Anxiety problems delayed Jesus Navas's arrival on the international scene for longer than Spain might have hoped. But since finally winning his first senior cap in 2009, the skillful winger has become a regular squad member and played an active role in La Roja's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA EURO 2012 triumphs.
Navas had until now spent his entire career at Sevilla, his hometown club, whom he joined as a 15-year-old. In 2004/05 he cemented his place in the first team and, in the eight years that have followed, has become a firm fans' favourite. However, he has recently secured a transfer to the English Premier League with Manchester City.
Numerous managers have come and gone since his emergence at the club, but Navas is one of the few players to have remained a constant throughout. To date he has won two UEFA Cups, two Copa del Rey winner's medals, a UEFA Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup title.
Slight of build but exceptionally quick, Navas is a naturally gifted dribbler and can always be relied upon to create scoring chances. He has also agreed a move to recently-deposed English champions Manchester City, and will join them for the start of the 2013/14 English Premier League season.