Martin Christensen Braithwaite was born on the 5th of June 1991, and he is a Danish professional footballer who plays for La Liga club Barcelona and the Denmark national team. He plays mainly as a forward, but he can also play as a winger.
According to the report from BBC sport report, Braithwaite started out in the academy at Sædding-Guldager Idrætsforening (SGI), after which he joined the biggest club in his city, Esbjerg fB. The forward then spent a short time at FC Midtjylland’s sports academy, before moving back to Esbjerg, signing a three-year youth contract in 2007. The report has it that during his second stint at the Esbjerg academy, Braithwaite went on trials with both Reggina and Newcastle United. The defender eventually made his Esbjerg debut in 2009, making 63 Superliga appearances for the club and scoring 12 goals, including nine in the 2012–13 season during which he appeared in every league game for the club. Again, he won the Danish Cup with the club in 2012–13, scoring two goals in the semi-final second leg win over Brøndby IF.
On the 14th of August 2013, while away on national duty for a friendly international against Poland, Danish public broadcaster DR reported that Braithwaite had been sold to French club Toulouse for an estimated DKK 15 million (roughly €2 million).
As per the report from ESPN, it was claimed that on the 13th of July 2017, Braithwaite signed a four-year contract with EFL Championship club Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £9 million. And under the initial management of Garry Monk, he became the club’s third signing of the season, after Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie. However, the report has it that Braithwaite made his league debut for the club on the 5th of August 2017 at the Molineux Stadium, where Middlesbrough were defeated 1–0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. The forward scored his first goal for the club on the 30th of September 2017, in a 2–2 draw against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.
According to the report from BBC sport, Braithwaite joined La Liga side CD Leganés at the beginning of the 2019 January transfer window on a loan deal until the end of season. The goalscorer made his league debut for the club on the 12th of January, in a 1–0 victory against SD Huesca, coming on as a substitute for Guido Carrillo for the last 26 minutes, and scored his first goal four days later in a 1–0 Copa del Rey home win against Real Madrid.
According to the report talkSPORT it is claimed that on the 20th of February 2020, Barcelona triggered Braithwaite’s release clause of €18 million and signed him on a four-and-a-half-year contract. Braithwaite’s release clause was set to €300 million. Nevertheless, FC Barcelona were granted an emergency exception to sign Braithwaite outside of a transfer window because of the long-term injury to Ousmane Dembélé. After a frame of two days after signing, Braithwaite made his debut in a home match against Eibar, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute. He assisted the fourth and fifth goals in the 5–0 win, both off deflections. On the 13th of June 2020, Braithwaite scored his first goal for Barcelona following an assist by Lionel Messi in a 4–0 victory against RCD Mallorca.
BBC sport report has it that having already represented several Danish national youth teams, in the summer of 2012, Braithwaite was offered the chance to represent Guyana, being eligible through his Guyanese father. However, he declined the offer and went on to make his senior debut for the Danish national team in June 2013 in a friendly against Georgia, starting the game and playing the first half. He remained in the squad for the 2014 World Cup qualification match against Armenia. Statistics has it that Braithwaite scored his first international goal in his second match in a friendly in August 2013 against Poland.
Martin Braithwaite Net Worth
Martin Braithwaite is a professional footballer from Denmark. Report from the Forbes has it that the forward has a net worth of $50 million.
Martin Braithwaite’s Salary
Braithwaite, on around €77,000-a-week, became Barca’s biggest earner in a different way and the 31-year-old wants to use his platform to help increase the number of millionaires amongst the black community in the United States. Braithwaite reportedly earns €4 million-per-year at the Nou Camp but that is far from the striker’s main income.
Danish Cup: 2012–13
Danish 1st Division: 2011–12
Copa del Rey: 2020–21