Wout Weghorst is a professional football player of a Dutch nationality who plays as a striker for the German team, VfL Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga, and serves the Netherlands national team at the International extent. He is noted for his tall stature as a forward and a distinct heading ability with good reactive finishing in and around the box.
Weghorst was born in Borne, Netherlands on August 7, 1992. He started his youth training with local clubs NEO and DETO Twenterand. He later evoked interest from the Eredivisie team, Willem II, and molded his footballing skill with them from 2011-2012.
Wout Weghorst's Career
Weghorst began his professional journey in 2012 with Netherlands second division league participant, FC Emmen. He made his debut on Eerste Divisie on August 10, 2012, in a 1-1 draw against Dordrecht. A month later, Weghorst scored his first official goal in the derby win against Veendam via a score of 2-1.
In total, he made 62 appearances and 20 goals for Emmen including 28 matches played in his first season.
After his contract ended with Emmen, he signed with a fellow dutch team, Heracles Almelo in 2014. He went on to emerge in 64 games for the Heraclieden while finding the net on 20 occurrences. Leaving Almelo, he started to play for another Eredivise team, AZ (Alkmaar Zaanstreek).
From 2016 to 2018, he made 60 appearances and 31 goals across all competitions for AZ. Impressed with his goal tally, then Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman called up Weghorst for the Dutch national team's 2018 campaign.
On June 26, 2018, the Borne native signed a four-year contract with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg with whom he would score his first hat-trick on March 16, 2019, in a 5-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. This was Wolves' first three in one by any player for the club since Mario Gomez in April 2017.
As of June 2021, Weghorst has sported Wolfsburg's shirt on 100 official incidents including 53 goals in total.
Wout Weghorst's Net Worth And Salary
Since 2014, Weghorst has amassed a footballing salary equivalent to a little ahead of £7 million, reports multiple sports insiders. Also, in regards to the very reasonings, his net worth has been construed as at least in the range of £3 million- £4 million. His pay during the first season with FC Emmen was assessed at around £790 a week.
By the end of the 2013-14 season, he had reportedly netted here and there £41,000. Weghorst's annual got halved following his signing with the Dutch B League team, Heracles in 2015.
Throughout his two seasons in Eerste Divisie, he received a yearly wage worth around £28,000. His recruitment in AZ boosted his remuneration to as much as £177,000. By all accounts, the six-foot-four striker didn't see much improvement during his second spell with AZ Alkmaar.
It was only after his move to Germany when he started pocketing seven-figure earnings. Weghorst's last two salary details tell he cashed in more than £2 million from each of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Bundesliga competitions. He is very much anticipated to have racked up £3 million by the end of the 2021-22 season.
Wout Weghorst's Wife and Family
Wolfsburg number nine is in a relationship with Nikki Van Esch with whom he shares two children, Juul and Lucie. Like her husband, she is also of Dutch nationality. The couple has been together since August 2011.
They, though, first started to appear as a pair in mid-2015. In fact, it didn't take long for Esch to publicly confess her love for the Dutch forward. Just after two doings on her Instagram, she introduced Weghorst's to her fans with a caption, "4 years together."
Weghorst, on the contrary, didn't feature Esch on his social until June 12, 2018. The next time she popped on footballer's Instagram was on August 2, 2018, when she was pregnant with her first child, Juul.
The duo welcomed their baby girl on August 17, 2018. They introduced their second daughter, Lucie Mary Jo on April 7, 2020, just about eight months after they had Instagram announced their second pregnancy.