Bellerín playing for Arsenal in 2015
|Full name||Héctor Bellerín Moruno|
|Date of birth||19 March 1995|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / Wing back|
|2013–2014||→ Watford (loan)||8||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:46, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
Héctor Bellerín Moruno (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeɣtoɾ βeʎeˈɾim moˈɾuno],[a] born 19 March 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back or wing back for Premier League club Arsenal and the Spain national team.
Bellerín started his career as an attacking winger for Barcelona, and credits his development as a successful right back to Steve Bould upon his arrival at Arsenal in the summer of 2011. His speedy pace, skilful dribbling on the ball, and crossing ability have also helped him in creating chances for his team. On 21 November 2016, he signed a long-term contract that ties him to the club until 2022.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Bellerín started his club football career in the youth teams of Barcelona. He moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2011, and signed his first professional contract with the club in July 2013. While as a youth player at Arsenal, Bellerín also helped the club to reach fourth place of the NextGen Series of 2012–13. Bellerín made his competitive debut away to West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the League Cup on 25 September 2013, coming on in the 95th minute as a substitute for Mikel Arteta in a penalty shootout victory after a 1–1 draw. Two months later, Bellerín joined Championship club Watford on a two-month loan deal, and made his debut against Yeovil Town eight days after signing. The loan at Watford was extended until the end of the season, but he was recalled by Arsenal in February 2014.
Following injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal, Bellerín made his Champions League debut on 16 September 2014 in a 2–0 defeat away to Borussia Dortmund. He scored his first goal for Arsenal on 1 February 2015, in a 5–0 win against Aston Villa, and added a second on 4 April to open a 4–1 win over Liverpool despite also conceding a penalty kick through a foul on Raheem Sterling.
Bellerín was selected to start for Arsenal in the 2015 FA Cup Final on 30 May, helping the team keep a clean sheet in a 4–0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. He signed a new long-term contract before the 2015–16 season and played the entirety of Arsenal's 1–0 win over rivals Chelsea in the 2015 FA Community Shield. He was the sole Arsenal player listed in the season's PFA Team of the Year, and came in third place in Arsenal's Player of the Season voting. On 21 November 2016, he signed a new long-term contract after agreeing to a deal that ties him to the club until 2022.
Bellerin featured in the following season throughout Arsenal's victorious FA Cup Campaign. He played in the Cup final which Arsenal went on to win by a 2–1 margin against Chelsea. He was again triumphant in the Gunners lifting the 2017 Community Shield by beating Chelsea 4–1 on penalties. Bellerín scored his first goal of Arsenal's 2017–18 season in Arsenal's 3–1 victory over FC Köln. On 3 January 2018, Bellerin earned a draw for Arsenal against Chelsea with what the BBC described as 'stunning injury-time strike' in the 92nd minute, having earlier conceded a penalty for a foul on Eden Hazard. On March 7, 2018, Bellerín was ruled out of the Europa League 1st leg clash against Milan with an unknown return date.
Having reached the semi-finals of the 2013 European Championship with the under-19 team, Bellerín made his debut for Albert Celades's under-21 team on 30 March 2015, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–0 friendly win over Belarus in León.
On 29 May 2016, after being named as a stand-by player for the year's European Championship, Bellerín made his debut for the full squad by starting in a 3–1 friendly win against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Two days later, he was chosen for the final squad after Dani Carvajal withdrew through injury. He was unused as they reached the last 16.
Style of play
Bellerín is known for his speed. Using his pace, he is able to successfully take on opposition defenders as well as move swiftly to a defensive position. At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, he broke Theo Walcott's 40-metre Arsenal sprint record by 1/100th of a second. He is considered to be one of the fastest footballers in the world.
- As of 12 January 2019
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
- As of 7 June 2016
|Spain senior team|
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013
- Young Catalan Player of the Year: 2015
- PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16 Premier League
- FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2016
- In isolation, Bellerín is pronounced [beʎeˈɾin].
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