William Saliba is a French-born professional footballer who currently plays for Arsenal in Ligue 1 and the France national team. He is a central defender. William Alain Andre Gabriel Saliba was born.
|William Alain Andre Gabriel Saliba
|Date of Birth
|March 24, 2001
He was obsessed with football from a young age.
From a young age, Saliba was obsessed with football. He said that when he was little, he was constantly playing football and that he has always liked football. He aspired to be a professional player since he was three years old, and it remained his passion throughout his life. Though his family did not share his enthusiasm for football, they gave him a ball when he was a child, and he has been playing football ever since it was his sole sport of choice. He joined the club when he was six years old. He was tutored by Kylian Mbappe’s father.
He has been a lifelong Arsenal supporter.
Saliba has always enjoyed both playing and watching football since he was a child. According to Saliba, he grew up watching all of the Champions League games and fell in love with Arsenal at the time. When he was approximately seven or eight years old, he wore an Arsenal jersey. He idolized Thierry Henry as a child. He was the one he most admired, and he enjoyed watching him. So he was wearing an Arsenal shirt with Thierry Henry [on the back]. After signing a long-term deal with the club in July 2019, Saliba is now fulfilling his ambition.
In an interview, he said that despite having an option between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, he chose Arsenal because of his passion for the club. He spent time on loan at Nice and Marseille before returning to Arsenal for the 2022-23 season.
His parents are no longer alive
Saliba was born to a Cameroonian father and a Lebanese mother. According to accounts, both of his parents are no longer alive. He has two siblings: a brother and a sister.
He was given a one-month penalty for the snapchat video he shared.
After the three-year-old Snapchat video reappeared in February, Saliba was subjected to an inquiry by a disciplinary committee while on loan at Nice. Saliba’s video revealed one of his France youth international teammates m*sturbating nude. He received a one-month suspension punishment for his actions.
He wasn’t always a Defender
Saliba was not always a strong defender. He was a striker till the age of 12. He only altered his position when he switched clubs. According to Saliba, his U15s coach, Abdallah, asked him what other position he could play since there were so many midfielders already there, and he said that he could play as a striker.
His coach said that he would be tested as a defender, and Saliba performed well. Following the competition, his coach said that defense was his new duty and that he would sign for it. Saliba has been playing as a defender since that day. He even took a striker test at Bordeaux.
His net worth is believed to be approximately $5 million, according to sources as of July 2023.