|Estimated value:||€15 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
Mario Basler is a former professional soccer player and coach who also played a number of international matches for Germany. As the enfant terrible of the Bundesliga, he remained known to a broad public through his career as an active player. He recently published an autobiography and went on a reading tour with it.
Basler was born in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, where he initially played 10 years as a junior footballer for the local VfL Neustadt/Weinstrasse. In 1984 he switched to the youth team at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where he was promoted to the professional squad for the 1987/88 season. After two seasons in the Palatinate with just one appearance in the Bundesliga, Mario Basler moved to Rot-Weiss Essen in the 2nd Bundesliga. Here he was finally used regularly and his career as a professional footballer picked up speed.
After another two seasons, he moved from Rot-Weiss Essen to Hertha BSC, which at the time also only played in the 2nd Bundesliga. Werder Bremen became aware of him because of his consistently good performances and bought him in 1993 for DM 2 million. A year later he also won his first title in professional football here with the DFB Cup. A season later he was – together with Heiko Herrlich – with 20 goals for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga top scorer.
When he scored frequently the following year despite weaker performances by Werder, he was signed by FC Bayern Munich in 1996. Here he was also cup winner and twice German champion. However, the end of his engagement with the record champions was anything but happy. After an alleged brawl in a pizzeria, which is said to have taken place during his time in rehab, he was suspended from FC Bayern Munich. The club also commented on this decision by saying that this incident was not Mario Basler’s only transgression.
But Basler was lucky, 1. FC Kaiserslautern showed immediate interest in his former player. After four more or less successful seasons at his youth club, he ended his career with Al-Rayyan in Qatar. Since then he has played for various amateur clubs in Germany, most recently for TuS Rüssingen in 2016, where he even played in goal once.
His career in the national team lasted from 1994 to 1998, in which he made 30 appearances and scored only 2 goals. He was part of the squad at the 1996 European Championships, as well as at the 1994 World Cup, where, unlike at the European Championships, he did play one game.
Following his career as a player, he worked as a trainer at, among others, Jahn Regensburg, TuS Koblenz, Eintracht Trier and Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. Recently, however, he has shifted his activities more and more towards appearances on TV, whether on football talk shows or entertainment programs. He also organized a number of readings with his biography as content, as well as many other anecdotes from his not poor life.
Mario Basler’s greatest sporting success was winning the German championship in 1997 and 1999 with FC Bayern Munich. Although Mario Basler was also European champion with the German national team in 1996, he did not play for the entire tournament. With Werder Bremen he won the DFB Cup in 1994, which he also did in 1998 with FC Bayern Munich.
He also won the Goal of the Month award six times, which is decided by the audience at the sports show. In the 1994/95 season he was top scorer in the Bundesliga. In 1999, Mario Basler reached the final of the Champions League with FC Bayern Munich, in which he himself scored an early lead for his club. With two late goals conceded, Manchester United had to admit defeat at the end of the day.
Mario Basler was and is known for his loose mouth. He doesn’t mince his words and likes to share. Among other things, he delivered the following quotes in recent decades:
“I told him that verbally.”
“Greetings to my mum, my dad and especially my parents.”
“Bullshit, we never gamble for money. At most by 3,000 DM.”
“I’ve always said I don’t care who’s playing. The main thing is that I play.”
“No camera could catch me as fast as I ran today.”
Once he managed three direct corner kicks for his former club Werder Bremen in one season – an absolute rarity in professional football.
In 2015 he took part in the RTL dance show “Stepping Out” with his then girlfriend.
In 2016, he took part in a season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” where he placed third.
In 2019 he opened the bar MB30 in Cala Ratjada on Mallorca.
His biography was published in September 2019 and is entitled “Actually, I’m a super guy”, not least in reference to his nickname “Super Mario”, which in turn is inspired by the character of a computer game.
|Estimated value:||€15 million|