Raphael Varane: Youth Career, Injury & Awards

The star soccer player Raphael Varane has garnered several awards and career highlights over the years. He is now active as a center-back for the renowned English club Manchester United. 

Varane is also deemed as one of the best defenders of his generation. 

Likewise, Varane makes a whopping income each year through his salary and endorsements. 

Raphael Varane representing Manchester United
Raphael Varane representing Manchester United
(Courtesy: Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United has rested Varane for the clash against Burnley. It has been trending in soccer news recently. 

More details are down below. 

Today, this article will cover some details about the French celeb—those ranging from his professional career to his wife and family.

Let’s check some of his quick facts. 

Quick Facts

Full NameRaphaël Xavier Varane
Known asRaphael Varane
NicknamesChampions League Varane, Varane, Mr. Clean
Birth DateApril 25, 1993
Birth PlaceLille, France
High SchoolNot Available
CollegeNot Available
Zodiac SignTaurus
Age29 years old
Father Gaston Varane
MotherAnnie Varane
SiblingsAnnabelle Varane, Jonathan Varane, Anthony Varane
Height6’3″ (1.91 m)
Weight81 kg
Body typeAthletic
ProfessionSoccer Player
Current Team Manchester United
Active years2010-present
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseCamille Tytgat
ChildrenRuben Varane & Anais Varane
Net Worth$20 million (Souce: JF Football)
Social MediaFacebook, Instagram, Twitter
Merch Trading Card
Last UpdateSeptember, 2022

Raphael Varane’s absence from the match against Burnley 

Raphael Varane will be benched in United’s clash against Burnley.

United’s manager, Ralf Rangnick, has rested Varane for the visit of Burnley following Varane’s return from a hamstring injury.

Varane was a part of the starting lineup on Monday night at Newcastle. It was Varane’s first appearance since the 2nd November. 

Rangnick has opted for six changes to the playing XI after the game against Newcastle. 

Among the big names left out was that of Raphael Varane too.

According to Manchester Evening News, Varane has been benched to ensure he gets enough time to get back to full fitness. 

Varane’s fellow center-back, Victor Lindelof, is too unavailable for the game against Burnley. Victor will continue his isolation for COVID-19. 

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Raphael Varane: Early Life

Raphael Xavier Varane, famously known as Raphael Varane, is a professional French soccer player. He currently dons the Manchester United’s jersey. He is active as a center-back for the same. 

The French player was born in Lille, France, on April 25, 1993. Varane started his young soccer career playing for the local club Hellemmes. He was just seven at that time.

At Hellemmes, he spent two years. 

Then, he joined RC Lens, a professional club, in July 2002. Varane spent a lot of time in a training center-Centre de Préformation de Football-and trained there during weekdays.

Likewise, he played for Lens on the weekends to hone his soccer skills. 

Raphael Varane representing Lens club
Raphael Varane representing Lens club
(Courtesy: Goal.com)

At Lens, he ascended quickly through the club’s youth ranks. Varane played in the under-16 team of the club and eventually won the Championnat National des 16. 

Following this, he played in the club’s under-19 team. He was two years younger than many of his teammates in this squad. 

And in the 2010-2011 season, he signed his professional contract. And he also became a starter in the club’s lineup for the Championnat de France amateur. 

Raphael is undoubtedly one of the best defenders of his generation, both at club level and international level. 

He represented France at Under-18, Under-20, and the Under-21 level. He soon made his international debut in 2013. 

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Raphael Varane: Career

Varane has had a successful career in both domestic and international leagues so far. Let’s have a look at the French celeb’s professional career. 

At Real Madrid

Varane’s young club career began from the French club Lens, as mentioned earlier in the article. After playing a season after his professional debut, he joined Real Madrid. 

At Madrid, he starred for 10 seasons starting from 2011. He won 18 trophies at Madrid. These included three La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, and one Copa del Rey. 

Raphael Varane with the UEFA Champions League Trophy
Raphael Varane with the UEFA Champions League Trophy
(Courtesy: BBC)

In 2021, he left Real Madrid and signed a contract with Manchester United.

International Success & Prominence 

Beginning in 2013 itself, Varane had given performances that gained the attention of various soccer pundits and fans. In his El Classico debut against Barcelona, he stopped numerous attempts from a fiery Barcelona side. 

Varane also continued to star in the Champions League and received appraisals from many former soccer players, such as the former World Cup winner, Bixente Lizarazu. 

The same year, he was also listed in the “Best Foreign Eleven in Real Madrid’s History.” His performances led Real Madrid to get him a new six-year contract in 2014. 

Varane was also a part of France’s squad for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. And he was nominated for the Best Young Player award. 

By the 2016-2017 season, he was a starter in the all-important games of Madrid. He helped Madrid win the 2016–17 La Liga and the 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League.

Varane with the FIFA World Cup Trophy
Varane with the FIFA World Cup Trophy
(Courtesy: 90min)

Considering his impressive club and international performances, he was selected on the 30 man list for the 2018 Ballon d’Or. He eventually finished seventh in the ranking.

The French-born was also placed in the center back position for the 2018 FIFPro Men’s World11 and the UEFA Team of the Year. 

In 2018, he played every minute of France’s games in the FIFA World Cup. And he was a key player responsible for France winning the world title. 

He was again a regular starter for Madrid in the 2018-2019 season. He also helped the club win the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup and the La Liga title in the following year(2019-2020). 

Since 2021

Manchester United and Real Madrid made an agreement on Varane’s transfer in 2021. The transfer was on August 2021.

And Varane was announced in front of a huge Old Trafford crowd in the game against Leeds United. 

Varane with his United's jersey
Varane with his United’s jersey
(Courtesy: The Indian Express)

Varane made his United debut on August 29, 2021, and helped secure a win for the United against the Wanderers with an assist. 

Raphael Varane: Personal Life, Wife & Family

Varane spent his childhood with his three siblings, Annabelle Varane, Jonathan Varane, Anthony Varane. 

Raphael Varane’s brother, Jonathan Varane, is a professional footballer. He plays for RC Lens.

At the same time, Raphael’s sister, Annabelle Varane, was a 2018 Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais. She also competed in 2019 Miss France. 

Varane with his wife Camille Tytgat
Varane with his wife, Camille Tytgat
(Courtesy: The Sun)

Moving to his personal life, Varane is married to his long-time love, Camille Tytgat. Together they have a son named Ruben Varane and a daughter named Anais Varane. 

Raphael Varane: Net Worth

Varane’s net worth in 2021 was estimated to be $20 million. Reports suggest that the amount is estimated to grow larger because of his recent contract with Manchester United. 

Varane’s net worth allows him to spend a lot of money on his luxurious lifestyle. 

His income as a soccer player is not only his source of income. He also earns through endorsements with multi-national companies. 

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Varane endorses a few brands and companies. And his income through these endorsements is estimated to be between 8-10 million Euros. 

Some of the biggest brands he endorses are Puma, Boss, and Nike.

Varane's endorsement with Puma
Varane’s endorsement with Puma
(Courtesy: About Puma)

A documentary named “Varane: Destin de Champion” was made on Varane by Amazon Prime. And Varane also earned from the documentary.

However, an accurate amount is not known to the general public. 


Reports suggest that United would be paying Varane twice than what he was being paid at Real Madrid. 

Manchester United would pay Varane an annual amount of £12.5 million. 

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Raphael Varane: Awards & Achievements

Representing Real Madrid

  • La Liga [2011-2012, 2016-2017, 2019-2020]
  • Copa del Rey [2013-2014]
  • Supercopa de Espana [2012, 2017, 2019-2020]
  • UEFA Champions League [2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018]
  • UEFA Super Cup [2014, 2016, 2017]
  • FIFA Club World Cup [2014, 2016, 2017, 2018]

Representing France

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Champion
  • 2020-2021 UEFA Nations League

As an individual

  • 2018 FIFA FIFPro World11
  • 2018 UEFA Team of the Year
  • 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Fantasy Team
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team [2018]
  • 2018 IFFHS Men’s World Team 

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Social Media Presence

Twitter: 6.9M Followers

Instagram: 17.8M Followers

Facebook: 16M Followers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Raphael Varane’s latest jersey number?

Varane’s latest jersey number is 19 for the Manchester United team. 

What is Raphael Varane’s nickname?

Varane is nicknamed famously as Champions League Varane. Paul Pogba gave him this name. Apart from this, the player is also known as Mr. Clean, as he barely commits any foul. 

Has Raphael Varane won a FIFA World Cup?

Yes. Varane won the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018 as a part of the France squad. He was a regular in the playing lineup of France throughout the World Cup. 

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