Christian Eriksen Profile
|Born||Feb 14, 1992|
Christian Eriksen is a Danish professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Italian Serie A club Inter Milan and the Denmark national team.
Eriksen started his career as a youngster with hometown club Middelfart G&BK before moving on to OB and then Dutch giants Ajax.
After joining Ajax's ranks in 2008, he made his first team breakthrough in 2010 and promptly established himself as an integral part of the team.
In 2013, Eriksen signed for Tottenham Hotspur, where he enjoyed seven successful years. He helped Spurs reach the final of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
In 2020, Eriksen signed for Inter Milan, where he played a part in the club winning their first Serie A title in 11 years in the 2020/21 season under Antonio Conte.
At the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, which kicked off in June 2021, Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark. He was swiftly and successfully attended to before being moved to hospital where his condition thankfully stabilised.
Christian Eriksen and Ajax
Eriksen signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Ajax in October 2008.
He made his breakthrough in the Ajax first team during the 2009/10 season and swiftly became a regular in the side. He earned high praise from manager Martin Jol.
"He is a boy we consider a product of our academy, but in reality he joined us at an age where he already fell into the Under-18 category. We had to pay quite a lot of money to sign him," said Jol, as quoted by UEFA's official website.
"In England this wouldn't be considered expensive, but in Holland it is a big investment. But it seems his talents are shining through, because after a short period in the U18s he is now with us in the first team.
"He is a player in the same tradition as Rafael van der Vaart or Wesley Sneijder - the same type of player, a sort of playmaker. There is depth to his game. He reads the game well, he's capable of feeding the attackers, he is skilful. He is a player who will turn out to be either very good or even great."
Eriksen won Eredivisie titles with Ajax in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13. He was an important influence in the No. 10 role.
In all competitions, Eriksen played 162 matches for Ajax's first team, scoring 32 goals.
Christian Eriksen and Tottenham Hotspur
On August 30, 2013, Eriksen signed for Tottenham Hotspur, then under the guidance of Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas, for a reported transfer fee of £11million.
Eriksen was consistently impressive for Spurs, but he was one of a raft of new signings to counteract the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, which had been on the horizon for some time. Unfortunately for Villas-Boas, many of his new signings did not settle at Spurs as seamlessly as Eriksen did.
Villas-Boas lost his job midway through the season and was replaced briefly by Tim Sherwood. He was unable to secure UEFA Champions League football for the north London club.
Mauricio Pochettino took over as Spurs boss ahead of the 2014/15 season. There were promising signs early in his reign, including a 5-3 win over eventual champions Chelsea on January 1, 2015. However, Spurs lost the League Cup final 2-0 to the same opponents and finished fifth in the Premier League.
In 2015/16, Spurs were in the title race, but ultimately finished third behind Leicester City and Arsenal, with their title hopes fading in a 2-2 draw to Chelsea.
The 2016/17 season saw Spurs finish second in the Premier League, behind Antonio Conte's Chelsea. Eriksen remained an important part of the team.
In 2017/18, Eriksen had his most prolific season in a Tottenham shirt, scoring 14 goals in all competitions as Spurs qualified for the UEFA Champions League despite having to play their home matches at Wembley Stadium as they transitioned between old home ground White Hart Lane and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs finally moved into their new ground near the end of the 2018/19 season. This coincided with a remarkable run to the UEFA Champions League final, which saw them beat Eriksen's former club, Ajax, in the semi-finals. However, they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the final.
Eriksen's future at the club was the subject of much speculation throughout the 2019/20 season.
"I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new," Eriksen told the Danish newspaper, Ekstra Bladet, following the conclusion of the 2018/19 campaign.
"I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.
"I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly, but in football things take time."
After a poor start to the 2019/20 season, Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho, who utilised Eriksen until his departure midway through the campaign in January 2020.
Eriksen made a total of 305 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 69 goals.
Christian Eriksen and Inter Milan
Eriksen joined Antonio Conte's Inter Milan midway through the 2019/20 season, but struggled to truly settle in at the Nerazzurri. Inter narrowly lost the Serie A title race to Juventus that season. They made the final of the UEFA Europa League, which they lost 3-2 to Sevilla.
In 2020/21, Inter won Serie A for the first time since 2010. Despite a widely perceived poor start to life in Italy, Eriksen made 60 appearances in his first season-and-a-half at the club and scored eight goals.
Christian Eriksen and Denmark national team
Eriksen was the youngest player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where his Denmark were eliminated at the group stage.
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Denmark progressed to the round of 16, where they were eliminated by Croatia.
Eriksen made his 100th appearance for Denmark in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, scoring a penalty against England.
At Euro 2020, Eriksen collapsed on the pitch as he received a throw-in during Denmark's group stage match against Finland. Referee Anthony Taylor was quick to stop the match, although it controversially later continued and Finland won 1-0. The Danish national team doctor subsequently confirmed that Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest. Thankfully, quick-acting medics were able to save his life.
Eriksen has two children with girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen, who rose to prominence following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
His younger sister, Louise Eriksen, also plays soccer.
Christian Eriksen net worth
According to Salary Sport, Eriksen earns £243,000 per week at Inter Milan.