Ilkay Gundogan is a professional football player who plays midfielder for the German national team and English professional football club, FC Manchester City, wearing jersey number 8. He has played for many German football clubs like Borussia Dortmund, 1. FC Nurnberg and VFL Bochum have represented Germany in their youth levels. He made his debut for the senior team in 2011. The midfielder also played at UEFA Euro 2012 for Germany but missed World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016 due to injury.
The thirty-one years old hunk is married. Ilkay was previously in a relationship with a German Turkish actress and model, Sila Sahin.
Gundogan has an estimated net worth of over $20 million, mostly earned through his professional football career. His annual salary is around £7.2 million with a weekly wage of £140,000 playing for Manchester City FC. His market value is in the region of €40 million.
Besides, he has an endorsement deal with a famous sporting brand like Adidas, which adds tremendous value to his net worth.
With his excessive earnings, he is leading a charmed and luxurious style.
Gundogan owns a collection of various luxurious cars. In July 2016, he was seen driving three different Mercedes cars in 1 month. He was spotted with a Mercedes G-Class jeep worth a staggering £150,000, a Mercedes GLS SUV worth £100,000, and Mercedes-Benz CLA Class 2.1 CLA220d AMG worth £50,000.
In 2017, he was also seen riding a Nissan Juke worth £22,000.
Ilkay Gundogan was previously in a relationship with his then-girlfriend, Sila Sahin, a German Turkish actress and model. They dated for two years, from 2013 to 2015, before splitting up.
Sila came into the limelight after she gave a nude photo shoot for a cover shoot for Playboy - becoming the first Turkish woman to appear on the front of the magazine. She has also been starring as Ayla Ozgul in German soap opera 'Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten'.
Their separation is believed to be in mutual understanding. Sila moved out of the apartment she shared with Gundogan after their breakup.
After the heartbreak, Gundogan remained single for some time and started dating Sara Arfaoui. The love birds dated each other for several years before exchanging their wedding vows in 2022.
Gundogan stands at five ft. and 9 inches and weighs 79 kg.
Ilkay Gundogan is of German Turkish ethnicity. He was born to Turkish parents: his mother, Ayten Gundogan, and his father, Irfan Gundogan, on 24 October 1990 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
He played with the several youth ranks of German football clubs as SV Gelsenkirchen-Hessler 06, Schalke 04, SSV Buer and VfL Bochum. The German Turkish midfielder has a cousin sister, Naz Aydemir, who plays volleyball for the Turkish national team.
Ilkay Gundogan joined the primary team of Vfl Bochum in 2008 and later signed with German Bundesliga football club 1. FC Nurnberg in 2009 and scored his first goal in the Bundesliga against Bayern Munich on 20 February 2010.
Gundogan signed a four contract year for a reported transfer fee of €4 million with another Bundesliga team, Borussia Dortmund, on 5 May 2011 and made his Dortmund debut against Schalke 04 on 23 July 2011.
He scored his first goal for the club against SC Freiburg on 17 December 2011 and played a significant part in securing top German cups like Bundesliga in 2011 and DFL Supercup in 2013.
After his successful stint at Borussia Dortmund, he signed a four-year contract deal with English football club Manchester City FC in early June 2016 for a transfer fee of £20 million and made his debut for Manchester City against Borussia Monchengladbach and made an immediate impact by securing a penalty for the club as the penalty was successfully converted by Argentian striker, Sergio Aguero.
He was a part of the successful Manchester City team, along with fellow City midfielder, Portuguese Bernardo Silva, that won the EFL Cup in 2017/18.
After playing for German U-18, U-19, U-20, and U-21 teams, he made his senior debut for Germany against Belgium during UEFA Euro Qualifiers on 11 October 2011. He scored his first international Germany against Kazakhstan on 26 March 2013 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
He was part of the German squad captained by Philipp Lahm alongside fellow midfielder Mesut Ozil that featured in the UEFA Euro Championships held in Poland and Ukraine.
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