Álvaro Borja Morata Martín (born 23 October 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain national team as a striker.
He began his career at Real Madrid, making his debut with the senior team in late 2010 and going on to appear in 52 official games (11 goals), notably winning the 2014 Champions League.
On 19 July 2014, Juventus F.C. announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Morata, who signed a five-year deal for the fee of €20 million, with Real Madrid having the option to buy him back in the future. He made his debut in Serie A on 13 September, replacing Fernando Llorente for the final minute of a 2–0 home win against Udinese Calcio; two weeks later he again came on in place of his fellow Spaniard, and headed his first goal for his new club as it won 3–0 at Atalanta B.C..
On 21 June 2016, Real Madrid exercised their buy-back clause to bring back Morata from Juventus for €30 million. His first competitive appearance took place on 9 August, as he started in a 3–2 win over fellow Spaniards Sevilla FC for the UEFA Super Cup, being replaced by Benzema after 62 minutes. His first goal came in a 2–1 home success over Celta de Vigo, on 27 August.
Morata gained 34 caps for Spain at youth level, helping the country win the 2013 Under-21 Championship. He made his senior debut in 2014, representing the nation at the Euro 2016.
Good in the air and at holding up the ball however is not as quick with the ball, often hesitates, with clinical finishing ability, quick feet and excellent movement, Morata drew comparisons to Real Madrid and Spain’s Fernando Morientes due to his playing style.
During his first season at Juventus, he stood out for his pace, energy and work-rate on the pitch, while his technique, opportunism and positional sense saw him score several crucial goals.
A versatile and well-rounded forward, Morata is capable of playing as a main striker or linking up play between the lines, and can even play out wide on the wing. He is also an accurate penalty taker.
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