Hector Bellerin was born in Catalonia; Spain and he started his football journey as part of Barcelona’s youth team. In the summer of 2011, Hector moved to England and signed his very first professional contract for Arsenal a year later.
While Bellerin was at Arsenal as a youth player, in 2012-13 he helped the young Gunners to fourth place in the NextGen Series. Later that year, he made his first competitive debut for Arsenal. A League Cup third-round match against West Bromwich Albion after he came on as a substitute in the 95th minute. Arsenal would go on to win the tie via a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 after normal time.
Bellerin then went out on loan to Championship side Watford which was initially a two-month loan deal and it was extended to the end of the season, but the Gunners recalled him in February of 2014.
Hector’s career took off after he was thrust into the Arsenal starting side for a Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund after several key injuries to Arsenal’s defensive stocks. In 2015 Bellerin scored his very first Arsenal goal in a 5-0 win over Aston Villa and his second came later in the year in a 4-1 win over Liverpool.
As his career was on the rise, Bellerin started for the Gunners in their 2015 FA Cup Final win over Aston Villa. His career went from strength to strength as he signed a new deal with Arsenal before the start of the 2015-16 season and due to his amazing performances, he was the only Arsenal player selected in the PFA Team of the Year and was third in Arsenal’s Player of the Season that year.
To reward his efforts, Arsenal signed Bellerin to a new deal in 2016 which keeps him at the Emirates until 2022.
Bellerin helped Spain’s under-19 side to the semi-finals of the European Championship in 2013 and two years later he was selected in Albert’s Celades’s under-21 side in 2015 as he played the entire match as Spain thumped Belarus 4-0.
Then in 2016 on May 29, the Arsenal full-back was selected for the European Championship for Spain initially as a standby player. Hector then made his full international debut for Spain in a 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just a couple of days later, because of an injury to Dani Carvajal, Bellerin was selected as part of Spain’s squad however he did not see the field as they made it to the last 16 of the European Championship. Bellerin’s last international appearance came in 2020 as Spain played three friendlies against Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
The Arsenal full-back has had to fight his way through an ACL injury that occurred against Chelsea and was out of action for the best part of a year. He made a documentary of his journey through his rehabilitation as he worked his way back to fitness.
Hector is still a mainstay of Arsenal’s first team.