Raphael Varane Biography
Raphael Varane (full name: Raphaël Xavier Varane), is a French professional footballer born in Lille, France. He plays as a center-back for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team. He won his third UEFA Champions League trophy at only 24 years of age, making him the youngest defender ever to have won three Champions League trophies since Paolo Maldini who was 26 when he won his third Champions League title.
Varane began his football career in the Arrondissement of Lille playing for local club AS Hellemmes at the age of seven. After spending two years at the club, in July 2002, he joined professional club RC Lens, despite some interest from Derby du Nord rivals and hometown club Lille OSC.
After one season with the French club, Lens, as a professional footballer, Varane joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2011. Since joining the Spanish giants he has made over 200 appearances for the club and has won 15 major honours including: two La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles.
Varane was a France youth international and earned caps at under-18, under-20, and under-21 levels. He made his full international debut in March 2013 and represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He got nominated for the Best Young Player award after the tournament due to his admirable performance. He also represented his country in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in every game and played every minute and he won.
Varane has been described by Lens youth coach Eric Assadourian as a “truly first-class player” who is “comfortable on both the tactical and technical level”. In January 2014, he was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. Many ex-players and current football managers such as Fernando Hierro and José Mourinho consider Varane to be one of the best defenders in world football.
Raphael Varane Age
Varane was born on 25 April 1993 in Lille, France. He is 25 years old as of 2018.
Raphael Varane Height, Weight and Body Measurements
The 25-years old French defender stands 1.91 m tall ie six feet and three inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 80 kg. He has an athletic body build and has maintained his body perfectly fit.
Raphael Varane Family | Raphael Varane Parents
The French footballer was born in the city of Lille in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Raphael grew up in a family of three children of Gaston Varane (father) and Annie Varane. He has two siblings, both brothers: Jonathan Varane and Anthony Varane. Their father is originally from Le Morne-Rouge hence making the family be of Martiniquais heritage, while their mother, Annie, is French, she was raised in Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux.
Raphael Varane Wife – Varane Camille Tytgat
Varane is married to Camille Tytgat, his longtime partner since the teenage years. They tied the knot on June 21, 2015, at Le Touquet in France. They are also parents to a son by the name Ruben.
She likes to keep a low profile. That has however not stopped the paparazzi from getting a couple of snaps of her cheering her hubby, for example during the 2018 World Cup. They both attended the same school as kids and have kept a stable relationship ever since they began dating. She has a degree in Law.
Raphael Varane Salary | Raphael Varane Net Worth
The French defender for Real Madrid has come to a successful career at Real Madrid. As of 2018, the net worth of Raphael Varane is estimated at around $15 million. He has an annual salary of around 5 million at Real Madrid. He has also sponsorship deals with Nike and Adidas.
He has several luxurious car collections including Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe, Jaguar F-Pace, AUDI q7 3.0, Jaguar XE, and several others.
Raphael Varane Speed
Varane may not be the first name that comes to mind when discussing speed demons, but he’s proven he can keep up with the game’s fastest.Varane 34,04 km/h
Raphael Varane Lens
Varane joined the French club in July 2002 and similar to the development of the club’s previous prized assets such as Gaël Kakuta and Timothée Kolodziejczak, Varane spent time at the Centre de Préformation de Football in nearby Liévin, a training center exclusively for players brought up in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. He trained at the center for two years during the weekdays and playing with Lens on the weekends.
After returning full-time to Lens, Varane quickly ascended up the club’s youth ranks. In the 2008–09 season, alongside teammates Thorgan Hazard and Geoffrey Kondogbia, he played on the club’s under-16 team that won the Championnat National des 16 ans. In the following season, Varane was promoted to the club’s under-19 team, despite being two years younger than several of his teammates. Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Varane signed his first professional contract. He was, subsequently, promoted to the club’s reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur.
Varane made his amateur debut in the club’s opening league match of the campaign in a 2–0 victory over Drancy. He appeared as a starter in the club’s next nine matches with the team losing only one of them.
Raphael Varane Real Madrid
Varane’s confirmation on joining Real Madrid was made on 22nd June 2011 by Lens president, Gervais Martel, to a group of supporters at a club meeting stating, “He will play for Real Madrid under the guidance of José Mourinho.” Varane had previously visited Real Madrid’s club facilities and also met with club advisor and compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
He successfully passed his medical and the move was confirmed by the Spanish club after which Varane signed a six-year contract and the transfer fee is purported to be in the range of €10 million. He was assigned the number 19 shirt and made his club debut for Real Madrid in the club’s opening pre-season fixture against American outfit Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2011 World Football Challenge. He appeared as a half-time substitute as Real Madrid cruised to a 4–1 win.
Varane made his first start for the club four days later in a 3–0 win over Mexican club Guadalajara. He finished the pre-season campaign appearing in seven of the eight pre-season matches Real Madrid contested. Varane made his competitive debut for Real Madrid on 21 September in the team’s league match against Racing de Santander. He started the match at center-back alongside Ricardo Carvalho as the match ended 0–0.
In the team’s next league match three days later against Rayo Vallecano, Varane started and scored his first goal for the club after a flying back-heel shot following a Mesut Özil corner. Real Madrid won the match 6–2. Varane’s goal made him the youngest foreign player at 18 years and 152 days to score a goal in a competitive match for Real Madrid.
On 27 September, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 3–0 group stage win over Dutch club Ajax. Two months later, Varane made his second Champions League appearance against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb. In the match, Varane started and assisted on the team’s fifth goal, scored by José Callejón, in a 6–2 win. The victory ensured Real Madrid first place in its group.
Varane switched to the number 2 shirt ahead of the 2012–13 season. He made his season debut on 18 September in the club’s opening UEFA Champions League group stage match against English club Manchester City after failing to appear in Real Madrid’s first four league matches. Real Madrid won the match 3-2 and Varane started and played the entire time.
Varane made his El Clásico debut on 30 January 2013, against Barcelona in the 2012–13 Copa del Rey. He stopped a group of dangerous attempts from Barcelona, including a shot from Xavi that he cleared from the goal line. He capped his performance with a headed goal in the game, which ended 1–1. He also became the second-youngest foreign player to score for Real Madrid in a Clásico match.
In the return leg at the Camp Nou on 26 February 2013, Varane scored Madrid’s third goal in a 3–1 away win with a header from a corner kick by Mesut Özil. Varane gained praise from former World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu after his performances against Barcelona and Manchester United.
Varane continued to impress in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Galatasaray, where he helped Madrid keep a clean sheet in a 3–0 triumph. All of his 27 passes found his teammates without any interception, and all of his tackles succeeded, with most on Didier Drogba.
He was named by Marca as a member of the “Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid’s history” in April 2013. On 14 May 2013, Varane successfully underwent an operation on his right knee after an injury he had picked up during his last 2012–13 league match against Real Sociedad.
In the 2014 Copa del Rey Final, Varane came on as an injury-time substitute for Karim Benzema and Real Madrid won 2–1 against Barcelona on 16 April. He played all 120 minutes of Real Madrid’s 4–1 win over Atlético Madrid in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final, in place of the more experienced Pepe.
He signed a new six-year contract on 18th September 2014, which would keep him at Real Madrid until 2020. This was during the 14/15 season. During the 15/16 season, Varane was a part-time starter when his team won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. For the 16/18 season, he made 23 appearances as Madrid won the 2016–17 La Liga. He was also starting in the final when Madrid won the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.
Varane’s time at Real Madrid was extended until 2022 on 27 September 2017 via his contract. He made eleven appearances during the UEFA Champions League for the 17/18 season. Real Madrid won a third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.
Raphael Verane France
Varane has played for his country France at under-18 and under-21 levels as a youth international. He had been called to the under-17 team prior to playing for the under-18 team, but did not make an appearance. On 24 August 2010, he made his debut with the under-18 team in a friendly match against Denmark. He scored the final goal in a 2–0 victory on his debut. Due to his participation with the Lens first team, Varane turned down subsequent call-ups to the under-18 team, as a result, he missed the Tournoi de Limoges and a tournament in Israel.
On 3 February 2011, he was called up to the under-21 team by coach Erick Mombaerts for the first time for a friendly match against Slovakia. He described the call up as “a huge surprise”. He earned his first under-21 cap and start in the match against Slovakia playing the entire match in a 3–1 win. On 15 November, Varane scored his first under-21 goal in a 2–0 2013 Euro U-21 qualifying win over Slovakia. The victory ensured France qualification to at least the competition’s qualifying playoffs.
France Senior team
Varane was called to the full French national team squad in August 2012, for a friendly against Uruguay, but he was an unused substitute. He started his first match for France on 22 March 2013 in a qualifier for the World Cup against Georgia, a 3–1 victory. He was also included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 13 May 2014.
On 15 June 2014, he partnered with Mamadou Sakho in central defence during Les Bleus’ first World Cup fixture – a 3–0 defeat of Honduras. He was also in the starting line-up for the second group match against Switzerland and the knockout matches against Nigeria and Germany, as France were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by the Germans.
He was named on the three-man shortlist for the tournament’s Best Young Player award on 11 July. He also became the youngest player to captain France on 14 October when he took over from Blaise Matuidi at half time in a 3–0 win over Armenia. He was then selected as the team’s starting captain for a home friendly against Sweden on 18 November, where he scored his first international goal to give Les Bleus a 1–0 win.
Raphael Varane Injury history
Varane has joined the list of Real Madrid defenders sidelined due to injury after the 5-1 loss to Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday, as the Frenchman is set to miss time with a “muscle injury to the adductor longus in his right leg.”
Los Blancos announced the news via their official website. According to AS, he could miss a month of action.
Earlier on Tuesday, Marca‘s Hugo Cerezo reported Marcelo aggravated his muscle injury and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Real’s defense was short-handed heading into El Clasico, with Dani Carvajal and Jesus Vallejo sidelined. According to AS, Sergio Ramos and Nacho are the only healthy center-backs in the squad, while Alvaro Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Reguilon are the top options at full-back.
Varane was taken off at half-time during El Clasico and suffered the injury while fouling Luis Suarez, per AS.
Like many of his team-mates, Varane has struggled during the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign. The World Cup winner has emerged as arguably the best defender on the team in the last few years, but his focus hasn’t been there, leading to several mental mistakes.
The 25-year-old’s absence will nonetheless be keenly felt, and this latest setback comes at a particularly bad time. Los Blancos only just parted with manager Julen Lopetegui and replaced him with Santiago Solari, who has little time to whip this team into form.
Real were expected to rest several starters for the Copa del Rey match against Melilla on Wednesday but will play in-form Real Valladolid on Saturday. Solari is already under tremendous pressure for his La Liga debut as a caretaker, and he will have to work with a makeshift defense that has leaked goals this season.
Real’s defense could be in dire straits in the coming weeks, and if Ramos or Nacho also suffers an injury, things could turn ugly. The gap to Barcelona in the standings is already seven points.
Raphael Varane FIFA 19
His overall rating in FIFA 19 is 86 with a potential of 92. Varane has got a 2-star skill moves to rate. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are Medium / High. Varane’s height is 191 cm cm and his weight is estimated at 81 kg according to FIFA’s database. Currently, Raphaël Varane is playing with numbers 4 and 5. His best stats are: Stand Tackle: 88, Marking: 87, Slide Tackle: 87, Sprint Speed: 85, Strength: 84.
Raphael Varane FIFA 18
His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 85 with a potential of 92. Varane has got a 2-star skill moves to rate. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are Medium / High. Varane’s height is 191 cm and his weight is estimated at 81 kg according to FIFA’s database. Currently, Raphaël Varane is playing with numbers 4 and 5. His best stats are: Stand Tackle: 86, Slide Tackle: 85, Strength: 85, Sprint Speed: 85, Marking: 84.
Raphael Varane Awards and Honors
Raphael Varane Individual Awards
With Real Madrid, Varane won both La Liga and Supercopa de España twice till now. Besides, he also achieved both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup thrice. Varane helped the club to win the UEFA Champions League four times and Copa del Rey once. With France, he recently lifted the prestigious FIFA World Cup 2018 trophy in Russia. Besides, some of the most notable individual awards that he received till now are as follows:
- FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2018
- UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
- FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018
- FIFA World Cup Fantasy McDonald’s Overall XI: 2018
- UEFA Defender of the Season: Runner-up 
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