The Board, having met on Wednesday, wished to recognise the youth graduate's career, a World Cup winner and the player with the most games played for Sevilla FC. The president, José Castro, informed Jesús Navas of the decision on Thursday after training
Sevilla FC's Board decided on Wednesday to name the Ciudad Deportiva's main pitch as the Estadio Jesús Navas, in recognition of the exceptional career of the youth graduate and current captain of the first team, who, with 450 matches played, is the player with the most appearances in Sevilla's history. Forged in the Ciudad Deportiva, whose stadium is now named after the winger, Jesús Navas is the most successful footballer in Sevilla's history.
'This is for your values, your work, your way of being, your Sevillismo and for everything you have given us in these years'
The president, José Castro, informed Navas of the decision on Thursday after training and explained to him the reasons behind the decision, as well as the work that is being carried out in the new stadium: 'We realise that the right name for this stadium is Jesús Navas',' Castro said to the wing-back, who, filled with emotion, commented 'it's a surprise for me, I've grown up here in this stadium. The main pitch of the Ciudad Deportiva being named after me is an honour.' The president added, 'we believe that for your values, your work, your way of being, your Sevillismo and for everything you have given us in these years it is only right we give this stadium your name and immortalise it.'
Navas holds every record imaginable. As well as being the player with the most appearances, he is the player who has played in the most finals and won the most trophies - six, two UEFA Cups, two Copa del Reys, one European Supercup and one Spanish Supercup - alongside other greats of Sevilla like Kanouté, Palop, Luis Fabiano, Renato, Escudé, Dragutinovic and Adriano. In addition, with 35 caps, he is the Sevillista with the most appearances for Spain, with whom he won the World Cup in 2010 - playing in the final and starting off the play that resulted in the goal - and the Euros in 2012.
Likewise, in his spell with Manchester City, where he spent four seasons and made 183 appearances, he won one Premier League and two FA Cups. Since his debut for Sevilla in November 2003, almost fifteen years ago, Jesús Navas has played 633 games for Sevilla and City, averaging 44 games per season.