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Top facts about Lieke Martens, the Female Messi

A look at the Top Facts about Lieke Martens, the female Messi including his childhood, love life, career and his most interesting quotes.

Lieke Martens is a Dutch winger who plays at FC Barcelona and Netherland national team. Martens has been one of the most talked about female football players in recent years.

In the past five years, Martens has established herself as one of the best female footballers on the planet. Her breakthrough came in 2017 when he guided Netherland to European Championship title. She was the competition's best player and top scorer.

Marten's excellent performances with Netherland earned her the FIFA best female player award in 2017. She joined


at the same year and has continued to impress at club and international level.

Martens is one of the biggest role models in women's football. Her accomplishments inspired many young girls to pursue a career in football. She has been a hero for women all around the world. Martens won FIFA's best player award just one year before France Football decided to give a Ballon d'Or to female players.

At 28, Lieke Martens is considered as one of the best female players in the football world. We will have to wait and see whether she stays at Barcelona till the end of his career or will she move to another club. For now let's have a look at the top

facts about Lieke Martens

, the female



Top facts about Lieke Martens you might want to know

In the following article we will take a look at the Lieke Martens, the female Messi. First we present you with some of the general information.

  • Full Name:

    Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens

  • Date and Place of Birth:

    16 December 1992/ Bergen, Netherlands

  • Height & Weight:

    1.70 m /65kg

  • Marital Status:

    Single and in a relationship

  • Husband/Boyfriend:

    Benjamin van Leer

  • Children:


  • Current team:

    FC Barcelona

  • Jersey Number:

    22 at Barcelona and Netherland National team

  • Zodiac Sign:


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Lieke Martens Birthday, Zodiac Sign and nationality

First part our article on top facts about Lieke Martens is about her birthday.

Lieke Martens Birthday

is at 16th of December 1992. Lieke Martens age is 28.

Lieke Martens nationality

is Dutch. She was born in Bergen, Netherlands.

Lieke Martens zodiac sign is Sagittarius. She shares her birthday with many great stars from football and other fields. Some of the most famous figures born on 16th of December are:

Footballers: Sergio Reguilón, Dennis Wise, Wilfred Ndidi/ Actors and Actresses: Krysten Ritter, Theo James / Musicians and Singers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Zara Larsson

Lieke Martens Childhood story

At this part we will look at the top facts about

Lieke Martens Childhood

story and the family and the background he grew up in. Lieke Martens was born into a middle-class family. Her parents were both football fans and they supported Lieke to pursue her dreams as a football player.

Lieke Martens childhood was all about football. According to Herself, she was 'that typical annoying sister' who always wanted to be in the boys teams. As a child, she was mocked many times for her goal to become a professional player one day, but she never gave up and ultimately made her dreams come true with hard work and determination.

“A lot of people were laughing at me when I was young and I said I wanted to be a professional footballer, they said it was only for boys,”

“But women’s football was really growing. When I got an invitation to play for the national team under-15 side I felt this is really what I love. People used to laugh at me, but now I can laugh at them.”

Lieke showed a strong personality from her early childhood. Her parents did everything in their power to give their child the best possible future in football.

One cool fact about Lieke Martens childhood is that she was forced to improve her dribbling skills to be able to play with boys who were physically stronger than her. However, it meant that she would get kicked a lot during games, because boys did not like it when she dribbled them.

“I think until 12 or 13 years a girl and a boy is the same but when I got older I felt they got more physical, they were stronger and faster so I had to be more clever, I had to take one or two touches instead of dribbling all the time,”

“My team mates knew what I could do so they were really happy I was on their team. But the opponents would say ‘Oh no there’s a girl, she can’t play football’. Even their parents would shout at me.

“I got kicked more because the boys didn’t like when I dribbled past them. It made me stronger, I wanted to show them girls could play football.”

Lieke Martens boyfriend, Relationships and Marital Status

Lieke Martens boyfriend

is Benjamin van Leer, a professional Dutch goalkeeper who is playing for the NAC Breda and is of Moluccan descent. Lieke and Benjamin first met each other in July 2018, one year after Lieke arrived at Barcelona.

The couple has had a solid relationship in the past two years and have supported each other in their careers. Judging from their social media accounts, they are fond of traveling and are quite adventurous.

Benjamin van Leer is active in social media. His Instagram account, (


) has around 57k followers.

Any new information about Lieke Martens love life will be published here at SportMob. 

Lieke Martens Career


Lieke Martens career

started when she joined Dutch club, Heerenveen in 2009. She scored two goals in 18 games in her debut season in professional football.

In the next season, Martens moved to VVV-Venlo in Belgium Pro League and scored 9 goals in 20 matches during the 2010-11 season.

Next stop for Martens was Standard Liege. She scored two goals in her debut for Standard Liege to help win her first major title, the newly founded BeNe Super Cup. In total, Martens scored 17 goals in 25 matches and had one of the best seasons of her career to that point.

The creative Dutch player then moved to play for Duisburg in the Bundesliga from 2012 to 2014. She continued to impress fans and critics as she scored 7 goals in 30 matches across all competitions.

In July 2017 Martens signed for FC Barcelona. She made her debut for the club as a substitute in a 9–0 win against Zaragoza CCF. She scored her first goal in a 10–0 win over Santa Teresa.

In 2017, she was named UEFA Women's Player of the Year and FIFA Women's Player of the Year. In 2018, Forbes ranked her Number 22 in their "Most Powerful Women in International Sports" list.

Martens helped FC Barcelona reach the final of the UEFA Women's Champions League in her second season. They lost the final 4–1 against Olympique Lyonnais on 18 May in Budapest.

In total she has scored 35 goals for Barcelona in 84 Formal matches.

On the international stage, Lieke Martens was a member of Netherland U19 team. She was the top scorer of the 2010 U-19 Euro, tied at four goals with Turid Knaak. In August 2011 she played her first game for the senior national team, in a friendly match against China.

In June 2013, national team coach Roger Reijners selected Martens in the Netherlands squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden. She scored the Netherlands' first ever World Cup goal at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

Martens scored three goals in The Netherlands victorious 2017 UEFA Women's Euro campaign. For her performances in the tournament, Martens was included in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Tournament and won the Bronze Boot (third top scorer) and the Golden Ball (best player of the tournament)

Lieke Martens Net worth, Salary and Market Value

Lieke Martens net worth

is estimated to be 8 million Euros in 2020, including all of her properties and earnings. Lieke Martens market value is at 5 million Euros. She is ranked among the top five Barcelona players.

Lieke Martens salary

in 2020 is reportedly 500 thousand Euros annually.

Lieke Martens career stats

According to

Lieke Martens career stats

, she has played a total of 255 games for seven club. She has scored 101 goals in those games.

Lieke Martens career stats shows why she is considered among the best players in the world. Martens is often praised for her incredible dribbling skills and her ability to threat the opposition's goal with his trickery and passing skills.

On the international level Lieke Martens career stats shows that she has scored 30 goal in his 83 games for Netherland. Lieke Martens was also a member of Netherland U19 team and in total scored 12 goals in 13 games.

Some Short top facts about Lieke Martens

Lieke Martens is active in social media. Lieke Martens Instagram account (


) has around 1.2 million followers. Her twitter account has around 100k followers.

Lieke Martens Height

is 1.70 meters. Lieke Martens weight is 65kg. Lieke Martens position is attacking midfielder although he has played as left and right winger as well. Lieke Martens age is 28.

The most interesting facts about Lieke Martens tattoos is that she does not have a tattoo on his body.

Like many other football stars, Lieke Martens is crazy about playing the FIFA game. Lieke Martens FIFA 21 rating is 89 (his overall rating) with a potential of 89. She is at the 12st highest rating among female footballers in FIFA21. 

Lieke Martens religion

is Christianity. She is a Catholic by birth.

Lieke has signed endorsement deals with several brands including Nike. She also signed a Memorabilia Deal with Icons.com

Lieke Martens is the first women’s player to be on the poster of Camp Nou.

Lieke Martens Quote

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on the top

facts about Lieke Martens

is a look back at her most interesting and controversial quotes about herself and other players.

On her idol, Ronaldinho:

“I started playing football at the age of five and I don’t think I’ve stopped since. I wanted to be like Ronaldinho and tried to copy his tricks in my back garden. To have been able to wear the same FC Barcelona colours as my hero still makes me smile every time I think about it. Football has become my life and I want to share that life with you”

“He was the only one who had a ponytail so he looked a little bit like a girl. He was an amazing player, he was a great finisher and he enjoyed football so much, he was laughing all the time,”

On the recognition she has received from fans:

“When I go back home people ask for autographs and pictures, that’s fine because I always wanted that recognition, I worked hard for it. But I needed a bit of time to get used to it because it went from nothing to everything.”

On being an inspiration for the next generation:

“I’m really happy I can inspire those little girls and let them see what you can do if you work for it”

“They have a dream now, they can see these big clubs with women’s teams, like Manchester City, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. When I was young I wanted to play for Barca or Ajax but they didn’t exist. (all the above quotes are from Lieke Martens interview with Reuters)

On Johan Cruyff:

“I have a lot of respect for Cruyff. What he has done, he changed a lot. He changed things at Barça and he also changed a lot of things in Holland, it’s amazing what he has done for football”

On her dreams becoming reality:

“Dreams are funny things, aren’t they? Why do we dream what we dream? For instance, you could say this past year has been a dream come true for me. Winning the Euros at home in Holland and becoming the player of the tournament. Signing for Barcelona, my favorite club. Sharing a plane with Lionel Messi”

Lieke Martens records and achievements

We round up our article on the top

facts about Lieke Martens

with a list of her most notable achievements and records at club and international level.

With Standard Liege:

  • BeNe Super Cup: Winner 2011

With FC Rosengard:

  • Svenska Cupen: Winner 2015–16 / Svenska Supercupen: Winner 2016

With FC Barcelona:

  • Primera División: Winner, 2019–20/ UEFA Women's Champions League: Runner-up, 2018–19/ Copa de la Reina de Futbol: Winner, 2018/ Supercopa Femenina: Winner, 2020/ Copa Catalunya: Winner, 2017, 2018 and 2019

With Netherland national team:

  • UEFA Women's European Championship: Winner 2017/ Algarve Cup: 2018

Individual awards and records:

  • UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award: 2017/ The Best FIFA Women's Player: 2017/ FIFPro World XI: 2017/ UEFA Women's Euro 2017: Player of the Tournament/ UEFA Women's Euro 2017: UEFA Team of the Tournament/ The 100 Best Female Footballers In The World Winner: 2017

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