Chile’s record appearance holder
Pep Guardiola returned to his former club to bring Claudio Bravo to Manchester in August 2016.
The Chilean goalkeeper signed a four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium as he swapped Barcelona for City and brought a wealth of experience, having lifted back to back La Liga titles and two Copa Americas.
Born on Viluco, Bravo’s career began with Chile’s most successful club, Colo-Colo, after his father noticed his talent and drove him to the club’s training ground.
Striker was the position of choice for the young Bravo, and he had short stings in midfield and defence before he was asked to play in goal for the club’s ‘Cadete’ team.
He flourished in his new position and went on to play 123 times between 2002 and 2006.
On the recommendation of City goalkeeper coach, Xabier Mancisidor, he was signed by Real Sociedad, where he played for eight years, clocking up 237 starts and scoring one goal against Gimnastic in 2010.
Bravo moved to Barcelona in 2014, where he won eight different titles in just two years with the Catalans, playing 75 games and being named in the 2014/15 La Liga Team of the Season.
He arrived at City with the 2016/17 season already under way and made his debut in the Manchester derby.
Twenty-nine appearances followed in his debut campaign, whilst in 2018 he was instrumental in helping City win the Carabao Cup, with inspired penalty shootout displays in the fourth and fifth round.
Bravo suffered an Achilles tendon injury in August 2018 and missed the rest of the season.
At international level he has enjoyed great success since his Chile debut in 2004.
Having captained the team since 2007, Bravo was voted the Copa America’s best goalkeeper in 2015 and 2016, as he led Chile to the title, saving spot kicks as both finals were decided by penalty shootouts.
He won his 100th international cap in March 2016 and has the record number of appearances in Chile’s history.