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With a Net Worth of 20 million euros, Mats Hummels is in seventh place in the ranking of German footballers who are still active. Like the six players before him, he was part of the German national team that won the world title in Brazil in 2014.
Hummels embodies the prototype of the modern central defender: on the one hand, he keeps the opposing attackers in check with his speed and his header power, on the other hand, he intervenes in the attack with precise passes and a lot of overview and scores decisive goals.
Away from the football field, Hummels appears more frequently in tabloid magazines thanks to his wife Cathy. She works as a moderator and always makes a name for herself with her media appearances.
Mats Hummels was born in 1988 as the son of soccer player Hermann Hummels and sports journalist Ulla Holthoff in Bergisch Gladbach, where he spent his early childhood. After ending his career as an active soccer player, Hummel’s father became a soccer coach at SV Wehen and later at 1. FSV Mainz 05. Eventually he got the offer to become a junior coach at FC Bayern Munich.
The subsequent move to Munich enabled Mats Hummels to move to Bayern Munich’s youth ranks as a young player of seven. There he continued to develop steadily until he was allowed to appear in the regional league team for the first time in the 2005/2006 season in the A-Youth. Under the strict eyes of coach Hermann Gerland, he managed to earn a regular place and be recommended for the professional squad.
After Hummels signed his first contract with Bayern in 2007, he was initially unable to assert himself against the strong competition in the professional squad. To gain match practice, he went on loan to Borussia Dortmund in the 2007/2008 season.
There he made his first competitive game in January 2008 in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup against Werder Bremen. He made his Bundesliga debut in a BVB jersey two weeks later against Energie Cottbus. After convincing performances, he became an integral part of the team.
The 2008/2009 season was extremely unfortunate. Due to a ligament injury, he fell out of parts of the first half of the season and the entire second half of the season. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich agreed on a final change of Hummels.
From the 2009/10 season, things only went uphill for Hummels. He was a regular player again and qualified with the team for the Europa League. The following year he won the championship with Borussia. Borussia’s defense was by far the best in the league. In the 2011/2012 season, the team was even able to surpass the success by winning the double of the championship and the DFB Cup.
In the 2012/13 season, Hummels and his team only finished second in the championship. In the Champions League, too, he had to be satisfied with second place behind Bayern.
In 2013/14, they only managed second place in the DFB Cup behind Bayern. But Hummels achieved the next great success with the national team at the soccer World Cup in Brazil by winning the title.
After the BVB team once again only finished second in the DFB Cup in the 2015/2016 season, Hummels returned to FC Bayern, with whom he won the German championship three times and the DFB Cup once. Hummels is currently back under contract for BVB.
The highlight of Mats Hummel’s career is winning the soccer World Cup in 2014. With his strong performances, Hummels made a significant contribution to the success of the national team.
In the hard-fought quarter-finals against the French national team, he scored the deciding goal with a header to make it 1-0. In the final, together with his congenial defensive partner Jerome Boateng, he managed to largely take the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi out of the game.
“Thomas, Jerome and I have given everything for the national team for years and in my opinion this treatment does not do justice to what we have achieved. And that doesn’t leave me cold at all because I loved playing for Germany!” (About his retirement from the national team)
“I like Jogi Löw. I use his deodorant, his shampoo…”
Despite his relatively “old” age for a footballer, Mats Hummel’s market value is still estimated at 30 million euros
In the 2010/2011 season, Hummels was the Bundesliga’s top scorer for defenders with five goals.