Richmond has been on cloud nine since its star; Dustin Martin became the owner of the Brownlow Medal, a premiership, and the North Smith medal in a single season. History has only written Gary Ayres, Luke Hodge, and Andrew McLeod who has walked home with two North Smith medals. Now, Dustin Martin stands alone on the list with three of his North Smith medals. All above, he documented 21 possessions, 4 clearances, 3 tackles, and 4 goals over Geelong in the 2020 edition.
How did he sit with his third North Smith Medal as none of the players had been on the list before? Let’s get connected to Dustin Martin’s greatest achievement in the AFL escorted by his net worth, girlfriend, family, and wiki-details.
Contract, Salary, and Net Worth
Not every player is fortunate enough to get into the finals and attain the most prestigious reward. Richmond coach isn’t dubious that Martin shall attain something vicious by the next 2021 season when he turns 30. Most significantly, he holds three premierships and North Smith medals at the same time. His younger days at Richmond were quite unusual. He looked much younger; so did his behaviour. None thought that he could go as far as a star for Richmond, one day.
At 18, he was drafted by Richmond, but he wasn’t a beloved personality on the club at the outset. The training coach prohibited him from the ground following his night out funs in 2010. However, he turned a dynamic player on the field that he debuted n the 2010 season’s opening match over Carlton. The same year, he received a two-year contract extension offer along with a signing amount of $400,000 from Richmond. Consequently, he ranked one of the top-notch players for the highest score of disposals, clearances, and kicked goals.
In 2013, he rejected Richmond’s entire offer, which included roughly $500,000 per season initially. Also, he went for rivals like Greater Western Sydney and Essendon; however, he glued to Richmond for the next two years. Before the contract expired in 2015, Richmond again persuaded Martin to stay committed to the club and improvise his midfield role and ball tackling skills till 2017. Well, the Tigers managed to keep Martin till the 2024 season with the contract worth 9 million, which is one of the biggest deals in its history ever. Though he was in the contract conflict with North Melbourne, he went with his lifelong club, Tigers, making his net worth a ballpark figure of millions within his reach.
Dating anyone? Or, it’s only a rumor?
Besides AFL, he has been a center of romantic affairs. Two years ago, the media spotted him hanging out with a food blogger and physiotherapist, Tania Acitelli. It was only a short-lived relationship, which broke-off in mid-2019. In the same year, he tried to muddle with reporters, when they asked about his ex-girlfriend at a Bonds clothing launch. Somehow, his manager handled the situation. As per the source:
“This is the real reason he was confused by (the) girlfriend question. Tania came down to Melbourne and stayed with Dustin the weekend he was suspended from the AFL and she was the reason he didn’t go to visit his dad.”
In 2019, March, he was also linked with a bikini model and former Beauty and the Geek star Chontelle Berryman. Sources claimed he has quickly moved on with gorgeous, Chontelle Berryman; howbeit both denied the rumours.
What does his tattoo say?
29 years old, Dustin Martin was born on 26 June 1991 in Castlemaine, Victoria. He belongs of Maori descent since his father; Shane Martin belongs to the Ngāti Maru tribe on New Zealand’s north island. Even he has a neck tattoo dedicated to his ancestral tribe. Similarly, his mother Kathy Knight hails from Australian ancestral. From the age of six, he learned to play football. He used to gather with his brothers Tyson and Bronson on the padlocks of their parents’ acre.
At 14, he moved along with his father to Sydney while their parents divorced. He helped his father in his transportation business and Shane’s girlfriend’s sports apparel business. Despite the hectic working hours, he didn’t leave his footy passion and played for the Ingleburn Magpies Junior Australian Football Club. After a year of living with his father, Martin moved to Victoria and resided with his mother. Again, he continued with his footy kicks for Castlemaine.
Most people are aware that Maori are relatively tall. Yes! He stands six feet and two inches tall in height. Even an expert Emma Quayle defined Martin as a robust and tall player who can utilize his both feet for kicks, slip tackles, and go with the defense.