Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento was born on the 11th of April 1991, or simply Brazilian is a professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Spain national team.
Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento was born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy, when his father Mazinho (player for the Brazilian national team from 1989 to 1994) was playing for nearby U.S. Lecce. The young talented midfielder started at the lower levels of Flamengo in Brazil, and, at the age of five, moved to Spain with his father, and started playing with Galician team Ureca in Nigrán. Thiago played with Kelme CF when his father played for Elche CF in 2001. The player returned to Flamengo aged 10 and, in 2005, once again moved back to Spain, signing with FC Barcelona.
At the age of 18, Thiago made his debut for the first team when he came on as a substitute for Eiður Guðjohnsen in the 74th minute at RCD Mallorca for his only appearance of the season on the 17th of May 2009. Barcelona, having already been declared champions of La Liga for the season, lost 1–2.
However, it will be pertinent to note that Thiago started the 2011–12 season with the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa match against rivals Real Madrid, being substituted for Xavi after 58 minutes, and was an unused substitute as they defeated FC Porto for the 2011 UEFA Super Cup. Again, Alcantara then scored in Barcelona’s first La Liga match of the season in a 5–0 home win against Villarreal CF. The young star started as Barcelona won 4–0 in the Club World Cup Final at International Stadium Yokohama on the 18th of December. He also netted Barcelona’s fifth in a 7–0 win against Rayo Vallecano on 29 April from a close-range header.
2013–15: Debut season and injury
Thiago Alcantara signed a four-year deal with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, for a €25 million fee on the 14th of July 2013. The Bundesliga outlet would pay €20 million to Barcelona directly with the remainder being covered by the proceeds of a friendly to be played between the two teams at some point in the following four years and by Thiago foregoing some money owed to him by Barcelona. The report from BBC has it that the transfer came despite a new contract that Barcelona had given Thiago in 2011 which set his release clause at €90 million. The Catalan club failed to fulfill clauses in the contract relating to the amount of playing time that Thiago received, and as a result, his buy-out clause dropped to €18m. Josep Pep Guardiola had made Thiago a priority signing. The midfielder made his Bayern debut in a 4–2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 DFL-Supercup on 27 July. Alcantara made his debut in the Bundesliga in a 0–1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on 11 August 2013.
After a successful spell in Bundesliga, amidst heavy media speculation linking him with a potential move to Liverpool, Thiago played for Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final against his former team Barcelona, participating in an 8–2 demolition of the Catalan outfit. The midfielder started for Bayern in the 2020 Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, playing 86 minutes before being substituted, as Bayern won their sixth Champions League, and completed a treble, having earlier clinched that season’s Bundesliga and defeated Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final.
The English Premier League club, Liverpool announced the signing of Thiago on a four-year contract on the 18th of September 2020. However, with the player only having a year left on his Bayern contract, Liverpool were able to purchase Thiago for just £20 million, with the potential for a further £5m in add-ons. The 31-year old made his debut for Liverpool on 20 September, coming off the bench at half-time as Liverpool won 2–0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Statistics has it that with 75 successful passes, Thiago had the most passes completed by a player who played a maximum of 45 minutes in the Premier League since Opta started producing passing statistics in 2003. As a matter of fact, has set the new record for most passes in 45 minutes as a substitute. Unfortunately, on the 29th of September, Liverpool confirmed Thiago had tested positive for COVID-19.
Thiago Alcantara won his first piece of silverware with Liverpool in an 11–10 victory on penalties over Chelsea in the 2021–22 EFL Cup final after the game was still 0–0 AET
on the 27th of February 2022. He was due to start the final, but he sustained an injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Naby Keïta. But nevertheless, he did not make a single appearance in the cup run.
Fortunately for him, on the 14th of May 2022, Thiago started for Liverpool in the 2022 FA Cup Final, winning over Chelsea in a 6–5 victory on penalties after the game ended 0–0 AET. Thiago Alcantara scored his penalty, sending it past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. As a matter of fact, the win gave Thiago his second trophy since joining Liverpool.
The story of Alcantara is interesting, as he is a Brazilian, was born in Italy and grew up in Spain, and he was eligible to represent Brazil, Italy and Spain, ultimately choosing the latter.
Thiago Alcantara participated in the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with Spain, helping his country to eventual victory in the tournament, and scoring in the final. The young talent was ever-present during Spain’s victorious 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign, scoring the second goal of a 2–0 victory with a 40-yard free kick in the final against Switzerland. However, he was awarded the man of the match of the final.
On 18 June 2013, he scored a hat-trick in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final as Spain defeated Italy 4–2 to win their fourth title.
The midfielder made his first appearance for Spain’s senior squad in a friendly against Italy on 10 August 2011, while his first competitive match was on 6 September 2011, in a Euro 2012 qualifying match 6–0 win against Liechtenstein. But due to injury, he missed Euro 2012 and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The Liverpool player was named in Spain’s 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup on 13 May of that year. But two days later, he withdrew from the squad due to a knee ligament injury obtained while playing for Bayern in March. Bundesliga outlet’s Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “A young man who wanted to come back at the World Cup, and suddenly his dreams burst.
The Spaniard was named in Spain’s 24-men squad for the warm up matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in May 2018. The 31-year old was selected in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup. The midfielder however appeared in two matches, against Portugal and Morocco. Alcantara in May 2021 was included in the 24-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020.
Thiago Alcantara Salary
The central midfielder signed a contract with Liverpool in April 2017 that pays him a whopping 12 million Euro (10.4 million Pounds) per year. According to our calculations, he earns €59,488 (£51,348) per day and €2,479 (£2,139) per hour!
Thiago Alcantara Net Worth
According to Forbes, Thiago Alcantara has an estimated net worth of around 83 Million Euro (72 Million Pound).
Thiago Alcantara’s Market Value
Thiago Alcantara present market value is around 70 Million Euro (60.4 Million Pound).
La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
Copa del Rey: 2011–12
Supercopa de España: 2010, 2011
UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
UEFA Super Cup: 2011
FIFA Club World Cup: 2011
Bundesliga: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
DFB-Pokal: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2019–20
DFL-Supercup: 2016, 2017, 2018
UEFA Champions League: 2019–20
FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
FA Cup: 2021–22
UEFA Champions League: runner up: 2021–22
UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2008
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2011, 2013
UEFA Team of the Year: 2020
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 2013
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Silver Boot: 2013
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2011
The goal of the Month in Germany: January 2014
FIFA FIFPro World11: 2020
Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2016–17
kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2018–19
ESM Team of the Season: 2016–17
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2019–20
IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2020
PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2021–22