Daniel Carvajal Ramos is a Spanish footballer who plays for La Liga’s Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. Born on 11th January 1992 in the city of Leganés, Spain, Carvajal dons the No 2 for the Los Blancos.
Carvajal is a predominant Right Back who came through the Real Madrid youth setup. The right-footed player featured in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season on a couple of occasions and the 2017-17 UEFA La Liga Team of the Season.
He joined Real Madrid's youth system at the age of 10. He progressed regularly and was drafted to the Real Madrid Castilla in 2010. In his first season in the third tier as a senior, Carvajal was immediately cast in as the team's captain. In the following campaign, he contributed in 38 games and a couple of goals, as they returned to Segunda División after half a decade.
On 11th July 2012, Carvajal was signed by Germany's Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a transfer fee of €5 million for a period of five years. However, a buy-back clause was added to the contract by Real Madrid which was activated by Real Madrid after a season.
On 1st September 2012, Carvajal made his first division debut in Bundesliga in a 2–0 home win against SC Freiburg which earned him a place in the Team of the week. Carvajal scored his first goal in the 2–1 away win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
He made his debut on 4th September 2014, in a 0–1 friendly defeat in the hands of France while playing the full 90 minutes.
Rise to glory
He was called back by Real Madrid on 3rd June 2013, two days after the sacking of the then Manager Jose Mourinho. He made his Club and La Liga debut on 18th August 2013, in a win against Real Betis.
One month later, he played his first match in the UEFA Champions League in a 6–1 away win at Galatasaray SK. He made an overall 45 appearances that season, scoring against Rayo Vallecano and CA Osasuna.
It was a successful season as Real Madrid’s first seasons under Carlo Ancelotti led to Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League success.
On 9th August 2016, Carvajal started in the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla and scored in the 119th minute as the match came to the conclusion with the score being 3-2 in Madrid’s favor.
In the first leg of the Champions League's semi-finals, on 5th May 2015, he conceded a penalty with the Juventus F.C’s Carlos Tevez converting it which led to the Spaniards 2–1 defeat. Madrid was knocked out the tournament by the Italian club by an aggregate score of 3-2.
Early September 2017, Carvajal was sidelined with a heart condition which threatens his future football career as he is currently just 26 years old.
He was playing for Real Madrid Castilla in the 2010 season and played there for 3 seasons guiding to a promotion to the Second Division. He then moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a reported transfer fee of €5 million. He had an excellent season as he made a total of 36 appearances scoring once.
The following season, he was back in Madrid with Real Madrid activating the buy-back clause by coughing up €6.5 million. He has since then made 190 appearances for the club scoring 4 goals in the process.