Leading the Georgian Football Heritage – Khvicha Kvaratshkelia
From the heart of Tbilisi emerges Khvicha Kvaratshkelia, a crackerjack winger whose incredible dribbling and skills have left an indelible mark on the modern dynamics of the game. Having played a major role in Napoli’s remarkable conquest of the Scudetto in the 2022/23 season, there are still many football aficionados who haven’t unearthed the stories behind the man himself.
In this exploration of ‘Kvaradona’s’ career, we delve into the journey of a prodigy destined for nothing but gold. Moreover, we will also cover intriguing aspects of his life outside the pitch, which includes his family, religion, love life, personality, lifestyle, and so on.
Khvicha Kvaratshkelia Family
He is the second of three sons born to Badri and Maka Kvaratskhelia. His older brother goes by the name Nika and the younger one is named Tornike. His father was also a professional Football player who most notably played for Shamkir FC in the Azerbaijan Premier League. He also represented the Azerbaijan National Team. His father Badri is still active in football as a Manager but had to call it a day due to heart surgery.
Khvicha Kvarathskelia is of Cauco-Georgian descent. His ethnic group makes up the majority of Georgia.
He is a Christian. He belongs to the Eastern Orthodox denomination of Christianity, a religious group that makes up the majority of Georgia. He’s often seen attending churches and monasteries.
He is married to Georgian model Nitza Tavadze. Their wedding took place in line with the Orthodox Church’s traditions.
Kvara was born on the 12th of February, 2001, in the city of Tbilisi. His early life wasn’t plagued with economic difficulties, as is the case with many top-ranking footballers. His father, being a well-established football player, allowed him to savor the privileges of being raised in an upper-middle-class household.
The beginning of his romance with football is rather unique, as his father played no role in instilling his passion for the sport. It naturally stemmed for him, and similarly for his brothers, with whom he enjoyed kicking the ball around in his youth. They were all reported to be hardcore Madridistas, and in an interview, Kvara had the following to say:
“My biggest dream is to win the Champions League with Real Madrid.”
Formal documentation of his education and the school he attended has not been disclosed, but it is reported that he attended school for six years before making the permanent switch to football. He was around the age of four when he began playing football regularly with his older brother, friends, and neighbors.
Lighting Up the Path
At the tender age of six, he attempted trials at Tbilisi Olympic Academy, which he passed with a touch of elegance as he left the examiners gasping in awe with his dribbling and ball control. During the same period, he also played informally for a local team named Avaza. Although things really took off when he joined Dinamo Tbilisi at 11 years of age when he passed the trials, with the same notoriety he established at Tbilisi Olympic academy’s trials.
It’s no secret that he was easily the best player whenever he was seen on the pitch. Though there were other talented kids in the youth rank as well, his technical brilliance set an unattainable standard for them. He played for the children’s team momentarily before being promoted to the youth squad. He made his professional debut for Dinamo Tbilisi at 16 years of age and recalls his early encounters in an interview with Napoli:
Twirls, Twists, and Rise To Fame
Due to his limited game time and recognizing his potential, he was approached by FC Rustavi, and the contract offered was reasonable for both parties. He was signed in the summer of 2018, but during that period, he failed to gain admiration, managing only three goals in eighteen games, which left little to no impact on their performances. This prompted a loan move to Lokomotiv Moscow in the winter of 2019.
It was a short loan spell that expired in the summer of 2019. Lokomotiv’s coach at the time, Yuri Semin, was disappointed with the board’s decision to not retain him, as he aimed to bring out the best in the Georgian player. There were reports that Semin was deeply upset when he departed. FC Rustavi had him transfer-listed in the summer, and Rubin Kazan, another Russian club, secured his signature. He had a satisfactory stint with them, scoring nine goals in 69 games, but his contract had to be terminated in 2022 due to the Russia-Ukraine war, as was the case with many other foreign players.
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He returned to Georgia in March 2022 to play for Dinamo Batumi, where he made a significant impact with his performances. Scoring eight goals and providing two assists (10 goal contributions) in 10 games led to his declaration as the Erovnuli Liga Player of the Season for the 2021/22 edition’s second phase. His remarkable output during that period drew the attention of numerous clubs in Europe, and it was Napoli who acquired his services for a fee of €10m. He astounded the football world with his exceptional first season at Napoli, finishing at the top of the Serie A assists and receiving several accolades, including the Serie A MVP Award and the UCL Young Player of the Season.
Lifestyle and Personality
Kvara is an introvert and prefers the company of his own thoughts. It goes to such an extent that he prefers avoiding public interviews due to his fear of being misunderstood or his words being misconstrued. However, he values the amity of friends and does not shy away from invigorating the chuckle of some part of his personality in their proximity.
On the business side of things, Kvara makes no compromises. He trains even on days off and is often seen working out even after the culmination of training sessions. Despite his rigid commitment to developing as a football player, he often treats himself to video games and likes to strike a balance.
Some Fun Facts about Khvicha Kvaratshkelia
- He is also a Basketball Fan and supports the Golden State Warriors. His personal favorite is Stephen Curry.
- Idolizes Cristiano Ronaldo despite being named the Georgian Messi due to similarities in their style of play.
- His father is a massive Barcelona fan and his admitted to seeing him play for them one day
- Looked up to Real Madrid’s icon, Guti
- First Napoli player to score 10+ goals and secure 10+ assists in the debut season.
Kvara | Kvaradona
Date Of Birth
February 12, 2001
Place Of Birth
6 feet (1.83m)
- Badri Kvaratskhelia (Father)
- Maka Kvaratskhelia (Mother)
Club Jersey Num
- Tbilisi Academy Olympic
- Dinamo Tbilisi