NEWS | 02/09/2019The 26-year-old goalkeeper, who joins the club from Paris Saint-Germain, has a World Cup winners' medal to his name.
Areola learned his trade at the PSG academy and went on to make his first-team debut in the 2012/13 campaign. He then moved to Lens, where he clinched promotion to Ligue 1 in 2013/14 after being named the best goalkeeper in Ligue 2 by the UNFP (National Union of Professional Footballers). After turning out for Bastia in the top flight in the 2014/15 season, he made the move to Spain. He enjoyed an excellent year with Villarreal in the 2015/16 season, playing a key role as the team reached the Europa League semi-finals and sealed a fourth-place finish in the league. He also smashed the club's record for the longest period without conceding a league goal, after going 620 minutes unbeaten.
In the 2016/17 season, he returned to PSG, where he made over 100 appearances and secured three league titles, two French Cup crowns, four Super Cups and two League Cups. Alongside this success at club level, he also captured a World Cup winners' medal with France in 2018 and the World Cup Under-20 crown in 2013. In this latter final he grabbed the headlines after saving two penalties in the shootout as France prevailed over Uruguay.
-Real Madrid (2019- )
-1 World Cup winners' medal (2018)
-3 French league titles (2013, 2018, 2019)
-2 French Cups (2017, 2018)
-4 French Super Cups (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
-2 French League Cups (2017, 2018)
-1 U20 World Cup winners' medal (2013)