Alvaro Borja Morata Martin is a professional football player who plays at the international level. He was born on 23 October 1992 in Madrid, Spain. He plays as a striker for the English club Chelsea and the national team of Spain.
Morata started his youth career in 2005 with Atletico Madrid. He played for this club for two years and then joined Getafe in 2007. In 2008, he joined Real Madrid and played for them for two years. Also, during these years, he also represented the Under 17 and Under 18 teams of Spain. He went on to represent Spain at the Under 19 and Under 21 level as well.
Morata began his career at the senior level with Real Madrid and made his debut in late 2010. He was brought on as a substitute for Angel De Maria in the 88th minute as his team went on to win the game 3-1.
For Juventus, he made his debut in the Serie A on 13 September 2014. In 2017, he was signed by Chelsea and he made his debut in an FA Community Shield match against Arsenal. At the international level, he made his debut on 15 November 2014 in a match against Belarus.
Rise to glory
Morata rose to prominence very quickly in his career. After making his debut in late 2010 for Real Madrid, he started scoring goals frequently. In fact, on 13 February 2013, he scored his first hattrick. Over the next couple of years, he became a regular in the team.
He played for all the 90 minutes in an El Classico on 2 March 2013. He scorer 15 goals in the 2016-17 season as Real Madrid won the La Liga for the first time in five years. At the international level also, he scored goals in the few opportunities that he got in the starting of his career.
There hasn’t been many low points in Morata’s career so far. However, there have been a few minor injuries. In August 2015, he was ruled out for a month due to a muscle tear in his left calf during training and was also sidelined for 2015 Supercoppa Italiana.
After an underwhelming first season with Chelsea, Morata was left out of the Spain squad to play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Records and achievements
He won the Golden Boot in UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2011 and also in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2013. On 24 November 2015, he was nominated for the UEFA Team of the year.