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A detailed look at Martin Braithwaite biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Martin Braithwaite

is a professional player who is currently playing as a forward for Barcelona Football club and Denmark National team.

Braithwaite has had a very interesting career twist in recent years. After a moderate spell with Middlesborough in the Premier League and two forgettable seasons on loan at French Ligue 1, Braithwaite joined Leganes in 2019.

His one and half season at Leganes was also unsuccessful as he only managed 6 goals in 24 matches. At the start of January 2020 Leganes was at the bottom of La Liga table and future looked unpromising for the 28 years old Braithwaite.

Then came most unexpected cornerstone of Braithwaite's career as Barcelona signed him to replace the injured

Ousmane Dembele

. It truly seemed like a fairly-tale as the Danish center-forward ended the year 2019 at the bottom of the table and started 2020 among Barcelona's superstars at the top.

The rest of the season, however, was not as magical as the Catalans surrendered their lead and handed down the title to Real Madrid, before humiliating themselves with an 8-2 loss against Bayern Munich at the UEFA Champions League.

Braithwaite's situation at Barcelona improved at the 20-21 season. With the arrival of Ronald Koeman as the coach and the departure of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, Braithwaite has had little competition at the fire front of Barcelona's system. Braithwaite is aiming to impress Barcelona's new manager and prolong his stay at the club. Stay tuned to read more about

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All You Need to Know about Martin Braithwaite Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Martin Braithwaite biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see how he ended up playing at FC Barcelona.

Martin Braithwaite Information

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Martin Braithwaite Bio

  • Full Name

    : Martin Christensen Braithwaite

  • Nickname

    : The Street Fighter

  • Profession

    : Professional Footballer

Martin Braithwaite Physical Stats

  • Weight

    : 75 Kg

  • Height

    : 1.77 m (5 ft. 8 in)

  • Eye Color

    : Brown

  • Hair Color

    : Dark Brown

Martin Braithwaite Football Information

  • Position

    : Forward

  • Jersey Number

    : 9

  • Professional Debut

    : 2009

Martin Braithwaite Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth

    : 5 June 1991

  • Birth Place:

    Esbjerg, Denmark

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Gemini

  • Nationality

    : Danish

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Martin Braithwaite Early Life

In this section of our article about

Martin Braithwaite biography

we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Martin Braithwaite childhood

and family background as well as his where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Martin Braithwaite birthdate is at 5th of June 1991. It is also interesting that Martin Braithwaite shares his birthday with

Arsenal

star, Kieran Tierney who is also born on the 5th of July.

Martin Braithwaite had a very difficult childhood up to his teenage years. At 5, he was diagnosed with a rare hip disease called Legg-Calve-Perthes, which can prevent the legs to grow normally.  As a result, Braithwaite had to sit in a wheelchair for two years, which was hard to endure for a child at his age.

According to Martin Braithwaite interviews, he had a difficult time accepting his situation, especially because he was a very energetic kid.

“My parents have explained it and I do remember wanting to play football, looking at everyone playing. I needed someone on me because I was trying to jump out of the wheelchair. My dad says when I played again it made him sad: he could see his son running around but he was limping."

At 7, Braithwaite was fully recovered from his illness and went back to his feet again. However, he didn't start his amateur football career until he reached his teenage years. Braithwaite took his first steps as a footballer at his hometown's most famous club, Esbjerg, where he stayed until he was 18 years old.

During his childhood, Martin Braithwaite footballing idols were

Barcelona

's former Danish Star, Michael Laudrup and the legendary Brazilian forward, Ronaldo Nazario.

At 2009, Braithwaite signed his first professional contract after being called up to Esbjerg's senior side.

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Martin Braithwaite Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Martin Braithwaite profile which includes Martin Braithwaite style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has got from media, fans and his colleagues.

The start of his professional career

Martin Braithwaite professional career started in 2010 when he made his debut for Esbjerg. Braithwaite had a very successful career at Esbjerg. He stayed at the club for five seasons from 2009 to 2014 and in total scored 19 goals in 91 games across all competitions.

His biggest contribution was in the 2012-13 Danish Cup in which he scored a double in the semi-final second-leg against Brondby.

Braithwaite's impressive performances for Esbjerg earned him a call up to the Danish National team in 2013. Many European clubs, including Celtic and

Hull City

were keen on securing his services and he eventually decided to join the French side, Toulouse.

2013-2017: Ligue 1 adventure

Braithwaite had a difficult first two seasons at Toulouse in which he only managed to score 14 goals in 72 matches. He improved his stats considerably in his last two seasons with 13 and 12 goals in 40 and 36 games, respectively.

One his most memorable goals during this time was his amazing volley goal for which he got the nickname 'the Street Fighter'. Braithwaite called time on his career at 

Ligue 1

 after scoring a total of 40 goals in 140 games.

2017-2019: unsuccessful spell at the Championship

Braithwaite signed with the Championship club, Middlesborough in 2017, hoping to make a name for himself at the English football. However, he struggled with the physicality of the Championship and left after scoring 9 goals in 40 matches during his two seasons with Middlesborough.

2018-2020: arriving at La Liga

Braithwaite joined 

Leganes 

in 2018 after another mediocre loan spell at Boudreaux. He made his La Liga debut in a 1–0 victory against Huesca and scored his first goal four days later in a 1–0 Copa del Rey win against Real Madrid. Braithwaite also managed to score against Barcelona in the league, but Leganes suffered a 3-1 loss at the end. Overall, Braithwaite scored 13 goals in 48 matches for Leganes.

2020, Joining Barcelona and becoming a starter for the club

At the beginning of 2020, Braithwaite was playing for Leganes as the team was struggling at the bottom of La Liga table. But fate had the most unusual twist waiting for him as Barcelona released his buy-out clause after Ousmane Dembele suffered a terrible injury in the winter of 2020. Overnight, Braithwaite career changed dramatically as he found himself training with some of the best players in the football world.

Despite his fairy tale move to Barcelona, Braithwaite had a difficult first season at the Camp Nou. He was often on the bench during Quique Seiten's time as Barcelona's manager.

Barcelona had the worst season of their recent history as they ended the season with no silverware and were crushed out of the Champions League quarter-finals with an 8-2 defeat against eventual winners, Bayern Munich. Setien was sacked by the club, with former Barcelona legend, Ronald Koeman replacing him at the bench.

With Koeman at charge, things started to change for the better for Braithwaite. He got Barcelona's number 9 jersey after

Luis Suarez

moved to Atletico Madrid and as a result he was given more chances to play. Koeman has selected Braithwaite ahead of French World Cup winner, Antoine Griezmann in many matches of the 20-21 season.

Martin Braithwaite has played 19 games so far into the 2020-21 season. He has scored 5 goals and has provided 2 assists for his team mates. Martin Braithwaite best game of the season so far was Barcelona's Champions League return game against Ferencvaroc In which he scored his first double for the Catalans.

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Style of Play

Martin Braithwaite is known for his opportunistic goal scoring instinct as well as his work rate and pressing. Judging from his performances at Leganes,

Middlesborough

and Barcelona, it is fair to say that Braithwaite style of play is more like a traditional number 9. He waits for opportunities with patience and can score in an instant after being out of the game for long periods of the games.

Braithwaite sticks to the center-backs and waits for his opportunities. He is good with the ball at the feet but the best aspect of his game is probably his speedy runs and his ability to shrug the challenges of defenders. Braithwaite can shoot accurately when under pressure and has scored many goals after winning physical duels against opposition defenders.

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Reception

While Martin Braithwaite is not considered to be among the best forwards of the football world, he surely has proved himself at the highest levels of Club and International football. His unexpected move to Barcelona in 2020 raised many eyebrows, but Braithwaite proved to be a very confident player as he forced his way into Barcelona's playing system after the departure of Luis Suarez, and ahead of French superstar,

Antoine Griezmann

.

Braithwaite has been praised by his coaches for his professionalism. His work rate and pressing are among the best aspects of his game.

Even the best players in the history of football have faced criticism from their coaches and fans at some parts of their career. In the case of Martin Braithwaite, he was criticized the most because of his wastefulness in front of the goal.

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Goal Celebration

Goal celebration is one of the most important aspects of every player's career. Some footballers tend to change their goal celebration every now and then, while some others are known to have a signature goal celebration.

The general rule is that Footballers use the chance of celebrating goals to send messages that are important to them. For some, it is only a chance to show some fun gestures. Others celebrate their goals with messages to their loved ones, and then there are those who celebrate their goals by sending societal and political messages to the society.

Martin Braithwaite is among those few footballers who do not care about the way they celebrate their goals. This was apparent when he did not celebrate after his first goal for Barcelona in May 2020. Braithwaite scored his first goal for the Catalans with a headed pass from

Leo Messi

in the game against Mallorca. He did not celebrate the goal at all and only smiled a little when Arturo Vidal approached to congratulate him on his first goal.

The reason why Martin Braithwaite chose not to celebrate his first goal for Barcelona is unclear. Media speculated that he was in a state of shock that he actually scored. Others pointed out his frustration as it took him a long time to score his first goal for the Catalans.

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Martin Braithwaite outside football

Now is the time to know more about Martin Braithwaite life outside of football. What are their hobbies outside football? How do they like to spend their free time and what are their favorites in the field of art? Martin Braithwaite favorite activities outside football are exercising and spending time with his family.

Braithwaite is obsessed with exercising and cares a lot about the physical state of his body. The reason for this could be the serious illness he had as a kid which forced him into wheelchairs for two years. Braithwaite is said to have a personal Chiropractor who comes to Braithwaite's house on special request. He also has a complete set of gym equipment's at home.

Braithwaite is sponsored by Nike which provides him with his boots and other products. Martin Braithwaite is also very active on social media. His Instagram account is

@braithwaiteofficial

. He has around one million followers on Instagram.

He seems to have a very intimate and fun relationship with his wife and kids as He shares a lot of pictures of His everyday life with his family. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Braithwaite said in an interview that although many of his friends have gone through divorce after the lock-downs, He and his wife have gotten even closer. Stay tuned to read our section on

Martin Braithwaite life story

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Martin Braithwaite Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on

Martin Braithwaite biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Martin Braithwaite immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Martin Braithwaite was born into a middle-class family who, at the time of his birth were living in Esbjerg, Denmark. His mother, Heidi was originally from

Denmark

, but His father, Keith was from Guyana in South America so although

Martin Braithwaite nationality

is Danish, He could also played for Guyana's national team.

In 2012, Braithwaite turned down a call from Guyana's manager and opted to play for Denmark national team. A decision which turned out to be right as he has played around 50 matches for Denmark so far into his career.

Martin is the first child of his parents. He has a younger sister, Mathilde, who is also a professional footballer at Danish football women’s team Kolding Q.7.

Braithwaite's uncle is a well-known investor in USA's real-estate market. Martin Braithwaite is partner with his uncle and grandfather as they invest in housing for students in Philadelphia. 

Martin Braithwaite first public relationship was with Anne-Laure Louis, a French Journalist, Entrepreneur and TV show host. The two met for the first time in a TV report where they both were involved. Anne-Laure Louis had one marriage previous to his relationship with Martin Braithwaite.

The couple got married in 2018, in a ceremony at Ibiza. They have had two sons together. Anne-Laure Louis has another two children from her first marriage. Two of their kids are playing at

Rayo Majadahonda

's youth academy while the older one is said to have no interest in the sport.

In an interview with the Guardian, Martin Braithwaite famously revealed that he hide his transfer to Barcelona from his wife to the point that she thought he was having a mistress!

“She felt something going on because I was having a lot of phone calls, sneaking out the house when it was freezing outside. She was wondering, almost asking if I have a mistress or something. And the night I said: ‘I have to tell you something.’ She said: ‘I know what you’re going to say.’”

After the birth of her fourth child, Anne-Laure Louis decided to start a brand of clothes that reveal the beauty of a woman while staying comfortable.

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Philanthropy

It is really interesting to know if Martin Braithwaite has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Martin Braithwaite religion

is Christianity. He is a Catholic by birth. Although he has never admitted on being a religious person, Braithwaite has tried many times to help the people in need.

Braithwaite never forgot the difficulties he had to endure because of illness in his childhood. In 2016, Braithwaite the score2help Hashtag and pledged to donate one thousand Euros for every goal he scored with the aim to help Children with limitations. He donated 2 thousand euros and was praised for his humanistic efforts.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Martin Braithwaite has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

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Martin Braithwaite Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Martin Braithwaite career statistics both on the club and international level.

Club

Overall, Martin Braithwaite has played 377 Games for 6 clubs during his club career. He has registered 91 goals and 40 assists to his name. Martin Braithwaite main position on the field has been the central forward. During his career he has played 221 games as a central forward. He has also played 71 games as a left-winger And 20 games as a second striker.

Martin Braithwaite best season individually was the 2015-16 Season in which he scored 13 goals and assisted 5 times in 41 Games for Ligue 1 side,

Toulouse

. On the other hand, Martin Braithwaite had the worst season of his career in the 2018-19 Season when he played only 19 games and could only manage 3 goals for Middlesborough across all competitions.

International

On the international, Martin Braithwaite career stats shows that he has registered 7 goals and 4 assists in 47 games for Denmark National team. He was also a member of Denmark U17, U18, U19, U20 and

U21

youth teams and scored 2 goals in 21 matches.

Martin Braithwaite was first called up to Denmark National team in 2013 He made his international debut in the same year when he played for Denmark In a friendly game against Georgia. Martin Braithwaite scored his first international goal In August 2013 in another friendly game against Poland. He was a member of the Danish national team in the 2018 World Cup.

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Martin Braithwaite Honors

We rap up our article on Martin Braithwaite biography with a look at his honors and achievements.

During his career, Martin Braithwaite has won a total of 2 collective and individual awards, the most important of them are the Danish Cup (2012–13) and Denmark 1st Division title (2011–12), both of which he accomplished with his first club, Esbjerg fB.

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