Birth Date:03 July 1995
At AC Milan since:2021
Mike Maignan was born on 3 July 1995 in Cayenne, French Guiana, but grew up in Villiers-le-Bel, a small town just outside Paris. He joined AC Milan in the summer of 2021, bringing with him experience and personality. He is confident between the sticks and has excellent reflexes, which has led him to being known for his penalty shot-stopping.
His footballing journey began at Paris Saint-Germain, where he came through the youth ranks. He reached the first team squad, managed at the time by Laurent Blanc, with Salvatore Sirigu the first-choice goalkeeper, but he didn’t actually make his professional debut until he had moved to Lille. There, he would stay for six seasons and eventually win the Ligue 1 title in 2020/21, keeping more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper among the top-5 European leagues.
His first year with Coach Pioli and the Rossoneri didn’t go too badly either, collecting 17 clean sheets in 32 appearances, and winning the Best Goalkeeper award for the 2021/22 Serie A season as well as a nomination for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. As of June 2023, he has recorded 68 appearances for the Rossoneri across all competitions.
He won his first full cap for France in a friendly against Ukraine, in October 2020, after being part of the Euro 2020 squad the summer before. He also won the Nations League in 2021, capping off a journey that saw him represent all the French youth teams, from the Under-16s to the Under-21s.