Anthony Martial is a professional footballer who plays for English giants Manchester United and represents France on the international level. The former Monaco man is best known as the winner of the 2015 Golden Boy Award as well as for garnering the highest transfer fee ever paid for the services of a teenager.
Martial was born Anthony Joran Martial on the 5th of December 1995 in Massy, France. He is the last of three boys born to his parents who migrated to France from Guadalupe. As a child, Martial was said to be shy and quiet apart from when he was on the pitch where he’s not shy to exhibit his exceptional footballing ability. This prompted his father to enroll him at the Paris-based youth side CO Les Ulis.
By the time he was 14, Martial was approached by scouts from top division club Olympique Lyonnais who invited him to join their ranks. He moved to Lyon and was placed in the club’s Under-17 team where he distinguished himself from other kids before being promoted to the Lyon B side. He also went on to earn a selection to be a part of the France national under-17 side that was going to the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Slovenia.
Anthony Martial’s talent was evident for all to see. His coaches could not afford to keep him on the sidelines any longer and on the 6th of December, 2012, he was given his professional debut in a Europa League group stage fixture. He went on to make three more appearances for the team that season before choosing to move to the south of France in search of first-team football. Monaco reportedly paid Lyon €5 million plus bonuses for Martial’s signature as he sealed a three-year contract.
Martial made his first senior team appearance for Monaco on the 24th of November, 2013, coming in as a substitute for Radamel Falcao. He marked his appearance by playing a part in the move which led to his team scoring the winning goal. Six days later, Anthony Martial scored his first goal for the club to further announce his name to the world. This prompted the principality club to offer the forward an improved deal in order to keep him away from suitors.
In the 2014/15 season, after Anthony Martial bagged nine goals, including a crucial last-minute equalizer against Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United made the move to bring him to England. The Red Devils paid Monaco £36 million, a record transfer fee for a teenager which could ultimately rise to £58 million through add-ons.
Despite a few moans over the amount paid, Martial was well received by his new club. He could not have found a better way to prove he’s worth all the money that was paid for his services as he marked his debut with a goal against arch-rivals Liverpool. He went to score in each of his next four appearances, leading to a comparison between him and his mentor, Thierry Henry. Martial continued banging in the goals and finished the season as the club’s top scorer with 17 goals.
On the international scene, Anthony Martial went on to become a full French international. He has so far, made 18 appearances for Les Bleus, scoring just once.
Does Anthony Martial Have A Wife Or Girlfriend?
Anthony Martial is currently in a relationship with French reality television star Melanie Da Cruz. The pair began seeing each other in 2016 after Martial dumped his wife Samantha Jacquelinet whom he had been with before he was regarded as a teenage sensation. Jacquelinet is also the mother of his first child, Peyton, born sometime in 2015.
It was widely reported that while Martial and Jacquelinet were an item, the Manchester United footballer was cheating on her with several women, one of which was former X Factor contestant Emily Wademan whom she reportedly caught him pants down with. Despite all the heartache, Jacquelinet was willing to stay and work it out with her man, who, after a few months of the incident, broke her heart by calling time on their relationship. He swiftly moved on to Da Cruz who is three years older than he is.
Martial and Da Cruz have since that time been inseparable and have together welcomed a son named Swan Anthony Martial, born on the 26th of July, 2018.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Anthony Joran Martial
Date of Birth: 5 December 1995
Place of Birth: Massy, France
Height: 1.81 m (5 feet 11 inches)
Weight: 76 kg (175 lbs)
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius