Blaise Matuidi is a French international footballer of Angolan and Congolese descent that has played for clubs like Paris Saint-German and Saint Etienne.
In his long career, Matuidi has won 18 trophies and has twice been named in the French league team of the year among several other honors. He currently plays in the Italian Serie A with Juventus.
Blaise Matuidi was born as one of five children to Elise and Faria Rivelino on April 9, 1987, in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France. The family later moved and raised their children in Fontenay-sous-Bois, a suburb in Paris, where their son fell in love with football, watching the likes of Jay Jay Okocha at PSG.
He attended Victor Duruy School where he stood out as the best footballer among his peers. This prompted his parents to enroll him at the local youth team, US Fontenay-sous-Bois, at just the young age of six. He spent five years with the club before moving to CO Vincennois, located in the Parisian suburb of Vincennes. Matuidi showed signs of being the great player that he is today and subsequently earned a spot at the prestigious Clairefontaine academy where he received further training while also playing for his team.
In 2001, Matuidi signed his first semi-professional contract at Creteil after leaving CO Vincennois. He continued his growth as a player in the team’s youth setup while further attracting interests from big clubs like Lyon and Troyes. To the surprise of everyone, Matuidi opted to join Troyes rather than the two-time defending champions after four years with Creteil.
Blaise Matuidi played for the club’s reserve team in France’s fifth division but was however twice called up to play for the senior team in two Ligue 2 fixtures. After a year with the reserves, Matuidi was promoted to the senior team who had gained promotion to the top division and went on to appear in 31 league matches.
Following an impressive personal campaign by the footballer, Troyes offered him a professional contract and he signed a four-year deal with the club. He went on to appear in 35 matches the next season, scoring three goals along the way. That, however, did not help the teams fortunes as they were relegated that season. Matuidi himself gained plaudits from all across France and was well sort after.
In July 2007, he left Troyes and joined Saint-Etienne where he was quickly inserted into the first team and helped his side secure a UEFA Cup position. He played with the side until the summer of 2011 when he moved to the club he supported as a child, Paris Saint-Germain F.C (PSG).
With PSG, Balise Matuidi enjoyed huge success, winning three consecutive league titles by 2015. In 2016, he helped his side secure a second domestic treble of trophies; Ligue 1, Coupe de France, and Coupe de la Ligue. After six years with the club, he joined Italian champions Juventus for a transfer fee of around €20 million.
Having played for the French international youth teams, Blaise Matuidi went on to represent his country of birth at the senior level, so far making over 70 appearances and scoring nine goals. The player, who has been hailed for his energy, physical strength, mobility, and tenacity, was part of the impressive 23-man French squad in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Family and Parents of Blaise Matuidi
Matuidi’s parents are from Africa; his father is Angolan while his mother is Congolese. He has four siblings; Emmanuel, Jacqueline, Sylvie, and Junior.
The 2015 French Player of the Year is married to the beautiful Isabelle Matuidi (nee Malice) whom he met as a teenager while honing his footballing skills in Troyes. The pair reportedly began dating soon after they met and have been inseparable ever since. Together, they have three children; daughters Myliane, Naëlle and son Eden who were all born before they exchanged vows.
Matuidi proposed to the mother of his children in 2016 and the two tied the knot on July 1, 2017, at a private little ceremony in Paris.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Blaise Matuidi has the perfect height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) and weight of 75 kg that allows him perfectly execute the holding midfielder role; breaking up his opponent’s play and intercepting the ball while also pushing forward the attack if need be.