Christian Eriksen (born 14 February 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Denmark national team.
Eriksen is considered one of the best playmakers of his generation, known for his technique, vision, crossing and long-range shooting abilities. He began his senior career at Dutch club Ajax, where he won three consecutive Eredivisie titles from 2010 to 2013.
In 2013, Eriksen joined Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, where he was named their Player of the Season in his debut campaign. After seven seasons at Spurs, Eriksen signed for Serie A club Inter Milan in 2020, winning the Scudetto in his first season.
The Danish star has amassed over 100 caps for the Denmark national team since his debut in 2010. He was instrumental in his country’s run to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, where he sadly collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest. After being fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device, Eriksen made his return to professional football in early 2022 at Brentford, before signing for Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen’s Net Worth and Salary
According to multiple reports, Christian Eriksen’s current net worth is estimated to be around $30 million as of 2024. The majority of his wealth has been accumulated through the salaries earned while playing for top European clubs like Ajax, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Manchester United.
At the peak of his career, Eriksen was one of the highest paid players in the Premier League, earning a reported £80,000 per week basic salary at Tottenham. In 2020, he signed a lucrative 4-year contract with Inter Milan that paid him an annual salary of €7.5 million. Since joining Manchester United in 2022, Eriksen is believed to be earning around £200,000 per week.
In addition to his playing contracts, Eriksen has earned supplementary income through various endorsement deals and sponsorships with brands like Nike, Danish bank LundElmer, software company Tatanka and Beats by Dre headphones. Factoring in all these revenue streams, his net worth is expected to continue rising in the coming years.
What is Christian Eriksen’s Salary at Manchester United?
It is reported that Eriksen signed a 3-year contract with Manchester United in July 2022 that sees him earn a weekly wage of around £200,000. This works out to an annual salary of £10.4 million at Old Trafford.
With performance-based bonuses, Eriksen has the opportunity to earn even more per season at United. This makes him one of the highest paid players currently at the club.
How old is Christian Eriksen? Age and Early Life
Christian Eriksen was born on 14 February 1992 in Middelfart, Denmark. As of 2024, Eriksen is 32 years old.
He began playing football from a young age, joining local youth club Middelfart G&BK at the age of 3. Even at a young age, Eriksen’s intelligence and technical ability stood out from his peers.
Eriksen spent 7 years developing in Middelfart’s academy before moving to Odense Boldklub in 2004 at age 12. He continued excelling as a youth player at OB, attracting interest from scouts across Europe.
In 2008, at the age of 16, Eriksen made the switch to the famed Ajax youth academy in Amsterdam to further his development. The following year, he graduated to the reserves squad, showcasing his playmaking talent in the Dutch reserve league.
Christian Eriksen’s Career Timeline and Records
Breakthrough at Ajax
Eriksen signed his first professional contract with Ajax in October 2008, shortly after turning 16. The following season, he made his senior debut for Ajax in a Dutch Cup match in November 2009, aged 17 years and 9 months.
Over the next 18 months, Eriksen gradually earned more playing time under manager Martin Jol. His technical quality, vision and long-range shooting ability marked him out as an outstanding prospect even at a club famous for developing young talent.
The 2010-11 season was Eriksen’s breakthrough year in Amsterdam as he established himself as a key player for Ajax, tallying 25 assists across all competitions – a club record. His creativity helped Ajax win their first Eredivisie league title in 7 years.
By the time he turned 21, Eriksen had won three consecutive Dutch league championships with Ajax, showcasing his development into one of Europe’s most gifted young midfielders.
Transfer to Tottenham Hotspur
In August 2013, several major European clubs were chasing Eriksen’s signature after his exploits in Amsterdam. He ultimately chose to join Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League for a transfer fee of £11.5 million.
Eriksen immediately adapted to English football in his debut season, recording 10 goals and 9 assists in all competitions. He was named Tottenham’s Player of the Season in his first campaign and also won the club’s Goal of the Season award.
Over the next 6 seasons at Spurs, despite the team lacking consistency and silverware, Eriksen was a model of creativity, productivity and reliability from midfield:
- Made over 300 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions
- 51 goals
- 67 assists
- Voted as Tottenham’s Player of the Season twice (2014, 2018)
- Selected in PFA Team of the Year once (2017-18)
Eriksen was the engine of the Spurs team for much of the decade but sadly missed out on winning any trophies during his time in North London.
Brief Spell at Inter Milan
In the 2019-20 season, Eriksen entered the final year of his Spurs contract and publicly stated his desire for a new challenge away from Tottenham. In January 2020, Italian club Inter Milan signed the Danish playmaker for a cut-price £17 million due to his contract situation.
In his first half-season under manager Antonio Conte, Eriksen helped Inter finish runners-up in Serie A and reach the Europa League final. But the Danish newcomer struggled initially to adapt to Conte’s tactics.
The following 2020-21 campaign proved to be the peak of Eriksen’s time in Italy. He finally found his creative rhythm and contributed 5 goals and 11 assists as Inter stormed to their first Serie A title in 11 years. Eriksen had won his fourth league winners medal in four different countries by age 29.
But just a month later at Euro 2020, he sadly collapsed during a group game against Finland after suffering a shocking cardiac arrest on the pitch. Quick medical intervention thankfully saved Eriksen’s life but his football career hung in the balance.
Comeback Trail at Brentford and Manchester United
After being fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) heart-starting device, Eriksen had to terminate his Inter contract in December 2021 due to Serie A health regulations. He spent the next few months training privately as he plotted an emotional return to the game.
In January 2022, Brentford offered the 30-year-old a six-month Premier League lifeline to prove his fitness. Eriksen grabbed it with both hands and excelled for the Bees, scoring 1 goal with 4 assists in 11 games to help them stay up.
His performances demonstrated Eriksen had lost none of his creative class during seven months away from the game. In July 2022, Manchester United signed the Dane on a lucrative three-year contract under new manager Erik ten Hag.
At United, Eriksen has quickly established himself as a key midfield orchestrator capable of controlling games with his passing range and decision making. He brings a vital source of chance creation and a winning mentality to Old Trafford as United aim to return to the top level in English football.
Christian Eriksen’s Family and Personal Relationships
Eriksen was born in Middelfart, Denmark to his hairdresser mother Kirsten and father Thomas Eriksen. His parents divorced when Christian was just 3 years old.
Along with his older sister Louise and younger sister Karla, Eriksen was raised solely by his mother Kirsten from a young age in Middelfart. The family had limited means but Eriksen followed his passion for football with dedication even as a small child.
Eriksen began playing organised football for his local club Middelfart G&BK from age 3. His mother Kirsten ferried him to and from practice sessions and games throughout his childhood. Eriksen has often praised the sacrifices made by his mother to support his football ambitions during this period.
When Eriksen moved to Odense aged 12 and particularly after joining Ajax as a teenager, he didn’t see his family as often due to the distance. But his mother and sisters have remained incredibly supportive of his career over the years.
Relationship with Girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen
Eriksen has been in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen for over a decade now. The couple began dating while Eriksen was still a youth player at Ajax in Holland.