Top facts about Manuel Lanzini, The Jewel

Thu 04 November 2021 | 20:29

Here is everything there is to know in regard to top facts about Manuel Lanzini considering his glorious football journey as well as his blissful personal life.

The Argentinian professional footballer currently serves as an attacking midfielder for

Premier League

club West Ham United and the Argentina national team, being widely recognized as an ‘exciting’ attacking midfielder by Hammers.

In his illustrious football career, he also featured in football clubs like River Plate, Fluminense, and Al Jazira Club while he represented


in its youth levels as well.

He made his debut international match in 2017 and then was inducted for the 2018 world cup in Russia as he is the record holder for scoring the fastest goal in the history of Argentinian leagues by putting away a goal when just 43 seconds were elapsed from the start of the game.

Besides, he is widely regarded for his possession of extraordinary dribbling abilities, outstanding acceleration as well as his vision and the ability to overtake opposing defenders.

He earned the nickname of "La Joya" (The Jewel) in his days with the Hammers in the light of his spectacular contribution to the club as well as his acceleration and agility.

 After joining West Ham in 2015 first in loan and when he became permanent in 2016 owing to his impressive feats, just during his first three seasons with them, he appeared 88 times, netted 19 goals and registered 10 assists.

Not to mention that he is assumed to be a creative threat through goals scored or created, and from a spectator’s standpoint, he was a true joy to watch.

Top facts about Manuel Lanzini, The Jewel

Step with us to delve into the top facts about Manuel Lanzini, The Jewel, unravelling his stellar football journey in addition to the slightest details of his personal life affairs.

Manuel Lanzini facts in brief


  • Full Name

    : Manuel Lanzini

  • Nickname

    : La Joya (The Jewel)

General information

  • Date of Birth

    : February 15, 1993

  • Place of Birth

    : Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Star Sign

    : Aquarius

  • Nationality

    : Argentinan

  • Gender

    : Male

  • Religion

    : NA

Physical status: 

  • Weight

    : 130 lbs

  • Height

    : 1.67 m, 5′ 6″

  • Eye colour

    : Black

  • Hair colour

    : Black

Football information

  • Occupation

    : Soccer Player

  • Position

    : Attacking midfielder

  • Current team

    : West Ham United

  • Jersey number

    : 10

Personal information

  • Mother

    : Miriam Tejera

  • Father

    : Hector Lanzini

  • Brother

    : Tomás Lanzini

  • Martial status

    : Married

  • Girlfriend

    : Jennifer Reina

  • Children

    : Benjamín Lanzini

  • Net worth

    : More than $ 16 million

Manuel Lanzini childhood and family

Manuel Lanzini was born on the 15th day of February 1993 in Argentina to his Mother, Mariam Tajera who is a housewife and his father, Hector Lanzini that was once a professional footballer.

Manuel Lanzini childhood

was spent in the city of Ituzaingo, being suffused with the love he received from his sport-loving and supportive family.

His parents contended from the fact that he and his brother Tomaz who was a professional footballer as well, would grow in the sport in which they already had the prerequisite talent of becoming legends.

Initially, he started playing street soccer, and then he showed his enthusiast by buying tickets to watch River plate which was his favourite club.

It is no wonder to see that with the passage of time, he registered in a neighbouring indoors club academy, Kaly de Ituzaingd in that he professionally started his works out passionately.

He stood out there showcasing his skills, being recognized by Ramón Maddoni and as result, he could reach his dream of playing for the club he supported: Club Atlético River Plate.

Thereby, in 2002, he entered

River Plate

and started training as a playmaker in junior divisions until after going through a number of trials, he was ordered to be hired by Pedro Vega, who was the ex-player and coach of inferior club divisions.

Afterwards, in 2008, he accompanied the eighth division team to win its divisional trophy; and eventually ended up scoring nine goals, which was just two fewer than fellow attacker Leonardo Salguero with 11 goals.

Likewise amazingly on 2 November 2008, River Plate won the junior division's Superclásico 3–0 to Boca Juniors in that Lanzini put away two goals and bagged an assist to Salguero, helping him to score another goal.

Manuel Lanzini professional career

In his River Plate's informal debut which was a friendly 3–0 victory over Central Norte, he appeared as a second-half substitute for Ariel Ortega.

After that he starred in another friendly against Juventud Antoniana, in that with his good performance, he grabbed good reception from both press and fans.

He ended up making his first appearance on 8 August 2010, against Tigre for the first match of the 2010 Torneo Apertura, while River Plate won 1–0 with Lanzini being replaced at halftime by Facundo Affranchino.

This has made him be among one of the youngest players to debut in the First Division for River Plate, at the age of 17 years, 5 months and 24 days old.

After several matches, he underwent injury and managed to make his comeback to the first team on the 12th match of the season.

On 19 July 2011, he was transferred on loan to Fluminense for a fee of US$400,000, with a transfer option of $15,000,000.

While his debut occurred in the Brasileirao 2011 in the 3–0 victory over


, he then scored his first official goal in the team's 20th game of the tournament, in a 2–1 triumph over São Paulo.

Being dubbed as "the new Neymar", his most outstanding goal was against Flamengo in the Río de Janeiro Fla-Flu derby.

With the expiration of his loan deal, he came back to River Plate on 30 June 2012 and starred for the team's first appearance in the tournament, netting their only goal in the 1–2 loss against Belgrano de Córdoba.

Whereas after a while, he became a regular starter, in the 12th match of the Torneo Final 2013 tournament, which was one of the most heated football rivalries in the world, he put away his first goal in the Superclásico in the 1–1 draw against

Boca Juniors

in 2018 while the goal appeared to be the fastest in the derby's history (43 seconds) while River Plate finished the season in 2nd place.

After making a number of more feats in the 2013–14 season, on 6 August 2014, he moved to the Al Jazira Club in the UAE Pro-League for a $6,000,000 four-year deal, with a salary to be around $12,000,000 in 3 years so as to become the youngest foreign player to play in the UAE Pro-League, at the age of just 21 years old.

However, on 22 July 2015, he got contracted for the primer League club West Ham United on a season-long loan, with an option to make the move permanent.

In his debut appearance on 6 August in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round away to Astra Giurgiu, he started the game and put away a goal just in the third minute, although they ended up losing the game 2–1 (4–3 on aggregate) and were eliminated.

On 29 August, he netted his first league goal after just three minutes away to Liverpool, assisting a goal from Mark Noble, while the Hammers won 3–0 for their first victory at Anfield since 1963.

After he became permanent on 1 July 2016, he scored the crucial goal in a 1–0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on 5 May 2017 so as to prevent them from challenging to win the Premier League title, while they were on a nine-match winning streak and were challenging


for the league title.

Therefore it was of little surprise to see him being voted runner-up to Michail Antonio as Hammer of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year.

After he made his 100th Premier League appearance, on 30 August 2019 it was revealed Lanzini had made a new long-term deal with West Ham, promoting his contract until 30 June 2023.

On 18 October 2020, he scored an impressive equalizer from 25 yards out in the fourth minute of added time to even the score to 3–3 and salvage a point for the Hammers in a draw against Tottenham Hotspur as it earned him the Premier League Goal of the Month award in recognition.

At the international level, he was among Argentina's provisional 35-man squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, yet he withdrew from it due to sustaining a knee injury.

In May 2017, as he was among the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Singapore, he made his full international debut on 9 June against


at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia, being replaced by Ever Banega in the 81st minute of Argentina's 1–0 victory.

Likewise, on 23 March 2018, he featured in a friendly match against Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and put away his first international goal while Argentina secured a 2–0 victory.

Not to mention that on 21 May 2018 he was included in Argentina’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and started in the 4–0 friendly victory over Haiti on 29 May in Buenos Aires, as he featured an hour until he was substituted by Maximiliano Meza.

Yet, on 8 June 2018, he was ruled out of the World Cup owing to a ruptured anterior knee ligament injury during a training session.

Manuel Lanzini personal life

In regard to the top facts about Manuel Lanzini and in the realm of his personal life affairs one can suggest that he was raised in an athletic family in that his father Héctor, played in Sporting Cristal and Deportivo Morón, while his brother Tomás has spent a span of his career, starring in Ñublense and Brown de Adrogué.

As far as his love life is concerned, he has just recently married his long-term stunning girlfriend Jennifer Reina. While the couple is expected to be blessed with a newborn child due to Reina's pregnancy, they are already living with Lanzini's son called Benjamin Lanzini, who is from our footballer's previous relationship and was born in 2012.

As the couple met each other for the first time back in 2018 and from that moment they started dating together, now they are living blissfully in London.

But apart from Jennifer Reina beautiful and attractive appearance, she has also several occupations that are not irrelevant to her stunning face and body frame.

That is to say, she works as a makeup artist, a photographer, and of course a fashion producer. But it seems as though fashion is not the only thing that she loves in so far as she is a travel seeker as well. To be specific, she has travelled all over the world, being so much passionate about exploring various cultures.

With an amazing body shape, she keeps her style by training regularly, while she is very active on social media, uploading posts on Instagram on the daily basis with her account of



Manuel Lanzini tattoos

As one of the most intriguing

Top facts about Manuel Lanzini

, the tattoos inked on his arm is specifically noticeable.

As he posted the image of his tattoos in a trio of pictures merged, he wrote in the caption "Never let you walk alone."

It actually indicates Lanzini and his son Benjamin both wearing a River Plate jersey, walking hand-in-hand as he spent the first 12 years of his career there, walking hand-in-hand.

But this is not all part of his tattoo as he has shown his love for his parent as well in such a way that they are overlooking Lanzini and his son with a smile and contented face.

The image was so interesting for the fans that less than one day it became viral on social media platforms. Yet it was not the only indication of his support for the club of River Plate, since he tends to celebrate the club victories on social media, too.

Manuel Lanzini social media

When it comes to

top facts about Manuel Lanzini social media

activity, it is notable to suggest that he is active on networking platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

Just with his account of


, he has racked up around 870 thousand followers on Instagram while an overwhelming majority of his posts are in line with his football profession along with his personal life affairs.

As part of the

top facts about Manuel Lanzini

, one of his recent outstanding activities on social media that attracted websites and news agencies is that he came on Twitter and apologized, taking responsibility for his bad mistake of attending a party over Christmas.

It happened before he was postured in an image taken at a gathering alongside Tottenham trio

Erik Lamela

, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon, while it circulated across social media and the club condemned the trio for breaking the Covid-19 guidelines.

After he apologized, he expressed as saying: “I know people have made difficult sacrifices to stay safe and I should be setting a better example.”

Yet he tried to compensate for his mistake as he tried to make amends for breaching COVID-19 guidelines over Christmas by donating to a food bank in London.

Manuel Lanzini net worth

In the last part of our top facts about Manuel Lanzini, one can point out to his market value of €10.00m that has made him be number 34 among all players from Argentina and number 277 among all players worldwide playing as "midfield".

But his highest market value was in 2020 as it was around €20.00m. Back then at the pick of his career, his annual salary was estimated to be around  £ 3 million with a weekly salary of around £70,000 made from playing football from West Ham United.

But when it comes to

Manuel Lanzini net worth

, we have not reached a conclusive result since some sources indicated it to be more than $ 16 million, while others suggested it to be a lot less than that spanning around $ 8 million, $ 5 million or even $ 1 million and $ 2 million.


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