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Leon Wilfredo

Wilfredo Leon Biography

Leon Wilfredo

Leon Wilfredo playing volleyball.[Credit/polsatsport.pl]

Wilfredo Leon is a 27 years Cuban-Polish professional volleyball player. His full byline is Wilfredo Leon Venero. He was born on 31st July 1993, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

His parents are Alina Venero Boza and Wilfredo Leon Hechavarria. Leon has a height of 2.02 m. He was a player member of the Cuba men’s national volleyball team from 2007 to 2012.

Currently, Wilfredo is a member of the Poland men’s national volleyball team. He is as well an Italian club Sir Safety Perugia, silver medalist of the 2010 World Championship.

Nevertheless, Leon is a NORCECA Championship for 2009 and 2011.  He is a Cuban Championship; 2009, 2010 and 2011. Leon is as well a Russian Champion for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Wilfredo Leon is a recognized and celebrated volleyball player globally. His special talent has had a positive impact in the field of volleyball. He has been a big inspiration to all volleyball aspiring players.

The volleyball sensation led Cuba to the silver medal at the world championship 2010 in Italy. That was alongside Yoandi Leal.

At the age of 24, Leon won every single title at the pro level. Thus, with all the accomplishments while so young, he may be one of the best players of all time.

Professional career

Leon had his professional debut in the Cuban national team. That was on 24th May 2008, in Dusseldorf. He was the age of 14 years and 10 months by then.

Having started playing at the age of 7, his first coach was his mother who is as well a former professional golfer.

Wilfredo won the title of Best Receiver at World League 2009. He also bagged a silver medal in the World U21 Championship 2009. That was after losing the final against Brazil.

In the year 2009, the Cuban national team won the title of NORCECA Champion. That was with the help of Leon. They as well repeated the success in 2011.

Moreover, Cuba won a silver medal at the World Championship 2010. That was after an unfortunate loss against Brazil.

The basketball icon was the youngest captain of the national team at 17 years. In 2012, he won the bronze medal in the World League –Sofia.

In the year 2013, Leon fled Cuba to play in a club outside of his homeland. Therefore, he joined a Russian club dubbed Zenit Kazan in 2014.

With the help of Leon, Zenit Kazan has been transformed into a global force to be reckoned with.  He won three continuous CEV Champions League gold awards. That was from 2015 to 2017.

As a result, Wilfredo got the Most Valuable Player in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, he received consecutive FIVB Club World Championships silver decorations (2015-2016).

Career progress 

Locally, Zenit Kazan has overwhelmed Russia since the appearance of Wilfredo León Venero, winning 4 straight Russian Cups and 4 straight Russian Championships.

Additionally, in 2015 and 2016, Leon played part-time with Qatar club Al Rayyan. In September 2018, León joined the Italian team, SIR Safety Perugia.

On July 14, 2015, he received Polish citizenship. Interestingly, five years later he became fully eligible to play for the Polish national volleyball team.

Amazingly, Wilfredo career went to blossom the more he played. He continued making tremendous achievements and he shined globally.

Meanwhile, Wilfredo León is reportedly collaborating with American wing spiker Matt Anderson and Russian inverse Maxim Mikhaylov. Their mission is to proceed with their strength in Russia and bring Zenit Kazan their first gold award in the FIVB Club World Championships.

Wilfredo Leon Net worth

Leon, being one of the highest-paid volleyball players in the world, has a huge net worth. Reportedly, he has an estimated net worth of $66 million as of 2021.

Wilfredo Leon Salary

Although Leon’s current salary is not revealed, reports indicate that he bagged $500,000 to $1.4 million as of the year 2017. That was a salary he received from the Russian club, Zenit Kazan.

Leon Wilfredo

Leon Wilfredo.[Credit/therichest.com]

Wilfredo Leon endorsements

Leon has not revealed any endorsement deal with any brand yet. However, is reported that he is anticipating endorsement from the FIVB.

Wilfredo Leon family

The basketball star is married to Malgorzata Leon. The two got married in the year 2016. They sired a daughter named Natalia, in May 2017.

Wilfredo Leon Foundation and charity work

Leon’s participation in any charity work is not revealed by any reliable source.

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