Who is Louis Van Gaal and what is his net worth 2018? Louis van Gaal also known as Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal is a retired Dutch football player and manager. He was the ex-manager of the Netherlands, Barcelona, AZ, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Ajax. Louis has won around 20 major honours in his managerial career. Louis van Gaal has coached many big football teams in the span of 27 years. Louis has won league titles with every club he has worked till date. He is also a controversial character in the eyes of the media but the finest coach in the football world. He has managed and helped in the development of some of the finest footballers in the world.
Louis van Gaal was born in Amsterdam on 8th August 1951. He was the youngest of the nine brothers and sisters. Gaal was brought up in a strict Christian household. His father died when Gaal was eleven. He was a salesman. Gaal was always a hard worker. He met his first Christian wife Fernanda Obbes when he was just 18 at a Catholic youth group. They married when Gaal was 21. They had two daughters together. His first wife died in 1994 due to a liver and pancreatic cancer. Ajax’s opponents mocked him on his wife’s illness. In 2008, Van Gaal married Truus Van Gaal. They own a home near Albufeira, Algarve, in Portugal. On 17 January 2017 Van Gaal stated that he retired due to family reasons.
Van Gaal started playing in the Amsterdam amateur side RKSV de Meer. When Gaal was 20, he joined Ajax. He was never chosen to play in the team. It boasted players such as Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens at that time in the midfield positions. He was loaned to Belgian First Division where he spent four years. Gaal made his debut for Telstar. Gaal joined AZ as an assistant coach in 1986. It marked the beginning of his managerial career. Leo Beenhakker left in 1991 and Gaal became the manager of AZ. He held the position till 1997.
Under Van Gaal’s managership, Ajax won the Eredivisie champions three times in the years 1994, 1995, and 1996. Gaal led Ajax in 1993 to the KNVB Cup. He also led Ajax in the Johan Cruyff Shield in the year 1993, 1994, and 1995. Ajax also won the UEFA Cup in the year 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in the year 1995. They also won the 1995 UEFA Super Cup. Later Ajax beat Grêmio in the Toyota Cup. Ajax also became the Champions League runners-up in the year 1996. Gaal received his knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau in the year 1997.
Gaal moved to Barcelona in the year 1997. He replaced Bobby Robson of Barcelona. Barcelona won two La Liga title in 1998 and 1999. He stated in interviews that it was very tiresome to implement his football philosophy at the club due to cultural differences. Some Barcelona players were unwilling to follow Gaal’s lead. He had a big row with Rivaldo who did not want to take his leads. He left the Spanish side on 20 May 2000. He went back to the Netherlands national team to help them prepare for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Van Gaal tried to help Netherlands to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. They failed to qualify for the World Cup under Gaal’s leadership, and he had to step down on 31 January 2002. There were speculations that he would succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as he announced that he might retire. But, Alex changed his decision.
Van Gaal returned to Barcelona in 2002 and signed a contract till 2005. They won ten- successive matches in the Champions League under his leadership for the first time. They struggled in La Liga. Barcelona lost three games to Real Sociedad in spite of their record wins. Van Gaal had Rivaldo, replaced by Riquelme. Rivaldo said that Gaal was the primary cause of his departure. Van Gaal replied to this that his lack of commitment was the reason for his transfer. Gaal accused him of concentrating on making money and playing less. Rivaldo joined A.C. Milan after the incident.
Gaal returned to Ajax in 2004 as a technical director but resigned due to internal conflict. Van Gaal replaced AZ manager in mid-2005. After losing the first two games in 2009, he abandoned the traditional Dutch model. They were unbeaten in 28 games. They became the first title winner from Ajax, PSV, and Feyenoord. In 2009 Gaal arrived in Bavaria. He called Bayern Munich his dream club. Van Gaal started off poorly. Van Gaal installed many youth players to help the club win games. Bayern won the Bundesliga champions making Van the first ever Dutch coach to win this championship. He had a very successful first season. He was also voted the best coach. His contract was to be cancelled after the end of the 2011 season.
On 2012, Van Gaal was hired as the new coach of Netherlands. Van Gaal led the Netherland national team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The Dutch victory over Spain was a result of the Dutch coach’s tactic tiki-taka. The last group match victory was against Chile. Van Gaal ended his tenure the day Dutch beat Brazil. In 2014, Gaal became the manager of Manchester United. He signed a three-year contract post the 2014 World Cup. Gaal said in an interview that he inherited a broken Manchester United. He signed midfielder Ander Herrera for £29 million, Luke Shaw for £30 million, Marcos Rojo for €20 million, and Di María’s £59.7 million. On 21 May 2016, Van Gaal helped Manchester United, win the FA Cup.
Gaal is married to Truus van Gaal and has two daughters Brenda van Gaal and Renate van Gaal. He is also known as a close friend to Wang Chengkuai, footballer Vincent Vermeij and Damil Dankerlu. Gaal has been the target of the Spanish media. He is also known as Ludwig amongst his close friends and family members.
Louis Van Gaal Net Worth
Louis Van Gaal net worth is $23 million. He has earned this fortune by being a coach for internationally renowned clubs like Ajax, Man U, Barcelona and endorsing various sporting brands. Louis Van Gaal’s annual salary is around $2.7 million. In 2013, his annual income was around $9 million. His daily income is estimated around $24,500.00, and his weekly income is around $173,000.00. Experts estimate that Gaal makes around $750,000.00 daily.
Gaal’s favourite brand is Chevrolet and Opel. He owns a Vale Do Lobo mansion which costs around $2 million. The mansion has a sauna, gym, Jacuzzi, pool tables, swimming pool, and bar. Gaal is seen driving a $18000 Captiva manufactured by Chevrolet.
Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal has been the midfielder for football clubs like Telstar, Ajax, Sparta Rotterdam, Royal Antwerp and AZ. Though his sports career was short, Gaal is an enigmatic flamboyant coach. He has built the careers of many players and successfully managed many big European football clubs. Gaal has endorsed multiple sporting brands.
Gaal is a phenomenon coach, his tactics and skills have helped many big European clubs and the national Netherlands team to get huge wins at championships. This Dutch coach has many more games to win. He coached Manchester United presently and helped the team significantly in uniting and playing.