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Thomas Partey Biography

By winning the Ghana Player of the Year award for two consecutive years, he proved to be one of the best Ghanaian talents. In this article, we take a look at Thomas Partey biography.

Thomas Partey, born on 13 June 1993 in Odumase Krobo, is a Ghanaian international football player who plays as a defensive midfielder for Ghana national team and

Arsenal FC


Partey began his career in Ghana with FC Odometah and then joined the youth team of Spanish giants

Atletico Madrid

in 2011. In 2012/13, he was promoted to the second team, where he appeared in 33 matches in Segunda Division B and scored four goals.

Later he moved on loan to relegated RCD


for the 2013/14 season, scoring five goals in 37 appearances. He spent the 2014/15 season on loan in La Liga with UD Almeria, for whom he scored four goals in 31 matches.

Partey returned to Atlético Madrid for the 2015/16 season and became a part of the first-team squad under Diego Simeone. At the beginning of October 2020, Partey moved to Arsenal in the English Premier League shortly before the end of the transfer window, using his € 50 million transfer clause, which made him the most expensive Ghanaian footballer of all time, breaking Michael Essien’s record.

He was called up to the Ghanaian national team for the first time in the summer of 2016, where he played his first official match at the international level on 5 June 2016, at the age of 23, in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mauritius.

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On 5 September 2017, he scored a hat-trick against Rep. of Congo in the 2018 World Cup qualifying match. In 2017 he took part with his national team in the Africa Cup of Nations. Two years later he was again among the players called up for the continental event.

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Thomas Partey biography

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Thomas Partey nationality

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Thomas Partey Bio

  • Full Name: Thomas Teye Partey

  • Nickname: Senegal

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Thomas Partey Physical Stats

  • Weight: 78 Kg

  • Height: 1.85 m

  • Eye Color: Black

  • Hair Color: Black

Thomas Partey Football Information

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 18

  • Professional Debut: 2013

Thomas Partey Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 13 June 1993

  • Birth Place: Krobo Odumase, Ghana

  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini

  • Nationality: Ghanaian

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Thomas Partey Early Life

Thomas was born in Odumase Krobo (Ghana) on 13 June 1993 and grew up playing for teams in his hometown like most Ghanaian kids. He is the eldest of eight children in his family and loves hanging out with his football-loving father, in fact, his father manages and coaches a team in Odumase Krobo where Thomas started playing until he was nine years old. While playing for that team, his father gave him the nickname "Senegal" because it reminded him of a friend with the same name.

Having played for his father's team, Thomas went on to develop as a talented football player until he got the chance to make a big step forward with a local club named Tema Youth, which was playing in the second division. He competed in the play-offs for promotion to the First Division. He was noticed by scouts and his current agent, José Giménez due to his great performances. Gimenez took an interest in him in 2011 despite not having seen him play before.

As soon as he saw him, he saw his potential and took him to Spain, where he had a trial with Atlético Madrid's youth team midway through the season and impressed Óscar Mena, who at the time was coaching a youth team that also included a player called Óliver Torres. Within four months, he made the leap and in one season he was already in the reserve team.

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After a trial at Atletico which he was able to impress coaches of the team, he signed for Atletico Madrid B in early 2012, however as it was mid-season he was unable to play and had to wait until the summer of 2012 and the beginning of the new season.

On 26 August 2012, in the opening match of Segunda Division B – Grupo I, he played the full 90 minutes against CD Ourense in a match that they lost 3-1 at home. He was a regular player over the course of the season and was playing in all of the matches for Atletico Madrid B. On 11 November 2012, he gave his very first assist in the match against Sporting B, where they lost 2-1.

During his first professional season, he was mostly playing as a defensive midfielder, however, this did not prevent him from giving three more assists to his teammates against


, CD Tenerife and CF Fuenlabrada. He finished the season with 4 assists in 33 matches in the Segunda Division B – Grupo I.

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It was announced on 13 July 2013 that Mallorca has signed Thomas Partey on a season-long loan deal. During his press conference, the player said: "I am very happy to be here. I'm going to work hard to get RCD Mallorca back to La Liga. The coach and the president have put their trust in me and I'm going to do everything I can to help the team".

Thomas played his first official match for Mallorca in the season opener game against

CE Sabadell

, where the team lost 4-0 with a disappointing performance. Thomas played the full match as a defensive midfielder.

He scored his first goal for Mallorca and also the first goal of his professional career in the 5th matchday of La Liga 2 on 15 September 2013, in the away match against


, where they finished 2-2. On 4 January 2014, he gave his first assist of the season in the away match against UD Las Palmas.

Two weeks later, in the home winning match against CE Sabadell which finished 4-1, Thomas Partey scored his second goal of the season for Mallorca.

Perhaps the best time of his career at Mallorca was between the 29th and 31st matchday of the Segunda Division, where he played a goal in three consecutive matches against

Real Zaragoza

, CD Tenerife and Real Madrid Castilla.

During the 2013/14 season, Thomas Partey played a total of 37 matches which he started on 35 occasions. He also played in his team’s only match in

Copa del Rey

against Alcorcón, where they lost 4-1 and knocked out of the competition in the second round. That season, Partey scored 5 goals for his team and provided two assists, all of them in the league.


On 27 July 2014, the Ghanaian player and Atletico de Madrid reached an agreement with

UD Almería

to play on loan for a season with the Almeria-based club to gain experience in the Spanish La Liga.

He debuted for Almeria on 23 August 2014, in the first match of the team in La Liga, where they drew 1-1 against Espanyol at home. Partey played the whole match as a defensive midfielder at was booked in the 83rd minute.

As Thomas Partey had always played as a defensive or central midfielder and sometimes as an attacking midfielder during his career, his coach for the first time decided to play him as a right midfielder in the home match against


in the 11th matchday of La Liga. He didn’t play a good match and was substituted in the 85th minute. They lost the match 2-1.

Thomas Partey scored not his first, but also his second goal at Almeria on 11 April 2015 in the home match against Granada FC, helping his team to win 3-0 after 9 weeks of failing to win any matches. On 10 May 2015, he scored his third goal of the season in the home match against


, where they lost 2-1.

In the last matchday of the 2014/15 La Liga season, he scored his fourth and last goal for Almeria in the home game against


. During the season, Thomas Partey played 31 La Liga matches with Almeria and scored 4 goals. That season he failed to give assists to his teammates. He also played just one match in Copa del Rey, against Getafe in the Last 16, where they lost 1-0 and knocked out of the Cup competition.

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Atletico Madrid

During the 2015-16 pre-season, the team's coach decided that Thomas should remain in the first-team squad and not be loaned out once again. He played his first match for the red and white team on 28 November 2015 in the 1-0 win over Espanyol in the thirteenth matchday of La Liga, Thomas came on in the 57th minute in place of Luciano Vietto. On 2 January 2016, Thomas scored the winning goal for Atletico Madrid in a 1-0 win over Levante.

A match before, he provided the assist for Correa to give Atletico Madrid victory in the last minute in the match against

Rayo Vallecano

. The team eventually finished third in the league, were runners-up in the Champions League (losing on penalties to Real Madrid in the final) and reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

The following season, of 2016-17, he played a total of 24 games and scored one goal (against Las Palmas). Atlético finished third in the league, were semi-finalists in the Copa del Rey and the

Champions League

. His season was affected at the club level by his participation with Ghana in the African Cup of Nations in January 2017.

On 15 July 2017 Atlético exercised the option to buy, for €6 million, 40% of the player's rights over the 50% held by C. D. Leganés, with the latter still holding 10%. Thomas started the 2017-18 season in great form. On 26 August 2017, he scored his first goal of the season in a 5-1 away win at

Las Palmas

, playing the entire game and scoring the fifth goal. After settling into the starting line-up in several matches, he scored again, this time in Copa del Rey against Elche CF in a one-goal draw.

On 31 October he scored his first goal in the Champions League in another draw, this time against FK Qarabag, where Thomas scored a goal into the top corner of the net to draw the game. On November 4, 2017, he gave his team a last minute 1-0 win against Deportivo with a goal from a free-kick. Finally, Thomas ended the season with one more goal against Las Palmas, having played 49 games and scoring 5 goals. He also played in the final of the Europa League where they won the title. In the league, they finished runners-up and in the cup, they reached the quarter-finals.

Following the summer, the 2018-19 season started with a new title for Atletico Madrid, after winning the European Super Cup against

Real Madrid

(2-4) where he played all the extra time. In the season his first goal would come in September against SD Huesca in a 3-0 win. He would score again against Athletic Club in a 3-2 win in November and against Deportivo Alavés with a goal from the top corner in March 2019.

During his 5 season spell at Atletico Madrid between 2015 and 2020, Thomas Partey has played a total of 188 matches for the Madrid club in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and providing assists to his teammates on 12 occasions. As playing in the heart of midfield, and because of his playing style as a fighter, he was booked 45 times during his time at Atletico Madrid.


The official

La Liga

website announced on 5 October 2020 that the option to buy out Thomas Partey's contract by Arsenal had been exercised for €50m. The player, therefore, terminated his contract with the Madrid club, which was to run until 30 June 2023. Arsenal announced that the 27-year-old Ghanaian will play under the number 18 in his new team.

He debuted for Arsenal on 17 October 2020, in the away match against Manchester City where he came on for Granit Xhaka in the 83rd minute. They lost the match 1-0. In his first match for Arsenal, he was booked on the 94th minute and got his first yellow card of the season.

On the next matchday on 25 October 2020, Thomas Partey was in the starting line-up in the home match against Leicester City. He played the full match as a defensive midfielder and they lost again 1-0. He provided his first assist in Arsenal jersey on 18 January 2021 in the home game against Newcastle United. He gave the assist to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a counter attack.

As of 6 March 2021, Thomas Partey has played a total of 16 matches for Arsenal in all competitions and gave just one assist. Of these matches 13 was in the English Premier League, 2 in the Europa League and 1 in FA Cup.

Ghana National Team

Partey made his Ghanaian national football team debut on May 5, 2016, in a 0-2 Africa Cup qualifying match played against Mauritius. Ten minutes before the end of the match, he entered the field as a substitute for Frank Acheampong.

In 2017, Partey was selected by national coach Avram Grant for the Ghana squad at the 2017 Africa Cup. He was only absent from action in the third group match against Egypt. Ghana was eliminated in the semi-finals by Cameroon (2-0), after which the third-place playoff was also lost, 1-0 to Burkina Faso, which was the surprise of the tournament. On 5 September 2017, Partey scored a hat-trick for the first time in his career, in the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of the Congo.

Partey was also part of the Ghanaian squad at the 2019 African Championship. He was one of the key players and was a goal scorer in the final group match against Guinea-Bissau. The eighth final proved to be the final destination for Ghana at the African Championship. Although Partey's penalty was scored, opponent Tunisia won in the penalty shootout.

Since starting his career at the age of 22 years, 11 months and 23 days, Thomas Partey has played a total of 28 matches for his country, scoring 9 goals and providing 4 assists to his teammates. Stay tuned to this section of Thomas Partey biography as we want to share some info about his playing style.

Style of Play

Gifted with physicality and excellent stamina, he mainly plays as a defensive midfielder. Thomas Partey's main advantage is that he has a very high level of fitness. Some pundits call him a fighter and because of his playing style, he usually gets booked a lot.


Many football fans and critics consider Thomas Partey as one of the best current Ghanaian footballers and on his way to becoming one of the best midfielders in the history of Ghanaian football. By winning the Ghana Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019 and also broking the record of most expensive Ghanaian footballer in 2020, he is on his way to becoming one of the greatest African footballers of all time.

Goal Celebration

Despite playing in defensive midfield positions, Thomas Partey has scored some good goals during his career. We should note that the talented African footballer does not have a signature goal celebration and although we have seen him celebrate his goals differently each time he scores, one different goal celebration that we have seen him perform mainly at Atletico Madrid was when he ran towards the fans, stand in front of them, put his left thumb on his lips and point with his right index finger to the stands.

Thomas Partey outside Football

As a young and talented football player who has concentrated mainly on developing his career to the next level, he has focused on football and just that. Even when you go to his Instagram page, all of his posts are football-related.

As he has a big family back in Ghana, during his spare time Thomas Partey visits them and spends most of his free time with them. Stay tuned to this section of Thomas Partey biography as we want to share some info about his personal life.

Thomas Partey Personal Life

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Thomas Partey religion


Family, Children and Relationships

Thomas Partey was born to a large family of eight children in Ghana. His father Jacob was a football coach and had his own team in Ghana. Thomas started learning football in his father’s team. He is the eldest child of the family.

He has always stated in his interviews that his dad has sacrificed a lot for him to become a successful football player. He has said once that to get the money required for his trip to Europe to attend a trial with Atletico Madrid, his dad had to sell some stuff from their house.

Thomas Partey's girlfriend, Gifty Boakye is a Ghanaian-born, US-based model who also owns her own clothing line, NVTive. It is not known exactly when their relationship began, but it seems that romance is relatively recent.


As a famous figure in his home country of Ghana, Thomas Partey is actively involved in many charitable projects in the African country and always tries to help his countrymen.

Legal Issues

So far, there are no reports of any legal issues or disputes to Thomas Partey’s name, however, in 2019, on two occasions thieves broke into his house in Madrid. The first time they managed to steal some stuff from the house. Four days later, the robbers came back, this time when Thomas’ sister was at his home. However, they had to leave empty-handed.

Thomas Partey Career Statistics

In this section of Thomas Partey biography, we will take a look into his career stats as s footballer both on the international and club level.


Since the start of his career in 2012 where he was playing for Atletico Madrid B, he has played in a total of 307 matches in all competitions as of 6 March 2021. He has managed to score 29 goals during his career so far and provide 15 assists to his teammates. He also got booked on 83 occasions.

Thomas Partey has played a large part of his career at Atletico Madrid and his stats there include 188 matches in all competitions, with 16 goals and 12 assists.


So far, Thomas Partey has played a total of 28 matches for the

Ghana national team

, scoring 9 goals. His most active year on the international level was 2017 when he played a total of 10 matches for his country.

Thomas Partey Honors

During his club career, Thomas Partey has won the 2017/18 Europa League and 2018/19 UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid. He was also runner-ups in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.

On the international level, so far he has never won any titles or awards with the Ghanaian national team.

Thomas Partey has also managed to win the 2018 CAF Team of the Year award and the Ghana Player of the Year award in 2018 and 2019.

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