Today we are covering some top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar personal life and career. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is one of the most underrated football players in the recent years. He played for some of the big clubs in Europe such as Ajax, Schalke, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was born on August 12th, 1983 in Voor-Drempt which is a small and beautiful village in the province of Gelderland at the center-east of Netherlands. So today
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar age
is 37 years old and sadly he is spending his last seasons as a professional football player in the Europe. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is currently playing forSchalke 04
in Bundesliga and is going to help this iconic German club to get through its current dark chapter.
No matter which club you support, you just can’t ignore Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as one of the top class strikers in his generation. The right footed attacker has always been a great threat when he got the ball in the opposition’s box. He was also a key part of Netherland’s national team squad in two consecutiveFIFA World Cups
and managed to score in both of them. In the following article we have gathered some top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar childhood and family,
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar net worth
and salary, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar children and wife and much more. Stay tuned!
Before we get into the details of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar personal life and stuff like that, let’s start with some quick
top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Full Name: Dirk Jan Klaas Huntelaar
Nicknames: The Hunter
Date of Birth: 12 August 1983
Place of Birth: Voor-Drempt, Netherlands
Current Age: 37
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight: 80 kg
Current Team: Schalke 04
Jersey Number: 21
Eredivisie top scorer in 2005–06 and 2007–08
Bundesliga top goalscorer in 2011–12 with 29 goals
AFC Ajax 2006 Player of the Year
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2006 golden player
Now let's get down to business and reveal some interesting top facts about this Dutch veteran striker.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar parents
played a huge part in developing their son’s talent and making him the footballer he is today. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar mother’s name is Maude Huntelaar and his father is named Dirk-Jan Huntelaar. His father was a big fan of the game and always encouraged and helped Klaas-Jan to follow his dreams on becoming a top level football player. On the other hand Maude Huntelaar, Klaas-Jan’s mother, was not much into the football and preferred spending her free time on painting. But she also was a supportive parent and was happy with the path that his son was going in.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the second child in his family. He has two brothers and all of these three sons in the Huntelaar’s family tried their luck in becoming a professional football player but obviously none of them was as successful as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. His elder brother is named Neik who is very passionate about supporting his little brother club, Schalke, and he even got arrested for that! It goes back to a Ruhr derby match between Schalke andBorussia Dortmund
in 2016. After the match, the two rival clubs fans got into a fight with each other and Neik Huntelaar was a part of that which got him arrested for a short time.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also has a younger brother who is named Jelle Huntellar. One of
the top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
younger brother is that he has an extraordinary similarity to his famous brother, Klaas-Jan. Therefore people in public often ask him to take a picture with them but as a moral duty, Jelle feels that he has to explain that he is not his brother and they are just look alike each other. Jelle says that even after the clarification, there are people that who still want to take a photo even with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar younger brother!
A few years after Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was born, his family moved to a small village called Hummelo. When he was about five years old, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar along his two brothers signed up in a local football club which was called VV H. en K. With a passionate father and two brothers who also were his teammates on the VV H. en K. football club,
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar childhood
was all about football. He played in VV H. en K. for six years and during this time, some scouts recognized his talents and approached to sign him.
One of the clubs that was interested in signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the Go Ahead Eagles. But this club was located in Deventer in the province of Overijssel which was far away from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hometown so they had to reject the offer. A few months later in 1994 the scouts fromDe Graafschap
showed their interest and this time everything was in order for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to sign his first ever football contract at the age of 10.
It’s quite common for football players at that age to constantly change their position on the pitch until they find the right place. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar went down the same road and experienced playing in different positions. The coaches deployed him in winger, full-back, attacking midfielder and even goalkeeper. It took about two years for coaches to decide that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar skill set are well suited for a striker and that’s the best position that they can use him in. At that time Klaas-Jan Huntelaar age was about 14 years old and was preparing to introduce himself as one of the most talented players in Netherlands.
In the season of 1997-98 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was playing for De Graafschap C-team and managed to score 33 goals in just 20 matches which was more than enough to get him promoted to the B1 team. After spending two years in De Graafschap B1-team and scoring 31 goals in 1999-2000 season, it was the time for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to make his next big move by joining to the well know PSV Eindhoven. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar continued playing at youth level for another two years until in 2002 when he promoted toPSV Eindhoven
senior team. He made his senior level football debut on November 23rd 2002 in a league match against RBC Roosendaal.
After his debut match for PSV Eindhoven, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was ready to start his senior career and make his way to the top of the European football. At that time PSV Eindhoven had to loan him out in order to help him develop his talents and gain experience. So Klaas-Jan Huntelaar joined the AGOVV club in the Eerste Divisie which is Netherland’s second tier. Huntelaar stats were amazing in the 2003-04 season and he scored 26 goals in 35 matches which made him the club’s best player in that season. One of the
top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
is that due to his incredible season in AGOVV, they named one of the Sportpark Berg & Bos stadium (AGOVV home stadium) stands after him.
After his loan expired, PSV tried to give him a new contract but Huntellar refused to accept that andHeerenveen
bought him from PSV. In his new team Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was still delivering and his goal scoring form didn’t face a decline. During two season at De Superfriezen, Huntelaar scored 36 goals and attracted the attention of the biggest club in Netherland: AFC Ajax. In the year 2006 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar joined Ajax when he was 23 years old and the rest is history!
In the year 2000 when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was only 17 years old, he met his soul mate Maddy Schoolderman. It started when they were both students in Rietveld and after a while they both find out that they are the best one for each other. After living with each other for more than 20 years, Klaas-Jan and Maddy were blessed by four children but they never got married officially. Klaas-Jan mentioned that in an interview that he not a huge fan of traditions and stuff like wedding and is totally happy with his current relationship with Maddy. So although Maddy Schoolderman is not officially
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wife
, they both feel like they are married to each other and don’t need a wedding to prove that!
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar children
are three boys and a girl. Klaas-Jan and Maddy had their first child in 2009 and they named him Seb. The second one was also a boy who was born in 2011 and they named him Alex. In 2013 they had their first and only daughter named Puck and in 2017 the happy family was blessed by another son named Jim. One of the
top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
is that he has a nephew named Koen Florin Huntelaar who is also a professional football player. He is currently 22 years old midfielder playing foe VV DUNO in Netherland’s lower divisions.
After having a rather successful career in some of the biggest clung in Europe, you would expect that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar net worth numbers to be huge. Well they are huge, it is estimated that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar net worth is at least €8m. But with a look at
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar personal life
you would notice that he is living a relatively simple life for a football player with that amount of net worth. He is not obsessed with super sport cars or living in a big luxurious house.
At the start of the 2020-21 season Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was playing forAjax
and there were some rumors that he is going to retire at the end of the season. At that time
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar salary
was €55Th per week which is normal for a player in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar age. In the winter transfer window of 2021, Huntelaar left Ajax and got back to his former beloved club Schalke to save them from relegation. It was a short term contract for the Dutch striker which is going to expire in the coming weeks and there is no valid information about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar salary in it.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar uses his social media accounts to be in touch with his fans and express himself as a football player. Like almost every football player, he is mainly post football related stuff like pictures from trainings and matches on his social media accounts. You can follow
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar social media accounts
by clicking on the following links:Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Instagram account
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Twitter account
,Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Facebook account
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar spent his free time on hobbies like cooking, playing video games and spending quality time with his family. He also has a close relationship with his father. One of
the top facts about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
is that since his hometown in Netherland wasn’t that far away from Gelsenkirchen, his father used to drive him to the training ground at Schalke. When the media asked him why he is still giving a ride to his son Dirk-Jan Huntelaar, Klaas-Jan’s father, joked about that and said because he is a better driver than his son!
As a 37 years old striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar value in the transfer market are at its lowest. He is market value at the moment is estimated to be about €800Th. His highest market value was €20m according to the transfermarkt web site. He has Soccer Vision BV agency as his agent. This is the same agency that represents players likeDavy Propper
and Daley Sinkgraven. Another fact about
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Transfermarket Stats
is that he has played for eight different clubs throughout his senior career.
He started with PSV Eindhoven and got loaned out to AGOVV Apeldroon and had his breakthrough season at there. The in 2004, Heerenveen bought him for €900Th. After two successful seasons, Ajax approached him and paid €9.00m to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stats
in Ajax was improving season by season. He scored 76 goals in just 92 matches for Ajax and broke some records like reaching the 100 goals milestone in Eredivise before he got 25th years old. The only players who managed to do that were the legendary Dennis Bergkamp and Dirk Kuyt.
In his last season for Ajax, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was enjoying his time by playing alongsideLuis Suarez
. He even got the chance to wear the captain armband on several occasions. In that season he scored 33 goals in 34 matches and that was enough for Real Madrid to sign him. In the next season’s January transfer window, Real Madrid paid €27.00m to convince Ajax to let their talented striker leave the club. But his Real Madrid campaign wasn’t as good as expected. He played 20 matches in the second half of season and scored 9 goals in those matches. Although Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stats were not that bad, Real Madrid decided to sell him to AC Milan in the summer of 2009.
So Klaas-Jan Huntelaar joinedAC Milan
for a transfer fee of €17.00m and was going to try his luck in another European giant. But once again he struggled to make his way to the starting line-up. Milan had decent striker like Marco Boriello and Inzaghi in their squad therefore Huntelaar didn’t find the chance to get much playing time. He scored seven goals for The Rossonerri and in the summer of 2010, just after one season playing for Milan he got sold to FC Schalke for €14.00m.
It turned out that Schalke was the best place for The Hunter and both the club and the player were enjoying it. In his seven years at Schalke, Huntelaar played 249 matches and scored 128 goals and provided 36 assists. He was one of the key players in The Miners squad and due to his goal scoring abilities, he was amongst one of the most popular players inBundesliga
. At the age of 34, Huntelaar decided to return to Ajax and end his career there. He even said that earlier in 2020 that he is defiantly going to retire at the end of the season but now it seems that he is rethinking about that and it’s possible for him to postpone his retirement for another year or two.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had a decent international career as well. He started playing for the national team in 2002 by playing for the Netherlands U21 squad. In 2006 he made his Netherland’s senior team debut by playing against Republic of Ireland. Since then he always had his place in the Oranje squad alongside stars likeArjen Robben
, Robin van Persie, and Wesley Sneijder. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored 42 goals in 76 games for the Netherlands national team and retired from international football in 2015.