Diogo Jota, whose full names are Diogo José Teixeira da Silva was born on the 4th of December 1996, and he is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Portuguese national team.
Paços de Ferreira
Diogo José Teixeira da Silva was born in Massarelos, Porto, Jota joined Paços de Ferreira’s youth setup in 2013, from Gondomar. The young star was promoted to the main squad at the start of the 2014–15 season, and made his senior debut on 19 October 2014 by starting in a 4–0 home win against Atlético de Reguengos for the Taça de Portugal.
As per statistics, he first appeared in the Primeira Liga on 20 February 2015, coming on as a late substitute for Diogo Rosado in a 2–2 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães. Jota scored his first goals in the competition on 17 May, netting a brace in a 3–2 home success over Académica de Coimbra and becoming the youngest player to score for the club in the top tier in the process.
Diogo Jota on the 14th of March 2016, agreed on a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid effective as of 1 July. However, he returned to his homeland and joined FC Porto on a one-year loan on the 26th of August 2016. Diogo Jota scored a first-half hat-trick in a 4–0 away victory against Nacional on the 1st of October. Jota also took part in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, scoring his first goal in the competition on 7 December in a 5–0 home victory against Leicester City.
Diogo Jota moved to English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan on the 25th of July 2017, where he scored his first goal on 15 August, in a 3–2 away win over Hull City.
However, on the 30th of January 2018, it was announced that a permanent deal with Jota had been agreed for a reported €14 million, being made effective on 1 July. The Portuguese international scored a career-best 17 league goals in his first year, ranking fifth in the league top scorer charts, as Wolves achieved promotion to the Premier League as champions; due to English Football League regulations, he wore his legal surname on his jersey in the Championship but was able to change it to “Diogo J” after the feat.
Again, Jota Diogo netted three times in the 4–3 home victory over Leicester City which was his second career hat-trick on the 19th of January 2019. Diogo became only the second Portuguese player to achieve the feat in the Premier League after Cristiano Ronaldo 11 years earlier. As a matter of fact, this was a first-ever for the club in the competition and a first for the club in the top flight of English football since John Richards, against the same opposition, in the Football League First Division in October 1977. Diogo Jota scored a goal in a 2–1 win against Manchester United in the 2018–19 FA Cup, to help Wolves reach their first semi-final in the competition since 1997–98 on the 16th of March 2019.
The Portuguese international joined Liverpool on a long-term deal, reportedly for a £41 million transfer fee, rising to £45 million with potential add-ons on the 19th of September 2020. The young star made his debut in the EFL Cup five days later, coming on as a second-half substitute against Lincoln City in a 7–2 win. And on 28th of September, he scored on his Premier League debut for the club, with the third in a 3–1 win against Arsenal at Anfield. Jota Diogo scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win against Sheffield United at Anfield on the 25th of October. After a frame of three days, he scored the club’s 10,000th goal in their history when he netted the opener against FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and scored a hat-trick on 3 November in a 5–0 win at Atalanta B.C. in the Champions League in the same competition on 3 November.
However, it will pertinent to note that on the 20th of January 2022, in the second leg of the league cup semi-finals, Jota Diogo scored both goals in a 2–0 away win over Arsenal to send Liverpool into the final. following a goalless draw against Chelsea after extra-time on the 27th of February, he scored his penalty to help Liverpool win their first league cup since 2012.
As per BBC, Jota Diogo started playing for Portugal at under-19 level, scoring his first goal on 29 May 2015 in a 6–1 home rout of Turkey for the UEFA European Championship qualifying phase. The YOUNG STAR won his first cap for the under-21 team on 17 November of the same year at not yet 19, playing 15 minutes in the 3–0 away defeat of Israel in another qualifier. He netted a brace for the under-21s in their 3–2 friendly win over Italy held in Estoril on the 25th of May 2018.
The Liverpool playmaker was called up to the senior side for the first time, ahead of the opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Ukraine and Serbia in March 2019.
However, still uncapped, he was part of the squad that won the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals on home soil in June but did not make an appearance. Jota Diogo made his debut by coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo in a 6–0 win against Lithuania in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier on the 14th of November. The young talent scored his first international goal on 5 September 2020 in a 4–1 home win over Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.
Diogo Jota’s net worth
The talented Portuguese winger currently has a net worth of $20 million. This amount is a generalized amount from calculating his lifetime earnings, assets, and total amount he earns from his various endorsement deals.
Diogo Jota’s salary
Since joining Liverpool in 2020, the Portuguese talent has earned a base salary of $5.8 million yearly. He is yet to renew his contract which still has a few years left. However, with his performances, it is expected that the club will improve his agreement to encourage him to stay longer.
EFL Championship: 2017–18
FA Cup: 2021–22
EFL Cup: 2021–22
UEFA Champions League: runner up: 2021–22
UEFA Nations League: 2018–19
SJPF Young Player of the Month: October/November 2015
Primeira Liga Goal of the Month: February 2016
Wolverhampton Wanderers Goal of the Season: 2019
UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2020