Wilfredo Daniel "Willy" Caballero Lazcano, in short, Willy Caballero is an Argentine football player, currently plays for Premier League club Chelsea and Argentine national squad.
Made his early debut in 2001, he spent most of his career in Spain, representing Elche and Málaga. He has been named in the final squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Early Life of Caballero
Wilfredo Daniel "Willy" Caballero Lazcano was born on September 28, 1981, in Santa Elena, Argentina. He is Argentine by nationality and belongs to Argentines ethnic background.
Born in Santa Elena, Entre Ríos, Caballero spent most of his early career in his hometown. He was interested in football from the early days.
Caballero started his career in 2001 from Boca Juniors club. He won three major titles in 2003, with the club. His team beat A.C. Milan 3–1 on penalties, in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup, on December 14, of that year.
He joined Elche of Spain in 2004 and agreed to a brief loan spell back in his country with Arsenal de Sarandí to take care of her daughter who was diagnosed with cancer at the time.
Caballero was transferred to Málaga in La Liga for a fee of $1.05 million (€900,000) and two-and-a-half years, as an emergency transfer, after the 31 January transfer deadline due to a serious knee injury to Sergio Asenjo (their previous starter, Rubén, was also unavailable due to physical problems).
He made his league debut on 20 February, starting in a 1–1 draw at Villarreal, and played all the matches until the end of the campaign, with the Andalusians finally escaping relegation.
He made the record in the history of Malaga keeping goal clean for 480 minutes beating the club's previous record of 429 held by Pedro Contreras since the 2001–02 season.
Caballero signed a three-year contract with Manchester City on July 8, 2014. The fee was believed to be on the region of $8.01 million (£6 million) excluding add-ons.
Caballero’s debut appearance with the club was on 10th August in the 2014 FA Community Shield. He played the full 90 minutes of the game and lost (0-3) to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.
His second appearance for the club was on September 24, 2014, in the 7–0 home routing of Sheffield Wednesday for the Football League Cup. It was announced on May 25, 2017, that he would leave the club on his contract expiry that occurred on 30 June.
Caballero signed a deal with Chelsea on a free transfer on July 1, 2017. He made his competitive debut with the club on 20 September, in a 5–1 home victory against Nottingham Forest for the League Cup.
He represented Argentina at U20 helping the country win the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was called by manager Gerardo Martino in November 2014 for the friendly matches against Croatia and Portugal.
He only won his first cap nearly four years later, starting in a 2–0 defeat of Italy on 23 March 2018 in another exhibition game, played in Manchester. He was included in the final squad for the 2018 World Cup, Russia.
Caballero's Net Worth
Caballero’s net worth is under review. His net worth can be over millions, as he earns $53,417 (£40,000 approx.) from the club Chelsea.
His current market $1.2 million (£900,000 approx.). His transfer fee to Malaga was €900,000. He moved to Manchester City for the transfer fee that was believed to be $8.01 million.
Personal Life of Caballero
Caballero stands the height of 1.8 meters and weighs 80 kg.
Caballero is married and has two children. He is married to Lucia and has two daughters. Their first daughter Guillermina was born on April 12, 2002. Their daughter Guillermina was diagnosed with Retinal cancer.
The couple welcomed their second child, a daughter Aitana in July 2010. He expressed his joy in an interview with Malaga.
In 2017, Caballero announced that his daughter successfully fought with cancer and is living a happy life. Guillermina’s recovery inspired Caballero to play in the future games.
by ab-rikky, 23 May, 2018