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Top facts about Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech; a great name in both Chelsea and Ajax history. Here is a detailed look at the most interesting facts about Hakim Ziyech, from his childhood to his breakthrough season at Ajax Amsterdam and now his spell with Chelsea.

Regarded as one of the greatest wingers in football history, you may know a lot about Hakim Ziyech's football career. But what do you know about his personal and love life? And what facts might you have missed about his football career? Well, let's keep reading to find out!

Starting his playing career at the age of eight with Reaal Dronten, Ziyech joined Heerenveen, his first senior club, in 2012, also kicking the ball for the club's youth team for five years. His later destinations were Twente, Ajax, and Chelsea. However, you must know that his greatest season was with Ajax Amsterdam in 2018-2019. The Moroccan star was crucial in his team's amazing season, which saw them win the domestic triple and reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

But of course, that's not all you need to know on the 30-year-old brilliant player, as in this article today we are goinf to dig in his life and find out more about both his personal life and profession. Stay tuned and enjoy. 

All you need to know about Hakim Ziyech

In the following article we will take a look at the most interesting facts about Chelsea's talented player, Hakim Ziyech. First we present you with some of the general information about him.

  • Full Name

    : Hakim Ziyech

  • Nicknames

    : The Assist King

  • Date and Place of Birth

    : 19 March 1993, Dronten, Netherlands

  • Height & Weight

    : 5 ft. 11 in (1.81 m), 67 kg

  • Family Members

    :  Fouzi Ziyech (Brother), Jam Ya (Sister)

  • Girlfriend: 

    Aja Narie

  • Current team

    : Chelsea FC

  • Jersey Number:

    22 at Chelsea, 10 with Morocco National Team

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Pisces

Hakim Ziyech Birthday and nationality

Hakim Ziyech was born on 19th of March 1993 in Dronten, Netherlands. He shares his birthday with many great stars from football and other fields. Some of the most famous figures born on 19th of March are:

  • Actors and Actresses:

    Bruce Willis

Footballers:

Hector Bellerin

, Khabib Kolo Toure, Max Kruse and Alessandro Nesta

Hakim Ziyech nationality is Dutch-Moroccan. He could play for both national teams but opted to defend the shirt of Morocco. He played his first game for Morocco national team in October 2015 against Ivory Coast.

Hakim Ziyech Childhood and Parents 

At this part we will look at the facts about Hakim Ziyech Childhood, the family and background he grew up in.

Hakim Ziyech was born to a Dutch father and a Moroccan Mother. He is the last of 8 children, including four older brothers who influenced his career in football. He has Dutch, Arab and African ethnicity. 

Hakim started playing football at the age of 5. He had a very difficult childhood. His father died of sickness when he was only 10 years old and the burden of raising all the 8 children fell on his mother shoulders.

This tragedy made Hakim disheartened and he subsequently quit school and football altogether. One of his brothers and another one of his relatives also had to quit football when they were caught and sentenced to prison for robbery.

Ziyech soon went back to play football but he never pursued education again. The death of his father still haunted him as he sometimes appeared late to training and caused tension in the dressing room.

But things were not meant to stay bitter for the youngster as he was taken under the protective wings of Aziz Doufikar, the first Moroccan professional footballer to play in the

Eredivisie

. Ziyech thus began focusing on his skills development, and he progressed through the ranks of SC Heerenveen.

Doufikar became a father figure for Hakim and with the improvement came more financial rewards and Ziyech was able to overcome the tragic death of his father and help his family as well. 

Hakim Ziyech girlfriend, Relationships and Marital Status

The 

Chelsea

 star has kept his relationship private, which is not surprising given the fact that he is deeply religious. Despite being in the spotlight, Hakim has successfully kept his relationship status unknown. However, once there were rumors swirling around over his relationship with

Aja Narie

, the famous American Model. Anyway, the rumors were never confirmed by either of them and we still don’t know much about Hakim Ziyech love life.

Hakim Ziyech Career

Hakim Ziyech career as a professional player started in 2012 when he joined

Heerenveen

. His first season was not a success and he only appeared in 8 matches across all competitions without scoring any goals. In his second season though, Ziyech found his form and managed to score 11 goals and 15 assists in 36 games.

His third season at Heerenveen was much like the first season as injuries pushed him into the sidelines and he only appeared in two games during the whole season. At the end of 2013-14 Ziyech called it quits at his first big club with 13 goals in 46 matches.

Ziyech was absolutely amazing in his first two seasons with his next club,

Twente

. In the first season he scored 15 goals and 15 assists in 38 games and in his second he bettered his stats by scoring 17 goals and 10 assists in 34 matches.

Just like his time in Heerneveen, Ziyach's third season at twente was marred by injuries as he only played 4 games and scored 2 goals during the whole campaign. In total Ziyech scored 34 goals and made 30 assists in 76 games for Twente.

Despite the injury, Ziyech excellent performances persuaded Dutch Giants,

Ajax Amsterdam

to sign the versatile winger in 2016. Ziyech spent four seasons with Ajax and was among the team's best players every year. In his first and second season with Ajax he scored 10 goals in 42 games and 9 goals in 39 games respectively.

The 2018-2019 season proved to be the best season of Ziyech career as Ajax took the domestic titles by storm and even managed to reach UCL semi-final by eliminating the likes of

Real Madrid

and Juventus along the way.

At the end they were beaten by the away goal rule against Tottenham and could not complete their fairy tale but Ziyech and other stars of the team proved themselves to be among Europe's best talents. Ziyech scored 21 times and made 19 further assists during the season.

Unlike his fellow teammates, De Ligt and De Jong who joined Juventus and Barcelona, Hakim Ziyech opted to stay another year with Ajax and went on to score another 9 goals in 35 games.

In Februrary 2020 it was announced that Ziyech will join 

Frank Lampard

's Chelsea side at the beginning of 2020-21 season. In total Ziyech scored 49 goals in 165 games for Ajax and 14 goals in 102 games for Chelsea so far.

On the international level he played his first game for Morocco against Ivory Coast in 2016. He was one of Morocco's best players in 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Hakim Ziyech religion

Hakim Ziyech religion is Islam. He is a devoted Muslim and has stated in many interviews that he holds the religion close to his heart. Hakim prays 5 times a day and fasts for thirty days in the Month of Ramadan. Now at Chelsea he is playing alongside another well-known Muslim star,

N'Golo Kante

.

Hakim Ziyech Net worth, Salary and Market Value

Currently Hakim Ziyech market value is at 18 million Euros. Hakim Ziyech salary in 2023 is 5.2 Million Euro per year. Hakim Ziyech net worth is believed to be approximately $7 million.

 Hakim Ziyech Transfermarket stats

According to Hakim Ziyech Transfermarket stats, Hakim Ziyech has played a total of 448 games for four clubs (Heerneveen, Twente and Ajax Amsterdam and Chelsea). He has scored 125 goals and has provided 135 assists for his team mates. Hakim Ziyech stats shows why he is considered among the best Forwards in the world.

On the international level he has played 52 games for

Morocco

and has scored 19 goals. One of his most important goals for the national team was against Cameroon in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. 

Some Short interesting facts about Hakim Ziyech

Ziyech played 7 games in total for

Netherlands

under-19, Under-20 and under-21 and scored three goals before opting to play for Moroccan national team.

Playing pool and hanging around with friends and family members are Ziyech most favorite hobbies.

 Hakim Ziyech car collection includes a Lamborghini Urus and a Mercedes Benz. He is really passionate about cars.

Having a troubled childhood and teenage years himself, Hakim Ziech later became an ambassador for Drontense SOEP project, which helps to fix the lives of troubled youngsters by providing them with needs and assistance.

Hakim Ziyech height is 1.81 and he weighs 71kg. Hakim Ziyech age is 30 and as mentioned previously, he kicks the ball as a winger.

There is no interesting fact about Hakim Ziyech tattoos except that he, like many other Muslim players in football has no tattoos on her body.

Hakim Ziyech is active on social media, however, his posts mostly include his career. He revealed his decision to play for Morocco via social media. Hakim Ziyech Instagram account has around 9.7 million followers.

The attaching midfielder is nicknamed the assist king for a reason. He really is exceptional when it comes to providing assists for his team mates. Ziyech was the best assist provider of

Eredivisie

on for different seasons from 2015 to 2020.

Hakim Ziyech Quotes

On why he chose Chelsea as his new club:

"It [Chelsea] is a big club in a big competition. I like the style of play, they play really attacking football, and that is something that fits me and that is one of the biggest reasons I chose therefore."

"When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot. I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing [Didier] Drogba, Lampard, [John] Terry, all those big names."

On the prospect of working with Frank Lampard:

"I always said that I like the style of playing that he’s using now and the attacking play was for me a big part of my decision to come to Chelsea."

On his attitude in general:

“I say what I think and that’s why I’m not the easiest guy for some coaches.”

On his telepathic connection with Tadic at Ajax Amsterdam:

"That's something between certain footballers. We are both quite technical.

Dusan

has some more duel power. He is also physically stronger than me. But in general we look a bit like each other. How we think about football, our insight on the field. "

On the tragic death of his father:

“I remember well, it was winter, just after Christmas. My father was in a bed in the living room. He’d been sick for some time, getting worse and worse. I had to go to bed that night, but I wanted to stay with him. Finally, I fell asleep on the edge of his bed. Around midnight, I woke up and went up to my room. A few hours later, around 3am, I heard family members crying downstairs. I went into the living room. My father was dead.

"But I can handle everything well. I also do not need a mental coach in my neighborhood to stay afloat. Look, I have already experienced a few things in my life. Losing your father is the worst thing that can happen to a young boy. Everything that happens next, I put into perspective."

Hakim Ziyech achievements

We round up our article on the top facts about Hakim Ziyech with a list of his most notable achievements at club and international level.

With Ajax:

Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, Johan Cruyff Shield,

Uefa Champions League

Semi-Finalist (all in 2018-2019) UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2018-2019), Eredivisie Team of the Year and AFC Ajax Player of the Year (three back-to-back seasons from 2016 to 2019), Dutch Footballer of the Year (2017-2018), Eredivisie Player of the Month (2 times)

With Chelsea:

UEFA Champions League title in 2020–21, UEFA Super Cup title in 2021, FIFA Club World Cup championship in 2021

With Morocco:

Moroccan player of the Year and CAF Team of the Year (2016)

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