Costa Rica’s Star Goalie Returns to Real Madrid
Arguably the best goalie to ever come from Costa Rica, Keylor Navas, has returned to the starting lineup for the fifth time in his career in Spain with Real Madrid.
Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa has been playing soccer for most of his life, and became somewhat of an international sensation and one of the prides of his home in Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His exploits in the World Cup garnered him attention from the premier team in Spain of Real Madrid which later signed him to a 10 million Euro contract.
Navas will start against Unión Deportiva Almeria this Wednesday, and it may be the last time he starts for the rest of the season. His record with Real Madrid has been good with 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie, but he has taken a back seat position to Iker Casillas who has some seniority on the team. Casillas will sit out against Almeria, presumably to rest up for the following weeks matches which have a bit more at stake for Real Madrid’s championship hopes.
This may not be the case for long, and Navas has made it clear that he wants to take the lead goalkeeper’s position with the team. Keylor began his professional career playing for Saprissa in San Jose, and he continues to represent Costa Rica on the national team. Thus far in his career, he has played for the national team a total of fifty times, and has represented Costa Rica in two CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and the aforementioned World Cup of 2014.
Outside of Costa Rica, Navas has played most of his professional career in Spain. He began at Albacete in the second division in 2010, and then shifted to playing for Levante UD in 2011 and 2012 where he helped the team qualify for its first ever time in the UEFA Europa League.
At 28 years old, Navas will most likely make at least one more try with Costa Rica for the World Cup, and his time to shine in Spain is rapidly approaching with his continued hard work for Real Madrid.