Lionel Scaloni's stats, salary, age, nationality, wife, achievements

Lionel Scaloni's stats, salary, age, nationality, wife, achievements

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM

Lionel Sebastian Scaloni is one of the top managers to watch in the fast-approaching FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. He is a former player-turned-coach of the Argentine national football team. This article features facts about Lionel Scaloni's stats, achievements, and biography, as millions worldwide count on him to guide Argentina to glory in Qatar.

Lionel Scaloni's age
Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni looks on during a training session at Wembley Stadium in preparation for the 2022 Finalissima against Italy in London, England. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli
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In 2018, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) appointed Scaloni as the national team's head coach. Since then, he has transformed the team into one of the strongest sides in world football. As a player, the Argentina manager starred as a right back and right midfielder.

Lionel Scaloni's profile

Full name

Lionel Sebastián Scaloni

Date of birth

16 May 1978


44 (as of November 2022)

Place of birth

Pujato, Argentina




1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)


80 kg


Football coach, former professional player

Playing position(s)

Right back, right midfielder


1 July 2015

Team coached

Argentina national football team


Ángel Scaloni, Eulalia




Elisa Montero


Ian, Noah

Annual salary

$2.69 million

Net worth

$3 Million

Social media

Instagram, Twitter

Lionel Scaloni's family

The Argentine coach, Lionel Scaloni (aged 44 as of 2022), was born on 16 May 1978, in Pujato, Santa Fe, Argentina. His father, Angel Scaloni, was a farmer and former footballer. He retired from the sport to focus on farming, which helped him take care of his family. Meanwhile, Lionel's mother is called Eulalia.

Lionel Scaloni's son
The Argentine manager Lionel Scaloni walks with his son during a training session at Fluminense training camp on 25 June 2019, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Gustavo Pagano
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The Argentine manager has an elder brother called Mauro Scaloni and a younger sister about whom little is known. He attended Bernardino Rivadavia Elementary School 227 in Pujato and developed an interest in football at a young age. His brother, Mauro, played football as a midfielder for Newell's Old Boys and Deportivo B.

Lionel Scaloni's wife

Lionel is married to Elisa Montero of Spanish nationality. The couple has been married for a long time and has two children together. Lionel Scaloni's sons are Ian, born in 2012, and Noah, born in 2016.

Who did Lionel Scaloni play for?

Who did Lionel Scaloni play for?
AC Milan's Clarence Seedorf (R) battles with Deportivo La Coruna's L. Scaloni during a Champions League match on 23rd March 2004. Photo: Tony Marshall
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The Pujato-born manager began his career with the Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine Primera División alongside his brother, Mauro. Scaloni later joined Estudiantes de La Plata before transferring to Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña in March 1998 with his brother. Lionel played in Europe for Deportivo de La Coruña, West Ham, Racing Santander, Lazio, RCD Mallorca, and Atlanta. However, his brother Mauro did not go far with football like him.

Deportivo de La Coruña

Lionel helped Deportivo win the 1999-2000 La Liga trophy. He also lifted the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España in 2001 and 2002, respectively. The former midfielder was part of the famous Deportivo squad that dominated Spanish football, including Real Madrid's star-studded squad.

West Ham (loan)

Lionel Scaloni's stats
Mikel Arteta (R) of Everton evades Yossi Benayoun (c) and Scaloni (L) of West Ham United during their Barclays Premiership match at Upton Park on 4th March 2006 in London, England. Photo: David Cannon
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Despite enjoying a wonderful career at Deportivo, the Argentine left the club after falling out with his manager, Joaquín Caparrós, in January 2006. He joined West Ham in England on loan, and helped them reach the FA Cup final. However, they lost to Liverpool in a penalty shootout.

Other teams

In 2007, he moved to Racing Santander before joining Lazio, where he also had a great time, playing over 50 games. Scaloni returned to Spain to play for RCD Mallorca before hanging his boots in 2005 while playing for Atalanta in Serie A.


Lionel Scaloni's achievements
The Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni also played as a midfielder for the national team. Photo: Cathal McNaughton
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The former Atalanta midfielder played for Argentina's youth ranks before climbing to the senior team. He won Malaysia's 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship with the U20 side. However, he missed out on the 2002 World Cup in Japan but featured in the 2006 edition in Germany. He only played one game at the tournament and retired from his country's football career afterwards.

Lionel Scaloni's coaching career

The Argentine tactician began his managerial path in Sevilla, serving as Jorge Sampaoli's assistant. In June 2017, Sampaoli was appointed Argentina's head coach and picked Scaloni as his assistant. Unfortunately, Sampaoli lost his job following the team's poor performance in the 2018 World Cup. Scaloni and Pablo Aimar took charge as caretaker managers until the former was confirmed coach in November 2018.

Lionel Scaloni's stats

One of Lionel Scaloni's achievements as a coach is winning the 2018 L'Alcúdia International tournament with Argentina's under-20 side. His reign with the senior side saw the team finish third in the 2019 Copa America before winning the 2021 edition after beating Brazil 1-0 in the final. Argentina beat Italy 3-0 to win the 2022 CONMEBOL UEFA Cup of Champions (Finalissima).

"At first there was mistrust. With us, with the coaching staff, it was quite difficult. Before Copa America, we had two qualifying matches and we tied them." De Paul said of his coach. "Now Scaloni could convince us of anything. Obviously, one is convinced when things [like the Copa America] happen."

As of 15 November 2022, La Albiceleste had played 33 matches unbeaten under Scaloni since losing 2-0 to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America semi-final. They have played 47 games with the coach and lost only four.

Did Scaloni and Messi play together?

Did Scaloni and Messi play together?
Argentina's captain Lionel Messi talks to his coach during a training session on 3rd March 2017, in Ezeiza, Argentina. Photo: Gustavo Pagan
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Lionel Scaloni and Messi not only share the first name but have also shared the pitch. The two icons were in the squad that represented Argentina in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. They played together in the round of 16 against Mexico.

Lionel Scaloni's formation

Lionel is a strict perfectionist. He believes in hard work and prefers playing with the 4-4-2 formation. The formation features four defenders at the back, two deep defensive midfielders, two attacking midfielders, and two attackers.

According to the formation dynamic, the two attacking midfielders play as wingers when attacking. One of the two strikers drops into the midfield to pick up the ball. In a counter mode, the team's formation is a 4-3-3. The fullbacks can join the attack, but one side at a time. The coach prefers the second striker to join the midfield and help defend.

Lionel Scaloni's salary

The former Deportivo midfielder ranks among the best-paid coaches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. He earns around $2.69 million annually, placing him in position seven. Germany's Hans-Dieter Flick is the highest-paid, with $6.73 million annually.

Lionel Scaloni's net worth

Lionel has an estimated net worth of $3 Million. He has a home in Calviá, the municipality of Mallorca, Spain.

Lionel Scaloni's accident

In April 2019, the Argentine manager suffered an accident while cycling. He was reportedly hit by a car, causing him multiple injuries.

Many people believe Lionel Scaloni's stats and records with the Argentine team could propel the team to World Cup glory in Qatar. He has built a formidable squad, including the greatest footballer in history, Lionel Messi.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.