Often referred to as a man with a golden heart and known for his enthusiasm, Jasper Cillessen is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Valencia and the Netherlands national team. Firstly, he commenced his career in 2010 with his professional debut in NEC’s youth team, followed by playing with Ajax for €3 million and Barcelona for an initial €13 million.
Similarly, Jasper has featured at both junior and senior levels in the international field, making his first debut in 2013. In the meantime, he was the country’s first-choice goalkeeper as they finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
|Full Name||Jacobus Antonius Peter Cillessen|
|Date of Birth||22 April 1989|
|Birth Place||Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|Age||31 years old (as of 2020)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (182.98 lb)|
|Hair Color||Light Brown|
|Father’s Name||Ton Cillessen|
|Mother’s Name||Nellie Cillessen|
|Siblings||A brother, Thomas Cillessen|
|Net Worth||$1.19 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
Cillessen is a skinny, athletic type with a square face with fair complexion. He stands at 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) while weighing 83 kg (182.98 lb). Besides, with his light brown hair and grey eyes, he is a rather sweet type.
Jasper Cillessen | Early Life
Cillessen was born on 22 April 1989 under Taurus’ star sign to his parents Ton Cillessen and Nellie Cillessen. He grew up alongside his brother Thomas Cillessen in a small town named Nijmegen of Netherlands. However, details on his educational history and family backgrounds are all unknown.
Jasper Cillessen | Club Career
Unlike other athletes, Jasper also had an early start. Firstly, he commenced his club career through the youth team of the local club De Treffers. Right after it, in 2001, he was scouted to the NEC/FC Oss youth academy with whom he signed in professionally in 2008 and herewith, started playing in reserve. Similarly, in 2010, he dealt a two-year contract with the NEC.
Following it in the same year 2010, he had his senior debut on 28 August as their first-choice goalkeeper Gábor Babos was sidelined due to an injury. Hence, for his debut game, he faced the SC Heerenveen, which ended in a 2-2 draw as he got voted for the man of the match. Likewise, Jasper got his goalkeeper place permanently even after Babis returned; therefore, he had another two-year contract expansion with NEC, which was due to an end in 2014. Not to mention, during his early-season of 2010-11, he bagged the Gelderland footballer of the year award.
At the same time, on 27 August 2011, NEC signed an agreement with Ajax to transfer Cillessen to the Amsterdam club for an estimated €3 million. Therewith, Jasper dealt with Ajax for a five-year contract, which was due in 2016. Following it, he made hi8s debut for the club on 21 September 2011, against the VV Noordwijk in the second round of the KNVB Cup.
Besides, th match came in as a 3-1 victory where he had appeared in the full game firmly, only slipping once in the 66th minute while facing Sijbren Bartleman. Likewise, Cillessen made his league debut for the club on 23 October 2011 in a 2011–12 Eredivisie match. During the game, they faced the arch-rivals Feyenoord wherein the 66th minute, after the goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer was shown a red card, substitute Gregory van der Wiel took his place.
In the match, Cillssen contributed to the match’s draw end (1-1). Behind it, in 2013 pre-season, Cillessen maintained his pace and had a breakthrough as he made his first sustained run of appearances for Ajax in the Eredivisie.
After Ajax, Cillessen dealt with Barcelona on 25 August, for a five-year contract. To illustrate, the contract was worth an initial €13 million transfer fee plus another €2 million in add-ons, and he was thereby to replace the outgoing Claudio Bravo. With three training seasons, he debuted against the Alavés in a La Liga match, where he successfully blocked five attempts of goals but ended in a 1-2 loss.
Later, Cillessen stood as one of the main features in the Copa del Rey for both the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons, where he started 17 games out of a total of 18 games for the team. Without surprise, Barcelona won both the Copa del Rey match hence, making the club four-time consecutive winners since 2014–15.
Additionally, Jasper maintained his foremost career penalty after 20 attempts in a 6–1 home win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on January 30, 2019. The very match helped Barcelona to advance onto the semi-finals of the competition 6–3 on aggregate. Furthermore, in the final of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona faced Valencia however had a surprising loss as Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scored in a 2-1 win for Valencia.
In the bargain, as the gameplay ended, Cillessen signed a four-year contract with Valencia for a fee of €35 million on 25 June 2019. On the same day, former Valencia number one Neto was transferred for €26 million to become the backup goalie.
Therewith, following it was an awkward day for Jasper as Real Sociedad gave him a guard of honor in their first game. However, the honor that was given was for the final game he had lost with Barcelona. His first debut for the club was against Real Sociedad in La Liga on 17 August 2019, starting with a 1–1 home draw.
Jasper Cillessen | International Career
His foremost international Game came in October 2010, against Ukraine. For the match, he was called up by the national team coach, Cor Pot, to play in the Netherlands national under-21 team for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification play-offs.
Moving on with his senior years, he was first selected for the 2010–11 season’s pre-selection for the senior Netherlands squad’s friendly matches against Uruguay and Brazil. Later, manager Bert van Marwijk selected him for the Netherlands’ friendly trip to South America.
Following it was 2012 May 7, where Bert van Marwijk was chosen as one of nine uncapped players as a part of the preliminary squad. Thus, he was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. Alongside all these, his first cap came on June 7, 2013, for the Netherlands national team under manager Louis van Gaal.
Finally, after several call-ups, he had featured in the game where he played the first half in a friendly encounter against Indonesia in a 3–0 away win for the Dutch. Eventually, they kept a clean sheet during their friendly encounter in Asia. Further ahead, he was selected for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, where he appeared in the number 1 jersey for the team’s opening match, a 5–1 victory against Spain in Salvador.
Throughout the game, he started almost every and stood in third place; however, for the quarter-final against Costa Rica, he was replaced by Louis van Gaal. He was substituted for Tim Krul in the penalty shootout, and the Dutch won.
Jasper Cillessen | Honors and Awards
- Eredivisie: 2011–12, 2012–13 & 2013–14
- Johan Cruyff Shield: 2013
- La Liga: 2017–18 & 2018–19
- Copa del Rey: 2016–17 & 2017–18
- Supercopa de España: 2018
- FIFA World Cup third-place: 2014
- UEFA Nations League runners-up: 2018–19
- Gelderland Footballer of the Year: 2011
- Gillette Player of the Year: 2014
- AFC Ajax Player of the Year: 2015 & 2016
Jasper Cillessen | Stats
Jasper Cillessen featured in FIFA 20 with the club Valencia in Spain under the jersey number of 1 and 13. Overall, his skill moves got a 1-star rating while his footing got a 3-star rating alongside a medium player work rate. Altogether, he closed FIFA 20 with an overall rating of 82.
For the FIFA 21, he preferred most of his kicks through the right leg gaining 3-star for it. Therefore, for his goalkeeper positioning, he was marked 80 and had his handling and kicking in the rate of 81 and 78, respectively.
Jasper Cillessen | Net Worth
Jasper Cillessen currently plays for the club Valencia with a monthly salary of $576,403 and an annual of $6,916,837. Altogether, Jasper enjoys a whopping net worth of $1.19 million. Apart from his athletic career, he earns revenue through a brand endorsement for Nike and ERA. Additionally, he owns various luxurious cars as Mercedes E200, Audi, Range Rover, etc.
Jasper Cillessen | Love Life and Social Media
As of 2020, Valencia’s goalkeeper is reported to be dating a beautiful lady named Joan Koolster. As per the sources, she is a Physical Education teacher, and the duo shares a private happy life.
Jasper Cillessen’s FAQs
Did Jasper Cillessen always think of being a goalkeeper?
Jasper first started as a striker and eventually moved onto be an outfielder and a goalkeeper. Actually, he had never thought of being a goalkeeper; hence, the goalie’s post came out of nowhere.