|Occupation:||Australian Rules Footballer|
|Birth Day:||January 4, 1996|
|Height:||in centimeters - N/A|
|Weight:||in kg - N/A|
He was named the captain of the football team at Whitefriars College in 2013.
Petracca was born to Elvira and Tony Petracca on 4 January 1996 and is of Italian heritage. He was recognised as an adept footballer at a young age when he represented Victoria at under-12 level. He played his junior football with the Park Orchards Football Club, Warrandyte Football Club and Beverley Hills Football Club. Apart from football, he was talented at most sports he played including cricket, soccer and tennis, but especially basketball. His leadership was recognised at a young age when he was named co-captain of the Victorian Primary Schools (VPS) basketball side. He featured in the under-16 Victorian basketball side and was selected in the Australian under-17 squad alongside 2014 NBA number-five draft pick and Utah Jazz player, Dante Exum. Basketball was his best sport as a junior, however, he decided to pursue a football career instead at sixteen years of age to stay in Australia and be closer to friends and family.
Petracca attended Whitefriars College, completing year 12 in 2013 and was named as the captain of their football side in the same year. He was a bottom-aged player with the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup during 2013 playing as a forward and he finished with 41 goals from 17 matches, including six against the Geelong Falcons in round nine and five in the preliminary final, also against the Geelong Falcons. He was named as one of the best players in the 92-point grand final victory against the Dandenong Stingrays, finishing with two goals and twenty-one disposals and ended the season as the Eastern Ranges leading goalkicker whilst also tying for second place in the best and fairest count. He received mid-year honours through selection as a bottom-aged player for Vic Metro in the 2013 AFL Under 18 Championships, and played in one match, the opening round match against Queensland where he was named as one of the best players. He also played for and captained the Victoria GAA minor (under 18) gaelic football side at the 2013 Australasian Gaelic Games in which he garnered player of the tournament honours.
After graduating high school in 2013, Petracca attended Swinburne University during 2014, studying commerce and marketing. He was awarded a scholarship within the AIS-AFL Academy, which saw him begin his draft year participating in the AIS-AFL Academy match against Collingwood's Victorian Football League (VFL) side at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in April, followed by a two-week tour to Europe. After declaring he wanted to be captain of the Eastern Ranges for 2014, he was instead named vice-captain due to his commitments with the AIS-AFL Academy. He played nine matches for the season finishing with 20 goals and ended the season with a tied third-place finish in the Morrish Medal and was named on the half-forward flank in the TAC Cup team of the year. He was again selected for Vic Metro in the Under 18 Championships playing a midfield, on-ball role. He played five out of six matches and was named in the best players in every match, where he averaged twenty-five disposals, five marks and five clearances per match. His performances in the championships saw him rewarded with the Larke Medal as the championships best player, the best and fairest player for Vic Metro where he finished fourteen votes ahead of Ed Vickers-Willis and was named in the All-Australian team as the centre midfield position.
After Petracca's strong performances in the championships, it was predicted he would be drafted inside the top-five in the 2014 national draft, however, by the end of the TAC Cup season his draft chances were elevated to him becoming the number one draft pick. His move into the midfield during 2014 proved he had the ability to play in both the forward-line and midfield, along with an increase in his endurance, this saw him described as the "most dominant player in the draft" by AFL Media journalist, Callum Twomey. His dual position capabilities saw him draw comparisons to Richmond player, Dustin Martin, and Port Adelaide midfielder, Ollie Wines, which led an AFL recruiter to rate him as a "star" and note that he has a "unique skill-set for an 18-year-old. He mixes power, speed, leap and marking. He’s a mid-forward, he’ll be an impact player used in short spells onball, [and] he’s a unique talent."
Entering the 2017 season, Petracca lost six kilograms in an attempt to play more game-time in the midfield and to increase his endurance base. This focused change led many to believe that he would take his "game to the next level" for the 2017 season, including teammates, Dom Tyson and Neville Jetta, Fox Sports Australia journalists, Riley Beveridge and Anna Harrington, 300-gamer for Port Adelaide, Kane Cornes, who drew comparisons between Petracca and the reigning Brownlow Medallist, Patrick Dangerfield, and former Melbourne player David Schwarz, who compared Petracca to the 2003 Brownlow Medallist, Mark Ricciuto. After Melbourne's second match in the JLT Community Series, a fifty-four point win against Carlton, in which Petracca recorded nineteen disposals, six marks and four goals to be named the best player on the ground by AFL Media, Herald Sun journalist, Glenn McFarlane, declared 2017 would be a breakout season for Petracca. Furthermore, in the week leading to the start of the AFL season, he was named in the top fifty AFL players by Mike Sheahan.
Christian's mother's name is Elvira and his father's name is Tony.
Currently, Christian Petracca is 25 years, 9 months and 14 days old. Christian Petracca will celebrate 26th birthday on a Tuesday 4th of January 2022. Below we countdown to Christian Petracca upcoming birthday.