Frank Kessié

Frank Kessié


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Franck Yannick Kessié is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish La Liga club Barcelona and the Ivory Coast national team.

Kessié signed a three-year contract with Serie A club Atalanta on 29 January 2015, He was assigned to the club's Primavera squad upon his arrival, and contributed with seven appearances for the side. His first match in Europe occurred on 1 March, as he started in a 2–0 away win against AC Milan Primavera.[citation needed]

Kessié joined Cesena in the Serie B on 26 August 2015, on a one-year loan deal. He made his professional debut on 26 September, coming on as a substitute for Antonino Ragusa in a 0–0 away draw against Perugia.

After returning from loan, Kessié was promoted to the first team by manager Gian Piero Gasperini. After appearing with the main squad during the pre-season, he made his debut for La Dea on 13 August 2016, starting and scoring the last in a 3–0 Coppa Italia home win against Cremonese. Six days later, he renewed his contract until 2021.

Kessié made his debut in the main category of Italian football on 21 August 2016, as he started and scored a brace in a 4–3 home loss against Lazio. He scored another goal seven days later, in a 2–1 away defeat to Sampdoria.

Kessié joined fellow Serie A side AC Milan on a two-year loan deal with the obligation to buy on 2 June 2017. Originally, he chose 19 as his shirt number but soon was persuaded by the club's management to leave it for Leonardo Bonucci, who transferred to Milan a few weeks later; as a result, Kessié changed it to 79. Following Bonucci's departure in the next summer transfer window, he was offered his original shirt number back yet refused, citing that he does not want to force Milan fans to spend any extra money on his personalized shirts due to yet another number change.

He made his debut for Milan and helped the club to win the first leg of Europa League qualification match against CS U Craiova on 27 July. 

Kessiè joined Barcelona on July 2022 Barcelona  after his contract expires with AC Milan and on 6 July, he signed on a four-year deal until 30 June 2026 and his buy out clause will be set at €500m.

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  • Date of Birth
    Dec 19, 1996
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  • Weight
    88 kg
  • Height

Honours & Awards

  • Serie A Team of the Year 2021
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