Takumi Minamino Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

Our Biography of Takumi Minamino tells you Facts about his Childhood Story, Early Life, Family, Parents, Girlfriend/Wife to be, Children, Lifestyle, Net Worth and Personal Life.

In a nutshell, we tell you the history of the Japanese professional footballer. Lifebogger begins from his early days to when he became famous.

To whet your autobiography appetite, here is a cradle-to-rise gallery — a perfect summary of Takumi Minamino’s Bio.

From Humble Beginnings to Stardom: A visual journey through the life of Takumi Minamino, capturing his childhood, family, and personal life, and rise to prominence as a talented Japanese professional footballer.
From Humble Beginnings to Stardom: A visual journey through the life of Takumi Minamino, capturing his childhood, family, and personal life, and rise to prominence as a talented Japanese professional footballer.

Yes, everyone knows about his versatility, a feat that has led to his rise as a perfect Jurgen Klopp player.

However, only a hand few consider our version of Takumi Minamino’s Biography, which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.

Takumi Minamino Childhood Story:

For Biography starters, Takumi Minamino was born on the 16th day of January 1995 to his parents in the Japanese city of Izumisano.

His birth date coincides with one of the saddest periods for the Takumi Minamino family and the entire Japanese people. Did you know?… Takumi Minamino was born two days after The Great Hanshin earthquake.

As observed below, the Hanshin earthquake was a natural disaster that claimed the lives of 6,434 people from different family backgrounds, with damage of ten trillion yen ($100 billion), around 2.5% of Japan’s GDP at the time.

Takumi Minamino was born two days after The Great Hanshin earthquake of Japan.
Takumi Minamino was born two days after The Great Hanshin earthquake of Japan.

Being born just two days after a natural disaster made his parents both happy and sad together.

Upon his birth which happened in a complicated seismic situation, Takumi Minamino’s parents gave him his name, “Takumi“, which means; “Exploring and Fruiting by himself“.

Throughout Takumi Minamino’s early years, his parents reminded him of the need to live up to his name. Speaking about that, he once said in his words;

“When I was small, my parents told me to never lose the meaning of my name. That continually renewed my determination to be successful in what i  do”.

Getting to Know Takumi Minamino’s Family:

Young Takumi Minamino has his family origin from the Kinki ethnic group of Japan located in the Kansai Japanese region, which occupies 11% of the nation’s land area.

This Map explains Takumi Minamino's Family Origin and roots.
This Map explains Takumi Minamino’s Family Origin and roots. Young Takumi Minamino hails from the Kinki ethnic group in Japan’s Kansai region, covering 11% of the country’s land.

The Japanese superstar hails from a middle-class family background. Takumi Minamino’s parents were like most citizens in the middle of the Japanese social hierarchy, with little financial education. He grew up alongside his elder brother named, Kenta Minamino.

Takumi Minamino Early Life with Football:

Takumi Minamino’s likeness for the ball began while he was a toddler. As a little child (aged 1 to 3), he practised together with his dad and older brother, Kenta.

The trio would back then kick the ball enthusiastically inside their family home and garden. The whole football thing got so exciting that Minamino’s dad thought about a practice that saw him placing Training Marker Cones in the family packing lots.

This enabled his sons to learn how to make dribbles, BUILDING THEIR DESTINIES IN THE PROCESS.

Takumi Minamino Education:

Did you know?… It was Takumi Minamino’s elder brother who set the pace of the family’s route to sporting success. Kenta, his brother led by example at the time he joined the Coober Soccer team while in elementary school.

Having a big brother leading by example, Takumi Minamino was motivated to join Coober Soccer while in elementary school.

While in his elementary third grade, Minamino (pictured below) moved on to join Zessel Kumatori FC. At the soccer school, he met and played alongside his best friend Sei Muroya. 

Sei Muroya also attended Kindergarten with Minamino. DESTINY later brought the two together as they found themselves in the Japanese national team.

Meet young Takumi Minamino and his childhood friend.
Meet young Takumi Minamino and his childhood friend.

The Decision: In the year 2002, aged 7, Takumi was fortunate to watch Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and other Brazilian superstars in the Korea-Japan 2002 World Cup.

The tournament created a new chapter in his life. It brought in him a new desire, one which saw him taking a vow to become a professional footballer.

Takumi Minamino Biography – Early Career Life:

On the need to make a choice between school and football, Takumi Minamimo’s parents agreed with the condition that he would not totally compromise his education for the game.

After graduating from elementary school, Minano secured admission with Kokugoku High School Junior Youth.

While playing football in the school, he got scouted by Cerezo Osaka football club, who invited him to their U-15 trials, of which he passed with flying colours. As observed below, he had a brilliant start to life with the club.

Takumi Minamino began causing Havoc against his opponents right from his youthful days.
Takumi Minamino began causing Havoc against his opponents right from his youthful days.

Takumi Minamino’s first competitive game with Cerezo Osaka came when he participated in the U-15 all-Japan Club Youth Soccer Championship.

He shone as a top scorer in the competition with eight goals. In 2010, the promising footballer also participated in the Asia Championship (AFC) U-16 Championship, where he also became the tournament’s top scorer.

Takumi Minamino represented his country in a major Championship as a kid.
Takumi Minamino represented his country in a major Championship as a kid.

After high school, the Japanese star took football as his full-time job, abandoning going to the University. Minamino ended his youth career in 2012 after playing for the club for six years (between 2007 to 2012).

Takumi Minamino Biography – Road to Fame:

Takumi Minamino began his senior career on a good note with the Japan Professional Football League.

Did you know?… His performance saw him becoming the league’s Best Young Player in his first senior year. It didn’t just stop there; Minamino also bagged the Japan Professional Sports Award.

Winning these awards can only come when you have a mentor and legend as a playing mate.

Did you know?… Minamino was honoured to play alongside legendary Diego Forlan during his early senior years. Both players formed a cool, striking partnership.

Takumi Minamino played alongside Uruguayan Legend and Goal Scoring Machine- Diego Forlan.
Takumi Minamino played alongside Uruguayan Legend and Goal Scoring Machine- Diego Forlan.

He took the BIGGEST Opportunity:

Takumi Minamino’s biggest stage to shine came when he played against Shinji Kagawa’s Manchester United held in July 2013.

Did you know?… He scored the SUPER GOAL that helped his team defeat United (2-1).

Takumi Minamino used a game against United to announce himself to Europe, a development that saw big clubs taking notice of him.

Below is a piece of video evidence of his SUPER GOAL against United.

Minamino’s success didn’t stop there. Helping defeat United was followed by him earning the MVP in the Nuti Food Cup 2014 competition.

Among all the European clubs who begged for his signature, it was FC Red Bull Salzburg that prevailed. The club signed Minamino on the 7th of January, 2015.

Takumi Minamino Bio – Rise to Fame Story:

Takumi Minamino began life in Europe on a positive note. During his first season (2017-18), he helped Salzburg to their best-ever European campaign.

Knowing his low-key status with the Unpopular Austrian League, Takumi Minamino used the UEFA Europa League as his best stage to showcase his worth.

The game plan was perfect. First, he helped his team to beat Borussia Dortmund, leading to the club’s first-ever appearance in the UEFA Europa League semi-final.

Then came the eye-opener, The UEFA Champions League of the 2019-2020 season, which saw the perfection of Minamino’s plan.

UEFA Champions League Rise:

Minamino helped Salzburg to have their best-ever European campaign in the 2019/2020 season.

He, together with fellow goal machine Erling Braut Haaland proved themselves to be the main dark horses in the European competition.

Minamino had an eye-catching performance as he scored against the Reds at Anfield in the 2019/2020 Champions League campaign.

Takumi Minamino became a cult hero against Liverpool in the Champions League.
Takumi Minamino became a cult hero against Liverpool in the Champions League.

The appreciation of Jurgen Klopp, his Liverpool players, and even the Liverpool fans didn’t go unnoticed as they immediately fell under the magic spell of Minamino.

Now, the video below sums up his meteoric rise to prominence. Jurgen Klopp’s reactions to Minamino’s magical displays, as shown below, is indeed priceless.

To the amazement of football fans, especially Japanese and Liverpool supporters, Jurgen Klopp finally won the race for his signature.

As I update his Bio, the Footballer’s instinct has brought him his first Premier League goal. The rest, as they say, is history.

Takumi Minamino Relationship Life:

With his rise to fame in the 2019/2020 Champions League campaign and joining Liverpool, it is certain that most English fans must have pondered if Takumi Minamino has a girlfriend or if he is actually married.

There is no denying the fact that his good looks wouldn’t place him on the wish list of potential girlfriends and women-wife materials who would yearn for his heart.

However, behind the successful footballer, there exists a glamorous girlfriend who, according to most Japanese bloggers, bears the name Reina. Below is a rare 2014 photo of Takumi Minamino and his girlfriend Reina as they appear all loved up.

"Love Off the Pitch: A rare glimpse into Takumi Minamino's relationship life, featuring a 2014 photo of the Liverpool star and his girlfriend Reina, looking smitten and happy together.
“Love Off the Pitch: A rare glimpse into Takumi Minamino’s relationship life, featuring a 2014 photo of the Liverpool star and his girlfriend Reina, looking smitten and happy together.

According to rumours, Takumi Minamino’s relationship with Reina began after he broke up with his ex-girlfriend, who goes by the name ‘Shiori‘.

Personal Life:

Getting to know Takumi Minamino’s personal life facts away from football activities would help you get a better picture of his unique personality.

Takumi Minamino Personal Life Away from football.
Takumi Minamino Personal Life Away from football.

Starting off, Minamino has a great sense of humour off the pitch. He is very social and loves to spend time with friends and family, especially those that have a similar family origin to his.

In his relationship with friends, there is no display of “a king of the jungle” status and career ego. Minamimo’s healthy sense of humour makes collaboration with other people even easier. This is the reason why the Japanese is loved both at home and abroad.

Getting to know Takumi Minamino's Personal Life away from football.
Getting to know Takumi Minamino’s Personal Life away from football.

Takumi Minamino Family Life:

In this session, we bring you extra facts about members of Takumi Minamino’s family, starting from his parents.

About Takumi Minamino’s Dad: 

Information about the super dad who laid the foundation for his son’s career is poorly documented by the media. However, it is confirmed that Minamono’s dad was 55 years old at the time of writing.

The lucky dad is responsible for monitoring every game his son plays and still gives him advice after games. As a way of maintaining their good relationship, both father and son still go to watch soccer together.

About Takumi Minamino’s Mum:

There aren’t many stories about Takuma Minamino’s mother. However, we know she is a good role model and the first person Minamino ever knew.

However, information exists that Takuma Minamino’s mum was responsible for picking him up by car each time he ended football practice.

About Takumi Minamino’s Siblings:

Judging from intensive research made, it appears Takumi Minamino has no sister.

We haven’t gotten any info about his uncle or aunt either. However, he has an older brother named Kenta and two other brothers who very little is known about them.

Takumi Minamino’s brother Kanta is three years older than him, meaning he is 27 at the time of writing. Minamino credits his brother for making him never lose interest in football.

Sadly, Kenta, unlike his little brother, never made himself famous with football. He quit the game in March 2010 due to unknown reasons.

Takumi Minamino Lifestyle:

According to Express Sports, Takumi Minamino’s salary of £2.5m per year can be broken down to a whooping £48,000 per week for wages. These were his figures for Red Bull Salzburg, which definitely had increased after joining Liverpool.

Even thou making lots of money is a necessary evil, Takumi Manamino is a refreshing antidote to an expensive lifestyle. At the time of writing, he doesn’t see himself living an exotic lifestyle easily noticeable by flashy cars and mansions etc.

Takumi Minamino's Lifestyle Facts. Image Credit: Liverpool, ExpressUK and Gym4u
Takumi Minamino’s Lifestyle Facts. Image Credit: Liverpool, ExpressUK and Gym4u

Minamino lives a humble lifestyle, one that makes him avoid irrational spending and hold on to practical needs that don’t cost much.

Untold Facts:

In this final section of Takumi Minamino’s Bio, we’ll unveil more truths you might not know about him. Without further ado, let’s get started.

A Guinness World Record Holder:

According to Japan’s Good Person’s daily blog, Takumi Minamino is a Guinness record holder since his junior high school days.

Did you know?… He once held the Guinness record for One minute of continuous high touch with the ball.

He once rejected his Nickname:

Some years ago, before his fame, Minamino once made clear his own personal preference while addressing his ‘Japanese Neymar’ nickname.

Back then, he never accepted the nickname, claiming he wasn’t good enough. Minamino once said in an interview to Red Bull Salzburg website;

“I don’t want to compare myself to Neymar at all. Should I ever manage to get as good as he is, then I would gladly accept my nickname”.

Destiny brought his best friend to him: 

As stated earlier in this article, Takumi Minamino and Sei Muroya are childhood best friends who met while playing football in their kindergarten days. Both took different positive paths along their footballing journeys.

They both became successful, and fate miraculously brought them together again, this time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Games while representing their beloved country Japan.

Takumi Minamino and Sei Muroya were childhood best friends who played football together while in their Kindergarten years.
Takumi Minamino and Sei Muroya were childhood best friends who played football together while in their Kindergarten years.

Without a doubt, the world has witnessed a few of these childhood destiny meetings at national levels. A very good example we are aware of is that between Mason Mount and Declan Rice.

Takumi Minamino Religion:

Like most Japanese, it is most likely that Takumi Minamino’s parents raised him to adopt the Shinto or Buddhist religious doctrines.

However, the non-existence of photo proofs of his religious practice has made us suggest he could also be an Atheist.

Takumi Minamino Tattoo Fact:

Tattoo culture is very popular in today’s football world as it is often used to portray one’s religion or the people one love.

Minamino, at the time of writing, is tattoo-free. As observed below, there are no inks in his upper and lower body.

Takumi Minamino is tattooless.
Takumi Minamino is tattooless.

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Hi there! I am Hale Hendrix, a passionate football enthusiast and writer dedicated to uncovering the untold stories of footballers' childhood and biography. With a deep love for the beautiful game, I have spent countless hours researching and interviewing players to bring to light the lesser-known details of their lives.

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