Who is Landon Donovan? Intro
Landon Donovan is a retired American professional soccer player who played as a winger but can be deployed as a centre forward. His name in the footballing world is widely known in the United States, and he is considered one of the greatest Soccer players of all time. Despite enjoying spells in Europe for a while, having played for German side Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and English side Everton, most of his trophies were lifted in his homeland and his individual ones too, as he holds the record for the highest assist provider of all-time in the U.S. He is currently the Head Coach of San Diego Loyal SC in the USL Championship.
With his successful career and dominating performance in the United States, it would be strange if football fans do not wish to know Landon Donovan’s net worth. So, in this article, we will be discussing the American’s early career days and the very achievements that made up his net worth and fame.
Landon Donovan’s Net Worth & Salary
Landon Donovan’s Net Worth is estimated to be $14 million, which was most accumulated during his amazing football career. His salary is currently slated at $4 million.
Following retirement, Donovan alongside Warren Smith founded San Diego Loyal SC. The club is set to debut in the USL championship in 2020, with Smith set to be the president while Donovan will be the vice president of their new club.
Donovan is arguably one of the greatest soccer players of all time in the U.S. with his records. In his honour for being one of the most decorated players in the United States, the Major League Soccer MVP Award was renamed Landon Donovan MVP Award.
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Landon Donovan Bio & Age
Along with his twin sister, Donovan was born on March 4, 1982, to Donna Kenney-Cash and Tim Donovan with one being an American special education teacher and the other being a semi-professional Ice Hockey player. They are both of Irish descent. Donovan attended the Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands, California, where he spent most of his childhood. Discovering that he had a talent for soccer/football at the age of six, his mother allowed him to join an “organized league”, where he scored seven goals in his debut match.
Recognizing his talent, he was given an entry to the U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development, a program used to brew future American youngsters, in 1997. At 16 years of age, he represented the U.S U-17 national team at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, where he scored 35 goals in 41 games and ended up going home as the tournament’s best player after winning the Golden Ball.
Landon Donovan Career
Having been spotted by Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Michael Reschke in a youth European tournament, he signed a six-year contract with the German club. Shortly after signing, Donovan was then loaned to Major League Soccer’s side San Jose Earthquakes for the 2001 campaign. He quickly rose to prominence in the MLS as he was able to lead the Earthquakes to lift two MLS Cup Championships in 2001 and 2003. In the four seasons he spent with the club, Donovan was able to bag 33 goals and further provide 29 assists. This resulted in him being named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year three years in a row being the first player ever to do so.
He returned to Bayer Leverkusen in 2005 and decided to leave the German club claiming he wants to return to his homeland. However, he opted to join LA Galaxy when everybody thought he would return to the Earthquakes team. In his first campaign with the club, he found the back of the net 12 times and provided 10 assists helping the club win the MLS Cup. That same season, he was named in the MLS All-time Best Eleven. The American spent eleven seasons with LA Galaxy and in-between those campaigns he enjoyed loan spells to Bayern Munich and English side Everton but didn’t make much of a spark there. He ended up lifting four MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in his career with the Galaxy contributing 135 goals and 101 assists in 308 appearances in all competitions for the club.
He announced his retirement from soccer in his last season with LA Galaxy back in 2016, and just when everyone thought the American Soccer star has finally hung his boots, he returned two years later playing for Club Leon and San Diego Sockers.
Landon Donovan International Career
International level, Donovan represented the United States scoring 57 goals and 27 assists in 157 appearances having helped them win the CONCACAF Gold Cup four times and being a runner-up for the FIFA Confederations Cup back in 2009. His success made people wonder what Landon Donovan’s net worth is currently.
Landon Donovan’s Wife & Family
Landon Donovan got married to American actress Bianca Kajlich back in 2006. Three years later, the soccer player filed for a divorce. In 2015, he re-married Hanna Bartell, and the couple welcomed their first child into the world one year later, named Talon Bartell Donovan. Their second child was born and named Slate Bartell Donovan, while their third child, the only girl, was named Raven Bartell Donovan. The couple is blessed with three children.
Landon Donovan Jersey Number
While Landon Donovan is mostly known for his number 10 jersey, he wasn’t always putting it on. In the two seasons he actually played for Bayer Leverkusen, he wore No 26 and 23 jerseys. In his five seasons with San Jose Earthquakes, he wore the number 10 jersey from his debut to his last campaign with them. Throughout his stay with Los Angeles Galaxy, his name was synonymous with the number 10 jersey as well. At Bayern Munich, he wore the No 13 while he wore the No 9 jersey at Everton and No 20 at Club Leon FC.
For the United States senior team, he wore five different jersey numbers; 21, 20, 3, 2, and 10. The 2 and 3 were worn in his early years as a football and he was still exploring his options on the pitch.
Landon Donovan Facts: Did You Know?
- Landon Donovan was named U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year in 2000.
- He won MLS Player ESPY Award five times.
- He was Honda Player of the Year for seven years.
- He made MLS Best XI in seven different years.
- He won MLS Golden Boot in 2008.
- He was CONCACAF Gold Cup Top Scorer in 2003, 2005, and 2013.
- He was also CONCACAF Gold Cup MVP in 2013.
- Donovan was made FIFA World Cup Best Young Player in 2002.
- He is an IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) Legend.
- Landon Donovan is MLS’ Greatest Player of All Time.
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