Diego Tardelli

Rob 19 Nov,2017


Diego Tardelli is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a striker or attacking midfielder for Brazil national team and Shandong Luneng. 5 feet 10-inch footballer has played for clubs like Sao Paulo, Betis, Sao Caetano, PSV, Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro, and Anzhi Makhachkala.

Early Life

Diego Tardelli was born as Diego Tardelli Martins on May 10, 1985, in Santa Barbara d’ Oeste, Brazil. He was born to his father, Jose Tadeu Martins, a former footballer, and mother, Ivania Martins and grew up with his sibling Wendell Guilherme Martins.

Regarding his nationality, he is Brazilian.

Club Career

At the age of 16, Diego Tardelli Martins began his football career joining the Youth team of “Uniao Barbarense”. After a few year, he made his senior debut with Sao Paulo in 2004 and was a member of the team that won Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores, Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A.

Loan Year

Tardelli was then loaned to clubs including Betis,(2006) Sao Caetano (2006), PSV (2007). Later, he moved to Flamengo in 2008. His arm broke badly and missed most of the 2008 season matches. After a couple of months, he left the club, making 16 appearances.

Atletico Mineiro

In 2009, Tardelli signed to a fellow league club Atletico Mineiro. He left the club after scoring 73 goals in 114 matches.

Anzhi Makhachkala

Tardelli then signed a four-year contract with Anzhi Makhachkala, worth around € 7.5 million. In 2012, he was transferred to Al-Gharafa, with a  transfer fee around € 7 million. He made his official debut against Al Khor as a backup player in January 2012. He won Emir of Qatar in 2012 with his team.

Return to his former club, Atletico Mineiro

Tardelli was again signed by his former club, Atletico Mineiro with a four-year contract with transfer fee around € 5.25 million revealed by his mother, Ivania through her official Twitter account in January 2013.

Shandong Luneng

In 2015, Tardelli moved to Shandong Luneng and made his debut against Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in the 2015 Chinese FA Super Cup. For the team, he scored 24 goals in 49 games. Currently, Tardelli plays striker for Atletico Mineiro.

International Career

Diego Tardelli represented his team Brazil U-20 for the first time in 2005 in a friendly match against Estonia. He was then called up to the Brazil national team in 2009. He was also a member of the team in 2010 FIFA World Cup, Superclasico de las Americas, and Copa America.

Some of his teammates were Marcelo, Dani Alves, Neymar etc.

Personal Life

Diego Tardelli exchanged his vows with his girlfriend, Linda Vanessa On December 6, 2007.The ceremony was held in Nossa Senhora do Brasil Church, in São Paulo. They dated for about four years before getting married.

Currently, the couple is blessed with a son named Diego Tardelli Martins Jr. born on August 21, 2011, and daughter, Pietra Tardelli born in May 2007. Their daughter was born before their marriage and was already seven months.

Tardelli shared his snaps with his wife and children on his official Instagram account where they were enjoying their weekend. Besides his busy schedule, he spends his times with his family as well.

Diego Tardelli Net worth

Currently, Tardelli's market value is estimated to be around €3.00 million. He receives ‎R$ 4.2 million an annual salary from his current club, however, the exact figure of his net worth isn’t disclosed. He might have the net worth of $10 million or more.

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