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Thiago Alcantara Biography

Tue 09 March 2021 | 14:30

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

Thiago Alcantara is a professional player who is currently playing as a midfielder for Liverpool Football club and Spain National team.

Over the past ten seasons, Thiago Alcantara has proven himself to be among the best in his position. A graduate of

Barcelona

's youth academy, Thiago made a name for himself first by his brilliant displays for Barcelona senior team during Pep Guardiola Era.

Thiago left the Camp Nue with the Spaniard coach and joined Bayern Munich in 2013, where he stayed for six seasons before moving to the English Premier League to play for Liverpool.

Coming from a family of famous professional footballers, Thiago has had a very successful career himself, winning every domestic trophy in Spain and Germany as well as three UEFA Champions League titles. (Two with Barcelona and one with Bayern Munich).  

Thiago has been a player for Spain national team both at the youth and senior level. He was eligible to play for

Brazil

and Italy national teams as well but eventually decided to represented Spain.  

In total, Thiago has scored 45 goals and has provided 57 assists in 405 matches during his professional career. He has played 16 games for Liverpool so far into the 2020-21 season. Stay tuned to read more about

Thiago Alcantara biography

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In the following article, we will have a look at Thiago Alcantara biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Thiago Alcantara Information

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Thiago Alcantara Bio

  • Full Name:

    Thiago Alcantara Do Nascimento

  • Nickname:

    Thiago

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Thiago Alcantara Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    72 Kg

  • Height:

    1. 74 m (5 ft.9 in)

  • Eye Color:

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

     Brown

Thiago Alcantara Football Information

  • Position:

    Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 

    6 at Liverpool and Spanish National team

  • Professional Debut:

    2008

Thiago Alcantara Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    11 April 1991

  • Birth Place:

    San Pietro Vernotico, Italy

  • Zodiac Sign: 

    Aries

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

Thiago Alcantara Early Life

In this section of our article about Thiago Alcantara biography we will present you with the most interesting facts about Thiago Alcantara childhood and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Thiago Alcantara date of birth

is at the 11th day of April 1991. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with current Tottenham star,

Dele Alli

who is also born on the 11th of April.

Thiago Alcantara nationality

is Spanish. He could also play for Italy and Brazil national teams since he was born in Italy and his father was from Brazil. Thiago eventually decided to play for Spain.

Thiago was born into a football-loving family. His father, Mazinho was a famous international Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder for many big clubs including Florentine, Valencia and Sociedad. He was also a key member of the Brazil side that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup by beating Italy in the final. 

Thiago's parents supported their son on the early stages of his footballing career. Thiago's childhood was a dream come true for every kid with passion for football. He used to accompany his father to famous stadiums around the world, as he once revealed in an interview years later:

"When I was small, I would sit next to my dad and watch the round-up highlights with him, and we would talk about the games. I loved it.The best thing about having a footballer dad is seeing the game up close. You watch him train, then go home and practice what you've seen in the front room, rearranging the furniture."

Thiago's Younger brother,

Rafinha

also became a professional footballer. Like Thiago, He plays as a midfielder and has featured for FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain and the Brazilian national team.

Thiago's amateur career started in Flamengo's youth academy. He was accepted at FC Barcelona academy, La Masia in 2005 when he was 14 years old.  His most inspiring footballing memory happened at the same year as his arrival at Barcelona. The Catalans won their third ever

Champions League

title in the 2005-06 season with the likes of Ronaldinho and the teenage Lionel Messi.

Thiago was 14 years old at the time and was at awe of the amazing performances by his boyhood club in Football's biggest club event. His footballing idol during his early years was Barcelona's Brazilian magician, Ronaldinho.

Thiago's talent was obvious even during his amateur career. He passed through the academy ranks with ease. In total Thiago played 53 games for Barcelona B and scored 2 goals.

Thiago Alcantara was a member of Spain youth team from his teenage years and featured for every Spain youth team from U16 to U21.  In 2008 Thiago Alcantara was called up to Barcelona's senior side, which market the start of his professional career at the age of 17.

Thiago Alcantara Profile

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

Starting his professional career at Barcelona

Thiago Alcantara professional career started in 2008 as he was promoted to Barcelona senior side. He made his debut on the 17th of May 2009, in a La Liga game against Mallorca. Thiago scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 4-0 win against Racing Santander.

 Despite his young age, Thiago continued to perform at a high level consistently. He was a key substitute for Pep Guardiola during his hugely successful four year spell at Barcelona. Barcelona's golden team won a total of 14 titles in 4 seasons, including the first ever sextuple in the history of the game.

During his 5-year spell at FC Barcelona, Thiago made 101 games across all competitions, scoring 11 goal and providing 20 assist along the way. Despite his obvious talent, He was often the fourth choice in the midfielder line behind Xavi Hernandez,

Andres Iniesta

and Cesc Fabregas. So to seek regular first-team football, Thiago joined alongside Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2013.

In the summer of 2013 it was announced that Thiago Alcantara has signed a 5 year contract with Bayern Munich to play at the German

Bundesliga

. Thiago made his debut in a 1-0 win over Entrechat Frankfurt On August 2013.

Thiago's was sidelined for the majority of his first two seasons at Bayern because of a series of unfortunate injuries. In total, he played only 25 and 13 games across all competitions respectively.

Thiago found his form starting from his third season at Bayern and the team enjoyed great success with the Spaniard pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch. Individually, he had the best season of his career at Bayern in the 2016-17 season as he scored 9 goals and assisted … times in 43 matches.

Bayern Munich had the best year of their recent history in the 2019-2020 season. They were struggling heavily in January of 2020 under Niko Kovac, but things started to change dramatically since the arrival of the new coach, Hansi Flick.

Under Flick's guidance, Thiago and cos. won the domestic double as well as their sixth UEFA Champions League in dominating fashion. They were especially amazing in the knockout stages of the competitions and dominated the likes of Barcelona,

Tottenham

, Lyon, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain on their way to the title.

Thiago contributed a lot to his team's success with 3 goals and 10 assists across all competitions, as well as many contributions in the Uefa Champions League. He was great both offensively and defensively and Bayern ended the campaign with a 21 game winning streak and a ratio of less than a goal conceded in every game.

Overall, Thiago played 235 games for Bayern Munchen during his seven year stay at the club. He scored 31 goals and provided 34 assists. After his departure, Bayern went on to win another two titles, including the FIFA Club World Cup to secure the second-ever sextuple in the history of football.

Premier League adventure with Liverpool

At the end of the historic 2019-20 season, Thiago informed Bayern Munich that he wants a new challenges and is eager to Join Liverpool at the Premier League. The Reds finalized his transfer in September 2020 and the Spaniards made his debut a few days later, when he came on as a substitute in the 2-0 win against

Chelsea

.

Thiago expressed his happiness for joining Liverpool in an interview with the club's website after he arrived at Anfield.

"It is my second time here. The first time I was here when I was five or six years old, I think. My dad played against Liverpool with Celta Vigo. I think it was, at that time, it was the UEFA Cup. My second time was a draw here; we didn’t plan to defend as much as we defended because we hated just to defend a whole game, but they were stronger than us and we had to adapt. The second game was amazing."

As of March 2021, Thiago Alcantara has played 17 games for Liverpool without scoring any goals.

With Spain youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Thiago was a member of Spain youth teams from U16 to U21. He was first called up to Spain U16 side in 2001. He played one game for the team before being called up to the U17 team the following year. Thiago played a total of 9 games and scored 5 goals for the U17 side and was instrumental for Spain and scored in the final as they won the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Thiago's best performances for Spain youth teams were with the U19 and U21 teams. He scored 5 goals in 12 games for the U19 side and 6 goals in 21 games for

SpainU21

team. He won the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and scored a wonder goal in the final against Switzerland which earned him the best player award. He also scored a hat-trick in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final as Spain won 4-1 against Italy to celebrate their fourth title.

In August 2011, Thiago debuted for Spain senior side in a friendly against Italy. He suffered from many long-term injuries and is yet to enjoy the same success he had at youth level with the senior team. He missed out on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championships but eventually represented his country in the 2018 World Cup, where he played 2 games against Portugal and Morocco.

 As of February 2021, Thiago has played 23 games for Spain and has scored 2 goals. His first goal was in a 3-0 win against

Albania

at the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, while his most important goal for the national team was scored in the 6-1 hammering of Argentina in a friendly before the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Style of Play

Thiago Alcantara is known the most for his amazing passing abilities as well as his vision and trickery on the ball. The 29-year-old master midfielder has an average of 91% pass accuracy during his seven-year spell in Munich. His stat is the highest any player has ever achieved in the German top-flight.

Thiago has suffered from many injuries during his career and has stated in his interviews that he would have liked to play one or two decades earlier, when football was less physical.

"Football's become more physical. I would have liked to have been born 10 or 20 years earlier to enjoy football with the same commitment and desire but without the toughness it has now."

He is also among the few footballers who have experiences the high level club football in three of Europe's five biggest leagues. Below is what he thinks about the differences of football in

Germany

and Spain:

"In Spain, everything's more tactical, more technical, with more possession. In Germany, it's more physical; it's about the runs you make, the counterattacks, and the German mentality is unique: whatever the score, you go to the 90th minute."

Reception

Thiago Alcantara

is considered as one of the best playmakers of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his amazing vision, technique and his ability to distribute the ball perfectly.

Thiago received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in the 2019-20 season in which he won the treble with Bayern Munich.

Below are some of the best quotes on Thiago Alcantara:

 “I think he is an extraordinary player. Thiago is not just a player for the future, but he is someone who can make an impact right now as well.” (Xavi)

“When you see him on the pitch and in training, you see his extraordinary quality in possession of the ball, He is an exceptional player that gives a team that certain something. That’s my opinion and there is no other one.” (Hansi Flick)

Goal Celebration

Thiago Alcantara does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However he had one memorable goal celebration during his time at Bayern Munich in which he celebrated one of his goals with sucking his thumb and putting the ball under his shirt as a tribute to his newborn baby.

Thiago Alcantara outside football

Thiago is a family man and he has admitted in interviews that he prefers to spend all his leisure time with his wife and kid.

Thiago Alcantara is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is

@thiago6

. He has around 7 million followers on Instagram. His twitter account id is also @thiago6.

Thiago Alcantara is a fan of tattoo culture and has many tattoos on his body including a series of small tattoos which reveals the story of his childhood.

After living in many countries Thiago has become a multi-lingual person and can speak five Languages (Portuguese, German, Spanish, English and Catalan) with varying degree of fluency.

Thiago Alcantara Personal Life

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

Thiago Alcantara biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Thiago Alcantara 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

Thiago comes from a family of professional athletes. His father, Mazinho was a first team player for Brazil National team at the 1994 world cup, which The Selecao won. Mazinho most famous scene at the world cup is probably in Bebeto's famous "three players and a baby" celebration alongside Romario. Thiago's mother, Valeria was a former player for Brazil Volleyball team.

Thiago could represent Brazil or Italy at international level, yet he opted to pledge allegiance to Spain despite his father's wishes. Thiago has a younger brother, Rafinia who is also a successful professional footballer who, like Thiago, started his career at Barcelona and is now playing for PSG.

One interesting fact about the two brothers is that Rafinia chose to play for Brazil national team, while Thiago is playing for Spain. Thiago and Rafinha played against each other in the semi-final of 2014-15 Champions League.

Rafinha was playing for Barcelona and Thiago was with Bayern Munchen. At the end it was Barcelona who came on top and eliminated Thiago and co. and went on to win the title against

Juventus

.

Thiago Alcantara has been in a relationship with Julia Vigas, a famous model, athlete and business woman. Julia is a co-owner with her brothers of a hotel, Terra Mar, in Barcelona.

The couple started their relationship in 2012 when Thiago was playing for the Barcelona.

They moved together first to Germany, where Thiago played seven seasons at Bayern Munich and then to England, where the Spaniard is playing since the start of the 2020-21 season.

Thiago Alcantara married Julia Vigas in 2015. The couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Gabriel Alcantara, in May 2017. They had their second child, Siena Alcantara, in February 2020.

Any new information about Thiago Alcantara love life and family will be published here at SportMob. You can also check out our article on

top facts about Julia Vigas

if you want to know more about Thiago Alcantara's wife.

Philanthropy

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

Thiago Alcantara religion

is Christianity.

There are no information on Thiago's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites.

Legal Issues

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

Thiago Alcantara Career Statistics

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

Club

Overall, Thiago Alcantara has played 406 games for three clubs (Barcelona, Bayern Munich and

Liverpool

) during his career. He has registered 45 goals and 57 assists to his name.

Thiago registered 11 goals and 20 assist in 101 games for Barcelona, Followed by 31 goals and 37 assists in the 235 games for Bayern Munich. He is yet to score any goal in his 17 games for Liverpool across all competitions.

International

On the international, Thiago Alcantara career stats shows that he has scored 2 goals in 39 games for Spain National team. He was also a member of Spain youth teams from U16 to U21 and in total scored 17 goals in 44 matches.

Thiago Alcantara Honors

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

During his career, Thiago Alcantara has won many collective and individual awards. A complete list of Thiago Alcantara's honors are as below:

With Barcelona:

La Liga: (2 titles in 2010–11, 2012–13), Copa del Rey: 2011–12, Spanish Super Cup: 2010, 2011, UEFA Champions League: 2010–11, UEFA Super Cup: 2011, FIFA Club World Cup: 2011,

With Bayern Munchen:

Bundesliga: (seven titles between 2013 to 2020), DFB-Pokal: (four titles from 2013 to 2020), DFL-Super cup: three consecutive titles from 2016 to 2019), UEFA Champions League: 2019–20, FIFA Club World Cup: 2013

Goal of the Month in Germany: January 2014, FIFA FIFPro World11 5th team: 2015 and 2017, Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2016–17, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2019–20

With Spain National team:

Under-17 and U-21 European Championship (three times)

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