Alphonse Areola (French: ; born 27 February 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. An academy graduate of PSG, he spent the early parts of his career on loan, enjoying spells with Lens, Bastia and Villarreal. During his stint with the latter, Areola broke the club record for the longest period of play without conceding a goal, remaining unbeaten for a period of 620 minutes. He returned to PSG in 2016 where he has since made over 70 appearances for the club.
He also represented France at every youth level and was part of the France U20 side that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013 and the senior side that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy.
Areola began playing football at the age of six for Entente Sportive des Petits Anges and spent seven years at his local club before signing for Ligue 1 side, Paris Saint-Germain. When Areola was 15, and upon the advice of coaches in Paris, he enrolled at the Clairefontaine football centre in order to further his development. He returned to PSG the following year and signed his first professional contract with the Parisians in July 2009, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.