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Christian Salem is an Australian professional rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A defender, 1.81 meters (5 ft 11 in) tall and weighing 81 kilograms (179 lb), Salem plays primarily as a half-back flanker, with the ability to push into the midfield and forward line.
Salem was recognized as a talented footballer at a young age when he represented Victoria at under-12 levels. He played top-level football early when he played in both the TAC Cup and AFL Under 18 Championships as a bottom-aged player. His achievements as a junior saw him selected with the ninth pick in the 2013 AFL draft by the Melbourne Football Club and he made his AFL debut during the 2014 season.
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Christian Salem was born on July 15, 1995 (age 28 years) in Australia. He is the son of Alex and Mary Salem and is of Lebanese descent with his father being born in Lebanon. His talent was recognized from a young age when he received state selection in the under-12 Victorian side. He attended Brighton Grammar and played with the Robert Shaw coached first XVIIIs side from year nine, generally playing against year twelves.
Salem played his junior career with the Hampton Rovers Football Club and played for the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup in both 2012 and 2013. He was selected to play for Victoria Metro in the 2012 AFL Under 18 Championships as a bottom-aged player and played in the winning final, kicking two goals. He received a scholarship through the AIS-AFL Academy as part of their level two squad in the 2012 intake and traveled to Europe for two weeks in 2013.
He received mid-year state honours for the second consecutive year and played for Victoria Metro in the 2013 AFL Under 18 Championships. Salem was rated highly heading into the 2013 AFL draft and was predicted to be drafted inside the top ten due to his decision-making and kicking precision, in addition, he drew comparisons to Luke Hodge, Nick Dal Santo and Dan Hannebery.
Christian Salem was recruited by the Melbourne Football Club with their first selection and ninth overall in the 2013 national draft. During the pre-season, he suffered from a thyroid issue which saw him lose six kilograms in the month following the draft.
Salem played the start of the season in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for Melbourne’s affiliate team, the Casey Scorpions, and after strong form in the VFL, including a thirty-two possession game in the VFL round three match against Frankston at Frankston Park, he made his AFL debut a week later in the thirty-one point loss against Sydney at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round six.
In his seventh match, Salem was pivotal in Melbourne’s comeback victory against Essendon in round thirteen, after marking the ball thirty meters directly in front of the goal, he kicked the winning goal with nineteen seconds left in the match, giving Melbourne a one-point lead. He finished his debut season with twelve matches and senior Herald Sun football writer, Jay Clark, wrote he had the potential to become one of Melbourne’s best players.
After playing his debut season in the forward line and a majority of matches as the substitute, Salem changed positions in 2015 and played predominantly on the half-back line. Playing the first seven matches of the season, he injured his hamstring in the round seven loss to Hawthorn and was initially ruled out for a month, however, after injuring his other hamstring.
He ultimately missed two months and returned from injury playing in the VFL in round sixteen, before returning to the senior side in round twenty-one in the twenty-three-point loss against Carlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He played the remainder of the season and finished with ten matches overall.
After declaring his intentions to play in the midfield, Salem retained his spot on the half-back line whilst also playing on the wing and prior to the season, he was labeled as one of the players who could have a breakout season by AFL Media journalist, Ben Guthrie. Entrusted with the kick-ins for the season due to his elite kicking skills.
Salem played the first six matches of the season before suffering from a concussion as a result of a head clash during the thirty-nine-point loss against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium in round six. He returned two weeks later for the thirty-two-point loss against the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After being omitted the next week and playing for Casey in the VFL, a recurrence of his thyroid issue would see him miss two months of any form of football.
Christian Salem returned for Casey when he played against Coburg in round seventeen of the VFL season. After playing the next three weeks in the VFL, he returned to the senior side for the final match of the year in the 111-point loss against Geelong at Simonds Stadium, which saw him finish with eight matches for the season.
His time in the VFL saw him qualify for the finals, and he played in the winning preliminary final against Williamstown in which he was stretchered off in the second quarter after losing consciousness from a tackle where his head hit the ground heavily. He subsequently missed the grand final, in which Casey lost to Footscray by thirty-one points at Etihad Stadium.
During the 2017 preseason, senior coach, Simon Goodwin, earmarked a move into the midfield for Salem in the upcoming season, however, he suffered a mishap during preseason training, in which he received his third concussion in 2016 due to a brick in his backpack hitting his head during a preseason camp in December.
Despite the injury, he returned to full fitness in time for the start of the season and played in the opening round match against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium. The next week in the twenty-two-point win against Carlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he recorded a career-high thirty-one disposals, in addition to seven marks, seven-rebound 50s, three tackles and a goal, to be named the best player on the field by AFL Media journalist, Ben Collins.
In what was labeled his breakthrough game by Herald Sun reporter, Jay Clark, he received the maximum three Brownlow Medal votes, meaning he was adjudged the best player on the ground by the field umpires. Salem played the first nine matches of the season until he was suspended for the round ten match against Gold Coast at TIO Traeger Park due to striking North Melbourne’s, Shaun Higgins, in the fourteen-point loss the week before.
He received high praise from the media during the first half of the season, with The Age journalist, Chloe Saltau, writing Salem’s “polish and calm” was a key reason behind Melbourne’s improved form, Fox Sport Australia’s, Anna Harington, noted he was enjoying a breakout season and his elite kicking was a “valuable asset” to Melbourne.
AFL Media reporter, Ben Guthrie, reiterated by stating his “elite ball use and composure under pressure [was] proving to be an important component of Melbourne’s side.” Furthermore, he was named in AFL Media’s team of the week for his performances in the round two match against Carlton and the round thirteen match against the Western Bulldogs.
Missing just one match from rounds one to fourteen, Salem was forced to miss four weeks of football after sustaining a hamstring injury during the three-point win against West Coast at Domain Stadium in round fourteen. He returned for the twenty-three-point win against Port Adelaide at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round eighteen.
Christian Salem played three matches before he was omitted for the round twenty-one match against St Kilda at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The same weekend when he was playing in the VFL, he was suspended for one week for striking Carlton forward, Liam Sumner, thus ruling him ineligible for selection for the round twenty-two match against Brisbane. He returned for the final round match against Collingwood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and finished with sixteen matches for the season.
Is Christian Salem married? Christian Salem is single and not married as of August 2023. The rules footballer rarely speaks about his personal life.
Christian Salem Net Worth
How much is Christian Salem worth? Christian Salem net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a rules footballer. Christian Salem’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $367,320 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential rules players in Australia. He stands at an appealing height of 1.85m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.