Manuel Akanji Biography: Age, Net Worth, Height, Spouse, Parents, Sibling, Instagram, Team, Awards, Wiki

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Manuel Obafemi Akanji, a talented footballer from Switzerland, showcases his skills as a centre-back or full-back for the prestigious Premier League club Manchester City. 

Furthermore, he also represents his country internationally as a part of the Switzerland national team.

 Akanji’s remarkable abilities and contributions to his club and national team have garnered him recognition and admiration in football.


  • Full name: Manuel Obafemi Akanji
  • Stage Name: Manuel Akanji
  • Born: July 19, 1995
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Birthplace: Neftenbach, Switzerland
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Occupation: footballer
  • Height: 1.86m
  • Parents: Abimbola Akanji and Isabel Akanji
  • Siblings: Michelle and Sarah.
  • Spouse: Melanie Windler. 
  • Children: None
  • Relationship: Married
  • Net worth: £20.8 million.

Early life and education

Akanji, a talented football player, was born on July 19, 1995, in the beautiful town of Neftenbach in Switzerland. Coming from a diverse background, he is blessed with a Swiss mother and a Nigerian father. He was raised by his parents, Abimbola Akanji and Isabel Akanji.

 As the passion for the sport coursed through his veins from a young age, he grew up with his two siblings, Michelle and SarahMichelle commenced his journey in football by joining his local club in Wiesendangen. 

Despite not pursuing a conventional university education, Akanji exhibits remarkable intelligence and academic prowess. 


Akanji’s professional career started at FC Winterthur, where he debuted with the first team in 2014. The following year, he moved significantly to FC Basel, a renowned club in Switzerland. 

During his time at Basel, Akanji won the Swiss Super League in his debut season. Additionally, he showcased his talent by leading Basel to the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2017.

In January 2018, Akanji moved significantly to Borussia Dortmund, with the transfer valued at €21.5 million. Since his arrival, he has been an integral part of the Dortmund team, regularly featuring in their defensive lineup. 

Akanji’s contributions were instrumental in securing the club’s victory in the prestigious DFB-Pokal tournament in 2021. Additionally, he played a crucial role in Dortmund’s impressive journey to the quarterfinals of the esteemed Champions League competition in 2020.

Awards and nominations

  •  Swiss Footballer of the Year (2nd place)
  •  Bundesliga Defender of the Year (3rd place)
  •  UEFA Team of the Season

Social Media

  • Instagram: @obafemi.5
  • Facebook: Manuel Obafemi Akanji
  • Twitter: @ManuAkanji

Personal Life

Manuel Akanji, known for his private nature, prefers to keep his personal life away from the public. Despite this, it has come to light that he is happily married to Melanie Windler. The couple tied the knot in 2019, embarking on a journey of love and companionship together.

In 2017, Akanji finished his vocational training as a tradesman, specifically in the “Kaufmann.” Apart from his professional accomplishments, he is highly regarded for his remarkable ability in mental calculations.

Net Worth

Manuel Akanji, a professional football player, has accumulated a substantial net worth of approximately £20.8 million. 

This impressive financial standing is derived from various sources, such as his salary, bonuses, and lucrative endorsement deals. 

 Akanji’s wealth reflects his successful career in the sports industry and highlights his ability to secure substantial earnings through his talent and commercial partnerships.

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