Spanish defender who became a longtime fixture of Real Madrid and Spain's national team, joining both squads in 2005. He helped Spain with the World Cup Championship in 2010.
He began his youth career with Sevilla in 1996, at age ten.
He was named the La Liga Best Defender four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015.
He was raised with two siblings, Mirian and Rene. He married Pilar Rubio in 2012; they have sons named Sergio and Marco. In October 2017, he and Pilar announced they were expecting their third child together in 2018.
He won the 2010 FIFA Cup with teammate David Villa.