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Top facts about Nabil Fekir

Thu 06 May 2021 | 15:00

Here you would go through an engaging ride the gripping top facts about Nabil Fekir, considering his life story and his journey through professional football.

Nabil Fekir is a French international footballer who joined La Liga club Real

Betis from Olympique Lyonnais in the season 2019/2020 for a 4-year contract until 2023.

In his early career, Lyon’s rivals AS Saint-Etienne were very eager to get him contracted, but he refused the club’s offer as he was determined to join Lyon again and prove to them that they were wrong in releasing him.

In spite of his young age, he achieved much of his fame through his brilliant performance in Olympique Lyonnais and even once attracted the eyes of clubs like

Liverpool

and AC Milan.

He is actually a product of the OL Academy since age 12, as played nearly 200 professional matches in six seasons, scoring 69 goals and registering 46 assists, in Lyon he also became the club captain in 2017 despite being just 24 before winning the World Cup with France in 2018.

Fekir won the UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year 2014-15 and the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month in October 2017. He was also a part of the UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year 2014-15.

Fekir also netted two goals in 25 appearances for his nation while he was part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner France squad in Russia. Nabil’s best position is thought to be in a number 10 role behind the main striker. However, Fekir can play in a deeper role, while the attacker is left-footed.

We have gathered some of such impressive

top facts about Nabil Fekir

, in case you are curious to know more about him, you have landed on the right path. Just make sure to stick around until the end.

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Here you would go through an engaging ride the gripping top facts about Nabil Fekir, considering his life story and his journey through professional football. He is a French professional footballer who plays for Real Betis and the France national team in the position of forward.

Nabil Fekir facts in brief

Bio

  • Full name

    : Nabil Fekir

  • Nickname

    : Fekir

General information

  • Date of Birth

    : July 18, 1993

  • Age

    : 27 years

  • Nationality

    : French

  • Birth Place

    : Lyon, France

  • Religion

    : Islam

Physical status

  • Height

    : 1.73 m, 5 feet 8 inches

  • Weight

    : 72 kg

  • Heir Color

    : Black

  • Eye Color

    : Black

Football information

  • Profession

    : Footballer

  • Position

    : Attacking midfielder

  • Jersey Number

    : 8

Current Team

:

Real Betis

Personal information

  • Father

    : Mohamed Fekir

  • Brother

    : Yassin Fekir

  • Mother

    : NA

  • Marital Status

    : Unmarried

  • Girlfriend

    : NA

  • Cars Collection

    : Range Rover, Audi, Volvo, Money Factor

  • Salary

    : $8 Million (approx.)

  • Net Worth

    : $48 Million (approx.)

Highest Market Value

: €70

,00 m

Favorites

  • Hobbies

    : Cooking

  • Favorite Food

    : Italian

  • Favorite Music

    : Sufi

  • Favorite Sports

    : Football

Nabil Fekir childhood

Nabil Fekir was born on the 18th day of July 1993 in Décines, in the suburbs of Lyon (France). He was born as the eldest boy of his father Mohamed Fekir who was an employee in a metallurgy factory for a long time and his mother was a social worker as well.

Nabil Fekir childhood

was spent with his brothers called Tarik, Hamza and Yassin. All brothers were raised in the district of Jacques Monod, as they were in an environment with a very marked Algerian culture.

His brother, Yassin was born on 5 May 1997. He is 4 years younger than his brother and the second most successful after him as he has become a footballer too.

Nabil's passion for football was that much fierce which led him to be enrolled on the roster of his town’s local youth team, AC Villeurbanne just at the age of 6. This gave him the stage to exhibit his talents where it was the No1 local academy outfit for most Algerian French migrants to take football as a profession in the Décines-Charpieu commune of Lyon.

Then he started his youth career with AC Villeurbanne in the 2000-01 season. He shifted to Vaulx-en-Velin and SC Caluire up to 2005. After that, he got the chance to play for Lyon in 2005.

As his physicality and performance were not that much favourable he was transferred to Vaulx-en-Velin and then to Saint-Priest. But his fascinating performance made

Lyon

 attract him again in 2011 and he finally got the chance to play for his favourite team.

Nabil Fekir professional career

Fekir joined the youth academy of Olympique Lyonnais at the age of 12 but he was released for not possessing solid stamina. He had to rejoin Vaulx-en-Velin and continued his youth career at Saint-Priest, while scouts from across France had tracked him.

He was in the Lyon first-team squad for the first time on July 30, 2013, although he remained as an unused stopgap in the 1-0 home win over

Grasshopper

in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg.

He eventually made his Lyon first-team debut on August 28, 2013, replacing Yassine Benzia at half time in a 2-0 Champions League play-off round second leg away loss to Real Sociedad.

He made the title of the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year anchored to his name and also earned a spot in the Team of the Year. He ended the 2014-15 Ligue 1 season with 13 goals and 9 assists.

On 29 August 2015, he put away a hat-trick in a 4–0 Ligue 1 away win at Caen. Yet he missed most of the 2015–16 season with torn knee ligaments.

Besides, by 23 February he had netted 10 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions for the 2016–17 season. In early August 2017, After Maxime Gonalons was transferred to AS

Roma

a month earlier, Fekir took the responsibility of captaining the club.

On 5 November, he scored two goals in a 5–0 away Ligue 1 victory over fierce rivals AS Saint-Etienne. He also made a controversial celebration in the scoring of the second goal that we will delve more into it in a bit.

In June 2018, there was some negotiation over his transfer to Liverpool, with a maximum fee of 60 million euro, but it was not reached anywhere under the pretext of Fekir's knee injury.

On July 22, 2019, he got contracted a four-year deal with Spanish club Real Betis for an initial fee of 19.75 million euro and 10 million euro in add ons. Lyon will also reserve 20% of any future sale of the footballer and as part of the deal. Fekir's brother

Yassin Fekir

also joined Real Betis.

International

He made his one appearance for the France youth national team as he earned one cap at the under-21 level by coming on.

On September 4, 2015, he made his first start for the France senior team in a 1-0 away friendly win over Portugal when he ruptured three ligaments in his right knee, putting him out of action for an estimated six months.

On August 25, 2016, he was called back up to the senior squad for the first time after his injury for a friendly against Italy and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Belarus.

But he was forced to withdraw from the squad three days later in the face of an injury. He made his competitive debut for France as an 83rd-minute stopgap for Antoine Griezmann in the 2018 World Cup qualifying 4-1 win over Bulgaria at the Stade de France.

He was chosen in the 23-man French national squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as well. He featured in the last nine minutes of the final, 4-2 win over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in place of

Olivier Giroud

.

Nabil Fekir controversial celebration

One of the most notable top facts about Nabil Fekir is that in a derby of OL against

Saint-Étienne

, as there were four minutes left to the end of the match, he scored his team’s final goal in a 5-0 rout and in celebration he opened his shirt after scoring the goal and showed his name to the rival team's fans in a style done by Lionel Messi towards Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu previously.

After all, not even the aura in El Clasico could make the passion at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. And the fans who were extremely enraged by the celebration threw objects on the ground that was conducive to having the match stopped for 40 minutes.

For the sake of taking security measures, the 24-year-old was replaced. He also received a yellow card for the incident and missed the next game in the face of booking in the last match. Though his die hard fans paid a tribute to him in the stadium by showing his jersey.

After the game, he admitted that the incident was a bit too intense, yet he argued that by no means he did not regret his gesture. As he asserted in the following terms: “I celebrated as I wanted. There was no ulterior motive and not malice. Maybe it wasn’t the right thing to do, we were 5-0 up, but it’s still football.”

While Lyon coach Bruno Genesio tweeted that Nabil was a hero and his reproach should be stoped and the real wrongdoers ought to be punished instead. Yet he also added that notwithstanding the right to celebrate a historic victory away from home, one must stay a little bit more modest.

Nabil Fekir personal life

In regard to

top facts about Nabil Fekir

, he is apparently a very secretive person, especially about his personal life. It seems that his focus of attention is currently on his career rather than involvement in any kind of relationship, therefore it might be inferred that he is just single.

Or even perhaps he just refuses to reveal any clue to the media on the identity of his girlfriend or wife. He is often seen alone posturing in vacation pictures on Instagram without a girlfriend or wife.

While he is not the kind of person to share images of having a horse ride along with his wag by his side, some speculated that his photo shots are a bit too cropped.

He tends to have a humble and simple personal life off the pitch. For instance, until the age of 17, he was such a reserved boy who still lived with his parents and had kept his attachment to his family base. Besides again until the age of 17 (the Year 2010), in spite of having the money to buy a cellphone, he had not bought one.

It is interesting to know that his lifestyle is full of prudence and simplicity. Once when he was given sixty euros to buy a new pair of sneaks he prefered to buy two for the sake of using them for a longer time as it seems to be more economical.

Even after he became a millionaire, he still has such kind of simplicity and modesty culminated in his character as he has an economical lifestyle particularly when he considered the official car of Olympique Lyonnais as enough to be his only car and deemed it is useless to buy another car.

Nabil Fekir, the forgiver

When he was 14 in 2008, he savoured a bitter experience of coping with a pressure that even appeared to be a nightmare in his young twisty career.

Actually Lyon had released him for being smallish ( as he didn’t grow with his age) and frail and not possessing confident and stamina. He once suggested that he assumed the educators decision a harsh one, that was even hardly believable.

In the face of such depression, he did not cry like the other boy released alongside him, instead, he showed great maturity as he was in command of himself to laugh while leaving the OL even when he was desperately heartbroken.

Then he rejoined the old youth club FC Vaulx-en-Velin, his former family environment that led him to achieve a sense of fulfilment and relief. He played for FC there for three years before joining Saint-Priest, a club that showcased him in 2010.

In his time with Saint-Priest, Young Fekir began improving himself to the end of becoming the club star as he was succeeded to exhibit his outstanding strength to his opponents.

Therefore he attracted the eyes of scouts from all over the country. He was that much impressive that even tempted Lyon to sign him despite the fact that they kicked him out once.

In this regard he indicated in the following terms: " I wanted to take an act of revenge, to show them that they had made a mistake when I was little. I know one thing: I give myself thoroughly for Lyon. It's my beloved city and I have dreamt to succeed there." 

Hence to indicate as one of the most inspiring top facts about Nabim Fekir, he finally made up his mind to put grievance aside and forgive the club of his dreams as he joined them in 2011.

Right away from 2011 to 2013, he began playing impressively for Lyon B before going professional with the first team in August 2013.

Nabil Fekir body measurement

Taking 

top facts about Nabil Fekir 

into account, and in terms of his physical appearance, his face shape is oval as he has black hair and eyes with a sharp nose.

And about

Nabil Fekir body measurement

, he has an athletic body with a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) and a body weight of 72 kg.

Nabil Fekir net worth

 

If we take top facts about Nabil Fekir into consideration, it is pertinent to mention that he made a good amount of money from his football profession as well as Nike endorsement.

Nabil Fekir net worth

is estimated to be $48 million and his salary is $8 million. While he prefers to have a simple lifestyle aside from spending his whooping amount of money extravagantly.

Nabil Fekir Transfer market stats

In the last part of the top facts about Nabil Fekir, the notion of his market value deserves a mention. It is utterly clear that until December 2018 he had a rising market value as his highest market value reach a peak of €70.00 m.

But as time goes by, with growing older,

Nabil Fekir market value

has decreased over these recent years, with having a market value of €25.00 m in 2021.

He has played a total of 261 games. While as a striker he managed to score 80 goals and provide 59 assists. He also played a total of 19.034 minutes through his club journeys.

 

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source: SportMob