Who is Denis Zakaria?

Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado is a well-known Swiss professional footballer who plays as a central defensive midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea, on loan from Juventus and the Switzerland national team.

Denis Zakaria Career

Club career


Zakaria first started playing for the local club Servette, as he was born in Geneva, Switzerland.

Young Boys

He then joined Young Boys for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year deal in June 2015. Zakaria made his Swiss Suoer League debut against FC Zurich in a 1-1 away draw substituting Alexander Gerndt after 79 minutes on July 18, 2015.

Borussia Monchengladbach

Zakaria signed a five-year deal with Borussia Monchengladbach in June 2017. He was then transferred as a replacement for Mahmoud Dahoud who exited the club for Borussia Dortmund. The transfer fee paid for him to Young Boys was reported as €10 million. He then scored a total of 11 goals in 125 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach.


With six months left on his contract, he moved to Serie A club Juventus for a four-and-a-half-year deal in a deal worth €4.5 million, on January 31, 2022. He scored on his debut in the 61st minute, assisting his team defeat Hellas Verona 2-0, on February 6.

Loan to Chelsea

Zakaria was loaned to Premier League club Chelsea till the conclusion of the 2022-23 season on September 1, 2022, with an option of a permanent transfer at the end of the season. He made his Chelsea debut in the club’s last UEFA Champions League group stage match, scoring the winning goal of a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb on November 2, 2022.

International career

Denis played for various Swiss youth national teams. He could have represented either Switzerland, Congo, or South Sudan at a senior level because he was born in Switzerland and has a South Sudanese father and a Congolese mother. On Mat 28, 2016, Zakaria made his debut for the senior Switzerland national team in a friendly 2-1 defeat by Belgium. He was part of the team for the 2016 European Championships. He was also included in the 23-man group for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Denis then played in the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals, where his team completed 4th in May 2019. He was later included in the 26-man Swiss team for the UEFA Euro 2020. Zakaria scored an own goal in Switzerland’s quarter-final match over Spain, which they went on to lose on penalties on July 2, 2021.

A photo of Denis Zakaria
A photo of Denis Zakaria

How old is Denis Zakaria?

Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado is aged 25 as of 2021 having been born on November 29, 1996, in Geneva Switzerland. He shares his birthday with famous people including Joe Biden, Future, Michael Clifford, Salice Rose, Jowl McHale, Sean Young, Oliver Sykes, Dierks Bentley, Andrea Riseborough, Jeremy Jordan, and Michael Clifford, among others.

Denis Zakaria Family

Who are Denis Zakaria’s parents?

Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado was born in Geneva, Switzerland to a South Sudanese father and a Congolese mother. He has not shared specific information about his parents with the media.

Does Denis Zakaria have siblings?

Zakaria has not shared much about his family and siblings, but he has an older brother Richard, who he went to play football with after classes.

Denis Zakaria Education

Zakaria attended school in Rue de Perron, where he studied and began his football interests. After school, he would go with his older brother to play football at La Treille Park.

Denis Zakaria Girlfriend

Zakaria is currently single and unmarried as he has not been linked to any relationship. He has also not shared any information on his love life.

Denis Zakaria Children

Zakaria does not have any children of his own as he is currently single and not married.

Denis Zakaria Height

Zakaria has a well-built, muscular, and athletic body adding up to a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.90 m) and a weight of 81 kg (178.5 lbs).

Style of Play

Because of his characteristics and playing style, Zakaria has been compared with former International Patrick Vieira and Paul Pogba. He has been described as a midfield powerhouse because of his pace, strength, athleticism, and aggressive playing style. Zakaria is recognized for being a composed passer and for making surging forward runs from midfield. Mainly as a defensive midfielder, Zakaria is also able to play as a central midfielder, in a holding role, or a box-to-box role, and has even played as a central defender.

Denis Zakaria Net Worth

Swiss professional footballer, Zakaria plays for Premier League club Chelsea as a central defensive midfielder on loan from Juventus. He also plays for the Switzerland national team and has gathered a net worth of approximately £5 million as of 2022.

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