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Top facts about Shkodran Mustafi

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Shkodran Mustafi is a professional German footballer who is known for his presence in Loew’s 23 man squad in Brazil which lifted the World Cup beating

Lionel Messi

’s Argentina, thanks to Mario Gotze’s extra time goal.

Although he didn’t get any minutes in Brazil and was an unused sub in all the games, this did not stop him from collecting that cherished world cup winners medal. He started his career as a youngster in the team of Hamburger SV and English club Everton.

He signed a five years deal with


in august 2014 and migrated to the Arsenal for a reported 35 million pounds transfer fee. During his time in Arsenal, he has been recognized as a rock-solid at the back and a no-nonsense defender with the basic goal to stop the attackers.

Likewise, he has earned a reputation of being one of the toughest defenders in La Liga. He made his full international match against Poland on 13 May 2014 and was part of the squad which won the 2014 FIFA World cup and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, he also competed at UEFA Euro 2016.

Despite being German he had not played in the Bundesliga until 2021 when he joined Schalke 04. We have come up with some of the most engrossing

top facts about Shkodran Mustafi

regarding his journey through his professional career and his life story. In case you're curious to know more about him, don't forget to stick around until the end. It is to be hoped you enjoy reading it as much as we did.

Top facts about Shkodran Mustafi that you might want to know 

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most impressive top facts about Shkodran Mustafi. He is a German professional footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and the Germany national team in the position of centre-back.

Shkodran Mustafi facts in brief


  • Full name

    : Shkodran Mustafi

  • Nickname

    : Mustafi

General Information

  • Date of Birth

    :17 April 1992

  • Age

    : 29 years

  • Birth Place

    : Bad Hersfeld, Germany

  • Nationality

    : German

  • Religion

    : Islam

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Aries

  • Food Habit

    : Non-Vegetarian

  • Ethnicity

    : German

Physical Status

  • Height

    : 1.84 m

  • Weight

    : 73 kg

  • Hair Colour

    : Dark Brown

  • Eye Colour

    : Blue

  • Tattoo

    : None


  • Chest

    : 45

  • Waist

    : 34

  • Biceps

    : 15

  • Shoe Size

    : 10 (US)

Personal Information

  • Father

    : Kujtim Mustafi

  • Mother

    : Fatime Mustafi

  • Brother

    : Adrian Mustafi

  • Marital Status

    : Married

  • Wife

    : Vjosa Kaba

  • Children

    : Noemi Mustafi (daughter), Amar Mustafi(son)

  • Best Friends

    : Alexis Sanchez, Ozil

  • Hobbies

    : Playing football, Watching Movies,Video games, Workout and Music

  • Net Worth

    : $5 million

  • Salary

    : $1 million

  • Car Collections or Fav Car

    : Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, BMW

  • House

    : Mansion in Bad Hersfeld, Germany

  • Smoking

    : No

  • Drinking Alcohol

    : No

  • Charity

    : Helps Charity Foundations & Organisation 

Football information

  • Profession

    : Soccer Football player

  • Shirt No

    : 20

  • Position

    : Defender, Centre Back

Current Club


Schalke 04



  • Favourite Food

    : Italian Foods & Recipes, Halal Foods

  • Favourite Super Hero

    : Superman

  • Favourite Book

    : Holy Quran

  • Favourite Sports

    : Soccer football

  • Favourite Musician

    : Justin Bieber

  • Favourite Subject

    : History

  • Favourite Footballers

    : Ronaldinho, Zidane

  • Favourite Politician

    : Obama

  • Favourite Actor

    : Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Favourite Actress

    : Jennifer Lawrence

  • Favourite Cellphone

    : Iphone/Apple

  • Favourite Colour

    : White

  • Favourite Flower

    : Rose

  • Favourite Time of Day

    : Evening, Early Morning

  • Favourite Website

    : Twitter

  • Favourite Animal

    : Dog, Horse

  • Favourite Digit

    : 999

  • Favourite Pet

    : Dog

Shkodran Mustafi childhood

Mustafi was born in Bad Hersfeld, Hesse Albania, to an Albanian Muslim family originally from Gostivar, Macedonia. In

Shkodran Mustafi childhood

, in as much as his dad was a former goal keeper, and a big football fan he was solidly behind his son participating in soccer without worrying about the risk of concussions or collisions. Therefore Mustafi took an assertive approach to sports as a kid.

Mustafi started his career in the youngster team of Local 1. FC Debra and had allocated a period of work with SV


, before joining Hamburger SV’s youth setup in 2016.

Soon after his Hamburger trial, Mustafi coped with the sentimental decision of leaving his parents and siblings in pursuit of his career with the German sports club based in Hamburg. Then in 2019 he joined Everton and was allocated for the academy squad after he turned away offers of

Manchester City

and Newcastle united.

Shkodran Mustafi family

Shkodran Mustafi parents, Fatime and Kujtim gave birth to their son at a very young age. It may be considered as one of the top facts about Shkodran Mustafi that his father, Kujtim was just a teenager aged 17 when Fatime gave birth to him.

Little is know about Mustafi‘s mother’s age at the time she gave birth to him. Both parents after the birth of Mustafi decided to adopt child spacing. Seven years later, Fatime gave birth to Mustafi’s kid brother whose name is Adrain.


Surely, Kujtim Mustafi has enjoyed the benefits of having his son come to the world when he was only 17. His father has played a very crucial role in his life. Not in the last place since he brought him the Muslim faith that he values so much.

Early on, Kujtim Mustafi had difficulties in balancing work and family life. This was due to his retirement as a goalkeeper for an unknown German amateur club. Just a 17 years gap in their ages has led them to enjoy a good father and son friendship.


Adrain was born on the 11th day of June 1999 and is seven years younger than Shkodran. A strong brotherly bond exists between the two. Adrian has always a special place in our footballer affection specially when he had to leave his seven years sweetie brother to pursue his career. Shkodran Mustafi unlike his kid brother Adrian was the one who inherited his dad's football gene. 

Shkodran Mustafi professional career

After three years with Hamburger SV's youth academy in 2009, Mustafi joined Everton, initially assigned to the Academy team. While he turned down offers from Manchester City and Newcastle United.

Mustafi made his competitive debut on 16 December 2009 for the season's UEFA Europa League. He was named on the bench for the Premier League matches against


and Manchester City in January.

But he only represented on the bench nine times in the following two campaigns, and never played in any further matches. So he asked manager David Moyes to allow his transfer to attain more game Time.

Then in January 2012, on a free transfer, Mustafi moved to Italian Serie B side Sampdoria. He made his debut in the Italian top flight on 11 November 2012, starting in a 0–2 loss at Palermo.

Next year he netted his first professional goal, scoring the game's only against Atalanta. After his Span in Sampdoria, Mustafi got contracted a five-year deal with La Liga's Valencia CF, for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be €8 million. He debuted for his new team on 25 September, against Córdoba in an eventual 3–0 home win.

After a month, he netted his first goal for the team, opening a 3–1 home win over Elche. In Valencia's next match on 2 November, against another regional rival,


, Mustafi netted a brace in a 3–1 away win to put Valencia into second place in the league.

Mustafi joined the English club Arsenal for a reportedly £35 million on 30 August 2016. On 10 September he made his debut in Arsenal's 2–1 Premier League win over



He netted his first goal for the club in a home 2–1 league win over Burnley on 22 January 2017. Mustafi was in the starting 11 against Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on 25 February 2018.

Due to an injury on 29 August 2020, Mustafi missed Arsenal's victory over


in the 2020 FA Community Shield. The following 1 February, Arsenal and Mustafi agreed to terminate their contract.

On 1 February 2021, Mustafi joined the German side Schalke 04 permanently. He reportedly was replaced with Liverpool-bound Ozan Kabak on a six-month contract. Just five days later, he made his debut in a 0–3 defeat against RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

At the international level, Mustafi was allowed to play for Germany, North Macedonia, and Albania. He chooses to represent his birth nation, Germany. He has represented Germany at the various youth level of U16, U17, U18, U19, U20, and U21 national teams.

He was part of the German team that won the 2009 UEFA European U17 Championship. In February 2014, although he was unused, he was called up for Germany's senior team for a friendly match against Chile. In May 2014, he made his senior international debut against Poland.

In order to be replaced for injured Marco Reushe, he was named to Germany national team for the 2014 FIFA World. He was initially excluded from the final squad. He was part of the German national team that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

His fibre muscle was torn during Germany's Round of 16 matches against Algeria that sidelined him from Germany's World Cup-winning campaign. Besides, he was also part of the German national team that won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. But he was excluded from the German national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Shkodran Mustafi personal life

In regard to

top facts about Shkodran Mustafi

dealing with his personal life, one can suggest that he is married to Vjosa Kaba, as they have tied the knot several years ago when they got married in a secret ceremony in Gostivar, Macedonia in July 2016.

Although the wedding was a secret ceremony, around 350 people, including all family members and close friends, were attended.

Shkodran Mustafi wife

, Vjosa Kaba is originally from Albania, and she was born and raised there.

Despite her stunning young appearance, it seems that she is older than our footballer as she was born on March 18, 1988. She was named the most attractive woman in Switzerland when she was only 19-year-old in 2007.

In terms of her profession, she was formerly a model and currently is working as a real estate agent. For someone who has already had two children, she has a great body that may be due to the fact that the brunette beauty is having a healthy lifestyle that is also evident through her following accounts mostly in line with healthy foods on her Instagram.

Shkodran Mustafi and Vjosa Kaba have two children together. They welcomed their daughter on July 19, 2017, and named her Noemi Mustafi. On January 25, 2018, they were blessed with the Shkodran Mustafi's son - Amar Mustafi. Mustafi and his wife are enjoying a wonderful life together with their children as they live in north London.

Shkodran Mustafi religion

Among top facts about Shkodran Mustafi it is pertinent to note that once in his time in Valencia, there was a conflict between his religious beliefs and big-money sports commercial. This happened as he moved a beer away from his side during a press conference.

Reportedly he said, “ I do not want this bottle of beer in front of me.” It was a beer bottle for one of Valencia’s sponsors, Estrella. Mustafi’s action was due to his religion forbidding him from either consuming or promoting alcohol.

With the intervention of the spokesperson for Valencia, he was convinced to allow the sponsor's bottle in his front therefore the situation was salvaged. Regarding Shkodran Mustafi believes, he is a kind of religious person not just superficially but at the intellectual level.

Not only he was born into a religious family but he also embraced his faith after an encounter with teammates at his first club,


. To cut a long story short, as he was 17 years old a teammate asked him the reason why he is not drinking.

He indicated that he is a Muslim, and his teammate question when he asked why are you Muslim stimulated a profound reflection as he had to respond "Yeah, my parents are Muslim and I grew up in a Muslim family".

Because he felt that he did not know what his parent taught him was good or bad about being forbidden from drinking and eating pork or even his praying five times a day, he started reading Quran to find the reason behind them all. He found it extremely interesting and helpful that has even encouraged him a great deal both in his personal life and career development.

In this regard he once stated that: "Sometimes we forget about everything, as a human being, now you have something to eat, then you want something to drink, you have a coffee, after the coffee you want a dessert - you always want more. Sometimes the religion teaches you to be thankful for what you have, be thankful for being a footballer."

Shkodran Mustafi social media

If we delve a bit further into

top facts about Shkodran Mustafi

, it is worthwhile indicating that he has more than one million fans following him on Instagram and while he confesses that social media can be used as a helpful tool, there have been some times when he would “try to block it out”.

He suggested his difficulty coping with online criticism and the fact that he is learning to ignore negativity aimed at him on social media in the face of the temptation to reply to some of his biggest haters.

He once stated in the following terms: "Social media is difficult to handle when things are going well and then when things are not working out it's even tougher. Then when things aren't going well, obviously you don't like the stuff you read.

You don't agree with a lot of comments, so it makes it difficult. It's so much easier when things are going well because when you're reading comments you don't like, you have to go out and play and you've got those comments in your head.

I managed to try to block it out a little bit. I was not that active on social media and wasn't reading comments, I wasn't too concerned about social media, I just wanted to go back on the pitch and give everything because I knew that at this moment I was not playing the football I know I could play."

He is somehow reminding people that athletes, for all their wealth, are still people. An important message not to be forgotten. 

Shkodran Mustafi net worth

As far as

Shkodran Mustafi net worth

is concerned, he had a net worth of around $1 Million - $5 Million in 2020. He currently has a net worth of $1.5 Million - $5.5 Million at the age of 28 years in 2021.

Not to mention the fact that on August 30th, 2016 the centre back signed a contract with Arsenal that nets him a whopping salary of 5 Million Euro (4.4 Million Pound) per year.

His income source is primarily from being a successful Soccer Player. He also bought a luxurious penthouse in the summer of 2016 after he made the move from Valencia to Arsenal.

Shkodran Mustafi Transfer market stats

Taking top facts about Shkodran Mustafi into consideration, the indication of his market value might be worthwhile. In fact, he has had a fluctuating market value. His current market value is €7.00m in 2021 while he reached the highest market value of €30.00m on Oct 24, 2016, during his early time in Arsenal.

He has played a total of 370 games. While he managed to score 21 goals and 11 assists, not a bad record for a centre-back. He also played a total of 30.657' minutes through his club journeys.


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