bundesliga 32 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 36 1
Real Madrid 2013–14 La Liga 31 2 4 0 10 0 0 0 45 2
2014–15 30 0 3 0 5 0 5 0 43 0
2015–16 22 0 0 0 8 1 30 1
2016–17 23 0 4 0 11 0 3 1 41 1
2017–18 25 0 4 0 8 0 4 0 41 0
2018–19 24 1 4 0 6 0 3 0 37 1
2019–20 31 1 2 0 7 0 2 0 42 1
2020–21 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2021–22 24 1 0 0 11 0 1 0 36 1
2022–23 27 0 3 0 11 0 4 0 45 0
2023–24 13 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 17 2
Total 263 7 24 0 83 1 22 1 392 9
Career total 363 11 26 0 85 1 22 1 496 13


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Carvajal at the UEFA European Championship qualifiers
Year Apps Goals
2014 2 0
2015 3 0
2016 4 0
2017 4 0
2018 7 0
2019 4 0
2020 1 0
2021 1 0
2022 7 0
2023 9 0
Total 42 0


Real Madrid Castilla

Real Madrid

Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2011

Spain U21



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