Costa Rica's Keylor Navas in action during a FIFA World Cup match against Uruguay at Estadio Castelao on June 14, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
MADRID, Spain – On the heels of outstanding performances at the recently completed FIFA World Cup, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas has joined Real Madrid, the current European champion announced Sunday.
The 27-year-old was transferred from fellow La Liga side Levante and has reportedly signed a six-year deal.
Known as a complete goalkeeping package, the former Saprissa star was exceptional at Brazil 2014, leading the Ticos to the quarterfinals. He conceded only two goals in five matches, shutting out Italy, England and the Netherlands.
During the 2013/14 campaign, he made more stops than any other goalkeeper in La Liga (160) and had the best save percentage of those who played more than five matches (80.1%). Levante finished fifth in the fewest goals conceded, only behind the four UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
Before signing with Spain’s Albacete in 2010, Navas enjoyed many successful years with Saprissa, where he part of teams that won six league titles (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007 Invierno, 2008 Verano, 2008 Invierno, 2010 Verano) and the 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup.