Karim Adeyemi: Nationality, Parents, Age, Profile, Achievements, Girlfriend, Net Worth, How Rich is he in 2024?

Karim Adeyemi- Nationality, Parents, Age, Profile, Achievements, Girlfriend, Net Worth, How Rich is he in 2024?

Karim Adeyemi: Nationality, Parents, Age, Profile, Achievements, Girlfriend, Net Worth, How Rich is he in 2024?

Seye Omidiora 07:06 - 26.05.2024

Everything you need to know about Germany international Karim Adeyemi, including his questioned eligibility to play for the Super Eagles, career, achievements, parents, dashing partner and net worth.

Karim Adeyemi Background

Karim Adeyemi is a Germany international professional footballer who plays as a forward on the left flank or as a second striker in a strike partnership. 

While most of the forward's youth and senior career has been played in Germany, Adeyemi has had recent experience in Austria.

Before opting to represent Germany in international football, the forward was eligible for Nigeria, Romania and Austria. 

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Karim Adeyemi scored on his first-team Germany debut against Armenia in 2021 (Imago/Sportfoto Rudel)

Full name: Karim-David Adeyemi

Birth date: January 18, 2002   

Nationality: German   

Place of birth: Munich, Germany.   

Age: 22 years old (as of May 2024)   

Position: Winger or forward   

Current club: Borussia Dortmund   

Height: 5 feet 11 inches (180cm) 

Marital status: Unmarried   

Girlfriend: Loredana Zefi

Parents: Abiodun and Alexandra Adeyemi

Sibling(s): Unknown 

Net worth: €5 million (disputed)

Salary: €5,000,000 per year (€96,154 per week) 

Instagram: @karim_adeyemi

Twitter: @karim_adeyemi  

How old is Karim Adeyemi?

Karim Adeyemi is 22 years old at the time of writing (May 2024).

Karim Adeyemi Profile

Before enrolling in Bayer Munich’s development programme in 2009, Karim Adeyemi started his football career with TSV Forstenried. However, a contract dispute saw the adolescent leave the Bavarian giants two years later, leading to a move to SpVgg Unterhaching in 2012. 

He rose through the youth ranks in Unterhaching before moving to Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg, even if he waited to break into the side as he was loaned to FC Liefering for two full seasons before returning to Salzburg after the mid-point of the 2019-20 season, playing 10 times (two starts) after the league's resumption following a COVID-19-enforced hiatus.

He was part of the group that retained the Austrian Bundesliga in 20-21 under Jesse Marsch and claimed another league crown the following season under Matthias Jaissle, with the forward ending top scorer in his second full campaign, scoring 19 times. 

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Karim Adeyemi won the Austrian Bundesliga three times (Instagram [karim_adeyemi])

That stunning season saw Adeyemi rewarded with a big-money move to Borussia Dortmund in one of Europe’s big-five leagues in the summer of 2022. The forward has since played a pivotal role in BVB’s first win over Bayern at the Allianz in 10 years and helped the club to a first Champions League final since 2013.

Karim Adeyemi Career Achievements


UEFA European Under-21 Championship


Red Bull Salzburg

Austrian Bundesliga: 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22

Austrian Cup: 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22



Fritz Walter Medal U17 Gold: 2019

Fritz Walter Medal U19 Gold: 2021

Golden Boy Web: 2021

IFFHS Men's World Youth (U20) Team: 2022


Austrian Bundesliga Top goalscorer: 2021–22

Austrian Bundesliga Team of the Year: 2021–22

Bundesliga Rookie of the Month: January 2023

Bundesliga Rookie of the Season: 2022–23

Who is Karim Adeyemi’s father?  

Karim Adeyemi’s father is Abbey Adeyemi, who hails from Ibadan, Nigeria. He was born in Nigeria, but relocated to Germany in his 20s, according to the Borussia Dortmund forward. 

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Karim Adeyemi pictured with his father — Abiodun Adeyemi — in 2021 (Instagram [karim_adeyemi])

Who is Karim Adeyemi’s mother?  

While little else is known of Karim Adeyemi’s mother — Alexandra Adeyemi — it is common knowledge that she is Romanian. 

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Karim Adeyemi pictured with his mother — Alexandra Adeyemi — in 2021 (Instagram [karim_adeyemi])

Karim Adeyemi girlfriend  

Despite keeping their relationship status hidden for a while, Karim Adeyemi and his girlfriend Loredana Zefi have since disclosed their status. 

Born on September 1, 1995, the 28-year-old (as of May 2024) Swiss-born Kosovan rapper is six years older than the Dortmund star, but age has not deterred the pair. 

Can Karim Adeyemi still play for Nigeria? (Karim Adeyemi Nigeria)

The short answer is no. Despite the assumption of many supporters of Nigeria’s Super Eagles that Karim Adeyemi’s exclusion from Julian Nagelsmann’s Germany squad for the imminent European Championship on home soil opened the door for the 22-year-old to represent the West African nation, the forward cannot switch nationality to the three-time African champions. 

Adeyemi has featured in four competitive matches for Germany before turning 21 — three World Cup qualifiers and one UEFA Nations League match — even though those games have not been at the World Cup or Euros. 

The possibility would have been open to the Dortmund star had his appearances for Germany stayed within three non-friendlies. For instance, if Adeyemi had not played any part against Hungary in June 2022, his last appearance for the National Eleven, a nationality switch could have been in the offing if the player wished to make the change.  

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Karim Adeyemi has not played for Germany since June 2022 against Hungary (Imago/ActionPictures)

With those appearances exceeding three, Adeyemi can no longer represent Nigeria. 

Karim Adeyemi vs Chelsea  

Karim Adeyemi’s goal against Chelsea in the Champions League Last-16 first-leg at Signal Iduna Park remains famous for the strike and the Dortmund forward’s post-game remarks. 

After a Raphael Guerreiro clearance from a Chelsea corner fell to Adeyemi just inside BVB's half, the forward then ran at an isolated Enzo Fernandez, knocked the ball past the 2022 World Cup winner, rounded Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and slotted the ball into an empty net in a quick-fire counter-attack.

The 63rd-minute strike won the game for Edin Terzic’s men, with Adeyemi attributing his lightning speed to Fufu in a light-hearted post-match remark. 

Karim Adeyemi stats  

According to Transfermarkt, Adeyemi has played 231 youth and senior games, finding the net 85 times and setting up 52 as of May 2024. 

His top-scoring season was the 2021-22 year with Red Bull Salzburg when he ended the campaign atop the goalscoring charts in the Austrian Bundesliga. 

Adeyemi has found the back of the net nine times in 45 Bundesliga appearances since joining Dortmund in July 2022, with four of his nine Champions League strikes coming at BVB. 

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The 22-forward has one senior international goal for Germany — scored on his debut against Armenia in a World Cup qualifying game in September 2021. Before his national team bow, the forward netted three times for the Germany U17s and twice for the U16 side.

Karim Adeyemi Foundation

Karim Adeyemi Foundation was established in 2022 by the Borussia Dortmund player, with the institution keen to empower local youths through education and football development. 

The foundation in Ibadan wants to educate a thousand students and train 5,000 professional footballers by 2030.

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Karim Adeyemi | Credit: Instagram

Adeyemi’s motivation for setting up the institution was borne of the desire to give back to his father’s homeland, having previously noticed the dispiriting conditions many endured when he first visited the country as a 10-year-old. 

“When I was little I was in Nigeria with my father and I saw how people lived there,” said Adeyemi in an interview with the Bundesliga website in March 2023. 

“For a boy from Munich, it was different to see something like that and I told myself, I told him, relatively early on that if I make money with football, that I might want to help the people there and he remembered that. 

“Then he reminded me years later and said maybe we could do something about it and that's why we set up the foundation and now have a football team for young people and want to make a bigger club and do lots of other things for the people who need it.”

Karim Adeyemi Salary

According to Capology, Karim Adeyemi earns €96,154 per week and €5,000,000. The forward has four years left on the signed five-year deal that took him to BVB in 2022.

What is Karim Adeyemi's Market Value?

According to Transfermarkt, Karim Adeyemi's market value is €28million at the time of writing (May 2024), sliding from a previous €40 million high circa 12 months ago.