Raphael Varane: Youth Career, Injury & Awards

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Raphaël Xavier Varane is a French professional footballer who is considered one of the best defenders and is known for his defensive skills. He plays as a defender for the Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team. 

The star soccer player Raphael Varane has garnered several awards and career highlights over the years. 

Varane is also deemed one of the best in his field. 

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

Raphael Varane (Source Facebook)
Raphael Varane (Source Facebook)

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

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

Let’s check some of his quick facts. 

Quick Facts | Raphael Varane

Full Name Raphaël Xavier Varane
Known as Raphael Varane
Nicknames Champions League Varane, Varane, Mr. Clean
Birth Date April 25, 1993
Birth Place Lille, France
High School Not Available
College Not Available
Nationality French
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Age 31 Years Old
Father  Gaston Varane
Mother Annie Varane
Siblings Annabelle Varane, Jonathan Varane, Anthony Varane
Height 6’3″ (1.91 m)
Weight 81 kg (178 lb)
Body type Athletic
Profession Soccer Player
Position Center-back
Current Team  Manchester United
Active years 2010-present
Marital Status Married
Spouse Camille Tytgat
Children Ruben Varane & Anais Varane
Net Worth $20 million 
Social Media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Merch  Trading Card, Bobblehead
Last Update May, 2024

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 of November 2022. 

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

Among the big names left out was 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 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 Hellenes. 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 In The Playfield (Source Facebook)
Raphael Varane In The Playfield (Source Facebook)

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 the club level and international level. 

He represented France at Under-18, Under-20, and Under-21 levels. 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 with 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 in 2011. He won 18 trophies in 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 ( Source Courtesy 90min)
Varane With The FIFA World Cup Trophy ( Source 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 Jersey (Courtesy The Indian Express)
Varane With His United 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. 

2022 Update

Raphael Varane, a defender for Manchester United, has been officially ruled out until the Qatar 2022 World Cup, according to manager Erik ten Hag.

Varane suffered an injury in the second half of Stamford Bridge’s Saturday 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Which made his chances skim of being chosen for the France team for the competition.


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A post shared by Raphael Varane (@raphaelvarane)

Currently, Raphael is working out as he mentioned in his Instagram post by thanking all his fans for good wishes.

Raphael Varane | Personal Life, Wife & Family

Varane spent his childhood with his three siblings, Annabelle Varane, Jonathan Varane, and 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 the 2019 Miss France. 

Varane With His Wife, Camille Tytgat
Varane With His Wife, Camille Tytgat (Source Pinterest)

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 2024 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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Must Know Facts

  • Raphael Varane started his professional career at the early age of 17.
  • Raphael stands fourth to ever win two international championships in the same year.
  • He played for France in the FIFA World Cup.
  • He spent ten seasons playing for Real Madrid.
  • Varane just like former Real Madrid defensive Sergio Ramos, has his separate documentary.


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 Of Puma (Courtesy About Puma)
Varane’s Endorsement Of 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. 

Recently, Raphael also collaborated with TLC as a brand ambassador.


Reports suggest that United would be paying Varane twice 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 

Search Graph

The popularity graph of Raphael is dynamic which is an affirmative sign of his popularity range, and

Raphael Varane Search Graph
Raphael Varane Search Graph

Recently we can see a hike in his graph due to his injury in the approaching month of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Social Media Presence

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Raphael Varane’s latest jersey number?

Raphael is playing for the Manchester United team and so Varane’s latest jersey number is 19. 

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 fouls. 

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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Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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