Axel Witsel Biography

( 1989 - )
September 4, 2018
First published on:December 27, 2017
by Rob

Facts of Axel Witsel

Date of Birth: 1989, January 12
Age: 31 years old
Birth Nation: Belgium
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch

Axel Witsel is a Belgian midfielder who currently plays for Chinese club, Tianjin Quanjian, and Belgian National Team. The 28 years old footballer has played for many clubs including Standard Liege, Benfica, and Zenit Saint Petersburg etc.


Further, he is selected in the 23-man squad for 2018 Worldcup in Russia.

Early Life of Axel Witsel

Axel Witsel was born on January 12, 1989, as Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel. He was born to his Belgian mother, Sylvie and French father, Thierry, footballer.

He belongs to Latin ethnicity and belongs to Belgian nationality. He once officially revealed that his father is a true inspiration for him getting into football games.

Club Career

Axel Witsel began his career with the youth team of Standard League since 2004. After being promoted from the youth club, he started to play in a senior team in 2006 and his first match came against FC Brussels replacing Steven Defour. He then made his European debut as a substitute.

In 2009, Witsel became the center of focus after he broke Marcin Wasilewski's leg.  He is the member of the team that won Belgian Pro League (2007-2009), Belgian Cup (2010-2011) and Belgian Supercup (2008-2009) etc.

Witsel then signed a five-year contract with Benfica with the transfer fee € 9.00 million. Further, he left the club after a year, making 32 appearances with 1 goals.  Along with his team, he has been honored with Taca da Liga (2011-12)

Zenit Saint Petersburg

Alex Witsel signed a five year deal with Zenit Saint Petersburg with the transfer fee € 40.00 million and his first match came in the Russian Premier League in 14, September. He is the member of the team that won Russian Football Premier League (2014-15), Russian Cup (2015-16), Russian Super Cup (2015,2016).

Witsel then transferred to Chinese club, Tianjin QUanjian on January 3, 2017, with the transfer fee €20.00 million. His first match came in March of 2017 against Guangzhou R & F. So far, he has scored 4 goals in 27matchess for the team.

As a football star, Witsel has been honored with Belgian Young Footballer of the Year(2007-2008), Belgian Golden Shoe (2008), and Jogo Team of the Year (2012) etc.

International Career

Alex Witsel has played in every group for Belgium, from Under-15s through to Under-21s. He has played un 1 match for U-15, 2 for U-16, 19 for U-17, 5 for U-18 3 for U-19 and 10 for U-21. After a long journey in a junior team, he made his senior international debut against Morocco. Later, he was named in Belgium’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

His current teammates are Youri Tielemans, Koen Casteels and, Leander Dendoncker etc.

Axel Witsel's Personal Life

His star sign is Capricorn. Witsel was in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Analicia Chaves, model and Instagram star. The couple started their love affair in 2012, however they separated after three years.

Alex Witsel then began his love affair with his beautiful girlfriend, Rafaella Szabo Witsel marketing student. The couple got married in June 2015 after dating for a couple of months.

The husband and wife are currently blessed with daughters, Mai Li and Evy. The couple is famous in social networking sites and thus we can see numerous pictures of their marriage and children via Instagram. The pair is often seen enjoying their vacation in numerous places.

 Net Worth and Salary of Axel Witsel

Alex Witsel gets $19.72 million as a yearly salary from his current club and his net worth is estimated to be €11 million.  He is the brand ambassador for Sportal & Gazprom and receives a reasonable amount of money through it.

Currently, Witsel lives with his family in a house in Saint Petersburg. Alex Witsel put his old car up for sale for £3,000. Currently, he has a fancy black car.

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