Ibai Gómez Pérez (born 11 November 1989), known simply as Ibai, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo Alavés mainly as a left winger.
Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Ibai began his career with Santutxu FC in the Basque regional leagues, winning the Golden Ball for the category in February 2009. After five years with the club he left, but stayed in the region after agreeing on a move to third division's Sestao River Club.
On 4 June 2010, after Sestao's relegation, Ibai moved straight into La Liga, joining Athletic Bilbao for two years with an option for a further one or two. He spent most of his first season with the reserves, in the third level.
On 17 October 2010, Ibai made his top flight debut, coming on as a substitute for Gaizka Toquero in the 67th minute of a home match against Real Zaragoza (2–1 win); after only three minutes, however, he himself had to be replaced, being stretchered off after suffering a knee injury.
Ibai contributed with two goals as Athletic reached the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League final – totalling seven appearances in the competition – scoring against FC Schalke 04 (2–2 home draw, 6–4 on aggregate) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (3–1 home success, 4–3 aggregate win). He was definitely promoted to the first team for 2012–13, being given the number 11 jersey. On 17 November 2012 he scored his first league goal of the campaign, in a 1–5 loss at Real Madrid.
In 2013–14, Ibai scored eight goals from only 18 appearances, helping the Lions finish fourth and qualify to the UEFA Champions League. He also dealt with some injury problems during that season, and missed the vast majority of 2015–16 due to a tendinitis ailment to his right knee.
On 31 July 2016, Ibai terminated his contract with Athletic and signed a three-year deal with fellow league team Deportivo Alavés just hours later. On 10 September he scored his first goal for the newly-promoted club, netting the second in a 2–1 historical win against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Ibai is known for his crossing ability and powerful shot. He also likes to dribble, and is known as a set piece specialist.As of 8 May 2016
UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2011–12
Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2011–12, 2014–15
Supercopa de España: 2015, Runner-up 2012