Asier Illarramendi
Asier Illarramendi
Date of birth:

March 8, 1990


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Defensive midfielder


Real Sociedad

Asier Illarramendi "Illarra" Andonegi (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈsjeɾ iʎaraˈmendi iˈʎara andoˈnexi]; born 8 March 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as a defensive midfielder.

He developed at Real Sociedad, appearing in 56 competitive games with the first team and helping it qualify for the Champions League in 2013. He then transferred to Real Madrid for €32.2 million, the most they had ever paid for a Spanish player, returning to his first team for half of that fee two years later.

Illarramendi earned 31 caps for Spain from under-17 to under-23 level, winning the 2013 European Championship with the under-21 side. He made his senior debut in 2017.