Granit Xhaka is a well-known Swiss football player who was born and raised in Basel. He is the captain of the Switzerland national team and plays as a midfielder for Premier League club ‘Arsenal’. He made his senior debut in 2011 and has since received 90 caps for Switzerland, including appearances at the FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2018, as well as the UEFA Euro 2016.
Granit was part of the Swiss team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009. He began his youth football career with Concordia Basel (2000-2001) before transferring to Basel (2002-2010). He played senior football with Basel from 2010 to 2012, Borussia Mönchengladbach from 2012 to 2016, and Arsenal since 2016.
Granit Xhaka Age
Xhaka is 30 years old as of 2022 he was born on 27 September 1992 in Basel, Switzerland, Europe. He celebrates his birthday on 27th September every year and his birth sign is Libra.
Granit Xhaka Height
Granit stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inches (1.85 meters).
Granit Xhaka Weight
Xhaka Weighs 154 lbs (70 kg).
Granit Xhaka Family, Parents and Siblings
Granit was born to Eli and Ragip Xhaka in Basel. His parents are Albanian and originally from Kuršumlija, Serbia. His father Ragip was a political prisoner in the former Yugoslavia. He spent his childhood with his two siblings, a brother named Taulant Xhaka who is also a professional footballer, and a sister named Agnesa Xhaka.
When his father was 22 years old, he was student at University of Pristina who participated in a 1986 student demonstration in Yugoslavia against the central government in Belgrade. As a result, he was arrested and given a six-year sentence (he spent three and a half years in prison). The family later moved from Podujevo, District of Pristina to Switzerland in 1990.
Xhaka is the younger brother of Taulant Xhaka, who is also a professional footballer and plays for FC Basel and the Albania national team. The brothers their youth football playing career while playing with Concordia Basel and then moved to Basel. He played for the Euro 2016, where Switzerland’s campaign opened against Albania in Lens, playing against his brother, winning 1-0.
Granit is happily married to his wife Leonita Lekaj. The couple tied the knot on 6th July 2017 after they had dated for a long time. Leonita Lekaj was first spotted alongside his family as he battled against his brother during his national team’s match against Albania at Euro 2016. They are blessed with a daughter named Ayana Xhaka, who was born on 7 October 2019.
Xhaka has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars as of 2020. This includes his assets, money and income. His primary source of income is his career as a Professional Footballer. Through his various sources of income, he has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.
Granit Xhaka Measurements and Facts
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Granit Xhaka Wiki
- Full Names: Granit Xhaka
- Gender: Male
- Occupation / Profession: Professional Footballer
- Nationality: Swiss
- Race / Ethnicity: White (Albanian descent)
- Religion: Muslim (of Islamic faith)
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
Granit Xhaka Birthday
- Age / How Old?: 28 years (2020)
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Date of Birth: 27 September 1992
- Place of Birth: Basel, Switzerland, Europe
- Birthday: 27 September
Granit Xhaka Body Measurements
- Body Measurements: Not Available
- Height / How Tall?: 6 feet 1 inches (1.85 meters)
- Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
- Eye Color: Dark Brown
- Hair Color: Dark Brown
- Shoe Size: Not Available
Granit Xhaka Family and Relationship
- Father (Dad): Ragip Xhaka
- Mother: Eli Xhaka
- Siblings (Brothers and Sisters):Taulant and Agnesa Xhaka
- Marital Status: Married
- Wife/Spouse: Married to Leonita Xhaka
- Children: Daughter(s) (Ayana Xhaka)
Granit Xhaka Net Worth and Salary
- Net Worth: $15 Million
- Salary: Under Review
- Source of Income: Professional Footballer
Granit Xhaka Arsenal
On 25th May 2016 Xhaka signed to Arsenal for a fee of around £30–35 million. He made his debut for Arsenal (as a half-time substitution) in a 2–1 win against the MLS All-Stars.
Granit made his competitive debut for Arsenal in the club’s opening match of the 2016–17 Premier League season, a 4–3 defeat to Liverpool, replacing midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the 65th minute while also picking up a yellow card in the process. His first goal for the club came on 17 September 2016, a 25-yard thunderbolt in a 4–1 Premier League victory against Hull City.
On 15th October 2016 he got his first Arsenal red card in a 3–2 win over Swansea City. On 22 January 2017, Xhaka was sent off for the second time in the season, by referee Jon Moss, in Arsenal’s 2–1 home win against Burnley. After his first goal for the club in September, he would not score in the Premier League again until doing so in May, scoring the first goal of a 2–0 victory over Manchester United, ending United’s run of 25 consecutive games unbeaten.
Xhaka went on to feature throughout Arsenal’s triumphant FA Cup campaign. As so he started in the Cup final against Chelsea which the Gunners won 2–1. Xhaka also played in the 2017 Community Shield that Arsenal won on penalties over Chelsea. His first goal of the 2017–18 season came in a 3–3 draw with Liverpool, Xhaka scored a 25-yard thunderbolt to take Arsenal from 2–1 to 2–2.
Granit Xhaka Basel
Granit and his brother began their youth football by Concordia Basel and both moved to Basel in 2002. Xhaka played for various Basel youth teams and since 2008 has been a member of the U-21 squad. Between 2008 and 2010, he played 37 games for the U-21 team, scoring eleven goals.
Since the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Xhaka played for the Basel first team. He made his first team debut in the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League in the away match against Debrecen in the Szusza Ferenc Stadium. At the end of the 2010–11 season, Xhaka won the Super League Championship title with Basel and at the end of the 2011–12 season he won the Double, the League Championship title and the Swiss Cup with the club.
Granit Xhaka Borussia Mönchengladbach
Xhaka signed a five-year deal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Xhaka made his debut in a DFB-Pokal first round match against Alemannia Aachen on 18 August 2012. He made his first appearance in European competition for Borussia three days later against Dynamo Kyiv in qualification for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League. On 25 August, he made his Bundesliga debut in the team’s opening match of the season against 1899 Hoffenheim. On 30 September, he made his first appearance for Borussia in the Champions League proper against Manchester City.
Granit Xhaka International career
Granit has played for Swiss youth squad at the U-17 level, participating in the Under-17 World Cup in 2009 in Nigeria. He played his first game for the Switzerland national under-19 football team on 25 May 2010 against Austria national under-19 football team.
He played his first game for the under-21 side on 3 September 2010 against the Republic of Ireland at the Cornaredo Stadium in Lugano in the qualification to the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He was included in the Switzerland national football team 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Xhaka debuted for Switzerland at Wembley Stadium against England in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualification draw on 4 June 2011. He participated in all ten of Switzerland’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign matches and was named in Switzerland’s 2014 World Cup squad. He was selected for Euro 2016.
Granit Xhaka Read Cards
Granit has received several red cards. While playing for Arsenal, he received a red card during the April 2014, came in a 3–2 win over Swansea City on 15 October 2016. He received his fifth red card for the team in his 95th game on 20 December, for striking his opponent in the first half.
Frequently Asked Questions about Granit Xhaka
Who is Granit Xhaka?
Granit Xhaka is a renowned Swiss Professional Footballer. He plays for English for Premier League club ‘Arsenal’ as a midfielder and he is the Captains of the Switzerland national team. In 2011, he made his senior debut and since then he has won 90 caps, representing his Switzerland nation at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2018, and also at UEFA Euro 2016.
How old is Granit Xhaka?
Xhaka is 28 years old as of 2020, he was born on 27 September 1992 in Basel, Switzerland, Europe. His birth sign is Libra.
How tall is Granit Xhaka?
Granit stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inches (1.85 meters).
Is Granit Xhaka married?
Yes, he is married to his wife Leonita Lekaj. The couple tied the knot on 6th July 2017 after they had dated for a long time. They are blessed with a daughter named Ayana Xhaka, who was born on 7 October 2019.
How much is Granit worth?
Xhaka has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars as of 2020. This includes his assets, money and income. His primary source of income is his career as a Professional Footballer.
Where does Xhaka live?
Because of security reasons, he has not shared his precise location of residence. We will update this information if we get the location and images of his house.