Daniel Ceballos Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 7 August 1996) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain national team as a central midfielder.
Born in Utrera, Province of Seville, Ceballos joined Sevilla FC's youth system in 2004 at the age of 8, but was released in 2009 due to a chronic bronchitis problem. He subsequently played for hometown club CD Utrera, and completed his development in Real Betis after signing in 2011; he signed a professional contract with the latter club on 22 February 2014, while still a junior.
On 26 April 2014, without even appearing for the B-team, Ceballos played his first official game with the Andalusians' main squad, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–1 La Liga home loss against Real Sociedad. He scored his first professional goal on 21 December, netting the first of a 2–0 home win over Racing de Santander for the Segunda División championship; he featured in 33 matches and netted five times for the Verdiblancos during the campaign, as they returned to the top level at the first attempt.