Morata was released by Real Madrid in 2010. For more than a decade afterward, his performance followed a zigzag pattern. Every time you watch the Spaniard you are filled with a sense of awe, he is as if he possesses two contrasting versions of himself, and clubs will gamble on which version of Morata they will get. .
After Chelsea burned 60 million pounds for him in 2017, Morata was still bought by Atletico for 35 million pounds, then loaned to Juventus for 20 million, making people believe for a long time that he was the tool for the big guys to make money.
But Alvaro Morata has made the struggles of the Premier League a distant memory as his career reaches new heights at the age of 30.
Morata has scored 7 goals in just 9 Atletico matches this season, including a brace in Atletico Madrid’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid. That form appeared when the former Juventus striker scored a hat-trick for Spain in the EURO 2024 qualifier against Georgia last month.
Morata grew up from Real Madrid’s youth academy after spending time at Atletico and Getafe, making 52 appearances for the first team before scoring 27 goals in 93 matches with Juventus. In just one season back at the Bernabeu, he scored 20 goals in all competitions, making Chelsea come for a then-club record fee of £60 million and a five-year contract.
Morata’s time in England got off to a bad start with a missed penalty in the 2017 Community Shield shootout with Arsenal – despite him scoring 15 goals in all competitions, including a hat- trick against Stoke and ended the season with FA Cup glory.
His second season started with goals against Arsenal and a brace against Crystal Palace – but he soon returned to Spain in January with Atletico, after losing the confidence of the fans. He again scored 22 goals in 18 months before joining Juventus for a second time, enough for Diego Simeone to want him back in his first team.
Morata’s career was boosted by De la Fuente’s decision to make him Spain captain in March, with his international goals tally rising to 34 goals in 68 games.
Speaking about the secret to his recent success, Morata told DAZN: “What I need is to feel important and this year, maybe I feel more important than other years. I hope we continue to win because I really want to win the title with Atletico. I’m very happy with all the fans.”
Off the field, Morata also looks very content, often posing grinning on social networks with his wife Alice Campello and their children. Although not a late bloomer, Morata is enjoying the best years of his life at the age of 30.
Thanh Vu | 16:28 October 22, 2023