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Keylor Navas
Costa Rican association football player

Keylor Navas

Keylor Navas
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Costa Rican association football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Costa Rica Spain
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 15 December 1986, San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
Age 36 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79.9 kg
Sports Teams
Albacete Balompié
Levante UD
Deportivo Saprissa
Levante UD
Costa Rica national under-17 football team
Real Madrid CF
Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
The details (from wikipedia)


Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa ([keiˈloɾ anˈtonjo ˈnaβaz ɣamˈbo.a]; born 15 December 1986), known as Keylor Navas, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Costa Rica national team.

After starting out at Saprissa in his home country, where he won six Liga FPD titles and the CONCACAF Champions League, he subsequently moved to Spanish club Albacete in 2010, and then to Levante in La Liga the following year, where he won the LFP Award for Best Goalkeeper in his final season with the latter club. Navas later joined Real Madrid in 2014 for €10 million. He won a total of twelve titles with Real Madrid, including one La Liga title and three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles as the first choice goalkeeper. In 2019, he was signed by French club Paris Saint-Germain.

Navas has played over 90 times for Costa Rica since making his debut in 2008. He has represented the country at two CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 2014 and 2018 editions of the FIFA World Cup. He was a member of the Costa Rican team that reached the semi-finals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which he was named best goalkeeper. His impressive performances also helped the team reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Often considered as one of the world's best goalkeepers, the best in the history of CONCACAF, and one of the best in the history of Latin America, Navas has also won numerous individual awards. He was named CONCACAF Men's Goalkeeper of the Year for three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018. His performances in the 2017–18 season earned him the 2017–18 UEFA Club Football Award for best UEFA goalkeeper, and also saw him named in the UEFA Champions League squad of the season of 2018.

Club career


Born in San Isidro de El General, Navas made his professional debut with Deportivo Saprissa on 6 November 2005, in a league match against Asociación Deportiva Carmelita. He was the first-choice keeper in his two final seasons with the club, winning six national championships and the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. Navas was also part of the Saprissa team that finished in 3rd place at the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship.


In July 2010, Navas signed with Albacete Balompié of the Segunda División in Spain exactly 20 years after countryman Luis Conejo, who occupied the same position. He played in 36 games out of 42 during his first season, but his team suffered relegation after finishing in last position.


Navas playing for Levante in 2013

In the 2011–12 campaign, Navas reached La Liga, being loaned to Levante UD for a year. He made his debut in the competition on 13 May 2012 in the last round, playing in a 3–0 home win against Athletic Bilbao that confirmed the club's first ever qualification for the UEFA Europa League, and joined the Valencian club on a three-year contract in July of that year. Despite initially being back-up to Gustavo Munúa, Navas was the first-choice goalkeeper for Levante in the 2013–14 season, and was nominated as the league's best goalkeeper alongside Thibaut Courtois of Atlético Madrid and Willy Caballero of Málaga CF, going on to win the prize. In March 2014, he was La Liga Player of the Month, the first goalkeeper to win the accolade. He finished the season as the goalkeeper with the most saves (267) in La Liga, finishing fourth in the Zamora Trophy conceding 39 goals in 36 games despite playing for a 'lower ranked' team.

Real Madrid


On 3 August 2014, Real Madrid triggered Navas' €10 million buyout clause, and he signed a six-year contract with the club. His first competitive call-up was on 12 August, sitting on the bench as Iker Casillas played in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, which Real Madrid won 2–0 against Sevilla at the Cardiff City Stadium. Navas was given his debut for the club on 23 September, in a 5–1 victory over Elche at the Santiago Bernabéu. He was given his Champions League debut on 26 November, keeping a clean sheet in a 0-1 away win against Swiss side FC Basel. On 20 December, he was on the bench as his team won the Club World Cup, defeating Club Atlético San Lorenzo in the final in Morocco. His performances for Levante in the previous La Liga season and Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup led him win Player of the Year at the 2014 CONCACAF Awards, becoming the first Costa Rican and first goalkeeper to do so.


With the departure of Casillas from Real Madrid, Navas inherited his number 1 shirt for the 2015–16 La Liga season. Madrid agreed to transfer Navas to Manchester United in part-exchange for David de Gea on 31 August 2015, but the deal collapsed because the documents were not submitted to FIFA before the Spanish transfer deadline.

Madrid thrashed Real Betis in their home opener by a score of 5–0 with a fine performance from Navas making several saves as well as stopping a penalty. He was a regular starter when the team won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. Navas became the very first Costa Rican and Central American to ever play in, and win, the men's Champions League final. He set a new record for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League by not conceding a single goal in his first 8 appearances; 6 of these were in the 2015–16 season. He also usurped Edwin van der Sar to reach the second spot in clean sheets behind Jens Lehmann in the all-time list. He was the most consistent keeper in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League season conceding only 3 goals in 11 appearances, keeping 9 clean sheets.


He was the starting goalkeeper when Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga and the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League. On 29 January 2017 after the 3–0 win at home to Real Sociedad in La Liga, Navas became the first player from Costa Rica to reach 100 La Liga appearances. His performances during the double trophy winning season led him to win the Player of the Year for the second time at the 2017 CONCACAF Awards.


Navas made his 100th appearance for Madrid during the 2–0 second leg home win over Barcelona. During the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, he started eleven games, as Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title beating Liverpool 3–1 in the final. The win against Liverpool saw Navas claim his 100th victory for Madrid in only 141 appearances. Navas produced some fine performances in the Champions League including a superb display against Bayern Munich in their semi-final second leg clash which helped Real Madrid qualify to the final. He made 8 saves during the game, his highest tally in a Champions League knock-out game. Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes praised Navas after the game as the reason for Real Madrid's qualification.


Navas’ fifth season at Real Madrid began with the much-anticipated arrival of Thibaut Courtois to compete for the number 1 goalkeeping spot. Despite Courtois’ arrival, Navas was selected to play in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup which resulted in a 2–4 loss to city rivals Atlético Madrid. Navas then went on to start the opening game of La Liga, comfortably keeping his first cleansheet of the season with a 2–0 win over Getafe CF. His performances in the last Champions League campaign led him to be voted as the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season beating off competition from then Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. On 9 January 2019 Navas made his 150th appearance in all competitions for Madrid in their 3-0 home win against Leganés in the Copa del Rey. On 6 April 2019 Navas became the first ever non-Spanish goalkeeper to reach 100 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain

Navas joined Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract on 2 September 2019, becoming the first Costa Rican to play for the club. He made his Ligue 1 debut 12 days later, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 home win against RC Strasbourg.

International career

Youth career and early senior career

Navas was part of the Costa Rican squad that played in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Finland. He was called up for the full national team for the first time in August 2006, to play a friendly tournament in Europe against Austria and Switzerland. He was a member of the team that won a bronze medal at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. Navas gained his first senior cap on 11 October 2008, in a 4–1 away victory over Suriname in the third round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which qualified the team into the next stage. Four days later at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, he kept his first international clean sheet in a 2–0 victory over Haiti. The team eventually reached the intercontinental play-offs for the tournament, losing narrowly to Uruguay. Navas was also a member of the Costa Rica squad that finished runners-up in the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup.

Navas appeared with Los Ticos in two CONCACAF Gold Cup competitions, being named the best goalkeeper in the 2009 edition as he helped his country reach the semi-finals. He returned to help them to the quarter-finals two years later, but missed the 2013 tournament through injury, suffering the same fate again in 2015.

2014 World Cup

Navas made his debut in the FIFA World Cup on 14 June 2014, appearing in a 3–1 group stage win against Uruguay in Fortaleza, and started the other two group games only conceding a single goal as Costa Rica qualified for the knockout stages as group winners for the very first time.

On 29 June, in the round of 16 match against Greece, Navas was named man of the match after several saves in normal time and a save from Theofanis Gekas' kick during the penalty shootout, which led to Costa Rica reaching the quarter-finals for the first time ever. He ended the tournament with three clean sheets from five matches, as the country was knocked out by the Netherlands after a penalty shootout, where he was named man of the match for the third time, the only goalkeeper to do so. He was also one of three nominees for the Golden Glove Award, losing out to Manuel Neuer of Germany.

2018 World Cup

Navas during Costa Rica's World Cup match against Brazil.

In May 2018, Navas was named in the final squad for the 2018 World Cup. He started all three group games making 10 saves and conceding five goals.

Style of play

Often rated by several pundits as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and considered by some in the sport as the best in the history of CONCACAF, Navas is an energetic keeper, who is primarily known for his agility, speed, and athleticism in goal, as well as his quick reflexes and excellent shot-stopping ability, which enables him to compensate for his relative lack of height. He has also drawn praise in the media for his decisive performances in important matches, and his penchant for producing difficult and crucial saves for his team in key moments.

Personal life

Navas is a Christian. He spoke about his faith saying, "God for me comes first. Before every game I kneel, I open my arms and pray ... My favourite passage of the Bible is Galatians 1:10 which says: "If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." On 3 December 2014, Navas announced that he had obtained Spanish citizenship.

A documentary film, Hombre de Fe (Man of Faith), based on the life of Navas was released on 28 December 2017.

Career statistics


As of 11 March 2020
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saprissa 2008–09 Primera División 20 0 5 0 0 0 25 0
2009–10 Primera División 23 0 4 0 0 0 27 0
Total 43 0 9 0 0 0 52 0
Albacete 2010–11 Segunda División 36 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
Levante 2011–12 La Liga 1 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
2012–13 La Liga 9 0 4 0 12 0 25 0
2013–14 La Liga 37 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
Total 47 0 11 0 12 0 70 0
Real Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 6 0 3 0 2 0 11 0
2015–16 La Liga 34 0 0 0 11 0 45 0
2016–17 La Liga 27 0 2 0 12 0 41 0
2017–18 La Liga 27 0 6 0 11 0 44 0
2018–19 La Liga 10 0 8 0 3 0 21 0
Total 104 0 19 0 39 0 162 0
Paris Saint-Germain 2019–20 Ligue 1 21 0 3 0 7 0 31 0
Career total 251 0 42 0 58 0 351 0


As of 10 October 2019
Navas playing for Costa Rica at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 13 0
2010 5 0
2011 11 0
2012 10 0
2013 8 0
2014 10 0
2015 4 0
2016 5 0
2017 7 0
2018 10 0
2019 4 0
Total 89 0



Navas making a save for Real Madrid in 2015


  • Primera Division de Costa Rica: 2005–06, 2006–07, Invierno 2007, Verano 2008, Invierno 2008, Verano 2010
  • CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 2005

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2016–17
  • Supercopa de España: 2017
  • UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018


Costa Rica

  • UNCAF Nations Cup runner-up: 2009, 2011


  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Goalkeeper: 2009
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament Team: 2009
  • La Liga Player of the Month: March 2014
  • LFP Awards Best Goalkeeper: 2013–14
  • CONCACAF Men's Player of the Year: 2014, 2017
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2018
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Trofeo EFE: 2016
  • CONCACAF Men's Goalkeeper of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CONCACAF Best XI: 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Facebook FA La Liga Best Goalkeeper: 2016
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
  • UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season: 2017–18
  • Ibero-American Community Trophy: 2017
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 09 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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