Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez Biography

( 1989 - )
June 13, 2018
First published on:June 13, 2018
by Jon Snow

Facts of Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez

Date of Birth: 1989, July 1
Age: 29 years old
Birth Nation: Belgium
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Birth Name  Mehdi Francois Carcela-Gonzalez
Famous Name  Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez
Nationality Belgian-Moroccan
Ethnicity Mixed
Birth Place Liege, Belgium
Religion Islam
Currently Working For Standard Liege
Salary $750,000
Net Worth $3 million
Weight in KG 69

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez is a Moroccan-Belgian professional footballer currently playing for Standard Liege as a midfielder. Initially, representing Belgium in the International games, Carcela-Gonzalez changed his fidelity to Morocco in 2010 and is the member of Morocco National Team.

Mehdi Carcela has played for clubs like Benfica, Anzhi Makhachkala, Standard Liege, Granada, and Olympiacos in his career. With his career in Liege for the third time, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez has recorded the total of 29 goals in 143 appearances.

Eary Life And Early Career

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was born to a Spanish father and Moroccan mother as Mehdi Francois Carcela-Gonzalez in Liège, Belgium on July 1, 1989.

Fond of football since his childhood, Mehdi started his football career at Standard Liege youth academy at the age of 5. He played for the Standard Liege youth team from 1994-2008 before making his move to Standard Liege senior team in late 2008.

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez's Net Worth and Salary

As of 2018, Carcela-Gonzalez is estimated to be enjoying the net worth of $3 million with his contracts. His current salary is assumed to be around $750,000, whereas average Belgian footballers earn $395,000 per season.

Mehdi's market value as of June 3, 2018, is reported to be $4.2 million.

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez's Career

Standard Liege (2008-2011)

Carcela-Gonzalez made his professional debut at the age of 19 with Standard Liege on September 13, 2008,  as a substitute for Igor de Camargo in the 81st minute and won by 2–0 against Kortrijk.

On December 18, 2008, he made his European debut in the last game of the group stage of the UEFA Cup against Stuttgart as a substitute for Wilfried Dalmat, however, were defeated.

Later following Liege's victory over Belgian Super Cup in 2009 season, Carcela-Gonzalez scored his first goal and made an assist, in a 5–1 win over Roeselare in August. Scoring 4 goals in 2 games against Lierse, on  August 6, 2010, he even caught the eye of Zinedine Zidane.

After 3 seasons, Carcela-Gonzalez left the club recording 18 goals in 83 appearances.

Anzhi Makhachkala (2011-2013)

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez joined Anzhi Makhachkala in September 2011 along with his compatriot teammate Mbark Boussoufa. The transfer fee was reported to be $8 million and the reason for his move from Standard Liege was reported to be his religion as Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan, has a large Muslim population.

Even though he signed a 4-year contract with the team, he left the club in 2013 after 2 seasons. His clubs stats stood only 1 goal in 31 appearances.

Return to Standard Liege (2013-2015)

In early 2013, Mehdi returned to Standard Liege and signed a 3-year contract for an undisclosed fee, after making a move of $1.404 million transfer fee.

Mehdi received a 4-match suspension after he punched Bjorn Ruytinx following a foul on him (Mehdi) on December 8, 2013. Then in 2015, he waved hands to the club.

Benfica (2015-2016)

Carcela-Gonzalez signed a 4-year deal with Portuguese club Benfica on June 13, 2015. But after a season, scoring 2 goals in 20 games, he moved on to Granada.

From Granada to Olympiakos 

Carcela-Gonzalez signed a 4-year contract with Spanish club Granada on August 31, 2016, and then finishing the season with 5 goals in 24 games, he signed with Olympiakos as Granada was relegated. 

Olympiakos signed Carcela-Gonzalez on a 3-year deal on July 7, 2017, however, was released on December 4, 2017, as his performance didn't meet the expectations of the club. 

Second Return to Standard Liege (2018-Present) 

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez signed with Standard Liege for the 3rd time on the last day of the January transfer window. Soon he contributed in the Liege's victory over 2018 Belgian Cup Final on March 17, 2018, and also for the UEFA Europa League qualifying.

International Achievements

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez birthplace Belgium initially, however, in 2010, he changed his mind and decided to represent Morocco. Making his debut for Morocco in February 2011 in a victorious match against Niger. 

Soon, he made up to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and played 2 matches in a group stage exit. Following his first goal for Morocco on October 11, 2016, in a friendly victory against Canada, Carcela-Gonzalez was named in Morocco's squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. 

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was named in Morocco’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in May 2018.

Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez's Personal Life

The Belgian-Moroccan footballer stands 5ft 9 inches tall and weighs 69 kg. Mehdi has kept his relationship details low and furthermore, he is free from the rumored relationship and past affairs.


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