Pepe Reina Biography

( 1982 - )

Facts of Pepe Reina

Date of Birth: 1982, August 31
Age: 36 years old
Birth Nation: Spain

Pepe Reina is a Spanish professional football player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for the Italian club Napoli and the Spain national team. Raina has played for clubs like Barcelona, Villareal, Liverpool, Napoli, and Bayern Munich.

The 35 years old professional is receiving an annual salary of $4.5 million from his club which has boosted his net worth. Raina will be joining the Italian Club Milan in July 2018, after the World Cup.

Early Life of Pepe Raina

Pepe Reina was born as José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez on 31 August 1982, in Madrid Spain. He was born to Spanish parents Miguel Reina and Concepción Páez Torres.

His father Miguel Reina is a former Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper. Talking about his nationality, he is a Spanish citizen.

Club Career

Barcelona

Pepe Reina began his professional footballing career in 2000, after being promoted to the first team of Barcelona. He made his professional team debut at the age of 18, on 2 December 2000, against Celta de Vigo. He made his UEFA Champions League debut in Barcelona's 1–0 group stage win against Fenerbahce on 31 October 2001. His two seasons with the team ended up with a total of 30 appearances.

Villareal

Reina then made his move to the league's fellow side Villareal on 12 July 2003, signing to a three years contract with the club. His professional club debut came on 14 August 2003, in a match against Valencia. He was in the club for 3 successive seasons making a total of 109 appearances.

Liverpool

He further joined the Premier League club Liverpool in July 2005 and made his official debut for the club on 11 August 2005 in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League against The new Saints. He made several records with the club including longest clean sheets. While his spell at the club, he was a good friend with Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, and Steven Gerard. His 9 successive seasons with the club ended with a total of 285 appearances. He was further sent on a loan to Napoli for a season and didn't stay there for long.

Bayern Munich

Reina again made his move to the Bundesliga, joining the league leader Bayern Munich on 8 August 2014, signing to a three-year deal with the club. His official Bayern debut came on 14 March 2015, in a match against Werder Bremen.

Return to Napoli

After a season with the Bundesliga Champion, he again made his move back to his old club Napoli on 23 June 2015, in a three-year deal. He still Plays for the club.

International Career

Pepe Reina has represented his national side Spain at both junior and senior levels in several tournaments. He has been featuring in the national team since 2005, mostly as second-choice keeper after Iker Casillas.

He made his senior international debut on 17 August 2005, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 friendly win over Uruguay. He was part of the team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. He has won 36 caps for his national side.

Raina is a good friend of his teammate Santi Cazorla and refers his as his brother.

Pepe Raina's Personal Life

Pepe Reina was married to his longtime loving girlfriend Yolanda Ruiz in Córdoba on 19 May 2006, among their family and friends. However, his wife Yolanda died due to acute appendicitis in April 2017. She was previously taken to hospital for an 'urgent operation' on April 3 and was discharged on April 5th. 

Reina has five children with his wife: three daughters named Seira Reina Ruiz, Alma Reina Ruiz and Grecia Reina Ruiz, and two sons named Luca Reina Ruiz and Thiago Reina Ruiz. 

Previously, Reina was planning to quit Napoli after the club's president insulted his wife Yolanda in a restaurant.

Net Worth and Endorsements of Pepe Raina

Pepe Reina has an estimated net worth of $9 million in 2018, including all of his properties and incomes. As of 2018, he is receiving an annual salary of $4.5 million from his present club. His weekly wage is €65,000 and makes €3.5 million in a year.

Reina had the weekly wage of £100,000 while at Liverpool. 

He also has an endorsement deal with the famous sportswear company Adidas and wears the boost and gloves designed by the company.

His current market value is recorded to be $2 million.



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