Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz (born 13 April 1983) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premeir League club Manchester City and the Chile national team.

Bravo is Chile’s most capped player of all time with over 100 appearances since his debut in 2004, and represented the nation in two World and four Copa América. He captained his side to victory at the 2015 and 2016 editions of the latter tournament.

Bravo was born in Viluco, Maipo Province. His father recognized his son’s emerging talent and took him to Colo-Colo’s youth academy, and he eventually made his professional debut in 2002. There, he was given the nickname Cóndor Chico, after former club goalkeeper Roberto Rojas.

After an injury to Eduardo Lobos, manager Jaime Pizarro gave Bravo his first chance, which would be however short-lived, as he too was injured, which prompted the subsequent signing of Jonny Walker. He recovered in mid-2003, and with Lobos still in the sidelines he took over the starting role which he would never lose again, with his competitor eventually being sold.

In 2006, Bravo won his first title, making an acrobatic save in the Apertura’s penalty shootout final win against arch-rival C.F. Universidad de Chile

For the 2006–07 season, Bravo signed a five-year contract with Real Sociedad in Spain, in a reported €1.2 million deal – he and Asier Riesgo formed the youngest pair of goalkeepers that year in La Liga. He started on the bench, but eventually gained the battle for first-choice (29 games to nine) as the Basque side was relegated (despite this, he finished in fifth place for the Ricardo Zamora Trophy with a goal-against average of 1.00); his league debut came on 22 October 2006, in a 0–0 away draw against RCD Mallorca.

The following season, Riesgo reclaimed his starting position. For 2008–09, however, after a loan to the former to Recreativo de Huelva, Bravo was again the starter, but Real remained in Segunda División. He was the joint-recipient of the campaign’s Zamora, alongside David Cobeño of Rayo Vallecano.

Bravo joined FC Barcelona on 18 June 2014 with the four-year deal being made effective on 1 July, for €12 million (£9.7 million), the fourth most expensive player ever sold by Real Sociedad after Darko Kovačević, Xabi Alonso and Asier Illarramendi, becoming the second Chilean to ever play for the club after Alexis Sánchez and succeeding Víctor Valdés as the first-choice. After joining, he set a Spanish League record for the club of not conceding from the start of season for 754 minutes, previously held by Pedro María Artola with 560 minutes; the streak was broken when he conceded his first goal of the season from the penalty spot to Cristiano Ronaldo in a 1–3 defeat to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

After playing 37 straight league games, Bravo was rested for the last game of the campaign against Deportivo La Coruna, with Jordi Masip starting instead. The former was named as the goalkeeper in the La Liga Team of the Season as one of six Barcelona players, including three of his defenders. He won the Zamora for the best goals against average in the competition, conceding 19 times for an average of 0.51, 0.04 off the all-time record by Francisco Liano of Deportivo in 1994.

On 25 August 2016, Bravo signed a four-year deal for English club Manchester City for a reported fee of £17 million. On 10 September, Bravo made his debut in the first Manchester derby of the season away at Old Trafford with a 2–1 victory over local rivals Manchester. He was at fault for United’s goal and received widespread criticism for his performance, though manager Pep Guardiola said that he had “one of the best performances I’ve ever seen”.

 

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