Christian Mate Pulisic was born on the 18th of September 1998, and he is an American professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Chelsea and the United States national team. Due to Pulisic’s high level of play and his nationality, he has been given the nickname “Captain America” by fans and other players.
Bundesliga outlet Borussia Dortmund, in the month of February 2015, signed Cristian Pulisic at the age of 16, and assigned him first to their U17 squad and in summer 2015 to the U19. However, after scoring 10 and assisting eight in just 15 games with the Dortmund youth teams, Pulisic was called to join the first team over winter break.
2015–16: Breakthrough season
While Pulisic was with the first team in the winter break, he played the second half of two friendly matches in January 2016, scoring one goal and assisting another. On the 24th of January, a day after making his debut on the first team bench, Pulisic played 90 minutes in a friendly against Union Berlin, scoring a goal and assisting another. The young playmaker made his Bundesliga debut in a 2–0 win against Ingolstadt on January 30, 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute for Adrián Ramos. Then on the 18th of February, Pulisic made his UEFA Europa League debut as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 victory against Porto.
2016–19: DFB-Pokal win and departure
During the International Champions Cup friendly pre-season tournament in 2016, Pulisic scored in stoppage time against Manchester City to send the clubs into penalties. And a report from ESPN has it that during his first competitive appearance in his second year with the club, he became Dortmund’s youngest player ever to play in the UEFA Champions League. After that weekend, he scored his first goal of the season and provided two assists in a 6–0 victory against Darmstadt 98, one day before his 18th birthday.
According to football experts, on the 2nd of January 2019, Christian Pulisic signed with Premier League club Chelsea for an estimated £58 million transfer fee. The report has it that the deal also saw him stay at Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the 2018–19 season. As a matter of fact, the transfer to Stamford Bridge made Pulisic the most expensive American player and Borussia Dortmund’s second most expensive sale of all time, behind Ousmane Dembélé. When he arrived in the summer, he spoke of his desire to replicate the form shown by Eden Hazard and described the forward as a soccer idol.
2019–20: Debut season, injury, and Premier League breakthrough
Christian Pulisic, on the 11th of August 2019, made his Premier League debut for Chelsea in a 0–4 defeat against Manchester United. The young star scored his first goals for Chelsea on the 26th of October 2019, completing a “perfect” hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Burnley. The three goals he scored was the first of his career, and he became the second American to achieve the feat in the Premier League after Clint Dempsey for Fulham in 2012, as well as the youngest hat-trick scorer in Chelsea’s history at the age of 21 years and 38 days.
The American international, on the 27th of April 2021, scored Chelsea’s only goal in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie, becoming the youngest Chelsea player and first American to score in the Champions League semi-finals. The return game at Stamford Bridge saw him come from the bench as a substitute and provide the assist for Mason Mount’s late goal to make it 2–0 and secure passage to the final. And on the 29th of May, Pulisic won his first Champions League after Chelsea won 1–0 against Manchester City in the final at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, becoming the first American to play in a UEFA Champions League Final and the second American to win it after Jovan Kirovski in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund.
Unarguably, Christian Pulisic had represented the United States at the U-15 and U-17 levels. As a matter of fact, he captained the U-17 team at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he scored a goal and an assist in three games. Pulisic recorded a total of 20 goals in 34 games During his two years with the team. And it has been made clear that Pulisic had been eligible to play internationally for Croatia but declined the opportunity.
The American international was called up to the senior team by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann ahead of a World Cup qualifying game against Guatemala on the 27th of March 2016. After a frame of two days, he made his debut in that match, a 4–0 win at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, as an 81st-minute substitute for Graham Zusi. Christian Pulisic thus became the youngest American to play in a World Cup qualifier.
The Chelsea playmaker captained the United States national team to a 3–2 victory in the first-ever CONCACAF Nations League final against Mexico on the 6th June 2021, scoring the winning goal by converting a penalty in the 114th minute.
Christian Pulisic however, scored his first international hat-trick for the U.S. men’s national team during their win over Panama in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification on the 27th of March 2022.
Christian Pulisic’s net worth
The American international has been able to achieve a high value at an impressively young age. No doubt, he was already a millionaire before he turned 20 years. However, Forbes’ update has it that as of 2022 and at the age of 23, his net worth is approximated at $21 million.
Christian Pulisic Salary
Wtfoot has given a breakdown of Pulisic’s salary. Here, it is claimed that in January 2019 the right winger signed a contract with Chelsea that nets him a whopping salary of 3.5 Million Euro (3.2 Million Pound) per year. We have crunched the numbers, this means he earns €17,351 (£15,884) per day and €723 (£662) per hour!
Per year €3,500,000 £3,043,478
Per month €291,667 £253,623
Per week €67,308 £58,528
Per day €9,589 £8,338
Per hour €399 £347
Per minute €7 £6
DFB-Pokal: 2016–17; runner-up: 2015–16
UEFA Champions League: 2020–21
UEFA Super Cup: 2021
FIFA Club World Cup: 2021
FA Cup runner-up: 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
EFL Cup runner-up: 2021–22
United States U17
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship third place: 2015
CONCACAF Nations League: 2019–20
CONCACAF Gold Cup runner-up: 2019
U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year: 2016
UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year: 2017, 2019, 2021
CONCACAF Best XI: 2017
CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Young Player Award: 2019
CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2019
CONCACAF Nations League Finals Best XI: 2021