Mateo Kovacic is a professional Croatian football player who plays midfielder for Croatia's national team and English Premier League Club, Chelsea.
Besides playing for Chelsea, he has also played for European football clubs such as LASK Linz, Dinamo Zagreb, and Inter Milan. He has represented Croatia in their youth teams and made his full international debut for Croatia in 2013. The Croatian midfielder played for Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 UEFA Euro 2016.
Mateo Kovacic was born to his mother, Ruzica Kovacic, and father, Stipo Kovacic, in Linz, Austria, on May 6, 1994. He is of Austrian nationality having an Austrian Croatian heritage.
He played at the youth teams of clubs such as LASK Linz and Dinamo Zagreb.
His annual salary is around £7,800,000, with a weekly wage of £150,000, which he earns from playing for his current club, English Premier League Club, Chelsea, and has a current market worth €30 million.
Looking at his professional playing career, his net worth combined with his assets and endorsement deals with Sports brands like Nike, his total sum is estimated to be around $20 million.
Talking about his personal life, he is happily married to his longtime girlfriend, Izabel Andrijanic. The couple tied their wedding knot on June 17, 2017.
The pair are currently enjoying a happy and blissful marital life with no sign of separation or divorce. Mateo and Izabel welcomed their first and only child, Ivan, in October 2020.
After playing for the junior team of Dinamo Zagreb, he joined the main team in 2010. Kovacic made his professional debut against Hrvatski Dragovoljac on November 20, 2010, and scored his first professional in the exact match.
He was part of the successful Zagreb team winning the Croatian Cup in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. The Croatian midfielder later signed with Italian Serie A football club AC Milan for a reported transfer fee of €15 million in 2013.
Kovacic signed a six-year contract with Spanish La Liga football club Real Madrid for a reported transfer fee of €29 million in 2015. He was part of the successful Real Madrid team that won the UEFA Championship League for several seasons.
He has played for Croatia in their under 14,15,17,19 and 21. He made his full international debut for Croatia against Serbia on March 22, 2013.
Kovacic scored his international goal against Gibraltar in a friendly on June 7, 2015. He represented at significant FIFA tournaments such as UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2014.
He, along with fellow Croatian players such as striker Marko Pjaca, defender Dejan Lovren, Ivan Strinic, and striker Andrej Kramaric was selected for the 23 men Croatian squad led by the captain, Luka Modric, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.