Last updated on August 6th, 2023 at 10:03 am
Facts About Mario Mandzukic
|Celebrated Name||Mario Mandzukic|
|Age||37 Years Old|
|Birth Name||Mario Mandzukic|
|Place Of Birth||Slavonski Brod, Croatia|
|Girl Friend||Ivana Mikulić|
|Height||6 Feet 3 Inch|
|Net Worth||$35 million|
|Team Coached||Croatia national team|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Mario Mandzukic is a Croatian professional footballer who played as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Croatia national team, he started his career as Croatia (assistant) after retirement from his international career. Besides being a prolific goalscorer, he is known for his defensive contribution and aerial power. In 2004, he started his career in his hometown club Marsonia and previously played for NK Zagreb, Dinamo Zagreb, VFL Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, and Athletico Madrid before playing for Italian club Juventus. He made his international debut in November 2007.
Gossips and Rumours:
The 32-year old forward Mario Mandzuikc has already proven himself as one of the consistent goalscorers in the football arena. And he has played for some of the biggest clubs such as Dinamo in Croatia, Bayern Munich in Germany, Atletico Madrid in Spain, and now Juventus in Italy. Following Croatia's success at 2018 FIFA World Cup, he announced his retirement from international football. Croatia reached World Cup for the first time in their history, which they lost 4-2 against France.
Mandzukic has already started his goal-scoring streak in this new 2018-19 season. He has already scored 4 league goals for Juventus in Seria A, whereas his Portuguese teammate star Cristiano Ronaldo is leading assist provider for Juventus.
Best Known for:
- His prolific goalscorer
- His defensive contribution
- His aerial power
- Croatian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Croatia national team.
Mario Mandzukic's Early Life
Mario Mandzukic was born on 21 May 1986 in Slavonski Brod, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. He is of Croatian nationality. His father Mato Mandzukic and mother Jelica Mandzukic later moved to Germany and started living there due to Yugoslav war.
Mario also has a younger brother named Markopic. He was interested in playing football since his early childhood days and played for German club TFS Ditzingen. After Croatian Independence, his family returned to Croatia and played at the various youth clubs of Croatian teams such as Marsonia, and Zeljeznicar Slavonski Brod. He signed for NK Zagreb in 2005.
Mario Mandzukic's Career
Dinamo Zagreb: Mandzukic played at NK Zagreb for two years and joined Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2007 for a transfer fee of 1.3 million Euro. Mandzukic finished his first season at Dinamo with 12 goals, 11 assists plus 11 yellow cards. He finished his sophomore season at Dinamo becoming the top goalscorer of the league with 16 goals. He then scored 14 league goals in his third season at Dinamo.
Wolfsburg: Mandzukic signed for VfL Wolfsburg on 14 July 2010 for a transfer fee reported at 7 million Euro. Mandzukic played alongside Edin Dzeko as a substitute most of the half of the debut season. Mandzukic scored his first Bundesliga goal only on Matchday 26 against FC Nurnberg. Mandzukic became a regular starter for Vfl and became the club's top goalscorer with 12 goals in his second season there. Mandzukic played at VfL Wolfsburg for two seasons and then moved to another German giant Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich signed Mandzukic on 26 June 2012 for a transfer fee of 13 million Euro. He made his debut and scored his debut goal for Bayern on 24 July 2012 in a friendly against Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan. Mandzukic scored his debut goal in competitive goal for Bayern against Borrusia Dortmund to win DFL Supercup. He finished his first season with Bayern becoming the club's top scorer scoring 15 goals.
Mandzukic became the first Croatian to score in a UEFA Champions League final against Borrusia Dortmund. He scored the first goal for the club and gave his team a lead in the 60th minute. Mandzukic went on winning the treble, Bundesliga, Champions League, and DFB-Pokal for Bayern in his first season. Mandukic and the new manager Pep Guardiola did not have very good terms. Mandzukic showed interest in leaving Bayern saying "the playing style of coach Pep Guardiola simply does not fit" him.
Atletico Madrid: Spanish club Atletico Madrid signed Mandzukic on a four-year deal on 10 July 2014, for an undisclosed transfer fee. The following month, He made his competitive debut for Atletico against Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2014 Supercopa de Espana on 19 August and scored his debut competitive goal for the club against Real Madrid in the second league. Mandzukic played only single a season at Atletico and scored 20 goals in 43 appearances
Juventus: Seria A champion Juventus signed Mandzukic on a four-year deal on 22 June 2015 for a fee of 19 million Euro. Mandzukic made his league debut in a 1-0 loss to Udinese on 23 August 2015 and scored his first Seria A goal on 25 October 2015 against Atalanta. Mandzukic scored his second UEFA Champions League final goal in a 4-1 loss to defending champion Real Madrid.
Mandzukic has already scored 4 goals in this new edition of 2018-19 Seria A. he was voted Juventus player of the month for November 2015. On 25 May 2017, Mandžukić signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2020. On 3 June, Mandžukić started in the Champions League Final. He scored the equalising goal in the 27th minute, just seven minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo's goal gave Real Madrid the lead. Mandžukić chested down a ball from Gonzalo Higuaín and hooked the ball over his shoulder from 15 yards (14 m), which arced over Keylor Navas in net. The goal was heralded as one of the best goals ever scored in a Champions League final, and was compared to Zinedine Zidane's goal in the 2002 final for Real Madrid; but Juventus were ultimately defeated 4–1. On 31 October 2017, Mandžukić made his 100th appearance for Juventus in a 1–1 away draw against Sporting in the UEFA Champions League. On 25 August 2018, Mandžukić scored his first goal of the 2018–19 season in a 2–0 home win over Lazio. On 6 October, he made his 100th appearance in Serie A with the club in a 2–0 away win over Udinese, setting up the second goal of the match scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the arrival of new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019, Mandžukić was sidelined after being excluded from the manager's plans. As a result, he was also omitted from Juventus's Champions League squad, alongside teammate Emre Can. After failing to make a single appearance for the club during the 2019–20 season, he agreed to join Qatari side Al-Duhail on 24 December. On 29 December, the transfer was made official.
He made his league debut on 4 January 2020 in a goalless draw with Qatar SC. He scored his first goal for the club on 10 January in a 2–0 win over Al-Sailiya in Qatar Cup. On 11 February 2020, he made his debut and scored his debut goal in the AFC Champions League, scoring the opener in a group stage home victory. On 5 July 2020, after ten appearances and two goals overall, Mandžukić terminated his contract with the Qatari side by mutual consent.
Following the contract termination, several clubs showed interest for signing Mandžukić, including Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş, Lokomotiv Moscow, AC Milan, Benevento, Hellas Verona, Fiorentina, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Marseille, Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin and Schalke 04.
On 19 January 2021, Mandžukić joined Serie A club Milan on a contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year. He made his league debut on 23 January in a 3–0 defeat to Atalanta. Due to recurring injuries that impaired his physical conditions and a poor form, Mandžukić made just 11 appearances for Milan, mostly as a substitute, with no goals scored. On 24 May 2021, Mandžukić announced his departure from Milan as the club management had not extended his contract.
On 3 September 2021, Mandžukić announced his retirement.
Mario Mandzukic's International Career
Mandzukic was called-up to the Croatian national team following his ongoing brilliant performances for the Dynamos. Mandzukic made his international debut against Macedonia on 17 November 2007 and scored his debut international goal in a 4-1 loss against England on 10 September 2008 in a 2010 FIFA Worl Cup qualifying match.
Mario became one of the crucial members of the Croatian national team for 2018 FIFA World Cup when they reached World Cup final for the first time in their history.
Mario Mandzukic became the second player in World Cup history to score for both teams in a single match (the first being Ernie Brandts of the Netherlands in a 1978 World Cup match against Italy) and the first to do so in a final. He scored an own goal and gave France a 1-0 lead, whereas he scored Croatia's second goal. Croatia lost their first ever World Cup final 4-2.
Mandzukic announced retirement from international football on 14 August 2018. He became the second highest goalscorer in the Croatian history scoring a total of 33 goals.
Mario Mandzukic's Body Measurements
Mario Mandzukic has an athletic body build. He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and has a body weight of 78 kg.
Mario Mandzukic's Personal Life
Talking about his personal life, he is in a relationship with his girlfriend, Ivana Mikulic and the couple are currently enjoying a happy and harmonious life together. Ivana who is dating Mario for about 5 years is also from Croatia and currently studies in Poland.
Mario Mandzukic owns several cars including Audi, Ferrari etc.
Mario Mandzukic's Net Worth
Mario Mandzukic has played for some of the best clubs in Croatia, Germany, Spain, and Italy at present. Mandzukic signed for Seria A champion Juventus on a four-year deal on 22 June 2015 for a fee of 19 million Euro. He has an annual salary of around $4 million. His market value worth is estimated at 18 million Euro. As of 2018, the net worth of Mario Mandzukic is estimated at $8 million. He has become one of the successful players in the Croatian football history.
Trivias About Mario Mandzukic You Need To Know.
- Mario Mandzukic became the first Croatian to score in a Champions League final.
- He was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
- With 33 goals in 89 appearances, Mario Mandzukic is Croatia's second most prolific scorer of all time, behind Davor Šuker.
- Juventus was already the third club Mandzukic had joined immediately after they lost the Champions League final, having previously signed for Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid after they have lost in the final of Europe's most elite competition.
- Mandzukic's bicycle kick goal against Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League Final went on to win the 2016–17 UEFA Goal of the Season award.
- The first goal Mandzukic scored after 76 seconds became the fastest goal Real Madrid conceded in Champions League home game and was the first opposition player to score a first-half double in a Champions League match at the Bernabeu.
- Mandzukic became the first player ever to score an own goal in a World Cup final. (FIFA World Cup final against France)