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Fodé

Ballo-Touré

FodéBallo-Touré
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Birth Date:03 January 1997

Birth Place:Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

Nationality:Senegal

Height:182

Weight:70

Preferred Foot:Left

At AC Milan since:2021

Fodé Ballo-Touré was born on 3 January 1997 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a small town 24km from Paris. He grew up as a winger with great agility in Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy, with whom he reached the 2016 UEFA Youth League, though they lost in the final to Chelsea. In 2017 he moved to Marcelo Bielsa's Lille.

It didn't take long for Fodé to establish himself as a starter on the left wing there, readjusting to play full-back but retaining the technical and athletic attributes that made him a dangerous attacking player. At Lille, where he met his future friend Mike Maignan, he played 45 games in a season and a half, as he was then bought by Monaco during the 2019 winter transfer market.

In the city-state he also established himself as a main component of the team, despite a turbulent period for Les Rouges et Blancs. In two and a half seasons he made 74 appearances (63 in Ligue 1), with eight assists to his name. The call to join AC Milan came at an important time for Fodé from a personal point of view, as after having played for France’s youth team (including the 2019 European Under-21 in Italy), in March 2021 he chose to represent Senegal, his mother's country of origin. He played four times for them before joining the Rossoneri.

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