Sardar Azmoun is an Iranian professional footballer who plays for the Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg and the Iranian national team. As a 19-year-old, Azmoun made his international debut for Iran in 2014. A regular with Team Melli, he played in the 2015 and 2019 AFC Asian Cups as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Azmoun is the second-most expensive Iranian player of all time, after Alireza Jahanbakhsh. He is both the youngest Iranian to score in a Champions League match, as well as the Iranian record-holder for most goals scored in the competition.
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Sardar Azmoun Bio/Wiki
|Birth Name||Sardar Azmoun|
|Nick Name||• Iranian Messi|
• Iranian Zlatan
|Age||28 (as in 2023) Years|
|Religion||Muslim (Sunni Family)|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Capricorn|
|Birth Place||Gonbad Kavus, Iran|
|Date of Birth||1 January 1995|
|Residence||Gonbad Kavus, Iran|
|Home Town||Gonbad Kavus, Iran|
|Hobbies||Watching Movies, Horse Riding|
|Mother’s Name||Not Available|
|Father’s Name||Khalil Azmoun (a former Iranian national volleyball team player who has coached several volleyball teams)|
Marital Status, Wife and Children
|Educational Qualification||Not Available|
|Brands Endorsed||Neff’s X1 Lite|
|Career Manager||Javier Ribalta|
|Debut Club||1 Feb 2019: Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Debut International||5 October 2013: Iran national football team|
|Jersey Number||• 7 (Zenit Saint Petersburg)|
• 20 (Iran national football team)
|Current Team(s)||• Zenit Zenit Saint Petersburg|
• Iran national football team
• Technical Ability
• Sometimes holds the ball for too long
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters- 186 cm|
in meters- 1.86 m
in feet inches- 6’1”
|Weight (Approx.)||in kilograms- 79 kg|
in pounds- 174 lbs
|Chest Size||42 inches|
|Biceps Size||14 inches|
|Waist Size||34 inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||Iranian Turkmen origin|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Distinctive Features||Not Available|
|Dress Size||Not Available|
|Shoe Size||9.5 (US)|
|Favorite Playing Position||Forward|
|Favorite Video Games||NBA Live 18, and FIFA 2017|
|Favorite Music Artist||MHD|
|Favorite Action Hero ||Chuck Norris|
|Favorite TV Series||Narcos|
Azmoun was born into a Sunni family of Iranian Turkmen descent. In addition to speaking Turkmen and Persian fluently, he enjoys riding horses. He communicated with Kurban Berdyev, his Turkmenistani coach at FC Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov, in Turkmen.
During a family vacation in Turkmenistan when Sardar was nine, he learned to kick a ball when he was 9 years old. His career began at Oghab Gonbad of Gonbad-e Kavus. In addition to playing volleyball, he was invited to Iran’s national under-15 volleyball team. After some years, he joined Shamoushak Gorgan, before joining Etka Gorgan, who was playing in Division 1 in Iran at the time.
In Kazan, he decided to wear number 69 in honor of the vehicle registration plate of his hometown. Azmoun has stated he is a fan of Real Madrid and expressed an interest in playing for Tractor Sazi in the Persian Gulf Pro League.
Khalil Azmoun, the son of former Iranian national volleyball team player Khalil Azmoun, has coached several volleyball teams, including Golgohar Sirjan and Javaheri Gonbad VC.
As a result of heavy criticism he faced from fans following Iran’s 2018 World Cup exit, Azmoun decided to quit international football at the age of 23. The criticism caused his mother’s illness to worsen. Azmoun decided to retire in order to be by his mother’s side. He has returned to the team after taking this break.
Azmoun is a member of the Humanitarian Association of World Turkmens.
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Sardar Azmoun Net Worth
Sardar Azmoun is one of the richest soccer players and the most popular player. The net worth of Sardar Azmoun is estimated at $1.5 million, according to sources.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2023 (Approx)||$4 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx)||$1.5 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx)||Under Review|
|Weekly Salary||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||€1.9 million|
|Market Value||$27.5 Million|
|Income Source||Professional Footballer|
- When Azmoun was 15, he joined Sepahan’s youth ranks. Sepahan won the 2011–12 Iran Pro League and lifted the trophy with him appearing for the club during pre-season friendlies abroad in Turkey. He never made a professional appearance for the club.
- In the 2012–13 season, after Azmoun’s great performance with Iran’s youth team, Sardar became sought after by a couple of European clubs, including Rubin Kazan. At the age of 17, Azmoun became Iran’s youngest Legionnaire when he transferred to Rubin Kazan.
- The Russian team Rubin Kazan offered Azmoun a contract to join them in January 2013; in the meantime, two Iranian teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal, expressed interest as well as an offer for a first-team contract with Sepahan. He chose to work with Turkmen speaking Kurban Berdyev and became Iran’s first football player in the Russian Premier League.
- In his first season at his club, he appeared eight times for the reserve team, scoring two goals and receiving one yellow card. He was also picked for the 18-man matchday squad on a number of occasions but failed to make his senior debut.
- Rubin won 1–0 in a UEFA Europa League match against Jagodina on 25 July 2013, with Azmoun coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute.
- During his second appearance for Rubin in just his second senior appearance, he scored his first goal in a 3–0 Europa League win against Molde after coming on as a substitute in the 64th minute.
- On 6 October 2013, he made his league debut with a goal and an assist after coming off the bench in the 72nd minute of a 5–1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala.
- Arsenal made a £2 million offer to Kazan on 27 March 2014 for the transfer of Azmoun, which sparked interest from AC Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Barcelona.
- He scored his second league goal for Rubin Kazan three days later in a 2–1 loss to Rostov. He scored a goal in Rubin Kazan’s loss to Zenit St. Petersburg on 6 April. Against Krylia Sovetov on 10 May, Azmoun came on as a substitute in the 55th minute, scoring a goal and providing an assist in a 4–0 victory.
- Rubin Kazan announced through their official website on 4 July 2014 that Azmoun would remain at the club despite transfer offers from Arsenal, Liverpool, and Zenit St. Petersburg.
- On 27 July 2014, he scored Rubin Kazan’s goal in a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona in a pre-season-friendly match. In the 87th minute, he scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Terek Grozny. In the 2014–15 Russian Cup, he scored the winning goal against Spartak Moscow on 30 October.
- Azmoun signed a three and a half month loan deal with relegation-battling Russian Premier League club FC Rostov until the end of the season on 26 February 2015.
- Azmoun came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute and scored the match-winning goal in the 88th minute against Kuban Krasnodar on 16 March. Kazmoun scored again on 26 April 2015 in Rostov’s 2–2 draw with Dynamo Moscow. His good performance earned him a spot on the Russian Premier League Team of the Week. On 7 June, he scored Rostov’s winning goal in the relegation play-offs.
- Azmoun extended his loan deal with Rostov until the end of the 2015–16 season at the end of the 2014–15 season.
- On 22 August 2015, he scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 loss to CSKA Moscow. Following his good performance in the first half of the season, he was linked with English Premier League club Stoke City. Earlier in March 2016, he was also linked with a move to English side Everton.
- Azmoun scored in Rostov’s 3–0 win over Zenit Saint Petersburg on 24 April 2016 after a long goalless drought. As a result of his brace in a 3-1 victory over Dynamo Moscow on 12 May 2016, Rostov remained in second place and in contention for the Russian Premier League title.
- With his goal, Rostov defeated Ural 1–0 on 16 May 2016 and secured a spot in the UEFA Champions League playoffs for the 2016–17 season. His goal against the Ural was his fifth consecutive game with a goal, which included six goals in five games.
- On 21 May 2016, Rostov needed a win and CSKA Moscow to drop points to become Russian Premier League champions. Azmoun assisted the first goal in their 2–0 victory over Terek Grozny. However, CSKA won their match and Rostov finished as runners-up, securing a place in the UEFA Champions League playoffs.
- Azmoun finished seventh in league scoring with nine goals despite playing half as much as some of the other top scorers. In addition, he was voted the fifth most valuable player of the league, behind players such as Fyodor Smolov, Moussa Doumbia, and Brazilian superstar Hulk.
- At first, it was announced that Azmoun would return to Rubin Kazan. The buy-out clause in Azmoun’s contract was triggered by Rostov. Despite this clause, Rubin Kazan claims Azmoun is their player. FIFA received a complaint from Rubin. FC Rostov filed a counter-complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and on 22 July 2016, the CAS temporarily ruled in Azmoun’s favor, and he was included in FC Rostov’s squad for the UEFA Champions League. A final CAS decision on Rostov’s status may not be reached until late 2016 or even the summer of 2017, according to Rostov’s lawyer Yuri Zaytsev.
- Azmoun made his Champions League debut on 26 July 2016 in the first leg of the third-round qualifying round match against Anderlecht at Olimp – 2, replacing Aleksandr Bukharov at 56 minutes.
- In the return leg on 3 August 2016, he scored his first Champions League goal in the 47th minute to help Rostov advance 4-2 on aggregate.
- He scored a second Champions League goal on 24 August 2016 in the return leg of the playoff round match against Ajax, which resulted in Rostov reaching the group stage of the Champions League for the first time.
- Azmoun scored the winner in Rostov’s 2–1 Champions League group stage loss against Atlético Madrid on 1 November 2016. He became the first Iranian to score in the Champions League group stage since Ali Karimi in 2005.
- Azmoun scored his second Champions League goal on 23 November 2016 at home against Bayern Munich, leading Rostov to their first-ever Champions League group stage win.
- Azmoun’s impressive performances and goals in the UEFA Champions League attracted the interest of European giants such as Marseille, Liverpool, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen.
- In a 4–1 victory, Azmoun scored his first Russian Premier League goal of the 2016–17 season. On 28 November, he scored his second goal of the season against Anzhi Makhachkala.
- In January 2017, FIFA rejected appeals by Rubin Kazan regarding Azmoun’s transfer to Rostov and ruled that Rubin Kazan had no obligations towards it.
- Azmoun scored twice in the first league match after the winter break as FC Tom Tomsk defeated him 6–0 on 3 March 2017. The following week, he scored twice against his former club Rubin Kazan.
- Following the end of the 2016–17 season, Azmoun attracted interest from Scottish side Celtic, English Premier League club Everton, and La Liga side Valencia.
Return to Rubin Kazan
- Azmoun returned to Rubin Kazan in June 2017. On 28 June 2017, he played as a second-half substitute in a friendly. On 14 July 2017, FC Rostov confirmed the transfer agreement with Rubin.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
- He signed a 3.5-year contract with Zenit St. Petersburg on 1 February 2019. Sardar scored two goals and provided an assist in his debut start for Zenit against Fenerbahçe in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League. UEFA chose him as Player of the Week for his outstanding performance.
- Zenit defeated FC Ural Yekaterinburg 1–0 in his Russian Premier League debut on 2 March 2019.
- He doubled against FC Orenburg on 31 March 2019. In his Champions League debut for Zenit against Olympique Lyonnais on 17 September 2019, Azmoun scored the first goal of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage.
- In the following match, he became the most prolific Iranian goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League with four goals, surpassing Mehdi Mahdavikia and Ali Daei.
- On 22 July 2020, the last day of the 2019–20 Russian Premier League season, he scored his 17th goal in the league to finish as the co-top scorer of the league with his teammate Artem Dzyuba.
- On 2 May 2021, he scored a hat-trick to bring his league season scoring total to 19, as Zenit secured their third title in a row in a 6–1 victory over second-place FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
- The league’s top scorer was overtaken by his teammate Artem Dzyuba in the last game of the season on 16 May 2021, when Dzyuba scored four to bring his total to 20. In the 2020–21 season of the Russian Premier League, he was voted Player of the Season.
- During his first call up for the 2012 AFF U-19 Youth Championship as a member of the Iranian U-20 team, Azmoun became the tournament’s top scorer before repeating the feat at the 2012 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, scoring seven goals in six matches.
- He played for the U-20 team during the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification match in Kerman on 8 October 2013. In a match against Lebanon, he scored two goals, assisted one, and drew a penalty.
- Azmoun was selected to the U-23 team for Olympic qualifiers in March 2015. Having scored four goals in three matches, he was the tournament’s leading goalscorer going into the final matchday.
- Rostov did not release him because the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship was not held during the FIFA International Match Calendar.
- Carlos Queiroz called up Azmoun to the Iranian national team against Thailand on 5 October 2013. Despite being selected by Queiroz for Iran’s 28-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he was one of five players omitted from the final squad.
- Azmoun made his senior debut on 26 May 2014 in a friendly match against Montenegro, replacing Reza Ghoochannejhad in the 60th minute. He was not included in Iran’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, announced on 1 June 2014. His first goal came in a 1–0 friendly victory against South Korea on 18 November 2014.
- Carlos Queiroz called Azmoun into Iran’s 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad on 30 December 2014. A friendly win over Iraq ended in a 1–0 victory for him in the next match. In the second game of the Asian Cup, he scored the winner with great individual skill against Qatar. He also scored a header against Iraq in the quarter-finals.
- Azmoun scored a goal against Turkmenistan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 16 June 2015. In the World Cup qualifier against Guam on 3 September 2015, he scored his first senior brace. In a 3–0 victory over Macedonia at Philip II Arena, he scored his first hat-trick for the Iranian national team.
- Eight days later, he scored the first goal in Iran’s 2–0 win over Uzbekistan, ensuring qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Iranian national team named him to its final squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in June 2018. The 15 June match against Morocco was his first World Cup appearance, as he scored the winning goal.
- Azmoun retired from international football at the age of 23 after Iran’s 2018 World Cup exit due to heavy criticism from fans. His mother’s illness worsened as a result of the criticism, so Azmoun chose to retire to be by her side.
- In October 2018, Azmoun returned to the Iranian national team and was called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup by Carlos Queiroz.
Facts About Sardar Azmoun
- Sarder has continuously been compared to Zlatan Ibramovic, and on various occasions, he has been referred to as the Lionel Messi of Iran. Although Sardar does not believe the way he plays is similar to Messi’s, he does not understand why people keep calling him Messi.
- Former Rubin coach Berdyev has been described by him as a father figure. The two men share a common language – Turkmen – as well as a good relationship.
- Sardar Azmoun, 23, announced his retirement in June after Iran’s knockout from the 2018 World Cup competitions. Although it was extremely difficult to choose between his mother and the game, he chose mother over the criticisms. In October, he returned.
- Several English clubs are reportedly interested in signing Azmoun, including Arsenal, who according to several reports offered $2 million pounds in 2014. Several English clubs are interested in signing him, including Leicester City, Westham United, and Arsenal.
- His and other members of the team had previously been warned by the Ethics Committee of Iran’s Football Federation for showing off their tattoos.
- Since then, he has equaled Ali Daei’s record as the top Iranian goalscorer in EUFA Club football.
- A 25-year-old, Sardar Azmoun has already made 50 appearances for Iran’s senior national team. As a result, he has scored 32 goals, making him the country’s top scorer ahead of Karim Ansarifard who scored 26 goals in 81 appearances, Mehdi Taremi with 21 goals in 45 games, and Kaveh Rezaei who scored a goal in 12 games.
Azmoun was born into a Sunni family of Iranian Turkmen origin. He speaks Turkmen and Persian fluently and is fond of riding on horseback.
In his five-and-a-half seasons in Russia, he has played 154 matches and scored 42 goals. Azmoun also has 46 caps for his country and has scored 28 international goals.
Gonbad Kavus, Iran