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Five things on Alvaro Morata

Five things on Alvaro Morata
Álvaro Morata - Cancer - Gianluigi Buffon - Italy National Football Team - Juventus FC - Real Madrid CF - Real Madrid TV - Spain - The Guardian - Venice
July 22

LONDON (AFP) -  Five things on Alvaro Morata, after the Spanish international striker signed for English champions Chelsea from Champions League holders Real Madrid on Friday for a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2m):Decent proposalMorata possesses a flamboyant side as he revealed when he proposed to his sweetheart Alice Campello. He did so at a show by magician Antonio Diaz in Madrid. Diaz instructed Alice to face one way on the stage and then turn round adding: "This'll be the best trick you've ever seen." As she wheeled round she saw Morata down on bended knee with a ring in his hand. "I was more nervous that day than any other," he told The Guardian in April this year. "When you're taken away from your pitch, your territory, the nerves are greater." The happy couple were married in Venice in June.Conte a long-time admirerMorata will at last be managed by Antonio Conte after the latter coaxed him into joining Juventus in 2014 from Real Madrid and jumped ship to take over the national side days before the Spaniard signed his contract. However, Morata is positively dewy-eyed about Conte. "Conte is the manager who most 'bet' on me, without even ever having had me in his team," he told the Guardian. "I'm very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived. He knows me better than I could imagine, I'm sure, and that's important: it motivates you to work hard, train well."Sensitive sideMorata has very fine locks admired by many. Sergio Ramos had a ritual whereby he shaved Morata's head hoping it would bring them goals but last year he appeared shorn for a very different reason. It turned out he was doing it in support of child cancer sufferers at the Hospital Nino Jesus de Madrid. "There were some kids at a hospital that wanted to have the same hairstyle as me, but they couldn't (due to cancer). Instead for them to have my hair style, I cut my hair and got their hairstyle," he said.

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