Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh (محمد اسماعیل نبیبخش) is a professional Kabaddi player who plays as an all-rounder in the Pro Kabaddi League and represents Iran as an International Kabaddi player. Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh is an accomplished kabaddi player, currently serving as an all-rounder for Puneri Paltan in the Pro Kabaddi League and earlier played for Bengal Warriors. In addition to his league accomplishments, he also represents the Iran national kabaddi team on the international stage. Nabibakhsh played a crucial role in the Iran team’s triumph at the 2018 Asian Games, where they secured the gold medal.
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, also known as Moein Nabibakhsh and Price of Persia, was born on Tuesday, 17 September 1991 (31 years old; as of 2023), in Mazandaran Province, Iran. His zodiac sign is Virgo. Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, originally from Mazandaran Province, began his journey in kabaddi at the local level. His talent and skills caught the attention of a few players, and soon propelled him into the Iran National Kabaddi Team. In addition to his kabaddi career, Nabibakhsh is concurrently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Shomal University. He further honed his skills under the mentorship of coach Ebad Darili in his youth and later by BC Ramesh.
In my younger days, I played a lot of sports like football, volleyball, wrestling, boxing etc but I really enjoyed the tackling and raiding in kabaddi, so I took it up more seriously.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 46″, Waist: 32″, Biceps: 16″
Mohammad was born into a Muslim family in Iran.
My family really loves kabaddi. My parents watch every match on the TV and before every match, they call me and tell me not to take stress. They see that I am always stressed but they calm me down and after the call I am relaxed.”
Parents & Siblings
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh was born in a sports enthusiast family to Esmaeil (father) and Mariyam Sadeghi (mother). His father is a former wrestler, and his mother is a homemaker.
Reza Moslemi is the younger brother of Mohammad, and he also aspires to be a Kabaddi player and represent Iran in International Kabaddi.
Wife & Children
As of the latest information, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh remains single.
League: Pro Kabbadi League
Debut: Bengal Warriors (2019)
Coached By: Ebad Darili and BC Ramesh
Teams Played For: Bengal Warriors (2019–2021), Puneri Paltan (2022–present)
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh gained international recognition after scoring 20 points, including 2 Super Raids, at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. His all-round skills played a vital role in the team clinching a silver medal in the tournament.
In 2017, he was selected as part of the Iranian squad for the Asian Kabaddi Championship.
2018 marked a milestone year for Mohammad as he contributed to Iran’s first-ever gold medal win in international tournaments at the Asian Games.
Later in 2018, he was part of the Iranian kabaddi team that achieved a silver medal at the Dubai Kabaddi Masters.
Pro Kabaddi League
In the 7th season of the Pro Kabaddi League, the Bengal Warriors secured Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh’s services for a substantial sum of 77.75 lakh Rupees. During the season, Mohammad Nabibakhsh was given the chance to participate in 23 matches. His contributions were significant, as he amassed a total of 122 points, playing a vital role in guiding the team to their inaugural Pro Kabaddi League championship victory.
For the 8th season of the Pro Kabaddi League, the Bengal Warriors chose to retain Mohammad.
- Pro Kabaddi Season 9– Puneri Paltan 87 Lakh, SOLD
- Pro Kabaddi Season 8– Bengal Warriors 86 Lakh, RETAINED
- Pro Kabaddi Season 7– Bengal Warriors 77.75 Lakh, SOLD
Mohammad has a net worth of 8-10 Crores.
He owns a silver-colored Honda bike and a white Benelli CB 1300 bike.
Mohammad has various different cars and he enjoys taking them for a ride occasionally.
- Pro Kabaddi League (season 7)– Bengal Warriors
- 2016 Kabaddi World Cup– Silver
- 2018 Asian Games– Gold
- 2018 Dubai Kabaddi Masters– Silver
- Hobby: Travelling
- During his tenure with the Bengal Warriors, Nabibakhsh stood out as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season. He racked up 92 raid points and 30 tackle points, accomplishing both a Super 10 and a High 5 in his impressive performance.
- Apart from his skills as a kabaddi player, Mohammad is also an expert in doing backflips and summersaults. He also trains in calisthenics to improve his overall strength and flexibility.
- When team captain Maninder Singh suffered a shoulder dislocation during a match against Dabang Delhi and had to step down due to the injury, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh stepped in to assume the role of captain. Leading by example, he guided the team through the semi-finals and finals. His efforts paid off as the Bengal Warriors clinched their first-ever Pro Kabaddi League trophy under his leadership.
- Upon the advice of his trainer, Ebad Darili, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh embarked on a journey into the world of kabaddi. He swiftly mastered the sport and within a few short years, his talent and dedication led him to secure a spot on Iran’s national team in 2016.
- Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh marked his debut with a Super 10 against UP Yoddha. Since then, he has proven to be an invaluable player for his team, consistently scoring points in both raids and defense.
- Nabibakhsh’s bid in the 7th season of the Pro Kabaddi League made him the costliest foreign player in that season.
- Mohammad holds a significant interest in swimming, considering it a great pastime. He not only enjoys the physical benefits it provides but also the peace and relaxation it brings. Whether for leisure or as a supplementary training method, he often takes to the pool, expressing a particular fondness for this water sport.
- He not only enjoys training with his teammates but, also values gym sessions alongside them. This shared commitment to physical fitness enhances the team’s motivation, making their gym workouts an essential part of their collective journey.
- Following his victorious Pro Kabaddi match, Mohammad]Nabibakhsh received congratulatory messages from notable figures, including Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and his family.