Midfielder who who joined the Spanish national team in 2006 and Manchester City in 2010. He helped lead Spain to its first-ever World Cup Championship in 2010.
He idolized Michael Laudrup growing up.
His consistently dazzling performances earned him the nickname Merlin.
He was raised in Arguineguin, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by his parents Fernando and Eva. He welcomed a son named Mateo in January 2018.
He became teammates with Sergio Ramos on the Spanish national team in 2006.