Top Facts about Wesley Hoedt, the brilliant Dutch defender

Wed 14 April 2021 | 7:30

Wesley Hoedt is a professional footballer born in Alkmaar, Netherlands. He started his career in 2005 with VV Reiger Boys’ youth system. He finally got out of youth system in 2013 and joined AZ in first-team. If you are curious to know more, keep reading our top facts about Wesley Hoedt.

During his entire career in Italy with Lazio, he was considered as one of the best defenders. This Dutch player has accomplished admirable skills in aerial duels, and just to support this statement it has to be said that he won 52 aerial duels out of 60 in only one season playing for Southampton.

Another significant attribute of Hoedt is his long passing abilities. He can pass the ball from defence to attack with 40 up to 50 yards distance in between. Just in one season, his pass completion rate rose up to 87%.

Although Hoedt has shown off his brilliant potentials on the field, his pace is not that much impressive. In comparison to other defenders his age, some aspects of Hoedt’s physical attributes might need a little more attention.

The followings are top facts about Wesley Hoedt:

The first

fact about Wesley Hoedt

that you need to know is that he is a flexible defender who can adapt himself quickly with any kind of situation. He is regarded as an intelligent player who has the game under his control even when the pressure hits hard.

Wesley Hoedt’s Biography

Wesley Hoedt was born on 6 March 1994 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. There’s actually no information regarding the family he grew up in, or the answer to the question whether he has siblings or is the only child in Hoedt family is unclear.

As previously stated, Wesley Hoedt was only nine years when his zest and eagerness to pursue football as his main and professional career led him to join VV Reiger Boys in 2005. However, in only one year he changed two other football clubs including HVV Hollandia.

But finally Wesley Hoedt decided to process his training sessions in AZ until 2013, where his notable talents in playing football started to blossom.

Wesley Hoedt’s Club Career

Wesley Hoedt’s career at senior level officially started in 2013 with the Dutch professional football club, Alkmaar Zaanstreek or better known as




He made his senior debut in the UEFA Europa League in a match over


which took place on 12 December 2013. His full presence in that fixture led to a 2-2 draw.

As a result of Hoedt’s performance in the same game that made a great impact on everyone, he was promoted to the first-team squad consisting of 24 other players for the season 2014-2015.

However, his early professional career of two seasons playing for his hometown club came to an end in 2015 and subsequently the Dutch joined the Serie A Italian club


on a free transfer. His entire time in AZ is summed up in 26 appearances as well as 2 goals altogether.


Reportedly, Wesley had signed a contract with Lazio for four years, getting paid off €1.25 million for each season, which means the deal was worth €5 million on the whole.

On 21 August 2016, Wesley Hoedt scored his debut goal for Lazio in a match against


that ended in a 4-3 away win. During his career in the Italian club, Hoedt made 48 appearances and scored 2 goals.


And finally he left Lazio for


one year later on 22 August 2017. He signed a five-year contract with the English club on a €17 million deal and since 2017, Wesley has appeared only 44 times.

If you are wondering about Wesley Hoedt’s honours it has to be mentioned that this 27-year-old player has won Supercoppa Italiana in 2017 as well as Coppa Italia runner-up in same season with Lazio.

After leaving Lazio in 2017, he shared some of his thoughts and feelings publicly:

“The Lazio fans have remained in my heart. I have many good memories related to the environment in Rome.

“Simone Inzaghi taught me many things, I have great respect for him. Igli Tare is also very good and then you have the fans, whom I miss a lot.”

“Stefano Pioli had a great approach, I played under him often. In my opinion, he is among the best Italian managers.”

“I remember the derby loss (4-1) well. These are things that should not happen. It was the coach who paid, but us players were to blame.”

“Inzaghi is doing an extraordinary job and I congratulate him. Sometimes we had misunderstandings, but he almost always made me play, so I only have praise for him.”

Celta Vigo

On 22 January 2019, he joined the La Liga club

Celta Vigo

on a season-long loan plus an option to purchase the player. He made his first appearance for the new team only 5 days later in a fixture versus 

Real Valladolid

but in actuality he was booked twice and was finally sent off.

Royal Antwerp

After making only 10 appearances in Celta Vigo, on 2 September 2019 Hoedt moved to the Belgian First Division A club

Royal Antwerp

on loan for the end of season 2019-2020. He appeared 21 times as a Royal Antwerp player but didn’t score any goal.

Later on 5 October 2020, the Dutch once more joined Lazio on a one-season loan. The contract included an option to buy the player as well.

After leaving Royal Antwerp, Wesley Hoedt shared a post wih his followers and thanked the club:

“I am very happy to go home! Thank you Royal Antwerp for giving me the opportunity during the past season to find back my joy in football! From the first minute I arrived I felt at home and that was a feeling that I had missed!

"I wanna say a special thank you to all of the Royal Antwerp FC fans who have been truly amazing in supporting me and the team! I will never forget all of you! But now it’s time for a new challenge!"

Wesley Hoedt’s International Career

It has to be mentioned that Wesley Hoedt began his international career for Netherlands in 2008 at under-15. But after only 4 appearances at this level, there was a halt in his international career for which he came back to play again at under-20 level in 2013.

Before starting international career at senior level in 2017, Wesley used to play at under-21 level in season 2015-2016 as well. However, he has made only 4 caps for Netherlands and has never scored any goal throughout his entire international career.

Wesley Hoedt’s Personal Life

One more

fact about Wesley Hoedt

that might somehow be considered as less known is that he used to be in a long-term relationship with Melanie Hania. In actuality, these two even have a daughter together named Noli.

Melanie Hania’s biography stays off the record; however, according to her Instagram page, we know that she has another child named Nolan. Apparently, Nolan is from Melanie Hania’s current relationship.

It is not stated anywhere whether these two got married or not. But what we all know is that they broke up after years of intimate relationship and subsequently, Wesley started seeing someone again: Emma Heesters.

Emma Heesters is a singer, songwriter and youtuber from the capital city of Netherlands, Amsterdam. So far, she has also covered songs by some of the most popular artists such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

Another fact about Wesley Hoedt’s girlfriend, Emma Heesters is that she is 3 years younger than him as she celebrated her 24th birthday on 8 January by sharing stunning pictures of herself on her Instagram account.

Wesley Hoedt and Emma Heesters’ relationship seems pretty much serious as they share romantic pictures on their social media along with beautiful captions, praising one another.

Last March on Wesley’s birthday, Emma posted a selfie of the two of them, with the following caption:

“Happy birthday my love! I’m so proud of everything you do, seeing you grow every day is amazing, so many people can learn so much from you and you set an example for a lot of us.

“It hasn’t always been the easiest and people have their judgment ready so fast, but I think you’re amazing and you inspire me every single day! I hope I get to celebrate your birthday with you for many more years! Ps. you really get hotter every year!”

She also seems to have a great relationship with Wesley’s little daughter, Noli. As a matter of fact, Emma once publicly said:

“Meeting Noli has been one of the greatest gifts in the past year.”

Wesley Hoedt’s Social Media

Social media platforms are ways to quickly connect people to each other from around the world, no matter where you are, you can even see what your idol is currently doing who is also miles away from you.

And if you are looking for ways to contact Wesley Hoedt or even trying to know more about him, you can learn through his social media accounts.

In point of fact, he is active on all the most popular social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter as well as Facebook. His Instagram page (


) is where he posts various contents based on both his personal life and his professional career with 82.5k followers, his Twitter account (


) has over 11K followers and there is also his Facebook account (


) which has more than 24K followers.

In all 

Wesley Hoedt' social media

accounts he has introduced himself in the bio as the “Player of Southampton FC and the Dutch national team”.

Another fact about Wesley Hoedt that is noteworthy to say is that his favorite website among all the mentioned ones is Instagram.

More Facts about Wesley Hoedt

  • Full name:

    Wesley Theodorus Hoedt

  • Birth date:

    6 March 1994

  • Birth place:

    Alkmaar, Netherlands

  • Height:

    1.92 m

  • Weight:

    77 kg

  • Jersey number:


  • Preferred foot:


Apparently, Wesley Hoedt is an honest and blunt man as he always and in any interview speaks his mind. When the Dutch was asked about what he thinks about the criticisms he receives from people, he responded:

“There is always going to be criticism – that’s normal, it’s just part of football, that’s something that doesn’t touch me at all. I’ve had too many experiences of that during my career.

“You need to be stable in the ups and in the downs. If people are saying you’re an amazing player, you need to keep your feet on the ground and keep working.

“If they say you’re not doing well, it’s the same. It’s normal. If a club is not performing and taking the points they should, they are going to be criticized.”


fact about Wesley Hoedt

is that he believes consistency is the key to development, as he actually talked about in another interview:

“Here it’s important – you need to be smarter because the strikers are really fast or really strong, so you need to adapt to the situation.

“I think the most important thing is consistency. You need to show it every game, which is what I need to do and something I’m working on right now.”

Wesley Hoedt’s Net Worth and Salary

Reportedly, Wesley Hoedt our Dutch footballer, started his professional career with the market value of €100,000, signing a contract with AZ Alkmaar for two seasons. His departure from this football club in 2015 was followed by joining the Italian Serie A club, Lazio.

Moving to Lazio was somehow Hoedt’s stepping stone as he signed a four-year contract that was worth €5 million and boosted his market value up to €1.50 million.

Another fact about Wesley Hoedt is that he had the highest market value when he moved to the La Liga club Celta Vigo, the number was €15.00 million back then. However, his current market value is said to be approximately €5 million.

But regarding

Wesley Hoedt’s net worth

, as far as the statements from his previous teams inform us, it is the estimated number of €10 million. Although any kind of information concerning his personal properties and salary stays off the record.

As previously stated Hoedt has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League club, Southampton on 22 August 2017 which was worth the significant number of €17 million. But later on 5 October 2020, he returned to his previous club, Lazio on a season-long loan with a €1.00 million transfer fee which also included an option to buy.

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