Talented Spanish professional footballer, Unai Simon Mendibil is professionally known as Unai Simon. He plays as a goalkeeper for La Liga club Athletic Bilbao and the Spain national team with a jersey number 1. He made his debut as a senior with the farm team in the 2014-2015 season, in Tercera Division. He was also a member of the squad that won the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship whereas he debuted with the under-21 team against Italy on 1st September 2017. He received his first call up to the senior side on 20th August 2020, for the initial two matches of the 2020-2021 UEFA Nations League. He was included in Luis Enrique’s 24-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020 on 24th May 2021. On 15th June, he played for his national team in UEFA Euro 2020 against Sweden.
Enrique selected Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon
The 6ft 5in stopper was named among the substitutes, alongside Man United’s David de Gea, as Enrique selected Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon as his No 1 for Spain’s opening 0-0 draw against Sweden last Monday. “He’s also not happy now just to be in the squad,” Albion goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts said. “That’s his thing. He said, ‘I want to play, I need to play. I reiterated the same thing to him, ‘Just be respectful of the other goalkeepers that are there and train as well as you can’.
- Being a Spanish professional footballer.
- For playing as a goalkeeper for La Liga club Athletic Bilbao and the Spain national team.
What is the Nationality of Unai Simon hold?
Born with the real name of Unai Simon Mendibil, Unai holds Spanish nationality and belongs to Spanish-white ethnic background. He opened his eyes for the very first time on 11th June 1997 in Vitoria, Spain. Unai’s religion is Christian and his race is white. He has recently celebrated his 24th birthday as of 2021. As per his birthdate, his star sign is Gemini. Simon has not shared any details regarding his parents and educational qualifications.
How was the Career of Unai Simon?
- Unai Simon kicks off his football career by joining Athletic Bilbao’s youth system in 2011 where he made his debut as a senior with the farm team in the 2014-2015 season, in Tercera Division.
- He was promoted to the reserves, freshly relegated to Segunda Division B on 8th June 2019 after which he signed a contract extension until 2023 on 13th July 2018, and was loaned to Segunda Division side Elche CF two weeks later.
- After Kepa Arrizabalaga’s departure from the club and Iago Herrerin’s injury on 15th August 2018, Unai was recalled by Athletic and made his professional and La Liga debut five days later, starting in a 2-1 home win against CD Leganes.
- Later, he was given the #1 squad number and started the campaign as the first choice for the 2019-2020 season, keeping a clean sheet in an opening day win over FC Barcelona.
- He was sent off during the first half against CD Leganes for a last-man challenge outside the penalty area on the 37th, penultimate, matchday, with the resultant suspension ending his season a game early; with ten men, Athletic Bilbao lost 2-0 to end their slim hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
- Simon signed a new contract with the club running to the summer of 2025, with no buyout clause in August 2020.
- Unai was selected for Spain at under-19 and under-21 levels whereas he was also a member of the squad that won the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
- He debuted with the under-21 team against Italy on 1st September 2017 as well as he was selected for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, playing the first game of the group stage as Spain once more finished as champions.
- He later received his first call up to the senior side on 20th August 2020, for the initial two matches of the 2020-2021 UEFA Nations League.
- As well, he was selected for his full debut on 11th November 2020, playing the entirety of a friendly against the Netherlands.
- Unai was included in Luis Enrique’s 24-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020 on 24th May 2021. On 15th June, he played for his national team in UEFA Euro 2020 against Sweden.
Awards and Achivements
- Supercopa de Espana: 2020-2021
- Copa del Rey runner-up: 2019-2020, 2020-2021
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2015
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2019
- Athletic Bilbao on 01/07/2018
- Athletic Bilbao B on 01/07/2016
- CD Basconia on 01/07/2014 From Bilbao Youth
Who is Unai Simon Girlfriend?
Unai Simon is an unmarried guy. He is also not dating anyone. So as of now, we can assume that he is currently living a single life. Since he is still unmarried and single there isn’t any chance of him being through a divorce. Hope the reason behind living a single life is to focus on a victorious career. Talking about Simon’s sexual orientation, he is straight.
How much is Unai Simon Net Worth?
The net worth of talented footballer, Unai Simon is estimated between $1 million to $5 million as of 2021. In his short professional time also, he has established himself an identity already. He earns a salary of around 19,000 pounds per week, 988,000 pounds per year playing for Athletic as a GK. Furthermore, his major source of income is his football career. His current market value is €20 Million as of May 2021 and his highest market value was €30 Million as of July 2020.
How tall is Unai Simon?
The height of handsome footballer, Unai Simon is 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) whereas his body weight is around 86 kg. His physique combined with his perfect height and masculine look takes him to the top of the desired list in the young gen women. Unai has good-looking dark brown hair and eye color. He is athletic by body build.