Facts about Carles Puyol

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How much do you know about one of the best defenders in football history? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Carles Puyol's life.

The one-club footballer, Carles Puyol, is one of the greatest defenders in


history. The former Barcelona's captain, who inspired his teammates during his spell in the Spanish club, won 18 major titles. The Tarzan had great perseverance; after each Barcelona practice session, he continued training alone. The technical footballer was known for his strength, intelligence, discipline, determination, as well as aggression. The long hair defender is a role model for many youngsters worldwide.

Here are the fascinating 

facts about Carles Puyol

you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Carles Puyol

Let's take a look at the top facts about Carles Puyol. Facts like Carles Puyol birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Carles Puyol Age and Biography at Point

  • Full Name:

    Carles Puyol Saforcada

  • Nickname:

    Tiburon, Lionheart, Tarzan

  • Date of Birth:

    13 April 1978

  • Age:

    42 years

  • Place of Birth:

    La Pobla de Segur, Spain

  • Nationality:


  • Height:


  • Weight:

    80 kg

  • Parents:

    Josep Puyol, Rosa Saforcada

  • Wife/Partner:

    Vanesa Lorenzo

  • Children:

    Manuela Puyol, Maria Puyol

  • Occupation:

    Former football player

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):


  • Net Worth:

    $40 million

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Carles Puyol Childhood

The first part of our article on

facts about Carles Puyol

is about his childhood.

Carles Puyol birthday

is on 13 April 1978 in La Pobla de Segur,


. When he was a little boy, he started playing football as a goalkeeper for his hometown club.

Carles Puyol family

encouraged him to study rather than playing football. "My parents were skeptical about me becoming a footballer and encouraged me to study," said Carles. After his injury, Tarzan changed his position to forward. However, he switched his position to defensive midfielder after joining La Masia.

Carles Puyol family, especially his mother, Rosa Saforcada, asked him to change positions. Carles Puyol's first coach said, "Carles would have a great future even if he remained in the position of goalkeeper."

In 2006 his father, Josep Puyol, passed away in a farming accident. He was on the airplane, and after landing, his coach, Frank Rijkaard, gave him the sad news.

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Carles Puyol Career Stats

After reviewing

Carles Puyol childhood

, let's take a look at

Carles Puyol career stats

, that is, one of the significant

facts about Carles Puyol

The Tarzan joined at La Masia, Barcelona's youth system, in 1995, and two years later, he kicked the ball for the club's B-team. In 1998, Blaugrana decided to sell Puyol to


, but when Xavi, his best friend, played for the Spanish giant, Carles refused to leave.

The legend made his debut on 2 October 1999 under Louis van Gaal, the Dutch manager. He played for around 15 years for Barcelona senior team, winning the La Liga title on six occasions, one Copa del Rey title, Supercopa de Espana four times, three UEFA Champions League titles, 2009 UEFA Super Cup, as well as two FIFA Club World Cups. After Luis Enrique retired, Puyol became the captain in 2003.

In 2014, the Lionheart announced his retirement after 15 years and said, "I’ve lived the dream of so many young kids, doing what I most enjoy in life, playing football and training."

At the international level, he played in 7 major tournaments, including the 2000 Olympics, three World Cups, two UEFA European Championships, as well as 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. 

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Carles Puyol Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Carles Puyol salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating facts about Carles Puyol.

Widely known as the Tarzan, Carles Puyol is regarded as one of the strong defensives in football history. As of 2020,

Carles Puyol net worth

is estimated at around $40 million. In his last season at Barcelona, Carles Puyol salary was 4.5 million EUR.

Carles Puyol Children & Girlfriend

Born on 7 January 1977, Vanesa Lorenzo,

Carles Puyol girlfriend

, is a Spanish model. At the age of ten, Vanesa started her career. When Vanesa was 17, she moved to Paris, and the following day, for Pepe Jeans shooting campaign, Vanesa went to London.

During the three years she lived in Paris, she always went to Spain to visit her family. Carles Puyol girlfriend worked for Pantene, Christian Dior, Pepe Jeans, Victoria's Secret, L'Oreal, Laura Biagiotti, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Gap.

In September 2010, when

Carles Puyol age

was 32, he started dating Malena Costa, the Spanish model. The following month, he scored a goal against Valencia CF, dedicating the goal to his girlfriend. In 2012, Puyol began a relationship with Vanesa Lorenzo.

Once, the footballer and his girlfriend shared a photoshoot, and Vanesa said: "As a model, and after so many years in the profession, I have shared countless shoots with colleagues, but I have never before done photos in such a meaningful manner. It was really comfortable because we were together, sharing a very intimate language that we are used to sharing, naturally. I think that is why the photos emanate something so beautiful, because it is real. I am really happy with the result."

In the case of

Carles Puyol children

, you might know that he has two daughters. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Manuela, in 2014, and two years later, Vanesa gave birth to their second daughter, Maria.

Facts about Carles Puyol you did not know

  • Carles Puyol nickname

Carles Puyol nickname is given to him by his fans. He is widely known as Tiburon, Lionheart, Tarzan. 

  • Carles Puyol tattoo

The fascinating fact about Carles Puyol tattoo is that he has five tattoos on his body. One of them is the Tibetan tattoo, which he inked on his left arm. His tattoo reads: " Power is inside the Mind. The strong can endure."  He said about his tattoos: "Now I have five tattoos, all on places where you can hide them. The last time, I had three on the same day, and next time I'll have some more. I want some symbols of Polynesia and Tibet. I'll look for a free day to put them."

  • Carles Puyol Instagram account 

Lionheart, like many footballers, is active on Instagram. Carles Puyol Instagram account (


) has around 10.6m followers.

  • Carles Puyol height 

Carles Puyol height is 1.78 m, and also his weight is 80 kg.

  • Carles Puyol, one of the brilliant footballers on and off the field, is admired by many football lovers. Eric Abidal, his teammate, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. The same year his friend, Miki Roque, who was also a football player, was diagnosed with cancer. The Barcelona legend paid €30,000 for Miki treatment; however, the player passed away a year later. During the UCL final, between Barcelona and Manchester United, Lionheart wore a T-shirt in Miki's name. 

  • The former defender never went out on night clubs. Undoubtedly Puyol is one of the greatest footballers in the world but is fond of a quiet life. The legend prefers to spend his time with his family. He enjoys going out to a restaurant with his friends, not to spend his time in night clubs like some footballers.

  • Another exciting fact about Carles Puyol is that the defender is an expert at Yoga. On Instagram, he shares pictures of himself and Vanesa, his girlfriend doing several Yoga poses.

  • It is interesting to know that Carles Puyol has a connection with Tibetian Hinduism. It seems to be one of the reasons why Carlos Puyol is calm. "There are things about the culture and the religion that I like a lot. Besides that, I am close with the members of the Tibetan house in Barcelona," said Tarzan.

In 2005, when one of Mallorca's defender slapped him in the face, the legend didn't react. During the match between Barcelona and


, Sergio Ballesteros received a red card. When Puyol wanted to calm him down, Ballesteros slapped him. Puyol stopped Ronaldinho, who was angry about this incident.

  • One of the fascinating facts about Carles Puyol is that the legend with Ivan de la Pena, his former teammate, started their footballing agency. "Ivan is passionate about football. He loves discovering new talents. He can spend the whole day watching young players – he told me about Neymar and Coutinho, when they were both 14 years old and Douglas Costa too," said Puyol.

  • One of the best center-back partnerships in football history is the Puyol-Pique duo. They were also close friends off the pitch. After Puyol's retirement, the legend wrote a letter, in which he called Pique 'Guardian Angel'. When Tarzan hang up his boots, Pique was upset. "He's someone who, even if you're winning 3–0, and there's a few seconds left in the game, will shout at the top of his voice at you if he thinks your concentration is going. Even four goals down, he thinks we can still win," said Pique.

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  • One of the amusing facts about Carles Puyol is his long shaggy hair, which he has had long since his childhood. After his first training session under Van Gaal, the manager asked him to get it cut. "What's your problem, can't you afford the money for a haircut?" Van Gaal suggested him. "I said nothing and to this day have kept my hair as it is," said Puyol. Puyol said in one of his interviews: " I've had it long since childhood. I said that when I leave football cut it, but as I'm still linked in some way, at the moment it's going to stay that way."

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Carles Puyol Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Carles Puyol is a look back at his most controversial quotes.


"It's frustrating to see part of your body not responding - even more so given the way I am and the way I like to train and always give 100 per cent. You experience sadness, anger, and powerlessness... you really want to do something, but you can't. In the end, however, you have to be honest with yourself and those around you."

On his coaching career:

"My job will be to transmit - using my experience, my knowledge - with the intention of making the player more professional. I want to be a 'life-coach' who helps them to think, to make decisions, to manage their emotions with intelligence in difficult situations."

"I don't want to be an invisible coach. I want to provide guidelines to solve problems, coming from the base I have, as I had to work a lot considering I did not play at Barca until I was 17."

On Lionel Messi:

"If you ask me who Michael Jordan is, I will say that he is the best basketball player in history. I think Messi will have the same status – the best footballer of all time. It is also talked about whether Michael Jordan is the best in history, and these are opinions, and sometimes it is difficult to be objective. It is difficult for a Real Madrid fan to recognize that Messi is the best."

On the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo:

"Ronaldo is one of the best players in the history of the game but Messi is better. The competitiveness and rivalry between them is very intense and I think that has helped to improve them both because neither man relaxes. For me, Messi is the best. I have played with him and he has given me so much happiness. He is always improving and has been consistent for 10 years. I actually think that he gets better with every season and that is because of the passion he has."

Carles Puyol Transfer Market

One of the fascinating facts about Carles Puyol is his transfer market. According to the

Carles Puyol transfer market

, he played a total of 595 games for one club (Barcelona). During his spell at Barcelona, he registered 19 goals and provided 13 assists for his teammates.

On the international level, the Spanish icon won 100 caps for his country's national team. He scored three times from 2000 to 2013.

Carles Puyol Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on Facts about Carles Puyol will end with a list of his individual records and notable achievements. 

The legend won the La Liga title on six occasions, one Copa del Rey title, Supercopa de Espana four times, three UEFA Champions League titles, 2009 UEFA Super Cup, and two FIFA Club World Cups during his spell at Barcelona. On the international level, the Lionheart won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 UEFA European Championship. 

His notable individual achievements are the 2001 La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year, UEFA Team of the Year (six times), 2006 UEFA Club Best Defender, and One Club Man Award (2018).

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