LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius best known with the nickname “Nelli“. Our Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his early life/ family background, education/career buildup, early career life, road to fame, rise to fame story, relationship life, personal life, family facts, lifestyle and other little-known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows he is one of the fastest rising youngsters to have coming out of Brazil in recent times. However, only a few consider Gabriel Martinelli’s biography which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s begin.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Early Life and Family Background
Starting off, his full names are Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva. Gabriel Martinelli as he is often called was born on the 18th day of June 2001 to his mother, (family name: Silva) and father, Joao Martinelli in Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil. Find below is a photo of Gabriel Martinelli’s parents who could probably be in their mid-50’s at the time of writing.
Gabriel Martinelli has his family origin from Guarulhos. This is a Brazilian municipality and the second most populous city in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Did you know?… He also has his family roots from Italy through his father Joao Martinelli.
Many football stars in Brazil never lived lives of affluence before reaching stardom and Gabriel Martinelli was no different as he came from a broke or poor family background. Just like some footballers (the likes of Roberto Fermino and Gabriel Jesus), he was introduced to struggles in the streets even before he could correctly pronounce his name. Gabriel Martinelli’s family lived in one of the poorest areas of Guarulhos, a part of the city that only gets praised for producing kids with talents in football. Gabriel Martinelli took into playing football when he was a toddler.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Education and Career Buildup
As a child, Gabriel Martinelli lacked interest in his studies and only enjoyed playing football. Having fears that the competition for the football game was huge with only a few making it to the top, Gabriel Martinelli’s parents had to seek the option of having their son get some formal education via home tutoring.
Gabriel Martinelli’s education started with Futsal. Just like Philippe Coutinho before him, Martinelli’s close control and quick feet were born from playing futsal. Back then, the local fields of Guarulhos served as the melting pot for youngsters who gather every evening to play football.
Gabriel Martinelli early on had the blessings of his parents who as time went on, cleared their doubts, knew he had the talent and could make something out of football. As a juvenile hurler, Martinelli learned the trade of Futsal as a tough, diminutive forward.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Early Career Life
From the age of nine, the young prodigy was called up by the Corinthians’ futsal team who invited him for trials. Martinelli won the heart of his coach during a trial, a feat which saw him getting recruited into the team. Martinelli was quick to make an impression with the Corinthian’s Futsal team. Did you know?… He scored 66 goals in the Special Division of the Metropolitan Championship and another 56 goals in the State Gold Series – making his goals at this time 122 in total.
From 2012, playing football in the fields and not Futsal became his priority. Before leaving Futsal for football on the fields, Martinelli scored an additional 20 times making the tally- 142 goals. With football on the pitch, Martinelli scored 63 goals. At the time of reaching 202 goals for Corinthians, he was scouted and called upon by the then Brazilian fourth division team Ituano FC in the year 2015.
While at Ituano FC, Gabriel Martinelli continued to impress his coach and fans. Did you know?... Because he was that good, the young prodigy pictured below, broke the record of becoming the youngest player to debut professionally for Ituano, a feat which made fans knew he was indeed a star in the making.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Road to Fame Story
Since the debut, Martinelli continued showed a lot of promise at such a young age, one which attracted the European giants of the game (Man Utd, Barcelona, Real Madrid). Did you know? Among all European giants, it was Manchester United who trialled him first, inviting him for trials. While on trials, Gabriel Martinelli played in the same youth side as Mason Greenwood. Unfortunately, Manchester United rejected him despite having four trials to impress them. Before leaving Manchester to find greener pasture elsewhere, Paul Pogba met the rejected Brazilian. In the words of Martinelli;
“Due to my facial looks, Pogba knew I was Brazilian. He asked if everything was okay with me and where I was playing. I told him everything that happened and then, he allowed me to take a picture with him. He also looked after me at my time there”
After a failed trial with Manchester United, Barcelona only decided to let Gabriel Martinelli train at their famed La Masia academy in other to watch him before making a decision to sign him.
“My training with La Masia was one of the best experiences I’ve had in football. Besides being one of the biggest academies in the world, the level of training is very high and it made me grow a lot in football.” Martinelli once said.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Rise to Fame Story
In order to make a bigger and more respected name for himself, Gabriel Martinelli decided to go back to Brazil, continuing with his club Ituano FC. That opportunity needed to make a name for himself came when he got selected to participate in the popular São Paulo State Championship.
Did you know?… Gabriel Martinelli began to flourish as he had the most impressive performance at the tournament. He helped guide Ituano FC in winning the group stages and reaching the quarter-finals all thanks to his amazing goals.
Gabriel Martinelli’s performance earned him a coveted spot in the Brazilian national team’s pre-Copa América training camp in May 2019. What does this mean?. It means he was selected to train alongside the likes of Neymar, Coutinho and the rest of the Brazilian senior players.
Also, participating in the Campeonato Paulista AKA Paulistão (the top-flight professional football league in the Brazilian state of São Paulo) became another turning point in his young career. Did you know?… After grazing the competition, Gabriel Martinelli grabbed 3 amazing prestigious Paulistão league awards namely: (Campeonato Paulista Best Newcomer, Countryside Player of the Year and Team of the Year or 2019).
Despite being so young, Martinelli made a name for himself in his home nation. Just after the awards, he became a subject to interest from no fewer than 25 top clubs around the world who began begging for his signature. Among all club, it was Arsenal who pounced first to meet his desires. While getting to Arsenal, the young prodigy got the opportunity to meet some of his heroes.
“I was received in the best way possible. Being very young, I got a little shy. I saw players who I was only opportune to see on television and PlayStation. They all welcomed me very well and made me feel at home” He added after joining Arsenal.
Gabriel Martinelli took his first steps towards fulfilling his potential by netting a stunning double against Nottingham Forest. After his Carabao Cup heroics, he also scored twice in a 4-0 rout of Standard Liege in the Europa League. See below a piece of video evidence (Credit to AFCVN Official).
In truth, there exist a goal swagger in him despite his tender years. Without a doubt, Arsenal fans might be on the verge of seeing a youngster blossoming into a world-class talent right in front of the very eyes. The rest, we would say, is now history.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Relationship Life
With his rise to fame and arrival in London, it is certain that lots of Arsenal and Brazilian fans must have wondered if Gabriel Martinelli has a girlfriend. Truth is; he is already taken. and behind the successful footballer, there exists a beautiful girlfriend who goes by the name Rachel Akemy.
Barely a month after joining Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli took some bold steps as he made the commitment to marry (engage) his girlfriend. This was a similar approach taken by his idol Philippe Coutinho who engaged and married his girlfriend at a very young age.
Both Rachel Akemy and Gabriel Martinelli never miss the chance to take photos of them as they visit exotic destinations. The London Tower Bridge is one of the couple’s favorite getaways during their leisure time.
Judging by the way both are going with their relationship, it seems marriage could be the next for former step.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Personal Life
Getting to know Gabriel Martinelli Personal Life would help you get a better picture of his person.
Starting off, Gabriel Martinelli is a fighter. He is someone who lives a determined and decisive life despite his calm and cool looks. Speaking of looks, Martinelli actually looks older than he is all thanks to his braveness and ability to adapt to what life brings to him.
Martinelli who is 18 at the time of writing is extremely passionate about his love life. He is never afraid to make the relationship with his girlfriend public as other young footballers of his young age would desist from. This is indeed a characteristic of his self-confidence and braveness.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Family Life
Martinelli who happens to be the breadwinner of his family through his determination has forged his family’s own path toward financial independence all thanks to football. Having a successful family member who has made it in football has made everyone in his household closer and attached to the game of football.
In the video below, Gabriel Martinelli’s family including his (relatives) brother, sister uncle and aunt all celebrate inside their small apartment after watching him score in his first Arsenal appearance. Credit to TheSun.
About Gabriel Martinelli’s Father: Joao Martinelli is a Brazilian with Italian roots thanks to Martinelli Grandparents. This qualifies his son Gabriel Martinelli on obtaining an Italian passport and also securing the spot of having a future with the Italian national team. As observed below, there exist a striking resemblance between father and son.
About Gabriel Martinelli’s Mother: Little is known about her. However, it is known that she bore the surname ‘Silva’ before getting married to her husband Joao. Judging from the video above, it appears Gabriel Martinelli’s mum at the time of writing still resides in Brazil with the rest of the Martinelli family.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – LifeStyle
Asides understanding his personal life, getting to know Gabriel Martinelli’s lifestyle off the pitch would help you get a more complete picture of his personality.
Thanks to his upbringing, Gabriel Martinelli has a strong grounding on keeping his finances in check and organized. As at the time of writing, there are no signs of Martinelli living a glamorous lifestyle easily noticeable by a handfull of expensive cars and mansions.
Martinelli’s ability to provide financial assistant to his family members is similar to the commitment he puts on the pitch.
Gabriel Martinelli Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts – Untold Facts
Religion: Gabriel Martinelli was raised from a Christian religious home, attending the Roman Catholic Diocese of Guarulhos during his childhood. He does not hide from giving thanks to God during his goal celebrations.
The 911 Attacks happened the year he was born: Did you know?… Only 3% of Internet users received information about the 9/11 attacks from the web. Precisely on September 11 2001, two hijacked American airliners plowed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York which collapsed successively.
A disaster Earthquake happened the year he was born: Also on the path of disaster, a wild earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richer scale jolted Gujarat of India on January 26, killing at least 20,000 people and injuring 167,000 others.
Important Technologies were released the year he was born: On January 13, 2001, Wikipedia.org came online. In July 2001, Google launched the popular “Image Search” that offered users access to over 250 million images. Finally, on November 15, Microsoft released the Xbox video game console.
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