Elrio van Heerden Biography: Age, Career & Net Worth


Elrio van Heerden (born 11 July 1983) is a South African retired footballer who played as a midfielder for the likes of Copenhagen, Club Brugge and Blackburn Rovers, among other clubs.

He was previously also been an established member of the South African national team, representing the nation from 2004 to 2009.

Elrio van Heerden

Elrio van Heerden Age

He was born on the 11th of July 1983 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 40 years old and celebrates his birthday on July 11th every year.

Club career

Van Heerden started his career with Glenville Celtic and moved in 1998 to the Soccer School of Excellence which was part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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FC Copenhagen

He came to Denmark in 2002, where he spent his first two years learning from the older players. Elrio got his debut in 2004 against AaB at Parken Stadium, and the little South African immediately wrote history with his equalizer short before the final whistle.

The goal meant, that FC København could secure the championship in the next (and last) round against FC Nordsjælland at Farum Park, which they did with a 4–2 victory.

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Club Brugge

A move to Club Brugge was made on 24 January 2006, where he spent two years with the Belgian club scoring two goals from his 67 appearances.

Blackburn Rovers

It was announced on 2 June 2009 that Van Heerden had agreed on a two-year deal with the Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, arriving on a free transfer from Club Brugge.

He only played two official matches for the club; in the League Cup against Gillingham in the second round, and Chelsea in the quarter-finals, both as a second-half substitute.

On 8 January 2010, it was reported that Elrio was close to signing for Turkish club Sivasspor. Goal.com revealed that Elrio was due to travel to Turkey for a medical ahead of signing on Monday 11 January 2010.


On 11 January 2010, Blackburn Rovers announced the transfer of the South African midfielder to Sivasspor.


On 27 July 2010, Belgian Pro League side Westerlo announced the signing of Van Heerden.

In November 2012, after having been without a club since the end of the 2011–12 season, Van Heerden had an unsuccessful trial with MLS side Sporting Kansas City.

PE Stars

In 2017, after five years out of the game, van Heerden returned to sign for ABC Motsepe League side PE Stars.

International career

He won 37 full international caps for South Africa, scoring three goals. He represented “Bafana Bafana” at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Elrio van Heerden Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $200,000 which he has earned as a footballer.



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