Damir Kreilach is a Croatian footballer who currently plays in Major League Soccer for Real Salt Lake. The RSL player primarily plays in the central midfield position and is currently Real Salts’ top scorer in 2021.

Damir Kreilach can, however, play as a box-to-box and attacking midfielder, as well as a false 9. At the age of 32, the versatile midfielder is currently enjoying his best season in the MSL with Real Salt Lake.

Quick Info 
NameDamir Kreilach
Weight78 kgs
Height 6' 1''
Birthplace Vukovar, Croatia
Date of BirthApril 16, 1989
PositionMidfielder
Position DetailAttacking Midfielder
Footedness Right
Roster CategorySenior
NationalityCroatian
Wife's nameIvana Kreilach

Early Life

Damir Kreilach was born on April 16, 1989, in Vukovar (Vukovar-Sirmium), Croatia’s most eastern county. Damir’s father was a shoemaker who later joined the war to fight for Croatian independence. He was only four years old at the time.

Damir Kreilach
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So Damir Kreilach’s childhood was not easy. As a result of the Croatian war of independence, he and his family were forced to relocate from their original hometown of Vukovar. Finally, Kreilach’s family arrived in a Croatian Adriatic Sea coastal town.

 

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Professional Career

Damir Kreilach, a natural talent, began his playing career at the age of six. He used to play football in Opatija’s streets. NK Opatija, a third-tier Croatian club at the time, noticed the young talent and signed him.

The child prodigy did not have to wait long to begin his professional career, as he began playing for Rijeka, a first division club in Croatia, on April 12, 2008. He appeared in 128 games for the club, scoring 19 goals.

In the 2011-12 season, he became his club’s leading scorer, with 9 goals. Then, in 2013, he moved to Union Berlin, a German second division club, where he scored 33 goals in 147 matches over five seasons.

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The former Union Berlin player joined the MLS club Real Salt Lake in 2018 for a fee of €1.25 million. RSL star went on to score 15 goals and provide 9 assists in his debut season with the club.

Finally, the RSL midfielder was awarded the club’s golden boot for 2018. Claret and Cobalt, impressed by the Croatian midfielder, extended his contract until the 2022 season, with an option for 2023.

Kreilach, a Croatian midfielder, has represented his country at the U-19 and U-21 levels. However, the former Rijeka star was never given the opportunity to play for Croatia’s senior team.

 

Career Highlights

In 2020, Damir Kreilach was Real Salt Lake’s leading goal scorer, with eight goals and one assist in 21 appearances. Throughout the season, Kreilach played 1,770 minutes and captained Real Salt Lake in five matches.

In 2019, in his second season with RSL, Kreilach started all 34 of his appearances, including two playoff games. In 2,819 minutes, Kreilach had seven goals and five assists.

In 2018, in his first season with RSL, Kreilach led the team in goals with 15 (12 regular seasons, 3 postseasons), earning the club’s Golden Boot. Kreilach appeared in 33 matches for the club, starting 31 of them, and provided 9 assists in 2,784 minutes of action.

In 2017-2018, Kreilach played 71 minutes in his final match for FC Union Berlin, a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld on February 5, 2018. In 147 appearances for the club, he finished with 33 goals and 18 assists.

 

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Relationship Status

Damir Kreilach has been married for five years to Ivana Kreilach. Damir and his partner Ivana were in a relationship for 7 years before marrying. Damir and Ivana tied the knot on June 12, 2016.

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The couple frequently shares their romances and love on social media. Ivana, Damir’s wife, celebrates her birthday on October 23. The couple is the parents of two daughters.

Net Worth

According to transfermarket, RSL midfielder Damir Kreilach’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million in 2021. His professional football career is his primary source of income. At Real Salt Lake, his base salary and guaranteed salary are $1.2 million and $1.35 million, respectively.

 

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