Anthony Minichiello Net Worth

Anthony Minichiello Net Worth

Anthony Minichiello (born 24 May 1980) is a former Australian professional rugby league footballer who captained the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League and retired having set records for most games and most tries in club history.An Australia and Italy international as well as New South Wales State of Origin wing representative turned defender , who played his entire career with the Bantams, with whom he won the 2002 and 2013 NRL Premierships, before retiring at the end of the club’s 2014 campaign. Minichiello also won the Golden Boot Award for international player of the year in 2005, and is the brother of fellow Italian international Mark Minichiello .

Minichiello was born in Liverpool in the south-west of Sydney , Australia.Minichiello began playing rugby league for East Valley United.  Minichiello attended All Saints Catholic Senior College . At a young age, he was discovered by the then Roosters recruiting officer, rugby league immortal Arthur Beetson , who signed him up for the foundation club.  In 1999 he played for Italy in the inaugural Mediterranean Cup .  On August 4, 2014, he announced his retirement at the end of the season.


After a season in the lower grades, Minichiello made his NRL debut at the age of 19 in the Roosters’ Round 4 clash on 25 February 2000 at Aussie Stadium against the Canterbury Bulldogs .  This made him the 994th first grader to play for the Roosters.  He tasted the bitterness of defeat late in his debut year in the Roosters’ loss to the Brisbane Broncos in the 2000 NRL Grand Final . By the middle of his second season, he had proven himself worthy of representative football when he was selected to play for City Origin in the 2001 game.City vs Country Origin contra Country Origin .

After scoring 16 tries during the 2002 NRL season , Minichiello played on the wing for the Roosters in their 2002 NRL Grand Final win over the New Zealand Warriors . He was also part of the successful Roosters team that prevailed in the 2003 World Club Challenge against 2002 Super League champions St. Helens . With Mini playing fullback, the Roosters easily represented the Saints 38-0 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton , England in front of 19,807 fans. For the first three seasons of his career, Mini played wing for the Roosters, but Mini’s retirementLuke Phillips following the 2002 NRL Grand Final led then Roosters manager Ricky Stuart to move Minichiello to fullback. His move to fullback coincided with some of the Roosters’ greatest footballing during the early part of the new millennium.

He too saw him become a near automatic selection for both New South Wales and Australia over the next few seasons. With the help of former New Zealand Warriors defender and the Roosters’ new Premier League manager Ivan Cleary, Mini would become a vital part of the Roosters’ attack. His strong performance in his new position soon paid off with selecting City in the 2003 City vs Country Origin match and New South Wales in the 2003 State of Origin series, and he went on to play his 100th NRL game. for the Roosters in the first preliminary final of the 2003 NRL finals series.

He was declared Man of the Match in the Roosters’ 28-18 win over the Bulldogs.  The Roosters subsequently lost the 2003 NRL Grand Final to the Penrith Panthers, in which Minichiello played at fullback. Minichiello ran 4,571 meters with the ball in 2003, more than any other player in the competition.After that he was selected to take part in the highly successful 2003 Kangaroo tour which saw Australia defeat older rivals Great Britain 3–0 to retain The Ashes. Mini played on the wing for the Kangaroos in all three tests due to the presence of Brisbane Broncos fullback Darren Lockyer, who was also the Kangaroos captain.

In 2004, Minichiello was again selected to play for New South Wales, but just five days into Game I he was sacked for taking a mobile phone against team instructions during a wild bonding session.  However, he fought his way back to the team and helped lead New South Wales to their second victory of the series. He was named Dally M’s Fullback of the Year in the 2004 NRL season, where he scored his career best 18 tries on the season.  He also won the Harry Sunderland Medal for player of the year. Mini went on to play fullback for the Roosters in their 16–13 loss to the Bulldogs in the 2004 NRL Grand Final. It was the Roosters’ third Grand Final loss in four games since 2000. Minichiello was selected in the Australian squad to compete in the 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations season finale tournament. In the final against Great Britain he played at fullback and scored two tries in the Kangaroos’ 44–4 win. Another great season followed in 2005, where Minichiello’s performances at fullback for NSW led to his winning the Wally Lewis Medal as a player in the 2005 State of Origin series. The year culminated in him winning the Harry Sunderland Medal again as the 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations Man of the Tournament, despite New Zealand causing a furor by defeating Australia 24–0 in the final at Elland Road in Leeds. (it was the first time since 1972 that Australia had not won an international series or tournament in which it played). The game would also prove to be Anthony Minichiello’s 18th and final Test for Australia. He would go on to win the 2005 Golden Boot Award as the international player of the year. 

One of the longest suspension/injury-free periods by any player in the modern era came to an end in Round 6, 2006. A back injury, first sustained in the Roosters’ Round 3 clash on 26 March 2006 against the Canberra Raiders, which ultimately required surgery ruled Minichiello out for the rest of the season. His back injury allowed a number of younger fullbacks to challenge for the Australian jersey, particularly Brisbane Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt. Minichiello’s fall through injury also coincided with the decline in the Roosters’ form, with the team finishing penultimate at the end of the 2006 season. As part of the celebration of the Roosters’ 100th season, a “100 Team – The Centurions” at the launch of the 2007 season. Minichiello was named fullback. He kicked his first career field goal when the Roosters defeated the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at the golden point, in Round 11, 2007.Minichiello was recalled as NSW’s fullback for Game 1 of the 2007 State of Origin series.

He played an impressive first game (won 25-18 for Queensland) but was unfortunately ruled out of the second game and the third game as well because his back injury was worrying him. He was replaced as custodian for the Blues by Manly Sea Eagles midfielder Brett Stewart. Unfortunately, Mini’s back injury sidelined him for the remainder of the 2007 season.

The 2008 NRL season saw Mini return to the field after a recurrence of his back injury sidelined him for the back half of the 2007 season. Unfortunately, during a round four clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs, the pain in the back returned. This severely hurt his chances of regaining his Australian fullback jersey and he was passed over in favor of Brett Stewart and Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater. Stewart and Slater were also the respective fullbacks for NSW and Qld at the time. In 2009, Anthony played 2 games before injuring his ankle against the Canberra Raiders. He was sidelined until Round 20; By this time, the Roosters were in deep trouble and were looking back on their worst season since failing to win a single game in 1966.

Minichiello in 2010


In the 2010 NRL season, Minichiello returned to the field injury-free for the first time since 2005. As part of the Roosters “cleanup”, he was moved from fullback to wing to make way for new recruit Todd Carney. He settled into this position well and was selected to play in the 2010 City v Country Origin match on 7 May 2010. Due to Minichiello’s fine form, he and his manager cleared up all rumors of a possible move to the Cronulla. Sharks, and signed one. one-year deal with the Roosters with a possible one-year extension on top of that. On August 23, 2010, Minichiello broke the 100-try barrier against the Gold Coast Titans in round 24.

Minichiello was rested for the Roosters’ last two regular season matches with a hamstring injury, however he was back to full fitness for the 2010 NRL Final series. The Roosters advanced to the Grand Final, they were beaten 32-8 by Wayne Bennett who managed the St George Illawarra Dragons in a disappointing end to what was otherwise a vast improvement on the previous year. By round eight of the 2010 season, Mini had been moved back to fullback by manager Brian Smith, with Carney moving to his preferred position of five eighths. Aside from playing on the wing in rounds 12 and 13, Mini would remain at fullback for the remainder of the year. For his part, Carney would win the Dally M Medal as NRL Player of the Year,

In 2011 he was announced as a member of the Italian team that will compete in the 2013 World Cup qualification. After consistent form in a struggling Roosters side, Minichiello received a call-up from Origin for Game 2 of the 2011 State of Origin series. This came after current Blues fullback Josh Dugan succumbed to an ankle injury on the day he was named to the team. Minichiello’s experience in the young Blues back line proved invaluable when he scored the winner for New South Wales after Jamie Soward, 5-8, dazzled the Queensland defence. The Blues won 18–8, largely due to the experienced combination of Minichiello and Ricky Stuart, who returned to coach New South Wales after five years away from the team. In Round 16 of the NRL season, he scored his 105th try against the Newcastle Knights,

At the end of the 2011 NRL season, Minichiello captained Italy to a 19-all draw with Lebanon which was enough to earn them the 14th and final spot at the 2013 World Cup.

On May 4, 2012, Minichiello agreed to a new one-year contract that would keep him with the Roosters until the end of 2013, despite being told at the start of the season that he would not be re-signing.

Minichello went on to captain the Roosters to a 2013 NRL Grand Final victory, becoming the first fullback to captain his team to a major final victory since Frank ‘Skinny’ McMillan in 1934.

At the end of the 2013 NRL season, Minichiello captained Italy at the 2013 World Cup. Italy would end their campaign in the group stage after beating Wales, drawing with Scotland and losing to Tonga.

Rooster legend Anthony Minichiello running the ball against the Warriors in 2014

On August 4, Minichiello announced his official retirement from the game as a single-club player.

In his last outing for the club, Minichiello broke former teammate Luke Ricketson’s record for most appearances for the Roosters. The record, which had stood for twelve years, was 301, with Minichiello captaining the Roosters with a stellar two-try performance for game #302 in his team’s 32-22 Qualifying Grand Final loss to the Rabbitohs. in 2020



Minichiello in 2015

Minichiello and Terry Biviano in February 2012.

A former gymnast,  Minichiello was a finalist in the 2006 League’s Sexiest Man contest, where he finished sixth with 7% of the vote. He was crowned the NRL’s Most Wanted on The Footy Show in 2003, and with his brother Mark (who currently plays for Hull FC in the Super League), posed for the Lonsdale Boys with Balls ’06 feature film . Cosmopolitan magazine .

He is the older brother of Hull FC’s second rower, Mark Minichiello. Both players are of Italian descent.

His nickname is “The Count”, as it has been noted that he bears a resemblance to The Count from Sesame Street . He is also known as “Mini”.

On January 22, 2012, Anthony Minichiello married Australian shoe designer Terry Biviano in one of the most lavish ceremonies held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. Biviano starred in the first season of WAG Nation , a reality show documenting the lives of five wives/girlfriends of Australian sportsmen.

As of 2012, Anthony has been a regular contributor to the entertainment and lifestyle website Live4.

On December 2, 2013, Anthony’s wife, Terry Biviano, gave birth to their first child, a girl named Azura Trésor.