Jose Manuel Pepe Reina Paez is a Spanish footballer born on 31st August, 1982 in Madrid, Spain. He is a right footed goal keeper who plays for Napoli and Spain National team. He has also represented clubs like Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Reina started his youth career at FC Barcelona when he joined its youth team. He played lot of years for the reserves team to earn a place in the senior squad.
He made his debut for Barcelona in 2000 after both the first team goalkeepers got injured. His debut match ended in a 3-3 draw against Celta Vigo. He then played 19 matches that season.
He made 16 appearances in the 2001-02 season and then moved to Villareal at the end of the season.
He then played 3 seasons for the club before moving to English Premier League side Liverpool for a reported fee of 9.80 million euros.
His wonderful performances for the club made him get selected for the National team.
Reina made his International debut for Spain in an International friendly against Uruguay. Spain won that fixture 2-0.
Rise to Glory
Reina made great strides in front of the post with his amazing performances for Liverpool. He kept 8 continuous clean sheets in Premier League breaking the previous Liverpool record of 5 clean sheets held by David James.
Next season his wonderful performances continued for Liverpool which earned him the Golden Glove Award in the Premier League. He helped Liverpool win the FA Cup that season.
During the 2007-08 season, he became the quickest goalkeeper in Liverpool history to reach 50 clean sheets. He played all 38 matches in the Premier League and won the Golden Glove for the third time continuously.
During the 2008-09 season, Reina kept 20 clean sheets and helped Liverpool finish in 2nd place with 86 points.
He then added few more successful seasons at Liverpool before moving to Napoli during the 2013-14 season. He won Coppa Italia in a 3-1 win against Fiorentina.
He then moved to Bayern Munich on a 3 year deal worth 3 million euros. He then played 1 season for the club before returning to Napoli on a permanent deal for 3 years worth 2 million euros.
After his great career at Liverpool he could not make a permanent place for himself in any team he moved.
He started his career at Barcelona and played for 3 seasons and moved to Liverpool in 2005.
He established himself as a great shot stopper at Liverpool for 8 long years before leaving the club in 2014.
He then joined Napoli for 1 season and then moved to Bayern Munich on a 3 year deal. Reina moved back to Napoli on a 3 year deal in 2015.
Reina holds the record more number of continuous clean sheets by a Liverpool goalkeeper. He has 8 clean sheets for them breaking the previous record of 5 clean sheets by David James.
He was also the part of 2010 World Cup winning team. He has also won the 2008, 2012 UEFA Euro Cup winner.
He has won the Liverpool Player of the Season for the 2009-10 season. He has also won the U16 European Championship in 1999.