Claude Makelele (Chelsea F.C. Soccer Player) – Overview, Biography

Claude Makelele
Name:Claude Makelele
Occupation: Soccer Player
Current Team: Chelsea F.C.
Birth Day: February 18,
Age: 47
Birth Place: Kinshasa,
DR Congo
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius

Claude Makelele

Claude Makelele was born on February 18, 1973 in Kinshasa, DR Congo (47 years old). Claude Makelele is a Soccer Player, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Nationality: DR Congo. Approx. Net Worth: $55 Million. Claude Makelele plays for the team Chelsea F.C..


He was a member of the French national team from 1995 to 2008.

Net Worth 2020

$55 Million
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Before Fame

He moved with his family to France when he was 4.


Claude Makelele plays for the team Chelsea F.C.

Net Worth Comparison

Team Chelsea F.C. Net Worth / Salary
#NameAgeNet WorthSalaryNationality
#1Claude Makelele 47 $55 Million $22 Million Per Year DR Congo
#2 Kurt Zouma 26 N/A 1.44 million EUR (2011) France
#3 Frank Lampard 42 $90 Million $12 Million England
#4 Cesar Azpilicueta 31 N/A 7.8 million EUR (2019) Spain
#5 Antonio Rudiger 27 N/A N/A Germany
#6 Andreas Christensen 24 N/A N/A Denmark
#7 Marco van Ginkel 28 N/A N/A Netherlands
#8 Mateo Kovacic 26 N/A N/A Austria
#9 Michy Batshuayi 27 N/A N/A Belgium
#10 N’Golo Kanté 29 N/A N/A France
#11 Olivier Giroud 34 $10 Million N/A France
#12 Petr Cech 38 $36 Million $8 Million Czech Republic
#13 Ruben Loftus-Cheek 24 N/A N/A England
#14 Tammy Abraham 23 N/A N/A England
#15 Timo Werner 24 N/A N/A Germany
#16 Willian 32 $12 Million N/A Brazil
#17 Willy Caballero 39 N/A N/A Argentina
#18 Reece James 27 N/A N/A England
#19 Mason Mount 21 N/A 3.8 Million Euro England
#20 Marcos Alonso Mendoza 30 N/A N/A Spain
#21 Marco Vanginkel 28 N/A N/A Netherlands
#22 Kepa Arrizabalaga 26 N/A N/A Spain
#23 Jorginho Frello 29 N/A N/A Brazil
#24 Carlo Cudicini 47 N/A 2.6 million GBP (2009) Italy

Biography Timeline


Makélélé was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). “Makélélé” means “noises” in Lingala, one of the languages spoken in the country. He moved to Savigny-le-Temple, a suburb of Paris in Seine-et-Marne, in 1977, when he was four years old. His father, André-Joseph Makélélé, was also a football player. He represented DR Congo, and ended his career in the third division of Belgium with Union Royale Namur.


He worked very hard in Brest, but it was in the city of Nantes where he discovered the real pleasure of playing. Makélélé was recruited by FC Nantes in December 1991, when he was still 18 years old. Robert Budzynski, Nantes’ sporting director, confessed that once he had discovered Makélélé in Brest, he was sure he would become the new Emmanuel Petit.


At the beginning of the 1992–93 season, Makélélé was already in the Nantes first-team, then playing in the French first division. He played at Nantes for five seasons, winning the French championship in 1995 and helped the club to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League the following season. This earned him a move to Marseille for whom he played for one season.

Makélélé was first capped for France in a match against Norway in July 1995, and went on to represent his country at the 1996 Summer Olympics.


In 2000, he was recruited by Real Madrid. His transfer was controversial because Celta did not want to sell Makélélé unless a substantial improvement on their offer was made. Makélélé refused to train until there was resolution of his contract. Finally, Celta were reluctantly forced to sell him for €14 million, far less than their valuation of the player and only after a falsified police report was made by his agent, Marc Roger.


Makélélé decided to retire from international football in September 2004 in order to focus on club football with Chelsea, but 11 months later, in August 2005, he and compatriots Zinedine Zidane and Lilian Thuram were persuaded out of retirement to help France qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.


To cap off the 2004–05 season for the Frenchman, he was allowed to take a penalty awarded to Chelsea in the game against Charlton Athletic on the day the Premier League trophy was due to be presented. Charlton goalkeeper Stephan Andersen saved it, but Makélélé scored on the rebound. In September 2005, he was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards. The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers in 40 countries. He added to his sizeable medal haul the following season, winning both the FA Community Shield and the Premier League.


In his autobiography, published in 2006, McManaman described Makélélé as the most important and yet least appreciated midfielder at Real. Retired former Real Madrid player and captain Fernando Hierro also criticised Pérez for both Makélélé’s departure and the manner of his departure, saying:

In March 2006, Fulham defeated Chelsea 1–0 in a Premier League game in which Fulham manager Chris Coleman’s tactics centered on bypassing Makélélé on the wings when Fulham had possession and putting midfielders on Makélélé when Chelsea were in possession. With Makélélé struggling to function effectively, Chelsea lost the game. Coleman later explained that Makélélé was more than a mere defensive midfielder; that he was actually Chelsea’s deep-lying playmaker, and that Chelsea’s attacks were channelled through him. Thus, denying him possession was instrumental in unravelling Chelsea. Mourinho was subsequently forced to counter this tactic by withdrawing Lampard and Michael Essien further back in midfield to relieve the pressure on Makélélé.

On 5 November 2006, in a league encounter with Tottenham Hotspur, Makélélé scored his second goal for the club, a difficult curling volley from the edge of the 18-yard box which sped past goalkeeper Paul Robinson into the left-hand side of the goal to cue a bench-clearing celebration. Although Tottenham sprang a comeback to beat Chelsea 2–1, this goal got him the best shot to goals percentage that year with one shot and one goal – 100%.

On 5 December 2006, in a League Cup game against Newcastle United, Makélélé wore the captain’s armband in John Terry’s absence and with Frank Lampard rested. He was substituted at half-time for Lampard. Makélélé also wore the captain’s armband the following season, when Terry, Lampard, and Michael Ballack were all unavailable. Makélélé was captain even when Terry and Lampard returned for a crucial Champions League tie against Olympiacos, but Terry returned as captain the following weekend for the League Cup defeat against Tottenham.

After the defeat to Italy on penalties in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final, Makélélé initially commented that he was again going to retire from international football. However, he was called up to the squad by French national team manager Raymond Domenech for Euro qualification games for UEFA Euro 2008 against Georgia and Italy. On being asked about Makélélé being called up to his national squad despite being retired during an interview on Sky Sports, Chelsea manager José Mourinho accused France national coach Domenech of treating Makélélé like a slave and refusing to honour his retirement. Mourinho said Domenech “has been very objective – very objective – and said you have to play Georgia and you have to play Italy. Makélélé wants to retire but the national coach won’t allow him to retire.” FIFA confirmed that any club that refuses to release a player for national team duty is barred from using the player for two matches, a rule which is intended to discourage clubs from pretending that the player is injured. On the same evening as the Mourinho interview, Makélélé told French TV station TPS Star, “Even if my club doesn’t agree, I will humbly honor the call.”


On 18 July 2008, it was reported that Makélélé was about to take a medical the following day in Paris ahead of a proposed move back to French football. On 21 July, Chelsea announced they had released Makélélé on a free transfer, while Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that the player would join them and would be unveiled at a press conference that afternoon.

Makélélé went on to continue playing with the French national team through the qualifications and then the finals for the Euro 2008 tournament, where France exited in the group stage after finishing bottom of their group. He and Thuram announced their retirement from international football on 17 June 2008, after France’s 2–0 defeat to Italy.


In the spring of 2004, Makélélé began dating French model Noémie Lenoir. Lenoir gave birth to a boy, Kelyan (born 24 January 2005). The couple split in early 2009. Despite widespread reports that Lenoir was married to Makélélé, she wrote a blog in 2009 clarifying their former relationship, saying, “I’m not and have never been married. I do have a son. I have a wonderful baby’s father and have a great relationship with him, however I’ve been single for some time now.” In May 2010, Lenoir attempted to commit suicide outside Makélélé’s Paris home by ingesting a lethal amount of drugs and alcohol. Reports after the suicide attempt implied that it was related to Makélélé finally calling it quits with Lenoir and moving on with his then pregnant fiancee, which he vehemently denies. Lenoir has had a long battle with substance abuse and later checked into rehab.


On 25 February 2010, he announced that he would retire at the end of the season, but in June, he retracted his statement and re-signed with PSG for an additional season. He won the Coupe de France with PSG at the end of the 2009–10 season. He later retired at the end of the campaign. The next season, he was appointed the assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti, who had just joined PSG from Makélélé’s previous club, Chelsea.


Regarded as one of the best players ever in his position, Makélélé revolutionised the role of the defensive midfielder in the Premier League. A combative and hard-working player, although he was capable of getting forward and playing in more advanced positions, he usually played in front of his team’s back-line, where he mainly served as a defensive foil for his more offensive teammates, due to his aggressive tackling, as well as his ability to read the game, break down plays, mark and anticipate opponents, and time his challenges. In this role, he was known in particular for his acceleration, positional sense, tactical discipline, intelligence, energy, and ball-winning ability; although he was not the fastest, most talented or technically skilled player on the ball, or particularly good in the air, he was also highly regarded throughout his career for being capable of functioning as a deep-lying playmaker for his team, due to his ability to dictate the tempo of his team’s play in midfield with his short, efficient passing game, which allowed him to link up the defence with the attack effectively after winning back possession. His physical strength in spite of his small stature, combined with his low centre of gravity, also gave him excellent balance on the ball in limited spaces, which allowed him to retain possession against more physical opponents. In addition to his defensive skills, Makélélé was also known for his tenacity, awareness, consistency, and strong mentality. Jonathan Wilson, when writing for The Guardian in 2013, labelled Makélélé as a type of holding midfielder he described as a “destroyer,” a player who is primarily tasked with running, winning back possession, and distributing the ball to other players.


Makélélé became head coach of Bastia on 24 May 2014. After less than six months in charge, however, he was sacked on 3 November 2014 following a 1–0 defeat to Guingamp on 1 November, due to his inability to make an impact on the club as coach. Prior to Bastia, Makélélé was an assistant coach at Paris Saint-Germain alongside Paul Clement. In January 2016, Monaco appointed Makélélé as technical director. Makélélé joined Clement as his assistant coach at Premier League club Swansea City in January 2017.


Makélélé then joined Belgian side Eupen as their head coach in November 2017. He left Eupen in August 2019 after almost 2 full seasons as head coach to return to his former club Chelsea as a youth coach and technical mentor.

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