Raúl Albiol Tortajada is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Villarreal and the Spain national team.
A reliable and physically strong player who excels in the air, his main asset is his versatility, as he can play as a central defender, right-back or defensive midfielder. He spent most of his career with Valencia and Real Madrid, winning five major titles with both teams combined; he amassed La Liga totals of 229 matches and seven goals over ten seasons and also played several years in the Italian Serie A with Napoli.
Raúl Albiol is an experienced center-back who has played 52 games for Spain, winning a World Cup and two European Championships. He started his footballing career with Ribarroja, before signing for the Valencia academy. He made his debut for Los Che, before being loaned to Getafe for the 2004/05 season. He returned to Valencia, a team where he shone until signing for Real Madrid in 2009/10. He was with Los Blancos for four seasons, before signing for Napoli. He was with the Italian side until joining Villarreal, playing 235 official matches, scoring six goals and registering 11 assists.
Throughout his professional career, Albiol has won a World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, a LaLiga title with Real Madrid, two Copas del Rey with Valencia and Real Madrid, a Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid, a Europa League with Valencia, a Coppa Italia with Napoli and an Italian Super Cup, also with Napoli.