Luis Diaz also known as Lucho Díaz, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Colombia national team.
He is known for his speed, dribbling, and scoring ability. He has been ranked as the #no. 1 football player of Colombia as of January 2022.
Who is Luis Diaz?
Díaz was born in Barrancas, La Guajira, and began playing football at the age of six. Nicknamed “Luchito”, he attended a small football school run by his father.
In 2014, at the age of 17, he attended an open trial hosted by Atlético Junior and impressed enough to join the youth team.
He was included in Colombia’s 22-man squad for the 2015 Copa Americana de Pueblos Indígenas, due to his Wayuu ethnicity.
After impressing during the tournament, he joined the senior team of Atlético Junior in 2016, being immediately assigned to farm team Barranquilla.
Given Díaz’s slender build and a potentially malnourished appearance, he was given a dietary plan by Barranquilla to gain 10 kg.
Díaz made his senior debut on 26 April 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 Categoría Primera B home loss against Deportivo Pereira.
His first senior goal came on 14 May, as he scored the winner in a 2–1 home defeat of Cúcuta Deportivo.
On 6 June 2017, after already making his first team debut in the year’s Copa Colombia, Díaz was subsequently promoted to Junior’s main squad.
He made his Categoría Primera A debut on 27 August, replacing Matías Mier in a 3–2 loss at Once Caldas, and scored his first goal on 20 September in a 3–1 Copa Sudamericana home win against Cerro Porteño.
Díaz became a regular starter during the 2018 season, and scored his first goal in the top tier on 4 February of that year, by netting the game’s only in a home success over Atlético Bucaramanga.
He also added braces against Once Caldas, Atlético Huila and Rionegro Águilas, ending the campaign with 16 goals overall.
Luis Díaz has had an impressive career so far, both at the club and international level. Here are some of his career highlights:
He won the Copa Colombia and two Colombian league titles with Junior, his first professional club.
He joined Porto in 2019 and helped them win the Primeira Liga and the Portuguese cup in his debut season.
He scored 41 goals and provided 19 assists in 125 appearances for Porto.
He moved to Liverpool in 2022 and won the EFL Cup and the FA Cup in his first season, being named the man of the match in the latter final.
He made his debut for Colombia in 2018 and has scored 14 goals in 38 caps.
He was the joint top scorer of the 2021 Copa América with four goals, including a stunning bicycle kick against Brazil in the group stage.
He was selected in the Team of the Tournament of the 2021 Copa América.
He was ranked as the no. 1 football player of Colombia as of January 2022.
Luis Diaz Wife
Luis Diaz’s wife is Gera Ponce, a Colombian model and influencer. They have been married since 2019.
Luis Diaz Children
Luis Diaz has a daughter named Roma, who is two years old, with his wife Gera Ponce.
Luis Diaz Parents
Luis Diaz’s parents are Luis Manuel Diaz and Cilenis Marulanda. They are from Barrancas, La Guajira, Colombia.
They are members of the Wayuu indigenous community. Luis Manuel Diaz was Luis Diaz’s first coach and inspired his passion for football.
Unfortunately, Luis Diaz’s parents were kidnapped by armed men on motorcycles at a gas station in Barrancas on October 28, 2023.
Luis Diaz Siblings
Luis Diaz has two younger brothers, who are also footballers. Their names are Roger David Diaz and Jësüs Manuel Dïäż.
Luis is the eldest of the three children born to Luis Manuel Diaz and Cilenis Marulanda.
Luis Diaz Family
Luis Diaz has a large and supportive family. Here is a list of his family members:
Luis Manuel Diaz: Father.
Cilenis Marulanda: Mother.
Gera Ponce: Wife.
Roma Diaz: Daughter.
Roger David Diaz and Jësüs Manuel Dïäż: His younger brothers.
Luis Diaz Net worth
Luis Diaz’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million as of 2023. He earns a salary of £2,860,000 per season playing for Liverpool.
He also has endorsement deals with brands like Adidas and Pepsi. He is one of the best players in the world and a hero for his country.