Enzo Fernandez, aka Enzo Jeremasis Fernandez, is a player of the Argentina National Team who plays in the position of center midfield (CM). Currently, he also plays for Chelsea, a premier league team. The player was born on January 17, 2001, and is now 22.
Enzo was born in San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father is Raul, and his mother is Marta. Fernandez has four brothers: Seba, Rodri, Maxi, and Gonza.
He comes from a very humble family background. The young footballer shared a roof with his father, mother, and four siblings. It can be easily anticipated that sports are an essential part of all boys’ houses. His father, Raul, was a painter, and his mother, Martha, was a cleaner. His parents worked very hard to meet the family’s needs.
Enzo Fernandez’s father was in love with football, so he named his son after the famous Uruguayan footballer Enzo Francescoli. His father always believed that his son would succeed in the sports world by becoming a professional footballer.
Enzo Fernandez Club Career
At the age of 5 years, he was introduced to football. He joined his first youth club in 2006. The local club that gave Enzo all his skills was Club La Recova. He played at this club for thirteen years, and his ranks were upgraded during his stay. He made his first team debut in 2020; he came into the game at the end of the 75th minute, replacing Santiago Sosa.
In 2020/21, his club manager asked Enzo to leave and join another club on loan if he wanted to advance in his career. In August, he was loaned to a top-level club, Defensa y Justicia. In the beginning, his new club manager was not impressed by his performance. But slowly, he understood the gameplay of Enzo, and he made playing XI his permanent position. He played here for a few months, then was returned to River Plate as he was on loan. In the 2022 season, Enzo scored eight goals and six assists in 19 games. He was also named the best active player in Argentina.
Transfer to Benfica
In June of 2022, River Plate reached an agreement with Primeira Liga team Benfica. The deal was for a €10 million fee and other €8 million add-ons. The deal was that Enzo would play Copa Libertadores with River Plate, and after the league was finished, he would be transferred to Benfica. Enzo wore the No. 13 jersey at Benfica. On August 2nd, Enzo debuted, and to date, he is making records and winning. He was also named Midfielder of the Month for Primera Liga.
Transfer of Chelsea
On January 31st, Chelsea finalized the deal with Benfica to buy Enzo Fernandez for £106.8 million. This is a lengthy contract of eight and a half years, until 2031. This is a record deal, and Enzo became Argentina’s most expensive midfielder. Initially, the negotiations lasted for more than 10 hours. Benfica’s initial fee is a £30 million installment, and the club will receive five more payments in the coming months.
He made his debut on February 3rd. His second match with Chelsea was against West Ham United, and Enzo assisted on one goal for his team.
Enzo Fenandez Jersey Number
The player wears the number 5 jersey with his present club, Chelsea. F.C., and with his home team Argentina, he wears the number 24 jersey.
International Career of Enzo Fernandez
He was recruited to join the Argentina U-18 team in 2019 by manager Esteban Solari to play for the team at the COTIF tournament in Spain. Enzo performed so well that he soon became the talk of the town. When Argentina started to play in the World Cup qualifiers, the leading team manager called Solari, asking them for Enzo to play for the top team. Lionel Scaloni praised the talent of Enzo, and he joined the Argentina National Team. He played in two World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Uruguay.
In November 2022, Enzo was added to Qatar’s 26-man squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022. He joined the team less than a year ago and made it to the World Cup squad of the national team. On November 26th, Enzo Fernandez scored his first international goal against Mexico in the FIFA World Cup. After scoring this goal, he became the second-youngest player, only after Lionel Messi, to score for the Argentina National Team. Enzo was also named the best and youngest player of the tournament for the World Cup in 2022.
Enzo Fernandez’s girlfriend is Valentina Cervantes.
The striking midfielder falls in love with a girl named Valentina Cervantes. She was born on February 4th, 2000, a year older than Enzo Fernandez. They both started dating each other back in 2019. They both met when Enzo was playing for Benfica. She stayed with Enzo in Portugal during his stay.
In 2020, the couple was getting serious about their relationship just after one year of dating. Valentina Cervantes and Enzo Fernandez were blessed with a baby girl in 2020. Their daughter is named Olivia Fernandez.
Cervantes has a vast following on TikTok and Instagram. Across all social media platforms, she has more than a million followers.
The couple is not yet married but is in a close relationship and lives a luxurious life. Valentina Cervantes is staying with Enzo from the time they fall in love with each other.
Enzo Fernandez’s Net Worth and Salary
In 2023, Enzo signed the most significant contract of his career for almost eight years at £106.8 million. The current net worth of the player is £4.6 million. The net worth of Enzo Fernandez is increasing, as we all know. The player is an emerging talent.
Enzo will earn £139 million over eight and a half years until the end of the contract. He is presently the eighth-highest-paid player in the Premier League with £315,000 a week, and on top of this list is Kavin De Bruyne, earning £400,000 per week.
Enzo is the only 22-year-old on this list of the highest earners in the top-10 list; this is remarkable.