He suffers from an eye condition called hypermetropia or Farsightedness, a condition that makes people unable to see things that are close by clearly, while being able to see things that are far quite well. However, he clearly doesn't allow this condition to get the better of him as he is clearly one of the best shot stoppers in football today.
He wears glasses off the field and often played without them while still a youngster at Atletico Madrid. It was a thing of wonder at the club at the time as a boy who claimed to be unable to see clearly was one of the best goalkeepers and fighting for a first team shirt at the club despite being very young.
He made his senior debut for Atletico Madrid at just 18 years, wearing a pair of contact lens and would wear them for majority of his career. As at 2012 when he joined Manchester United, he was rumoured to be going for a laser eye surgery but it is unclear if he eventually went for it.
Despite his condition, De Gea has won several personal accolades, including 4 Matt Busby player of the year awards and the first player in history to win it three times in a row.He also has one Premier League Golden Glove and has appeared in the PFA team of the year 5 times, including four times in a row. To top it all, he was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 in 2018.
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