|Claudio Bravo Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 0¾ in|
|Date of Birth||April 13, 1983|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Claudio Bravo is a Chilean professional footballer who is best known for his career as a goalkeeper for La Liga club Real Betis and as the captain of the Chile national team. He has also played for teams like Colo-Colo, Barcelona, Manchester City, and Real Sociedad in the past. During the course of his career, Claudio has won several tournaments such as Campeonato Nacional, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Copa América, EFL Cup, and has been the recipient of honors like “Best Chilean Player Abroad” and Copa América‘s “Best Goalkeeper”.
Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz
El Condor Chico, The Little Condor
Viluco, Maipo Province, Chile
As he grew up in a small town, the precise information about his formal education isn’t available. However, it can be discerned from various reports that he was a bright, serious and diligent student in his childhood and his parents wanted him to pursue college education.
He began his soccer education at the age of 11 at the Colo-Colo academy. He was immediately included in the under 14 group due to his technical ability.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Was a truck driver
- Mother – Was a shopkeeper
He is represented by Fernando Felicevich.
At the Chilean club Colo Colo, he wore the number 1 shirt. He had the same number while turning out for Real Sociedad as well. Also, for Chile national team and Manchester City, he has the same squad number.
While turning out for the Catalan giants Barcelona FC, he was assigned squad number 13.
6 ft 0¾ in or 185 cm
80 kg or 176 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Claudio Bravo has dated –
- Carlo Pardo (2001–Present) – The clear date of the start of their relationship isn’t available. Carlo is Claudio’s childhood sweetheart and they met while studying in the same school back in their hometown Viluco in 2001 during a local fair. Their first daughter, Josefa Fernanda was born in 2004 while Bravo was still playing for his first club Colo-Colo. In October 2006, she gave birth to second daughter Maite. Their only son, Mateo was born in 2011 and their third daughter (4th child), Emma was born in April 2016. It is reported that they got married in a civil ceremony couple of years ago. On June 21, 2013, they had a secondary marriage ceremony in a church in front of close friends, family members and their three children.
Race / Ethnicity
- High Hairline
- Tattoo on the left forearm
While playing for the Spanish giants Barcelona FC, he was appointed as the brand ambassador by Spanish league sponsor BBVA in Chile. The partnership was announced with a TV advert launched specifically for the Chilean audience. However, it is not known what effect Bravo’s transfer from Barcelona to English side Manchester City had on the partnership with famous Spanish bank.
In April 2015, it was announced that Bravo would be Samsung’s face in Chile. As per the lucrative deal, Bravo also made appearances in number of local events aimed at improving Samsung’s profile in the country as well as inspiring the Chileans to get better in life. He also appeared in a TV advert for the electronics giant.
Best Known For
- Being the Chile national team captain
- Winning the treble with Barcelona
- His technical and sweeping skills
First Soccer Match
Claudio Bravo played his first match for the Chilean giants Colo-Colo in 2002 after main goalkeeper suffered injury.
On October 22, 2006, he lined up for the first time for Real Sociedad against RCD Mallorca in a 0-0 draw in an away match.
Bravo’s first match for Barcelona FC was on August 24, 2014 at Camp Nou against Elche in a comfortable 3-0 victory.
He lined up for the first time for Guardiola’s Manchester City on September 25, 2016 in a derby against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Claudio made his debut for the Chile national team in July 2004 in a Copa America match against Paraguay.
- Technical ability
- Ground saves
- Handling of long shots
- Playmaking ability
- Collection of high crosses
He made his first film appearance in a documentary film Ojos Rojos as himself. But, his role is uncredited.
First TV Show
His first TV appearance came on the talk show Animal Nocturno as a guest in an episode dated June 14, 2009.
Claudio Bravo Favorite Things
- Player – Gianluigi Buffon
Source – Sport-English
Claudio Bravo Facts
- Claudio Bravo won the coveted Zamora Trophy in his debut season at Barcelona for the lowest game-to-goal ratio in the Spanish top division.
- Bravo is the highest capped player for the Chile National team and as of October 2016, he has played 108 games for his national side.
- As of 2016, He has played for Chile in two World Cup tournaments and four Copa America, winning the last two editions of the latter tournament while captaining his side.
- In the 2014 Copa America final against Argentina, he saved Ever Banega’s penalty in the penalty shootout, which helped his side claim title.
- After the completion of the 2014 Copa America, he was named in the team of the tournament.
- In 2009, while playing for Real Sociedad, he won the Zamora Trophy for the Spanish second division for his great performances.
- Claudio is a national icon in Chile and they have even named a street after him in his hometown.
- Bravo started out as a striker but realizing that his chances of him getting selected in that position was slim, he switched his position.
- He saved Lucas Biglia’s in the 2016 Copa America final against Argentina at the MetLife stadium to give his side 4-2 win.
- Claudio Bravo won the prestigious treble, which includes La Liga title, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in his first season.
- Bravo scored his first and the only goal (as of October 2016) against Gimnàstic de Tarragona from a direct free kick in a 1-0 home victory.
- In his first season at Barcelona, he created the record for not conceding a goal for the longest time after the start of the season. He was unbeaten for 754 minutes.
- Bravo was almost dropped from Colo-Colo under 14s after he missed a cross because he was too short and directors felt he wasn’t likely to grow enough.
- He was called Condor Chico, which translates to little Condor because his goalkeeping style reflected that of former Colo-Colo legend Roberto ‘Condor’ Rojas.
- During his two-year stint with Barcelona, he won eight major trophies including two La Liga titles and two Spanish cup titles.
- When he joined Barcelona on June 18, 2015, he achieved the distinction of being second-ever Chilean national to turn out for Catalan giants after his teammate Alexis Sanchez.
- His father was a truck driver, who used to transport fruits from Viluco to Santiago and his mother was a shopkeeper.
- His sole Chilean league title with Colo-Colo came in his last season and he made an acrobatic penalty save in shootout against C.F. Universidad de Chile in the final tie.
- Manchester City signed him for a reported £17 million on August 25, 2016, making him the fourth most expensive goalkeeper in the world.