Birth Date:03 January 1997
At AC Milan since:2021
Fodé Ballo-Touré was born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a small town 24km away from Paris, on 3 January 1997. He developed in the youth ranks at Paris Saint-Germain as an agile right-sided attacking midfielder player and was part of the group that reached the 2016 UEFA Youth League final, which they eventually lost to Chelsea. In 2017, Marcelo Bielsa's Lille came calling.
Fodé didn't take long to cement his place in the team playing mainly out on the left-hand side as a full-back. His athletic and technical qualities were put to use that made him a dangerous attacking player for oppositions. At Lille, where he played alongside current team-mate Mike Maignan, he played 45 games in one and a half seasons, before being bought by AS Monaco in the 2019 winter transfer market.
Again in the Principality, he immediately affirmed himself as an important player in the team, despite it being a turbulent time for the Biancorossi. In his two and a half seasons there, he collected 74 appearances (63 in Ligue 1) adding eight assists. A year at AC Milan playing in Serie A and the Champions League (twelve appearances) was on the back of an important personal year after choosing to play for Senegal, his mother's birthplace. In March 2021, he played four times for the national team, before making his debut for the Rossoneri, even though he had previously represented French youth teams, playing in the 2019 Under-21 European Championships. For the Lions of Teranga, Fodé had the satisfaction of helping Senegal lift their first-ever African Cup of Nations in the last edition, in February 2022.