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Keylor Navas, originally known as Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa, is an ace soccer player who is a part of the national soccer team of Costa Rica.
The Costa Rican soccer player also represents Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain as a goalkeeper. Keylor Navas has demonstrated his agility as a goalkeeper multiple times right since the beginning of his professional career.
The goalie has played more than 100 times for Costa Rica. In fact, he has been dubbed as one of the best goalies. Keylor Navas is also known for being the best goalkeeper in the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and has played for his nation at two CONCACAF Gold Cup and the FIFA World Cup also twice. He is one of the best goalkeepers in Latin America.
As a prolific player, Keylor Navas is said to have amassed a massive net worth of over $45 million.
According to sources, the soccer player makes over $7.5 million per year playing in Paris.
Keylor Navas is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.
The Costa Rican socccer player was born on December 15, 1986, in Perez Zeledon, San Jose, Costa Rica. He is 35 years old as of 2021.
Keylor Navas was born as Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa on December 15, 1986, to Freddy Navas and Sandra Gamboa in Perez Zeledon, San Jose, Costa Rica. Navas' parents were relatively poor, which led them to migrate to America with the dream of making a fortune. However, since Keylor was only four years old at the time, they chose to leave him in his grandmother and sister's care. However, until he departed, Keylor's father Freddy ingrained in his son the love for soccer, resulting in little Keylor Navas playing the sport when he was merely five years old. Due to his father's support, Keylor Navas trained at the Pedregosso soccer school for about seven years.
He crossed paths with his would-be wife, Andrea Salas, at a church. Keylor Navas also has sisters named Kimberly and Keilyn. The soccer player had grandparents named Juan Gamboa and Elizabeth Guzman.
Juan would take Keylor to the training center every day when his father left him in his care. When the goalie was only eight, he became a part of a local club called Escuela De Futbol Pedregoso. The owner of the soccer club, Juan De Dios Madriz, saw potential in little Keylor and chose to admit him. Keylor Navas played for the club until he was 14 years old.
Navas also has a half-brother named Eder Navas, a soccer player who represents Saprissa.
Keylor Navas and Andrea Salas, a former Costa Rican model, are married with a son named Mateo Navas Salas and a daughter, Daniela Navas Salas. The duo met at a church in Santa Ana in 2008 and got hitched the following year in December 2009.
After quitting Escuela De Futbol Pedregoso, the eminent soccer player tried his luck at becoming a part of the local soccer team, for which his father had played a long time back. However, Keylor Navas could not make it at the time since he was not tall enough. This prompted him to travel to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, to make the well-known soccer club, Deportivo Saprissa. However, he turned lucky this time and qualified to play his opening game for the squad, which turned out to be the beginning of his professional career where he acted as the goalkeeper from 2005-10 for about 60 matches. The soccer player was instrumental in the team securing the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2005. Also, he played an important part in the youth team emerging victorious in six competitions at the national level.
After his stint with the club, Keylor Navas switched to the Spanish club Albacete 2010, where he participated in over 30 games. The following year, he played for Levante, a La Liga club. Keylor Navas played his first match against Athletic Bilbao, helping the club win. After that, he played for the Valencian Club over the next three years. In 2014, Navas joined Real Madrid for a whopping amount and was credited with 12 titles while playing for the Real Madrid team.
His performance while representing Real Madrid won him UEFA Champions League titles thrice. Five years after his stint with Real Madrid, Keylor Navas joined the French club called Paris Saint-Germain in 2019. Navas proved to be the first Costa Rican to join the men's team.
Keylor Navas played for the Costa Rica team that participated in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship that took place in Finland. In 2006, he was inducted into the senior Costa Rica national team, which was a part of the friendly European tournament. He's played against Switzerland and Austria.
The soccer player from Costa Rica made his official international debut in soccer in 2008, when his team defeated Suriname while qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and made the intercontinental play-offs. Keylor Navas played for his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup competitions, being dubbed the best goalkeeper in 2009. The goalie played in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2014, defeating Uruguay. The same year, he was dubbed man of the match while playing against Greece in the round of 16 matches, leading his team to make the quarter-finals, which was a first for his team. The player earned the nod for Golden Glove Award during the tournament. The goalie was a part of the final squad for the 2018 World Cup, where he played in his usual way, exhibiting exemplary performance.
Keylor Navas is known for his deft, speedy, and energetic performance during matches. The soccer player is quick to react and excels at stopping shots. Due to his quick thinking and reflexes, he has acquired the reputation of being one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the sport.
The acclaimed soccer player is known not only for his exceptional skills as a sportsman. His staggering net worth has urged him to be involved in charities repeatedly. In 2017, Keylor Navas and his wife Andrea Salas launched the Times Of Hope Foundation to cater to the needs of the underprivileged children in his country of birth. Most recently, the Costa Rican soccer player did his part to help out the refugees from Ukraine.
On learning about a mission to help the Ukrainians during the ongoing battle, Keylor Navas decided to provide shelter to about 30 refugees in his home in Paris. The Costa Rican soccer player provided beds for them in his cinema room while his wife, Andrea Salas, prepared food. He also gave them clothes during their stay.
The eminent soccer player has many awards to his credit, spanning his entire soccer career until now. Keylor Navas bagged six Liga FPD titles. He also won the CONCACAF Champions League and the LFP Award for Best Goalkeeper while playing for Albacete, a Spanish club. While playing for Real Madrid, he secured a La Liga title and three UEFA Champions League titles in a row, besides many others.
Aside from that, Keylor Navas has been honored as 'CONCACAF Men's Goalkeeper Of The Year' thrice in a row from 2016-18. The incredible Costa Rican soccer player earned the title of the Best Male CONCACAF Player Of The Decade 2011-20, imparted by the IFFHS. His seemingly endless list of honors includes the Best UEFA Goalkeeper in 2017-18 at the UEFA Club Football Awards. In addition, he also earned grabbed a spot in the UEFA Champions League Squad Of The Season, 2018.
During his stint with Real Madrid, Keylor Navas bagged the UEFA Super Cup for three years. Also, the Costa Rican won the FIFA Club World Club for three years. While playing for Paris Saint-Germain, Keylor Navas won Ligue 1 twice, Coup De France two times, Coup De La Ligue, and Trophee Des Champions.
As an individual goalkeeper, Keylor Navas has the credit of securing titles like CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Goalkeeper 2009, La Liga Player Of The Month, UNFP Player Of The Month, ESM Team Of The Year, CONCACAF Men's Player Of The Year twice, CONCACAF Men's Goalkeeper Of The Year thrice, Facebook FA La Liga Best Goalkeeper, and more.
Keylor Navas enjoys listening to music.
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