David De Gea Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

David De Gea Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

LifeBogger presents a Full Story of a Spanish and Manchester United Goalkeeping Legend who is best known by the Nickname; ‘Edwin Van De Gea’.

Our version of David De Gea’s Biography and Childhood Story provides a full account of notable events from his childhood to the present.

The analysis of the Legendary Goalkeeper involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little-known facts about him.

Yes, everyone knows about his abilities, but not many have read David De Gea’s Biography Story, which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let us begin.

David de Gea Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:

For Biography starters, David de Gea Quintana was born on the 7th day of November 1990 in Madrid, Spain, to Jose De Gea (his father), a former goalkeeper and Marivi Quintana (his mother), a housekeeper.

The Spanish Goalkeeper was born when his parents were in their early 40s, and he was the only child of his family.

David de Gea was raised by his wealthy parents, who not only pampered their son but gave him everything he needed as their child.

De Gea, as a young child, had a great love for sports. However, his parents, especially his mum, cared much about a healthy balance between studies and sports.

They allowed him to begin his football career in one of the best Spanish youth academies, thanks to his rich financial status.

David De Gea Biography Facts – Career Start:

He started out with La Escuela De Futbol Atletico Casarrubuelos – who are affiliated to Atletico Madrid. Cruz, his old football coach, once flashed a grin that many David De Gea lovers would find hard to believe.

He said,  “Years into his youth career, David was a perfect outfield player until the age of 14 before converting to a goalkeeper.” Oh yeah, you got it right!!. He was never a goalkeeper from the onset.

Here, he was only 6 with distinctive bright blond hair, and he was taking photographs with his team.

Have you noticed that David De Gea wasn't a goalkeeper in his early years?
Have you noticed that David De Gea wasn’t a goalkeeper in his early years?

David also played for his school team at times when needed. The Spaniard showed good qualities as a midfielder and utility player in his youth.

When needed, he could play virtually all positions (defence, midfield and attack role). David continued to be an outfield player until the age of 14, the age that defined a turning point in his career.

David de Gea Childhood Story - Early Career Days.
David de Gea Childhood Story – Early Career Days.

His ever-growing height of 6 ft 4 limited his speed as a footballer. Coupled with the quest to follow his dad’s footsteps, David decided to convert to a goalkeeper for life.

Aside from goalkeeping, David also participated in basketball, where he utilized his tall height.

At this time, the Spanish goalkeeper had found his destiny.
At this time, the Spanish goalkeeper had found his destiny.

De Gea established his position as a full-time goalkeeper by the age of fourteen. He was part of a team that had won the largest number of youth trophies in Spain. The bulging trophy cabinet at De Gea’s youth team is pictured below.

The bulging trophy cabinet at De Gea’s youth team, La Escuela De Futbol Atletico Casarrubuelos.

David De Gea's youth team trophies.
David De Gea’s youth team trophies.

As soon as the young goalkeeper was ready for bigger challenges, he was asked to join the Atletico Madrid senior team. Due to his immense talent, De Gea signed a professional contract at the age of 17.

In 2011, David received a tempting offer that every talented player, striving for the better, expects in his career. Manchester United became David’s new club, and he signed a long-term contract with them.

De Gea substituted the legendary Edwin van der Sar after his retirement. His superb performance at the club led to the nickname ‘Edwin Van De Gea’.

Again, the Goalkeeper has been a role model to many who follow in his footsteps. Examples of such Goalkeepers are Chelsea’s Robert Sanchez, Arsenal’s David Raya and the Croatian 2022 FIFA World Cup hero Dominik Livakovic. The rest, as they say, is history.

David De Gea Family Life:

To start with, David de Gea’s family background is worth knowing. Generally, he comes from a wealthy home of goalkeepers. His father, Jose de Gea, was an ex-goalkeeper for Getafe known for his super saves.

He was among the first goalkeeper recruited to Getafe during their formation in the 1983–84 season. Both father and son lived and breathed the art of goalkeeping.

David de Gea’s Dad is his best coach because he is very demanding. At Atletico, he was at every game but also every single training session in the rain, wind or snow.

Research has it that David De Gea’s mum, Marivi Quintana, has been a housekeeper all her life. She is remembered for taking good care of her husband and only son/child.

Marivi Quintana is an advocate of an ‘equal balance between education and sports. This she wanted for her son.

As seen in the picture below, both parents are already in their 60s. They had their son in their 40s. Both live in Toledo, a city and municipality in central Spain.

David De Gea Family Background.
David De Gea Family Background.

David once recalled,

My mum would call up two, three, four times a week. She always said she was very worried about me. She was always worried about the balance between my studies and sports.

My parents would drive 50km a day just to come to take a look at me at Atletico’s training ground in the plush area of Alarcon”.

Generally, the support of his parents has been instrumental to his career and personality. Their leading role is obvious among close friends who knew them.

Who is Edurne García Almagro? David De Gea Lover:

David De Gea is unmarried at the time of writing. The Spaniard is said to be in a serious long-term relationship with Edurne García Almagro, who is five years older than him.

Edurne, is a Spanish singer, actress, and TV presenter who is known for attending social auditions since her childhood.

At the age of 9, she became a member of the Spanish children’s music group Trastos. 

She rose to fame in late 2005 when she took part in the Spanish casting show Operación Triunfo and finished in sixth place in 2006.

They are not married yet, but maybe they will think about it in the future. Everyone who knows them sees them as the perfect couple.

David de Gea has never dated any girl except Edurne in his life. According to her;

“David and I are very, very happy together. I am always there for him despite him being tied up with goalkeeping commitments. He still finds good quality time for me.”

David De Gea's Love Story with Edurne.
David De Gea’s Love Story with Edurne.

David and Edurne often attend parties and various sports functions together. Indeed, a woman can tell if a man loves her by how much time he is willing to invest.

For David, monies spent on Edurne is meaningless. It is the time spent that is priceless.

David De Gea spends quality time with his Girlfriend Edurne.
David De Gea spends quality time with his Girlfriend Edurne.

Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata, Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski have had similar love story like David de Gea.

David De Gea Eye Defect:

Did you know?… De Gea has hyperopia, which means a medical term for farsightedness. This is a common type of refractive error where distant objects may be seen more clearly than objects that are near.

The Spaniard has roughly worn glasses throughout his life and wears contact lens
during matches.

David de Gea's Eye Defect- Why he wears contact lenses.
David de Gea’s Eye Defect- Why he wears contact lenses.

His career performance has never been affected by his confirmed condition.

David De Gea Biography Facts – His Super Agent:

Jorge Paulo Agostinho Mendes (born 7 January 1966), better known simply as Jorge Mendes is David de Gea’s agent.

David De Gea's Agent- Jorgie Mendes.
David De Gea’s Agent- Jorgie Mendes.

Mendes is among the most influential football agents in the world, with clients including Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa, James Rodríguez, and José Mourinho.

Mendes is often referred to as a “super-agent”. He has 102 other footballers as clients and has handled contracts worth the sum of $1 Billion. 

David De Gea Biography – His Car:

At the time of writing this Biography piece, De Gea drives a Captiva – SUV manufactured by Chevrolet ($50.000).

David De Gea's- Chevrolet.
David De Gea’s- Chevrolet.

Unlike Raheem Sterling, he is not used to having a fleet of cars, one for each day of the week. David is a simple man who is very much comfortable with his Chevrolet Captiva.

David De Gea House:

De Gea’s house is valued at £2.75m. The picture is revealed below.

David De Gea Mansion.
David De Gea Mansion.

David De Gea Biography Facts – His Oldest Friend:

David’s oldest friend is no other person than Kun Aguero.

David De Gea's old friendship with Kun Aguero.
David De Gea’s old friendship with Kun Aguero.

He got on really well with Kun during their time at Athletico Madrid. Both shared a room together back then. Not because they couldn’t afford different homes, but because of the close friendship shared among themselves.

One of David De Gea's oldest Career friends.
One of David De Gea’s oldest Career friends.

Back then at Athletico, When David caught a cross, his first instinct would be a quick pass or throw to set Kun away from any of his teammates on the pitch.

David de Gea Hair Style Facts:

The United Legend was once renowned for his extraordinary mohawk hairstyle.

Having hairs completely shaved from each side is something that has gotten common with Manchester United fans, all thanks to David de Gea.

It appears more descent than following that of Paul Pogba as this Manchester United fan below suggests.

Manchester United Fan Copies David De Gea's Hairstyle.
Manchester United Fan Copies David De Gea’s Hairstyle.

Hi there! I am Hale Hendrix, a passionate football enthusiast and writer dedicated to uncovering the untold stories of footballers' childhood and biography. With a deep love for the beautiful game, I have spent countless hours researching and interviewing players to bring to light the lesser-known details of their lives.


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