Daniel Parejo Muñoz, famously knows as just Dani Parejo, currently plays as a central midfielder for the La Liga club Valencia CF besides making regular appearances for the Spanish national football team. A product of Real Madrid Castilla, Dani started his professional football journey with the Madrid side. He then gathered his Premier League experience with Queens Park Rangers during his loan tenure. He came back to La Liga while joining Getafe CF after that. Dani first came into prominence during his stint with Getafe which earned him the attention of Valencia officials.
He joined Valencia in 2011 and appeared in more than 240 official games for the club till now. Besides his club performances, he also played for almost all youth levels of Spain from 2007 to 2011. He caught the attention of first team officials by winning 43 caps for the youth squads of Spain. Shortly after, he earned his Spanish senior team promotion in 2018, at the age of 28. Without any doubt, Dani is one of the best young playmakers Spain has ever produced.
He started his footballing journey by joining the youth academy system of his native club CD Coslada in 1998, at the age of just 9. He then moved to Espinilla academy in 2000 and spent three seasons with the club. Dani finally joined the youth system of Real Madrid in 2003, at the age of just 14. He made a quick progression through several age-level squads at the academy while sharpening his playmaking skills. During his time at the academy, first-team coach Bernd Schuster called him on several occasions to train with the senior squads.
He made his debut for Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División in the 2006-07 season, and made 4 official appearances in that season. He then joined the Football League Championship club Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan on 4th August 2008. Dani made his debut for the QPR club against Barnsley at Loftus Road on 9th August 2008. He made total 18 official appearances for the club in 2008. Shortly after, Real Madrid recalled him on 17th December 2008, following the injury of both midfielders, Rubén de la Red and Mahamadou Diarra. Upon his arrival at the club, Dani received the No.17 jersey which was previously worn by one of the greatest footballers of all time, Ruud van Nistelrooy. He then made his first-team debut in a La Liga match against Sporting de Gijón on 15th February 2009, as a substitute for Sergio Ramos.
Dani joined the fellow La Liga club Getafe CF in late July 2009, as a part of the swap deal for Esteban Granero to Real Madrid. His first grand-goal came for Getafe in a La Liga match against his former club Real Madrid on 25th March 2010. He participated in almost all the games for Getafe in the 2009-10 season and helped the club to earn the UEFA Europa League qualification for the second time in club’s history. He made 36 appearances for the club in the 2010–11 season where Getafe narrowly avoided relegation from La Liga.
Daniel Parejo joined Valencia CF for a reported transfer fee of €6 million on 14th June 2011, again as a part of the swap deal for goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyà to Getafe. Shortly after, he made his La Liga debut for Valencia against RCD Mallorca on 15th August 2011. He scored twice in 36 official appearances for the club in the 2012–13 season and helped them to secure the fifth place in La Liga table. He then scored 12 goals in the 2014-15 season, which was his career-best and also one of the most for any midfielder that season in La Liga. While achieving that feat, he also became the first Valencia player to score more than 10 goals in La Liga since Vicente achieved it in the 2003-04 season.
He, along with his fellow teammate Paco Alcácer, scored braces in a La Liga match against Celta de Vigo on 7th November 2015. The following season, Dani went through a poor run of form. Valencia’s then-manager Gary Neville stripped of the captaincy role from Dani due to his declining performance in January 2016.
He made his international debut for the Spanish U-19 team and represented the squad in the 2007 UEFA European Championship. He helped his nation to lift the trophy while scoring the winning goal against Greece in the final on 27th July 2007. That feat earned him the promotion to the U-21 Spanish side, and he participated in several European Championship qualification matches in 2009. He then helped the U-20 side to win the 2009 Mediterranean Games. Recently on 27th March 2018, Dani made his first-team debut in a friendly match against Argentina, as a replacement for Thiago Alcântara.
Born in the Community of Madrid, Dani Parejo is of pure Spanish descent through his father Lorenzo Parejo’s side. He grew up playing football in the Coslada city of Spain during his childhood days. Dani married his long-time sweetheart Isabel Botello during his early days at Valencia. The couple has a son named Dani Jr.
The current net worth of Daniel Parejo is estimated to be approximately €15 Million according to the recent reports. His market value now stands at €20 Million as of the ongoing football season. However, he touched his highest market value of €22 Million in November 2015. He gets nearly €2.5 Million yearly salary from his current La Liga side Valencia. As an interesting fact, he is the second highest earner of Valencia CF. Besides, Dani also made his wealth through several endorsement deals.
Dani helped his clubs to achieve great successes over their opponents. With Valencia, he became one of the key playmakers of La Liga. Besides, he also achieved several international trophies with the Spanish squad. Some of the most notable trophies that he received till now are as follows: