Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrović plays for EFL Championship club Fulham and the Serbian national team, for which he is the all-time leading goalscorer. A youth product of Partizan, he turned professional after a loan with Teleoptik and played for them in their first season of the Serbian SuperLiga. Mitrović was named among the top 10 talents under the age of 19 in Europe by UEFA reporters aged 18 and under. After joining Anderlecht for a club-record €5 million, he scored 44 goals in 90 games across all competitions in two seasons.
In his first season at the club, he won the Belgian Pro League, and in his second, he was the league’s top scorer. In 2015, he joined Newcastle United for £13 million. Fulham promoted him to the Premier League after he was loaned to them in 2018. He then joined them permanently. Serbia’s Mitrović was voted the best player at the 2013 European Under-19 Championship. During the same year, he played his first game for the senior national team, and he has since earned over 60 caps, representing Serbia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Aleksandar Mitrović was born on the 16th day of September 1994 to his mother, Natasha Mitrović, and father, Ivica Mitrović at Smederevo Serbia, Slovakia formerly Yugoslavia. Mitrović grew up with his brother Milan, who is currently his agent in Smederevo, eastern Serbia. Mitrović Family members have always admired Alan Shearer and been strong Newcastle fans.
On a more personal note, Mitrović during his early days was outgoing, confident socially, and stubborn. His father once predicted that he would become a criminal or a kickboxer when he was growing up.
When Mitrović was a child, he was very energetic. While he was growing up, it was difficult for his parents to accept his behavior. As a child, he made poor choices but his participation in football led him to change those habits.
Aleksandar Mitrović and his wife Kristina Janjic have two children. Partizan and Newcastle are both clubs he has supported for most of his life.
Aleksandar Mitrović Net Worth
Aleksandar Mitrović has a net worth estimated at around 25 million euros (21.8 million pounds) and a contract that lasts until 2024.[table id=2839 /]
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Aleksandar Mitrović was born in Smederevo and came to Partizan through its youth system. In the 2011–12 season, he scored seven goals in 25 league games with their affiliated side Teleoptik before being promoted to the first team.
- Mitrović signed his first professional contract with Partizan on 27 June 2012. Nine minutes after coming on as a substitute, he scored the club’s first goal in a Champions League qualifier against Maltese side Valletta.
- Mitrović scored a header against Tromso in the Europa League play-off round on 23 August 2012. In a home match against Jagodina three days later, he scored his first league goal.
- Mitrović opened the scoring in his first-ever Eternal derby on 17 November 2012, which Partizan eventually lost 3–2. Five days later, he also scored in a 1–1 draw away to Azerbaijani side Neftchi Baku in the Europa League group stage.
- Mitrović was Partizan’s top scorer in all competitions by the end of his debut season despite being one of the team’s youngest players with 15 goals in 36 games. He was named to the Jelen SuperLiga Team of the Season for his displays. Additionally, the Serbian sports portal Mozart Sport rated Mitrović third out of the 25 best players in the national league that season.
- After much speculation, Mitrović was announced as being sold to Anderlecht on 12 August 2013 and that he would be joining the club on 30 August at the request of the player and his family. Anderlecht’s transfer fee was €5 million, which is a record for the club.
- Mitrović contributed two assists on his debut for the club after coming on as a substitute at the beginning of the second half of a league match against Zulte Waregem on 1 September.
- In the last round of the Champions League Group C against Olympiacos on 10 December 2013, Mitrović replaced Silvio Proto, who had been sent off and failed to save a penalty from Alejandro Dominguez. In his debut season in Belgium, Mitrović scored 16 league goals as Anderlecht won their 33rd league title.
- Anderlecht defeated K.S.C. Lokeren 2–1 in the Super Cup to begin the 2014–15 season. In the 90th minute of the Champions League Group D match against Arsenal on 5 November 2014, he scored the equalizer, ending Anderlecht’s comeback from 3–0 to 3–3.
- In the Pro League, he scored 20 goals, making him the competition’s top scorer, and 28 goals in all competitions. He scored the team’s only goal in a 2–1 loss to Club Brugge in the Belgian Cup Final on 22 March 2015.
- Mitrović signed a five-year deal with Newcastle United on 21 July 2015 for a reported £13 million, saying he wanted to play like club legend Alan Shearer.
- On 9 August, he made his Newcastle debut as the team opened the season with a 2–2 draw against Southampton at St James’ Park, playing the final 15 minutes in place of Papiss Cissé. 22 seconds into his debut, he was booked for a foul on Matt Targett.
- Twenty days later, he was sent off in the 15th minute of a 1–0 loss at home to Arsenal for fouling Francis Coquelin. Mitrović scored his first Newcastle goal against Manchester City on 3 October, opening the scoring in a 6–1 defeat.
- Against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, he headed the equalizer in a 1-1 draw on 20 March 2016. Mitrović was booked for taking off his shirt in celebration, and a fan who ran onto the pitch to join in the celebration was banned.
- Two Aleksandar Mitrović goals, including a penalty, led Norwich City to a 3–2 defeat on 2 April. With Newcastle United already relegated, Mitrović scored the second goal in a 5–1 win over third-place Tottenham Hotspur but was also sent off for a shin-high challenge on Kyle Walker. In the history of the Premier League, he is the sixth player to score a goal, assist a goal, and get sent off in the same game.
- Having been suspended for the first four matches of the season for that red card, Mitrović made his EFL Cup debut against Cheltenham on 23 August but left the match with a head injury.
- Mitrović made his Championship debut on 13 September, scoring the fifth goal in a 6–0 win against Queens Park Rangers to score his first goal of the 2016–17 season.
- In the EFL Cup quarterfinals, he scored a brace and had an assist in a 6–0 win over Preston North End. At the same time, Mitrović made his first league start since Deepdale, and he scored twice in a 2–1 victory against the same opposition.
- Despite losing playing time to summer signing Dwight Gayle, Mitrović remained optimistic, saying “maybe last season I played more, but we are in good shape”, as Newcastle topped the table on 18 October.
- Aleksandar Mitrović started the third-round match against Birmingham City on 7 January 2017, but he was injured in the buildup to Daryl Murphy’s opening goal.
- Mitrović scored the only goal in a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11 February. He was, however, substituted at half-time as a precaution as he had been booked earlier in the match and could have been sent off for a challenge on Carl Ikeme.
- Television cameras caught him elbowing West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in the head on 30 August, and he was suspended for three matches.
- Aleksandar Mitrović returned to the matchday squad after being suspended for the previous two matches in an eventual 1–0 win over Crystal Palace on 21 October. He came on as a 78th-minute substitute for Joselu to what was described as a “still surprising heroes welcome”, but his first touch almost allowed Palace’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek to take the lead for the visitors.
- In mid-December, Mitrović was ruled out with a back injury, putting him on the sidelines for the rest of the month and into January. Mitrović stated in the Serbian sports daily Zurnal toward the end of December that he expected to leave the club in the January transfer window “to find the best solution for my career”.
- The Championship club Fulham signed Mitrović on loan until the end of the season on 1 February. Mitrović was poised to join Bordeaux and then former club Anderlecht during the run-up to deadline day, but both moves fell through, and after a chat with their manager, fellow Serb Slavisa Jokanovic on Snapchat, he decided to join Fulham.
- Mitrović made his west London debut for the club in a 2–0 win over Nottingham Forest on 3 February. His headed effort was cleared off the line by Joe Worrall.
- Mitrović scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw against Bristol City on 21 February, starting a run of six goals in four matches.
- Mitrović scored five goals during Fulham’s six matches in April, including goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland. He was the back-to-back Championship Player of the Month in March and April due to his outstanding performances.
- Aleksandar Mitrović finished the campaign with twelve goals, four behind top scorer Ryan Sessegnon, as Fulham missed out on automatic promotion when they lost 3–1 to Birmingham City on the final day; their first league loss of the calendar year.
- Aleksandar Mitrović signed for Fulham permanently on 30 July for an initial fee of £22 million, which could rise to £27 million. He signed a five-year contract until June 2023.
- An inventive header from a low cross by Sessegnon earned him the equalizer in an eventual 3–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on 18 August. Mitrović scored three goals in Fulham’s next two matches against Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion, though his handball resulted in a penalty for Brighton, which Glenn Murray converted.
- Mitrović scored twice in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge, a 3–2 win over Southampton on 24 November, ending a run of six straight league games without a goal.
- Mitrović argued with Aboubakar Kamara about taking a penalty against Huddersfield Town on 29 December; Kamara’s effort was saved by Jonas Lössl. He scored the only goal of the match eight minutes later. Ranieri was enraged by Kamara’s decision to take the penalty, but Mitrović was more forgiving, referring to a similar incident he had while playing for Newcastle United.
- Kamara had another altercation with Mitrović during a yoga session at the club’s training ground in January 2019, which led to a series of events that saw the Frenchman leave on loan.
- Mitrović scored a brace against Brighton & Hove Albion on 29 January. The second goal he scored was his tenth of the season, and he surpassed his previous best of nine goals in the Premier League. The goal was also his twentieth Premier League goal, and at that point, he had scored five goals under each of his last four managers: McClaren, Benitez, Jokanovic, and Ranieri.
- He extended his deal until June 2024 by signing a new five-year contract on 9 July. Mitrović started the season strongly, scoring five goals in six matches.
- He scored six goals in five matches in October, including a hat-trick against Luton Town. Later, he was named Championship Player of the Month, tying a record with former teammate Dwight Gayle.
- In November and December 2019, he continued to score, but on 11 January 2020, he injured his ankle ligaments and was ruled out for two to three weeks.
- In Fulham’s 3–2 home win over Huddersfield Town on 1 February, he scored Fulham’s third goal. As a result, he scored another four goals during the month, culminating in a stoppage-time winner over Swansea City, despite having his penalty saved by Freddie Woodman in the 89th minute.
- Mitrović did not play for Fulham until the Championship resumed in June, and was retrospectively banned for three games for elbowing Ben White in a 3–0 loss to Leeds United.
- Mitrović returned to the team on 10 July, winning and converting a penalty in a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City. Mitrović scored twice and assisted Bobby Decordova-Reid in Fulham’s 5–3 win over Sheffield Wednesday on 18 July to keep their slim hopes of automatic promotion alive.
- In the 2018–19 season, the club also lost on the final day, drawing 1–1 with Wigan Athletic. Mitrović finished the season with 26 goals, alongside Brentford’s Ollie Watkins; he won the physical award as he scored the same amount of goals in fewer minutes than Watkins. The club’s supporters named him their Player of the Season on 3 September.
- On 19 September 2020, Mitrović scored his first goals of the season in a 4–3 loss to Leeds. He then went on a scoring drought that lasted until April 2021, in a 3–1 loss to Aston Villa.
- When he had a penalty opportunity against Sheffield United in October, he hit his effort off the crossbar. Later in the game, he conceded a penalty when he tackled Jack Robinson, resulting in Billy Sharp scoring the equalizer.
- As a result, Mitrović missed much of the season due to tactical changes (where he was kept out by Ivan Cavaleiro and Ademola Lookman), various injuries, as well as testing positive for COVID-19. Mitrović was reinstated into Fulham’s starting lineup by new manager Marco Silva in August, and he scored four goals in four consecutive matches.
- On the last day of the month, he again extended his contract until the summer of 2026. After a stellar start to the season, he continued to score goals in October, earning him Player of the Month honors.
- Mitrović scored four goals for the Serbian national under-19 team during their successful qualifying campaign for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
- During the opening day of the final tournament, he was sent off during a match against France U19, which caused him to miss the remainder of the tournament.
- Mitrović scored two goals in a friendly match between Serbia’s U21 team and Bulgaria’s U21 team on 26 March 2013.
- Mitrović was called up by Serbia’s U19 coach Ljubinko Drulović for two qualifying matches for the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship after his debut against Belgium for the senior national team.
- Mitrović was also part of the squad that traveled to Lithuania for the final tournament, where he established himself as a key member of Serbia’s U19 squad that won the competition for the first time in Serbian football history.
- During the tournament, Mitrović scored a goal and provided two assists (including one in the final match against France U19). He was also named the tournament’s Golden Player.
- Mitrović earned his first call up to the Serbian senior national team by coach Siniša Mihajlović for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Belgium. He played 69 minutes on his debut on 7 June 2013 and earned a yellow card after stepping on Axel Witsel’s foot, before being substituted for Marko Šćepović.
- Mitrović scored his first goal for the senior team in a 1-1 draw against Croatia in a World Cup qualifier on 6 September.
- The next day, he scored Serbia’s next international goal, the consolation in a 2–1 friendly defeat to France at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Serbia’s 100th match as an independent state.
- Mitrović scored three goals in two matches to keep Serbia’s hopes of qualifying from their group alive in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
- He scored a brace against Austria in a 3–2 win on 9 October, and he scored the equalizer against Wales in a 1–1 draw on 12 November.
- He continued this scoring run in 2017, with goals against Georgia, Wales, and Moldova, putting him ahead of teammate Dušan Tadić as the group’s top goalscorer.
- Serbia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was announced in May, and the final 23-man squad was announced on 1 June. As a warm-up for the tournament, Mitrović scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win over Bolivia.
- In a 2–1 loss to Switzerland on 22 June, he scored the opening goal. He also claimed a penalty when Swiss defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schär dragged him to the ground in the box, but referee Felix Brych denied the claim. All three of his group stage matches were played by him.
- The following year, on 11 October, he scored a brace in a 2–0 win over neighboring nation Montenegro in the first match between the two nations since 2006.
- Following a brace against the same opposition, he failed to score another but missed a penalty by attempting a panenka kick (in the same stadium that Antonin Panenka scored the winning penalty for Czechoslovakia in the UEFA Euro 1976 Final).
- He scored eleven goals in seven matches between June and November 2019. Most of these came during Serbia’s qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2020, including braces against Lithuania and Luxembourg.
- On 12 November 2020, in a Euro 2020 qualifying play-off against Scotland that ended in a 1–1 draw after extra time, Mitrović went on to take Serbia’s fifth penalty and missed it as the penalty shoot-out ended 5–4 in Scotland’s favor, thus denying his national team qualify for the tournament.
- In a 2–2 draw against Portugal on 27 March 2021, he scored Serbia’s first goal, surpassing the previous record of 38 goals set by Stjepan Bobek, and becoming the highest scorer in Serbian national team history.
- Serbia was sent to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 2–1 win over Portugal on 14 November 2021 after Mitrović scored a last-minute winner.
Facts About Aleksandar Mitrović
- During his childhood, he was a difficult child and often got into trouble. He was told by his father that he would either become a criminal or a kickboxer.
- He signed his first professional contract with his childhood club, Partizan Belgrade, in June 2012. The contract was for four years.
- During Partizan’s match against Red Star Belgrade in November 2012, he scored in his first-ever Eternal derby. The match ended in a 3-2 defeat for him.
- He was selected for Jelen SuperLiga’s Team of the Season at the end of the 2012-2013 season. In addition, he was ranked third in Mozzart Sport’s list of the 25 best players in the national league.
- Anderlecht signed him in August 2013 for a transfer fee of €5 million from Partizan. The fee was the highest ever paid by the club for a player.
- In December 2013, he took over the goalkeeping duties for his side’s Champions League match against Olympiakos after Silvio Proto was sent off. I could not stop Alejandro Dominguez’s penalty.
- He scored 16 league goals in his debut season with Anderlecht. Anderlecht also managed to win the league title for the 33rd time.
- He played a crucial role in Anderlecht’s comeback against Arsenal in November 2014. His team was losing the match by 3-0, but he scored the goal in the 90th minute to bring the score to 3-3.
- Newcastle United signed him to a 5-year contract in July 2015. The reported transfer fee to Anderlecht was £13 million.
- In the last game of the 2015-16 season, he scored a goal and provided an assist against Tottenham Hotspur.
- As well, he was sent off for a shin-high challenge against Kyle Walker. As a result, he became the 6th player in Premier League history to be sent off, score a goal, and assist a goal in a single game.
- A three-match ban was handed to him after he was filmed elbowing West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in the head.
- During the winter transfer window in 2018, his proposed temporary move to Bordeaux and then Anderlecht had fallen through.
- Eventually, he decided to join Fulham after having talked to their manager Slaviša Jokanović, who also has a legendary status back in Serbia.
- In March and April 2018, he was recognized as EFL Championship Player of the Month.
- At the end of the 2017-2018 season, he finished second in Fulham’s goalscoring charts with 12 goals. Ryan Sessegnon led the team in scoring with 15 goals in 46 games.
- With Newcastle United, he signed a permanent deal with Fulham in July 2018 for an initial fee of £22 million, which could rise to £27 million. Mitrović signed a 5-year contract with the new club and was given the number 9 shirt.
- He was an integral part of the Serbian team that won the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. His team won the competition for the first time, and he was named the Golden Player.
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