PAU GASOL IS BACK HOME: A GREAT FORTUNE, THE SUPPORT OF HIS JOURNALIST WIFE AND THE TRAGIC LOSS OF ‘HIS BROTHER’ KOBE BRYANT
No withdrawal. Despite the fact that in recent months it had been rumored that Pau Gasol (40) could definitively leave the world of basketball after suffering a broken left foot in May 2019, the athlete announced on Tuesday that he is returning home. Gasol returns to Barcelona, the team that saw him born and that made him make the leap to the United States, where he became one of the best players of all time. "I am very happy to announce that I am returning home and that I will soon join the ranks of FC Barcelona basketball. I am happy to return to the club where I started and I face this opportunity with enthusiasm and with the hope of being able to contribute to the first team soon, "said the Catalan in a video uploaded to his social networks in which he also wanted to pay tribute to his friend Kobe Bryant, who died a year ago, wearing a shirt with his name.
Gasol has been in the United States for more than two decades and is currently living in a beautiful mansion in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife and his daughter, who is just a few months old. The serious injury almost two years ago came shortly after his signing by the Portland Trail Blazers, a team with which he had to terminate his contract shortly after. Pau can boast of being the best Spanish basketball player in history (he has won a World Cup plus two silvers and two Olympic bronzes) and has been one of the heavyweights of the NBA thanks mainly to his time at Los Angeles Lakers, where he achieved two champion rings with Bryant.
He could be a doctor like his mother
Born in Barcelona and the eldest son of Agustí Gasol and Marisa Sáez, his parents are dedicated to the health sector. Agustí is an ATS and his mother is an internist doctor and they always wanted their son to follow in their footsteps, Pau even enrolling in Medicine at university, a career he abandoned to turn his hobby as a child, basketball, into his profession. Pau has two brothers: Marc (36), also a professional basketball player and who currently plays for the Lakers, and Adriá (27), who played in Memphis and in 2012 began his engineering career at the University of California and later returned to Spain and playing in the first Catalan division of the same sport as his older brothers.
Pau's admirable career began in 2001 when, after a stint at FC Barcelona - where he had joined at the age of 16 - and being chosen as a 'rookie' (award given to the player who makes his NBA debut) by the Atlanta Hawks, the Grizzlies got him. At that time, his father moved to the USA with him to be able to advise him and ensure that the young man kept his feet on the ground. On February 1, 2008 he was transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers and after his first game, his new partner, and who later became his best friend, Kobe Bryant declared: "Pau Gasol is incredible." In this team he achieved the great successes of him and in it he played until the 2013-2014 season, when he signed for the Chicago Bulls and three years later for the San Antonio Spurs.
A fortune well invested
Thanks to his twenty years in the NBA, Gasol has made a great fortune worth about 57 million euros, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and has earned more than 200 million during his years in the American professional league alone (in his last year in The Lakers were among the top-earning athletes, according to Forbes.) Despite little being known about how his life has been in the United States throughout all these years, Gasol, like many Spanish players, has preferred a quiet life and has always been far from appearing in the media if it was not for his work. sports.
It is known that at a business level he is the owner, along with Rafa Nadal, Enrique Iglesias and the group led by Abel Matutes Jr, from Tatel, a fashionable restaurant frequented by well-known faces that has offices in Madrid, Ibiza and Miami. He is also a shareholder of the Zela restaurant, with locations in Ibiza and London, and which have great chefs such as Ricardo Sanz, chef of the Kabuki Group and several Michelin stars. He is also an advisor to the Mediapro sports museum project and participates in various talent development programs such as his Dream Big project. Together with his brother Marc, he created the Gasol Foundation in 2013 to collaborate in promoting health and promoting healthy lifestyle habits.