Mikel Arteta Amatriain is a professional football manager and former player from Spain. He was born on March 26, 1982. Sure, we all know that he’s the current Arsenal coach, but no one knew much about him before he became the boss and there’s still so much to know.
Mikel Arteta was known as one of the best players of his generation, playing as an attacking and defensive midfielder during his professional playing time. Not long ago, Mikel Arteta, the club’s former midfielder replaced the team’s interim head coach, Freddie Ljungberg, after Unai Emery was sacked in November 2019.
Here are some of the top facts you didn’t know about Gunners boss Mikel Arteta!
Rare heart disease as a kid
He was just a toddler when he suffered a rare health condition where his heart did not get the right supply of clean blood. As a result, he required an emergency heart operation that only a few doctors in Spain had practical knowledge of.
This is while he had a strong passion for football that his parents couldn’t stop. Therefore, they were forced to consult medical experts to see how great was the risk for young Arteta to play football.
His partner is a former Miss Spain
The stunning former Miss Spain, Lorena Bernal, is Mikel Arteta’s wife. When she was just 17 years old, she won the title in 1999. She has appeared in several shows, including CSI: Miami, as an actress. The three sons that Lorena Bernal and Mikel Arteta share were born in 2009, 2012, and 2015.
The 37-year-old has earned the sum of a good amount of money and salary from his current profession in the field of sports industry since 1991.
It is said that currently, his net worth is $19 million. It has been said that his current contract is based on the same amount Unai Emery received as Arsenal coach as he earns almost $6 million annually from coaching the team.
Command over 7 Languages
He can speak 4 languages fluently, which are Spanish, Basque, Catalan, and English. The other three languages are French, Italian and Portuguese, which he can speak a fair amount of! Managers usually need to know several languages due to their career requirements since they have to…