Alejandro Balde Martínez (born 18 October 2003) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.
Early Life and Career
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, to a Bissau-Guinean father and a Dominican mother.
When the time got right, Alejandro’s parents ensured compulsory schooling for their kids. Together with his brother (Eby), Balde started in the Los Porxos school. From there, he went to Sant Gabriel school, where he started playing soccer.
Balde joined FC Barcelona in 2011 at the age of eight after coming up through ranks at RCD Espanyol. In July 2021, he signed a contract renewal with Barcelona until 2024 with a release clause of 500 million euros.
Balde impressed during pre-season in the summer 2021, and began the new campaign as Jordi Alba’s primary back-up at Camp Nou. He sat on the bench for the opening match against Real Sociedad and the next game against Athletic Bilbao.
On 14 September 2021, he played his first official match for Barcelona’s first team replacing Alba in the 74th minute of a 3–0 loss to Bayern Munich in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Balde was called up to the Spain national football team two days before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as fellow left-back José Gayà had injured his ankle in training. On 23 November 2022, he made his first international appearance in a 7–0 win against Costa Rica, substituting Jordi Alba in the 64th minute.
Parents and Family
Alejandro Balde’s parents are Saliu (father) and Gledys (mother).
The left-back arrived at the world as the last child and son of his parents. He is one among the children (himself, Edy and Nersi).
The FC Barcelona shooting star spent his childhood years alongside his older brother, who bears the name Eddie Balde.
Alejandro Balde had a curious combination of joy and innocence in his youth. The defender developed into a bright, endearing, and content child. Also, with talent and a positive outlook on life. Additionally, Alejandro had a childhood friend Xavi Simons Who is also a soccer player. Their friendship has lasted since they were kids. They started their soccer journey together in Barca.
In reality, even at a young age, his parents (Gledys and Saliu) and his schoolteacher had already started to make predictions about his future. However, Balde could pursue his dreams as a young guy because he had a brother to play with and an innate ability in football.
To start with, Alejandro Balde has humble beginnings. He didn’t grow up in an affluent family or have “rags to riches” stories. Balde’s parents worked in a call shop to provide the family with basic needs. According to the baller, he recalls hearing from others in their immediate social circle saying his parents struggled to pay his school’s tuition.
Also, the Baller from the San Martin de Provencal neighbourhood is not born into a wealthy family. He grew up in a fairly comfortable setting characterized by financial challenges. Put simply, the athlete was raised in a middle-class family background.
Alejandro Balde is currently single and not in an open relationship for now. Alejandro Balde is also not married.
Alejandro Balde’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at at around $2 million – $10 million.
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