Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen Net Worth, Income, Career & All Wiki [World Cup 2022]

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What is Jan Vertonghen recent Net worth?
$25 million

Who is Jan Vertonghen?

Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen is a Belgian footballer who now plays for Benfica in the Primeira Liga and for the Belgium national team. He is primarily a central defender, but he can also play left-back. In 2006, Vertonghen made his senior debut for Ajax, a Dutch club. Vertonghen joined Tottenham Hotspur in July 2012, and in his debut Premier League season, he was named to the PFA Team of the Year. Vertonghen made his international debut for Belgium in 2007, and he currently holds the record for most caps (137, according to FIFA standards, plus three unauthorized games). He was a member of Belgian teams who placed fourth in the 2008 Olympics, advanced to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, UEFA Euro 2016, and Euro 2020 finals, and finished third in the 2018 World Cup.

Jan Vertonghen was born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, on April 24, 1987, to Paul Vertonghen and Ria Mattheeuws. He grew up with two brothers, Lode and Ward, who were both football players. When it comes to his nationality, he is Belgian and of white origin. Taurus is his zodiac sign. He began playing club football with VK Tielrode when he was ten years old. He joined Germinal Beershot three years later, where he stayed for the next three years.

Jan Vertonghen is a 31-year-old married guy. Sophie de Vries, his high school girlfriend, was his bridesmaid. The defender met Sophie when they were both students at the VMBO in Amsterdam Zuidoost, where he had been trained since he was seventeen in the Ajax football Youth Academy. Jan and Sophie are the proud parents of two children. With the birth of their daughter Leyla a year after their marriage, the couple became parents for the first time. In 2017, their second child, a son, was born. His wife is from Amsterdam, and she went to the College of the Arts after finishing high school.

The center-back signed a contract with Benfica in 2021 that pays him a stunning 3 million Euros (2.2 million pounds) each year. His net worth is quite significant; he has consistently been one of the highest-paid Spurs players for numerous seasons, and his net worth is estimated to be above 22 million euros (20.8 Million Pound). His market value is gradually decreasing, though, as he grows older and, as we all know, father time is unstoppable. His current market value, however, is still reasonable: 10 million Euros (8 Million Pound).

Vertonghen is 1.88 meters tall and 88 kilograms. He has 1.1 million Instagram followers and 951.5k Twitter followers.

The Career of Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen Benfica

Player: Jan Vertonghen Benfica (source: Ars Technica)

Vertonghen traveled to the Netherlands and signed a deal with AFC Ajax’s development academy after spending time with VK Tielrode and Germinal Beerschot. He started out as a midfielder for Ajax before moving to center-back. During his stint in the reserves, he made headlines for a goal he scored in a 2006 KNVB Cup match against Cambuur Leeuwarden, his first home game at the Amsterdam Arena, to put Ajax 3–0 up. In a 6–0 triumph over Willem II at the Amsterdam Arena, he got his first start and Eredivisie debut, and he would play two more games in the first half of the season.

He was transferred on loan to struggling RKC Waalwijk for the remainder of the 2006–07 season after the winter break. He played 12 matches with RKC, scoring three times, but he couldn’t save the team from relegation to the Eerste Divisie. One of his goals at RKC Waalwijk came against his parent club, Ajax, in a 2–2 tie that saw Ajax finish second in the league on a goal difference of only one goal difference behind PSV.

Due to a severe injury and the presence of center defenders John Heitinga and Thomas Vermaelen, Vertonghen returned to Ajax for the 2007–08 season, where he was predicted for stardom but was unable to break through. Johan Cruyff had expressed his admiration for the left-footed kid, who can play in any left-sided position in defense and midfield, by extending his contract to 30 June 2013 on September 26, 2008. For the young defender, the 2008–09 season was a watershed moment. Vertonghen became Thomas Vermaelen’s first-choice partner in central defense after John Heitinga left for Atlético Madrid; the former started 23 of the 26 games he appeared in and scored four goals.

Vertonghen emerged as one of Ajax’s top players during the 2011–12 Eredivisie season, showcasing his versatility to cover numerous positions after the club allowed several regular players out on long-term loans. He was voted the 2011–12 Eredivisie Player of the Year after an excellent season that included a performance that earned him accolades against Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16.

Vertonghen was connected with English club Tottenham Hotspur throughout the 2011–12 season and openly voiced his desire to join White Hart Lane ahead of a number of other clubs. His desire to play as a center-back was a crucial reason in this since Arsenal preferred to employ him as a defensive midfielder. Tottenham agreed to money and terms for Vertonghen on July 8, 2012, subject to a medical. Tottenham confirmed on July 12 that Vertonghen had successfully passed his physical and had officially signed him for a fee of roughly 12 million Euros. Vertonghen made his Tottenham debut in a 3–2 friendly win over Brentford on 14 July and scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Carlisle United in the third round of the Football League Cup on 26 September. Vertonghen scored his first Premier League goal in a historic 2–3 triumph at Old Trafford against Manchester United, albeit it was later deemed an own goal by Jonny Evans.

Villa striker Nicklas Helenius gained notoriety during a League Cup match with Aston Villa in September when Vertonghen pulled down his shorts while shooting on goal, revealing his underwear. Vertonghen appeared to be out of favor with new manager Mauricio Pochettino at the start of the 2014–15 season. Vertonghen was given limited playing time by the Argentine, who preferred Younès Kaboul and Federico Fazio.

At the start of the 2015–16 season, Vertonghen was joined in defense by former Ajax teammate and countrymen Alderweireld. Vertonghen and Alderweireld started ten of the first ten games of the season together, with Spurs winning only one of them. He injured his medial knee ligament in late January 2016 and was out for 11 weeks.

In the 2019–20 season, Vertonghen snatched a 2–1 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers by scoring a late goal that also served as the winning goal, his first of the season. In a 2–1 home comeback win over Brighton & Hove Albion on December 26, 2019, he made his 300th Tottenham appearance. Vertonghen’s contract was meant to expire on June 30, 2020, however owing to the COVID-19 interruption, it was extended until the end of the 2019–20 season. After the club’s final game of the season, against Crystal Palace, he became a free agent. Vertonghen was absent from the match.

Benfica confirmed the signing of the 33-year-old on a three-year contract on August 14, 2020. He made his Champions League debut on September 15th, scoring his own goal in a 2–1 loss against Greece’s PAOK FC in a one-leg encounter. Three days later, he made his Primeira Liga debut, a 5–1 victory over F.C. Famalico in the season opener. Vertonghen scored his first goal for Benfica in a Europa League group stage match against Lech Poznan on December 3, 2020.

In 2006, Vertonghen made his international debut at the under-21 level, and he competed in the 2007 UEFA U21 Championships. In a 2–1 home loss to Portugal in UEFA Euro 2008 qualification on June 2, 2007, he made his senior debut for the national squad. He was fouled by replacement attacker Hugo Almeida, who was sent off, near the end of the game. Vertonghen was also selected for the 2008 Olympics, where he appeared in every game as the Belgians finished fourth.

He established himself as a regular in 2010 World Cup qualifying, starting at center-back alongside former Ajax teammate Thomas Vermaelen. He scored the game’s first goal, which was also his first international goal.

Vertonghen was chosen to be Belgium’s team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on May 13, 2014. After Vertonghen brought down Sofiane Feghouli and received a yellow card in the team’s first encounter against Algeria, the African side was given a penalty. Algeria’s Feghouli scored a penalty kick goal, but Belgium rallied back to win 2–1. On June 22, he was replaced in the starting lineup by Thomas Vermaelen in the second match against Russia.

During a training session with the Belgian squad early in the 2014–15 season, Vertonghen knocked a youngster unconscious with a wayward shot. He tore two ligaments in his ankle in an injury while practicing before the UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales, and as a result, he missed the match, which Belgium lost. Vertonghen won his 100th cap (the first in Belgian history) against the same opposition (Portugal) eleven years after making his international debut.

Vertonghen kicked off Belgium’s second-half comeback from a 0–2 deficit against Japan at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, heading from 20 yards out to the far post in a 3–2 triumph.

Awards, Titles, and Achievements

Jan Vertonghen Belgium

Player: Jan Vertonghen Belgium (source: Ars Technica)



  • Eredivisie: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • KNVB Cup: 2006–07, 2009–10; runner-up: 2010–11

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Football League Cup runner-up: 2014–15
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2018–19


  • Taça de Portugal runner-up: 2020–21
  • Taça da Liga runner-up: 2021–22


  • FIFA World Cup third-place: 2018


  • Ajax Talent of the Year (Marco van Basten Award): 2007–08
  • Ajax Player of the Year (Rinus Michels Award): 2011–12
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 2012
  • AFC Ajax Club of 100: 2012
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2012–13 Premier League, 2017–18 Premier League
  • Premier League Player of the Month: March 2013
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2018–19
  • RBFA 125 Years All-Star Team: 2020
  • IFFHS All-Time Belgium Dream Team: 2021