Brahim Díaz

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Brahim
FC Salzburg gegen Manchester City FC (U19 8. Februar 2017) 10.jpg
Brahim training with Manchester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Brahim Abdelkader Díaz[1]
Date of birth (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milan
(on loan from Real Madrid)
Number 10
Youth career
2010–2015 Málaga
2015–2016 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Manchester City 5 (0)
2019– Real Madrid 15 (1)
2020–Milan (loan) 58 (7)
National team
2016 Spain U17 10 (3)
2016–2018 Spain U19 10 (1)
2017–2021 Spain U21 7 (2)
2021– Spain 1 (1)
2016 Andalusia 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:01, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:58, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Brahim Abdelkader Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [bɾaˈin ˈdi.aθ]; born 3 August 1999), known as Brahim Díaz or simply Brahim,[2] is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club AC Milan, on loan from Real Madrid. He also represents the Spain national team.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Brahim began his career at his hometown club Málaga, before moving to Manchester City in 2015 as a 16-year-old for an initial £200,000 fee.[3][4] On 21 September 2016, Díaz made his first-team debut for City, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute to replace Kelechi Iheanacho in an EFL Cup tie against Swansea City.[5] Five days later, he signed his first professional contract with City, for three years.[6]

On 21 November 2017, Brahim made his Champions League debut against Feyenoord, coming on in injury time for Raheem Sterling.[7] On 19 December 2017, Brahim made his first club start, playing for 88 minutes against Leicester City in the League Cup.[8] He made his Premier League debut on 20 January 2018, in a 3–1 victory over Newcastle United.[9] and on 13 May, he received a winner's medal after appearing sporadically in four more league games over the season.[10]

On 5 August 2018, Brahim played the final 15 minutes in place of Phil Foden a 2–0 win over Chelsea in the 2018 FA Community Shield.[11] Later that season, Brahim would score his first career goal for City, netting both times in a 2–0 win over Fulham on 1 November.[12]

Real Madrid[edit]

Following intense transfer speculation, coupled with his contract with Manchester City due to expire in June 2019, Brahim joined Real Madrid on 6 January, for a transfer fee of £15.5 million (€17 million).[13] His contract, which runs until 2025, also includes potential add-ons, which could see the value of the transfer to rise to £22 million (€24 million).[14] The transfer also includes clauses which stipulates a 15 per cent sell-on fee to be received by City, which would rise to 40 per cent should Brahim depart Madrid and transfer to "another Manchester club".[15]

He made his debut on 9 January 2019, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 victory over Leganés in the Copa del Rey.[16] His league debut came four days later, when he again came in as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Real Betis.[17] He scored his first goal on 12 May 2019, in a 1–3 defeat at Real Sociedad.[18]

He made six appearances during the league season, as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.[19]

Loan to AC Milan[edit]

On 4 September 2020, Real Madrid announced that Brahim would be loaned out to AC Milan for the duration of the 2020–21 season.[20][21] On 27 September, he scored his first goal in a 2–0 away win over Crotone.[22] On 9 May 2021, he scored a goal in a 3–0 away win over Juventus.[23] After the 2020–21 season, he was loaned for another two years to Milan with a buyout option.[24][25] On 15 September 2021, he scored against Liverpool in a 3–2 defeat in the UEFA Champions League.[26]

International career[edit]

Brahim, born in Spain to Spanish parents from Melilla, was eligible to play for Morocco due to the origin of his father.[27] Brahim is a youth international for Spain, and made his first appearances at age 16, where he received praise for his performances for Spain's U17s in the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[3]

Due to the isolation of some national team players following the positive COVID-19 test of Sergio Busquets, Spain's under-21 squad were called up for the international friendly against Lithuania on 8 June 2021.[28] Brahim made his senior debut in the match and scored the second goal in a 4–0 victory.[29]

Personal life[edit]

On 15 October 2021, it was announced that Diaz had contracted COVID-19 amidst its pandemic in Italy.[30] By October 26 he had recovered.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 May 2022[32]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2016–17[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[34] Premier League 5 0 1 0 1 0 3[c] 0 10 0
2018–19[35] Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1[d] 0 4 2
Total 5 0 1 0 5 2 3 0 1 0 15 2
Real Madrid 2018–19[36] La Liga 9 1 2 0 0 0 11 1
2019–20 La Liga 6 0 3 1 1[c] 0 0 0 10 1
Total 15 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 21 2
Milan (loan) 2020–21 Serie A 27 4 2 0 10[e] 3 39 7
2021–22 Serie A 31 3 4 0 5[c] 1 40 4
Total 58 7 6 0 15 4 79 11
Career total 78 8 12 1 5 2 19 4 1 0 115 15
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup, Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 8 June 2021[37]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2021 1 1
Total 1 1
As of match played 8 June 2021
Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Brahim goal[37]
List of international goals scored by Brahim
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 June 2021 Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganés, Spain 1  Lithuania 2–0 4–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

Real Madrid

AC Milan

Spain U17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 05 de mayo de 2019, en Madrid" [Minutes of the Match held on 5 May 2019, in Madrid] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Brahim". Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Brahim Diaz". Manchester City F.C. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  4. ^ Ducker, James (21 April 2016). "Manchester City's global scouting mission pays off with 'mind-blowing' talent". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Swansea City 1–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Brahim Diaz signs new deal". Manchester City F.C. 26 September 2016. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Manchester City 1–0 Feyenoord". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Leicester City 1–1 Manchester City (3–4 pens)". BBC Sport. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ Critchley, Mark (20 January 2018). "Sergio Aguero hits a perfect hat-trick as Manchester City end Newcastle's acrimonious week on a sour note". The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  10. ^ Fay, Richard (13 May 2018). "Man City fans loved seeing Phil Foden make Premier League history". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b Bevan, Chris (5 August 2018). "Chelsea 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Manchester City 2–0 Fulham: Brahim Díaz leads holders into EFL Cup last eight". BeIN Sport. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  13. ^ Jackson, Jamie. "Brahim Díaz on verge of joining Real Madrid from Manchester City for £15.5m". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Statement: Brahim Díaz" (in Spanish). Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  15. ^ Lilzino, John. "Brahim Díaz: Manchester City put anti-United clause in Real Madrid transfer to prevent Old Trafford move". The Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Real Madrid 3–0 Leganés". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Ceballos rescues Real Madrid in Seville". Marca. Spain. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Brahim Diaz impresses again with a stunning solo goal". Marca. Spain. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Real Madrid win the longest LaLiga Santander season". Marca. Spain. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Official Announcement: Brahim" (Press release). Real Madrid CF. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Official Statement: Brahim Díaz" (Press release). A.C. Milan. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  22. ^ "Brahim opens his account as AC Milan beat Crotone". marca.com. 27 September 2020.
  23. ^ "Juventus suffer another humiliation as Milan halt their own slump". The Guardian. 10 May 2021.
  24. ^ "Official statement: Brahim Díaz". acmilan.com. 19 July 2021.
  25. ^ "Official Announcement: Brahim". realmadrid.com. 19 July 2021.
  26. ^ "Liverpool comeback sinks Milan in epic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  27. ^ Abdelkader l'hispano marocain
  28. ^ "Oficial | Lista de convocados para el encuentro ante Lituania" [Official | Squad list for the match against Lithuania]. Royal Spanish Football Federation (in Spanish). 6 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  29. ^ "Spain youngsters impress in Lithuania rout". MARCA. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  30. ^ "OFFICIAL STATEMENT: BRAHIM DÍAZ". acmilan. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  31. ^ "OFFICIAL STATEMENT: BRAHIM DÍAZ". acmilan. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  32. ^ Brahim Díaz at Soccerway. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  33. ^ "Games played by Brahim Diaz in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  34. ^ "Games played by Brahim Diaz in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  35. ^ "Games played by Brahim Diaz in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  36. ^ "Brahim Díaz: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  37. ^ a b "Brahim Diaz senior national team". Planet Football. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  38. ^ "Brahim Díaz: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  39. ^ "Real Madrid win 2019/20 LaLiga Santander". LaLiga. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  40. ^ "Real Madrid win the Supercopa from the spot". Marca. Spain. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  41. ^ "Milan Secure 1st Serie A Title in 11 Years". news18.com. 23 May 2022. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  42. ^ "Portugal-Spain | Under-17". UEFA.com.

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