Mario Pašalić – Bio, Net Worth, Wife, Family, Career, Age, Facts, Wiki

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Mario Paslaic is a Croatian professional footballer. he currently plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Atalanta. In his international career, he has represented the Croatia national team since 2014. He also represented Croatia U-14, U-16, U-17, U-19 and U-21 from 2009 to 2016. 

Mario began his club career at Hajduk Split before moving to Chelsea for a reported £3 million in 2014. On July 25, 2018, Pasalic moved to the Italian side of Atalanta for a season-long loan deal with an option to buy by the end of the deal. That season, Atlanta finished third in Serie A, qualifying for the following year’s Champions League.

Where is Mario Pasalic from?

Mario Pasalic was born on 9th February 1995 in Mainz, the capital and largest city of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. His birth name is Mario Pasalic. He holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. His star sign is Aquarius. He is a follower of Christianity. 

Pasalic was born into a middle-class family. Sarajlije near Tomislavgrad, his father Ivan is a Bosnian Croat while his mother, Slavica is from Vrlika, a small town in inland Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. He grew up in Kaštel Gomilica, the oldest town in Kastela bay. 

Mario Pasalic Football career (Club)

Hajduk Split

  • Mario Pasalic began his career by joining the youth academy of his hometown club GOŠK Kaštel Gomilica in 2003. In 2005, he moved to the youth academy of much renowned Croatian club Hajduk Split. 
  • He came into the spotlight in the 2011–12 season, scoring 17 goals for the under-17s, and scoring the winner for the under-19s in a 3–2 success against Hrvatski Dragovoljac, which secured the club’s championship trophy.

  • In early 2013, he was promoted to the first team of Hajduk Split and played his first professional match on 14th April 2013 against Cibalia. In the summer of 2013, Pašalić signed a four-year professional contract with Hajduk and went on to make 36 appearances in all competitions during the 2013–14 season scoring 11 goals. 


  • On 9th July 2014, Pasalic joined the Premier League club, Chelsea, for an undisclosed fee. From 2014 to 2020, he represented Chelsea FC despite making not a single appearance for the club. During his time at Chelsea, he was loaned to several other well-known European clubs. 

Loan to Elche

  • On 22nd July 2014, Pašalić joined Elche on a season-long loan deal.
  • He made his La Liga debut on 25 August, starting and being booked in a 0–3 away loss against Barcelona.
  • On 12 April 2015, Pašalić scored his first goal in the top flight of Spanish football, netting the last in a win over Córdoba.

Loan to Monaco 

  • On 3 July 2015, it was announced that Pašalić will spend the 2015–16 season on loan at Monaco.
  • Striker Radamel Falcao went on loan to Chelsea as part of the loan agreement for Pašalić to join the Monégasque side. 
  • On 28 July, Pašalić made his Monaco debut in a 3–1 victory against Swiss side Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, in which he scored the final goal to make it 3–1. On 8 August, Pašalić made his Ligue 1 debut after playing 25 minutes in a 2–1 win over Nice.
  • On 17 September, he made his Europa League debut in a 1–1 away draw with Anderlecht.

Loan to Milan

  • On 27 August 2016, Pašalić joined Serie A side Milan on a season-long loan. A month after the loan was completed, there were reports that stated Milan was looking to cut the loan short and return Pašalić in January.
  • He made his debut off the substitutes’ bench on 30 October 2016 in a 1–0 win against Pescara. In the following game, Pašalić made his first start in a 2–1 win over Palermo. Pašalić scored his first goal for Milan in a 2–1 home victory against Crotone.

Loan to Spartak Moscow

  • On 2 August 2017, Pašalić signed a new four-year deal with Chelsea and joined Russian champions Spartak Moscow on loan for the 2017–18 season.
  • On 12 August, he scored his first goal for Spartak against CSKA Moscow. He made his Champions League debut on 13th September in a draw with Maribor. 


  • On 25 July 2018, Pašalić agreed to join Italian side Atalanta on a season-long loan with an option to purchase at the end of the spell. The Italian side finished the season as third in Serie A, qualifying for the next year’s Champions League.
  • On 4 July 2019, Pašalić signed a new contract at Chelsea until 2022 and returned to Atalanta on loan for a second season.
  • On 14th July, he scored his first career hat-trick in a 6–2 victory over Brescia, becoming the fifth Croatian to achieve that in Serie A.
  • In December 2020, Pašalić underwent a sports hernia surgery, which kept him off the pitch for more than two months.

Mario Pašalić International career

  • Pasalic was first called to the Croatia national team on 14th May 2014. He was named to participate in the 2014 World Cup by manager Niko Kovač but he was omitted from the team when FIFA announced the world cup qualified teams to make 23 man squad instead of 30 man squad.
  • Pasalic made his debut for Croatia on 4th September 2014 when he replaced Mario Mandžukić in a friendly home victory over Cyprus, two months after the 2014 world cup. 
  • In May 2018, he was named in Zlatko Dalić’s preliminary 32-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but did not make the final 23.
  • He scored his debut goal for the national team on 7 October 2020 in a friendly 2–1 victory over Switzerland.
  • On 9th November 2022, he was selected by the head coach Zlatko Dalić to play for Croatia national team in the 2022 Qatar world cup. Croatia has now reached the semi-final of the world’s biggest football tournament after defeating giant Brazil on 9th December 2022 in a penalty shootout. 

Mario Pašalić Awards 


  • Football Oscar: Prva HNL Team of the Year 2014


  • Coppa Italia runner-up: 2018–19


  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2016

Maria Pasalic Transfer news 

  • On 9th July 2014, Pasalic joined Chelsea for a reported fee of around £3 million. 
  • On 22nd June, He was transferred to Atalanta for a reported fee of around €15 million from Chelsea. 

Who is Maria Pasalic’s wife?

Maria Pasalic is a married man. He has been happily married to his beloved wife Marija Grbesa since 2019.  Marija is a public figure, a personal blogger, and is best known as Mario’s wife. After Pasalic and Grbesa tied the knot in Ciovo’s church, guests moved to a sailboat where they spent the rest of the night.

Marija often posts photos of herself on trips on her Instagram account, showing her passion for traveling.  Marija was very supportive of Pasalic’s work due to his frequent appearances in the stadium. Marija is also more visible through her Instagram account, where she shows off her WAG status. Mario Pasalic and Marija Grbesa were blessed with a son named Luka on 15th February 2022.

Maria Pasalic Salary, Contract, and Net Worth

As of December 2022, The net worth of Maria Pasalic is estimated to be US $5 million. As of the 2022-23 season, he is earning a whopping salary of €1.85 million annually laying as a defender of Atlanta FC. His current market value is €10 million. 

The football star hasn’t lack behind in living a moderate lifestyle through his massive earnings. He owns a beautiful apartment in Bergamo, Italy. His family has real estate property in Split, Croatia. The player drives a Corsa and Crossland which has a normal cost of €30,595.

How tall is Maria Pasalic?

Maria Pasalic is 6 ft 2 inches tall and his body weight is around 82 Kg. He has an Athletic build body. As a football player, he regularly does workouts and gym exercises to keep himself fit and active. He has a short hairstyle that is Dark brown in color. His eyes color are also dark brown as well.

He always does heavy exercise which includes weight lifting, push-ups, Single-leg squats, Dumbbell bench step-ups, and others. He arrives every morning at the Atalanta FC football training center for warm-ups and training. 

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