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Facts about Pablo Fornals, Hammers second most expensive signing ever

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most fascinating top facts about Pablo Fornals in regard to his riveting life story together with his journey through football.

Pablo Fornals is a promising, creative and technically-gifted playmaker who became immensely popular when he joined the Hammers in June 2019 in a five-year deal with a fee of 24 million Pound, becoming the second-most-expensive signing in the Club’s history.

Most notably, he was capped by Spain for the first time at the age of 20 before helping his country win the UEFA European U21 Championship in 2019.

Before he was linked up with Premier League club

West Ham United

he exhibited his stellar performance in the clubs of Málaga and Villarreal as he excelled in both La Liga and the UEFA Europa League.

We have come up with some of the most engrossing top facts about Pablo Fornals, in case you are curious to know more about him, buckle up for the long ride ahead.

Top facts about Pablo Fornals you might want to know

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most fascinating top facts about Pablo Fornals in regard to his riveting life story together with his journey through football. He is is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays in the position of attacking midfielder for Premier League club West Ham United. 

Pablo Fornals facts in brief


  • Full name

    : Pablo Fornals Malla

  • Nickname

    : Pablito

General information

  • Age

    : 25

  • Place of Birth

    : Castellon, Spain

  • Date of Birth

    : 22 February 1996

  • Nationality

    : Spanish

  • Zodiac

    : Pisces

  • Religion

    : NA

  • Origins

    : Catalan

Physical Status

  • Height

    : 178 (cm)

  • Weight

    : 67 (kg)

  • Hair Colour

    :  Black

  • Hair Style

    : Short

  • Skin Colour

    : Olive

  • Facial Hair

    : Clean

Football information

  • Profession

    : Association Football Player

  • Position

    : Midfield - Attacking Midfield

  • Foot

    : Right

  • Current Club

    : West Ham United

  • Squad Number

    : 18

Personal information

  • Sister

    : Marta Fornals

  • Marital Status

    : In a relationship

  • Girlfriend

    : Tania Lara

  • Salary

    : £3.5

  • Net Worth

    : £2.7

  • Pets

    : Dog


  • Favourite Movies

    : Some Like It Hot (1959)

  • Favourite Actor

    : Russell Crowe

  • Favourite Actress

    : Ingrid Bergman

  • Favourite Books

    : The Complete Fairy Tales

  • Favourite Writer

    : William Faulkner

  • Favourite Colors

    : Blush

  • Favourite Destination

    : London Eye (United Kingdom)

  • Favourite Foods

    : Parmigiano Reggiano

  • Favourite Fruits

    : Cherry

  • Favourite Singers

    : Donny Hathaway

  • Favourite Songs


  • Favourite Sports

    : Inline Skating

Pablo Fornals childhood

He was born on the 22nd of February 1996.

Pablo Fornals childhood

was spent as he grew up in Spain with an older sister whose name is Marta. He has cool childhood memories of raising up with her. When he was a young kid, he preferred playing tennis rather than kicking football.

Once when Fornals saw his dad heaping praise on the kids who played football close to his workplace, he became curious about football and in response, his father took his son to a football academy of ACD Benicense (an affiliate of Villarreal) and enrolled him there, hence his football journey began.

But as his staying there was not resulted in advances, in 2008, his parents made him transfer to CD


. Unfortunately, even after years of training there, he was not improving as much as it was expected. He became that much hopeless, that he was about to quit the football profession. But his parents did not let him give up so soon.

At the same time; he was provided with an open opportunity at


and right away he joined the club as an attacking midfielder in 2012. Over the next years, he made himself stable in the position with the club.

Pablo Fornals professional career

His professional football career was started in the youth academy of


and after 5 years he joined CD Castellón. In 2012, when he was 16, he joined the forces of Málaga CF's youth setup.

It was there that his professional career officially began. During the 2014-15 season, he started featuring in Málaga CF's reserve team, as they were playing in the Tercera División. He made over 40 appearances that year and found the net 12 times.

He joined the first team of Màlaga during the 2015-16 preseason campaign and his official La Liga debut was on 26 September 2015 versus

Real Madrid

(0-0 away draw). With his stellar performance, he succeeded to become the favourite of the audience in only a couple of games. After two seasons he got contracted with Villareal, who paid his 12 Million Euro buyout clause.

Villareal was that same club he had started playing in 2003. In two seasons he played over 70 official games for the club in the yellow jersey and showcased his scintillating potentials to everyone. Therefore after that two seasons scouts from the Spanish national team and other clubs took interest in him.

He appeared in a total of 129 matches in La Liga and put away 12 goals over four seasons, with Málaga and Villarreal. On 14 June 2019 his dream became reality as he signed a five-year contract in the Premier League at West Ham United for a reported transfer fee of £24 million, becoming the English club's second most expensive signing.

He made his Premier League debut on 10 August, in a 5–0 home defeat by

Manchester City

emerging as a half-time stopgap for Michail Antonio. He put away his first goal on 27 August, in a 2–0 victory over Newport County for the second round of the EFL Cup.

At the international level, on 28 March 2016, Fornals won his first cap with the Spain under-21s by featuring the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win against Norway at the Estadio Nueva Condomina.

Fornals was also part of the team that won the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in June. In the tournament held in Italy and San Marino, he netted in group stage defeats of Belgium (2–1)and Poland (5–0).

Pablo Fornals parents

One of the amazing

top facts about Pablo Fornals

is that his family and more specifically his parents have a special place in his affection. In as much as his parents, sister and relatives are the main reason he managed to escape the inexplicable feeling of loneliness when the going got tough as they helped him to be in command of himself.

Even today, when he is playing in England, while they are in Spain, he tries to keep connected with them as much as possible and after every game, he goes live with them through social media platforms.

Otherwise stated, the road to victory wouldn't have been palatable without the help of his household. It is utterly clear that his resilience and absolute commitment have been deeply connected with the lessons he learnt from his dad.

He can never forget the sacrifices that his father made, as he often drops him at the training ground before going to clean the streets. Even when he did not perform very well, his dad encouraged him and cheered on him from the side-line.

His mother also played a major role in supporting his ambitions from his childhood days as she showered him with unconditional love. Her presence on the pitch is a case in point of how much she provided him with the absolute motivation to perform beyond expectations.

Pablo Fornals sister and relatives

Right to this moment, his only sister, Marta Fornals still plays the role of a sibling and best friend. As they have enjoyed a huge amount of childhood memorable times, Pablo feels like he is incomplete without his elder sister even today.

In spite of Pablo's busy schedules, both siblings still do catch up together. And therefore he is most certainly blessed with the advice of such a benevolent elder sister.

Among the

top facts about Pablo Fornals

, it might be interesting to note that for the sake of fulfilling his family duties, his excessive generosity led him to spend some moments with his grandfather and grandmother.

It seems that Pablo utterly appreciates the fact that the best luxury he could gift his grandparents is to be connected with them.

Pablo Fornals relationship

In the notion of the top facts about Pablo Fornals, one can point out to the fact that he is not single. He has a girlfriend or wife to be. He is in a relationship with Tania Lara.

Their love timeline started in 2019 when they first began dating. As Fornals passionately loves her, he has plans of upgrading Tania from girlfriend to wife.

In the celebration of their fourth anniversary, he gave her a piggyback that indicates he has his sights set on investing in the relationship for the long-term.

The stunning Tania Lara has over 50K Instagram followers and often shares pictures of her and the new star of the Hammers. But she is currently still based in Castellon (Spain) and works in a clothes store.

Pablo Fornals personal life

For Pablo Fornals nicknamed Pablito, there is a welter of enjoyments outside football as well. He is much fond of visiting quiet places where he enjoys the sublime beauty of nature. Fornals also loves music and for him, Spanish tap or Reggaeton is more preferable.

Probably one of the most interesting

top facts about Pablo Fornals

is that among his favourite hobbies he is much passionate about eating with hands instead of using cutleries.

Pablo Fornals altruistic passion for his hometown

One of the most inspiring top facts about Pablo Fornals is that although he competes and lives in England these days since the summer of 2019, he does not forget his origins.

As the Hammers midfielder is confined in London by the international health crisis in face of the Coronavirus, he tries to closely follow the news that reaches him from his hometown, Castelló.

On the account of this, he wanted to contribute his bit in the fight against the covid-19 by making an economic donation to the General Hospital of the capital of La Plana so as to help his little community combat Coronavirus.

Due to the shortage of sanitary means to combat covid-19, he wanted to have a gesture and contribute with a donation so that the urgent materials can be bought and therefore somehow he is trying to be a helping hand for the entire Castellón society in these difficult times. A gesture that once again underscores Pablo Fornsls bond and closeness to his city.

Pablo Fornals Collapse 

Once in his span at Villareal, his teammates rushed Pablo Fornals to the hospital after he fainted on the training ground.

His Medical report showed his collapse was due to the fact that he suffered an attack of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level).

Yet, after receiving adequate medications, he was recovered and went on to gain concentration on his soccer endeavour.

Pablo Fornals social media

In the notion of

Pablo Fornals social media

accounts, one can suggest to fact that he has gathered more than a hundred thousand followers on his Instagram account.

Anyone who follows him on social media knows, West Ham United’s Spanish midfielder spends most of his free time exploring the city he now calls home, London.

When he is not playing or training in Claret and Blue, along with his girlfriend Tania and the couple’s cocker spaniel Kira, Fornals enjoys nothing more than leaving his apartment in Canary Wharf and exploring the capital.

It seems that for him, life is very different from the one he knew in his home city of Castellón de la Plana, located 50 miles north of Valencia on Spain’s east coast.

It is also notable to mention that he once expressed his emotions toward the West Ham's fans that have always shown great support to him.

At the same time whenever he feels like he has more free time for example during the Coronavirus pandemic that has forced some matches to be postponed, he goes live with fans to answer their questions, perhaps that is why the fans often provide him with their endless supports.

Pablo Fornals net worth and market value

As one of the top facts about Pablo Fornals, it is pertinent to indicate that in the summer of 2017 he moved from Málaga to Villáreal for 12 Million Euro (10.8 Million Pound).

It was just after the next two seasons that his market value doubled to 28 Million Euro (25 Million Pound). His current market value is estimated at €18.00 m.


Pablo Fornals net worth

is estimated to be around 3 Million Euro (2.7 Million Pound) - but this will only get more and more. In July 2019 he got contracted with West Ham United that nets him a whopping salary of 3.9 Million Euro (3.5 Million Pound) per year. 

Yet it seems that he is not in a hurry to enjoy the luxury of life on the account of the fact that he just recently got a driving licence for his Audi car in 2019.

So the house he is living in might not be that much luxurious either. It is speculated that he has a low key or conservative lifestyle.

Pablo Fornals tattoos

It was earlier stated that his relative and most specifically his grandparents have a special place in his affections as he regularly visits them to stay connected with them. So it is no wonder to see a tattoo on his arm in tribute to his grandfather.


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