Top Facts about Samir Nasri, The Little Zidane

Tue 04 May 2021 | 13:30

Nasri's dribbling, ball handling, and distribution skills are well-known. He's defined as "unpredictable" because of his "vision and creativity." Zinedine Zidane, a former French footballer, has been compared to him because of his style of play, skill, and cultural context. Here, we read some more facts about the French former star.

Samir Nasri, born June 26, 1987, is a French pro player who is presently a free athlete after most recently playing for


in Belgium.

Samir Nasri

’s age is 33 years.

He is most often used as an attacking midfielder and flank, but he has also played in central midfield. Following a doping incident, he was banned from sport for eighteen months, until January 2019.

Nasri started his football career in his hometown of Marseille, where he played for regional youth clubs. He entered elite team Olympique de Marseille at the age of 9 and enjoyed the next seven years growing up in the club's youth academy at La Commanderie, the club's training facility.

The first

fact about Samir Nasri

is that he earned his official start versus Sochaux in 2004 when he was Seventeen years old Upon appearing in the 2005–06 season of the UEFA Trophy he had become a consistent player in the squad and appeared in European contest for the first time.

He was appointed to the Team of the Year and received the Young Player of the Year award from the Public Union of Pro Footballers. With


, he concluded his journey with over 160 plays. In 2006 and 2007, he was a member of the teams that entered straight Coupe de France finals.

Samir Nasri irritated Arsenal fans and always underwhelmed

Manchester City

fans, but he was a brilliant and entertaining player when he was at his best.

Facts about Samir Nasri:

It takes a special kind of player to witness a colleague strike a hat-trick in the Champions League and then manage to steal the spotlight, but Samir Nasri did it on March 9, 2010.

Samir Nasri early life

Speaking about

Samir Nasri’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he was born to French citizens of Algerian origin in Septèmes-les-Vallons, a northern neighborhood of Marseille.

His mother, Ouassila Ben Sad, and father, Abdelhafid Nasri, were both born in France, his father in Marseille and his mother in Salon-de-Provence, respectively.

Nasri's ancestors moved the family from Algeria to France. Regarding

Samir Nasri’s parents

, it should be said that his mother is a housewife, and his father operated as a bus driver before taking over as his son's personal boss.

Nasri started his football career under his mother's surname, Ben Sad, before moving to Nasri, his father's surname, after being selected for the France under-16 side.

He is the oldest of four children and a Muslim who does not practice his religion. Nasri has two younger siblings, Walid and Malik, as well as a younger sister named Sonia.

La Gavotte Peyret is where the four of them grew up. Nasri moved to Hampstead, a North London neighborhood, after entering


in England.

Samir Nasri personal life

Through his time in Marseille, Samir had a famous relationship with Aymee Davison. Their partnership lasted about three years. their relationships ended in 2008, the year he joined Arsenal. Samir dated Tatiana, a French tennis player, during his time at Arsenal. The couple separated in 2011.

He met Anara Atanes in February 2013 and publicly announced their break-up in November 2015, during a TV show, then on Instagram. He is now in a relationship with the American top model Sharina Gutierrez.

An important fact about Samir Nasri’s personal life is that in May 2016, he was accused, along with other footballers, of having benefited from a driving license fraud system organized by a driving school in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Nasri was banned from football for six months by UEFA in 2018, for breaking WADA regulations in December 2016 by consuming an injectable infusion of 500 milliliters of water containing nutrients.

Nasri's suspension was extended for another 12 months on August 1, 2018, after an appeal from UEFA's ethics and disciplinary inspector. The ban was retroactive to July 1, 2017.

Samir Nasri professional career

Nasri developed an interest in football at a young age when growing up in La Gavotte Peyret. He practiced much of his talents on the streets, where he pursued the sport on a daily basis. His parents signed him up to play for the local team in his hometown after discovering his prodigious potential.

Nasri spent a year with the La Gavotte Peyret club before transferring to Pennes Mirabeau in nearby Mirabeau when he was seven years old.

Nasri was spotted by Marseille scout Freddy Assolen while playing for Pennes, who had heard about the player's potential via local word of mouth.

The fact about Samir Nasri’s professional career is that he has been labeled a variety of names since he first began kicking a football as a child in France. Depending on whatever part of his career you look at, he can be described as the 'next Zidane,' a 'traitor,' or a 'mercenary.'

Samir Nasri club career

Nasri, who was discovered by a Marseille scout, had many of the traits of an offensive player. Freddy Assolen, the man who took him to Marseille, said, "I wasn't really sure if he was left or right-footed." He came up with potential stars like

Karim Benzema


Hatem Ben Arfa

in the academy.


He was given a three-year formal deal by Marseille authorities headed by president Pape Diouf and manager José Anigo in an attempt to reduce uncertainty.

Nasri agreed to the deal in August 2004. Marseille officials were keen to sign Nasri to a deal in order to avoid a scenario like that of Mathieu Flamini's exit, in which the player left the club without accepting any fee. Nasri was appointed to the senior team as a part of his professional contract.

The fact about Samir Nasri’s club career is that he started the campaign on the team's youth squad making four appearances before being called up to the senior team in September 2004. Nasri made his club debut on September 12th, coming on as a replacement for Bruno Cheyrou in a 2–0 league loss to



Nasri marked his professional debut on October 17th, playing the whole match in a 1–1 draw with


. Nasri was a key member of Anigo's and later Philippe Troussier's teams. He netted his first career goal in a 2–1 away victory over


in the team's first match after the winter break.

Marseille was bolstered by the addition of strikers Franck Ribéry and Djibril Cissé in the 2005–06 campaign, the latter after a fruitful loan spell with the club the preceding season Nasri, who was given a bigger position in the squad by new boss Jean Fernandez, built strong relationships with the two, as well as lead striker Mamadou Niang.

He made his European debut versus Swiss club BSC Young Boys in the first round of the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup on July 16, 2005. The first leg was won by Marseille 3–2. Nasri netted his first European goal in a 2–1 victory in the second leg.

Marseille won the title after a 5–3 aggregate victory over Deportivo de La Corua of Spain. He extended his deal with the club for another two years after the season ended, until 2009.

Nasri started the 2006–07 season with Albert Emon as his manager, his fourth in three years. Given this, Marseille's newfound success prompted reporters and fans to speculate that the club would eventually secure its first league title since 1991–92.

Nasri got off to a strong start in 2006, hitting the second goal in the team's 3–1 victory over

Paris Saint-Germain

. Nasri netted a goal in Marseille's 4–2 thrashing of Sochaux on April 29, 2007.

Marseille was set to face the same club in the 2007 Coupe de France Final only days later, and as a result of the team's two-goal win in the previous match, Marseille were heavy favorites.

Sochaux, on the other hand, shocked Marseille by winning. Nasri scored the only goal on the final day of the season. Marseille finished second in the table, their highest result since finishing second to


in the 1998–99 season.

Nasri started the next year under fresh leadership as he had done the previous three years at Marseille, as the club would now be headed by Belgian Eric Gerets. As a result of Ribéry's departure to

Bayern Munich

, Gerets shifted him to the center of the offensive, and he responded by getting his best year at the squad.

He established central alliances with attacker Mathieu Valbuena, midfield players Lorik Cana and Benoît Cheyrou, as Marseille had the league's third-best attack below champions Lyon and Bordeaux, who placed first and second, respectively.

Nasri stumbled in the early stages of the campaign due to the impact of a badly leg injury sustained during the pre-season. In the team's first eight league games, he struggled to score a goal or provide an assist. He assisted on two goals in a 2–0 win over Metz on November 24, 2007.

An important

fact about Samir Nasri

’s club career is that he finished the season by aiding on the game-winning goal versus Le Mans and making the final move on the game-tying goal versus Bordeaux. His goal-scoring started to take shape after the Christmas break. He netted goals in back-to-back games versus Nancy and Caen in late January.

Marseille came third in the table, ensuring the club's qualification for the Champions League for the second season in a row. Nasri shocked many when he signed a three-year deal renewal with the team until 2012 on May 8, 2008, despite all the transfer rumors surrounding him.


Nasri was linked with a move to

Premier League

team Arsenal a week after agreeing a deal renewal with Marseille. Arsène Wenger has been keeping tabs on Nasri after seeing him compete in the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Nasri's contract extension with Marseille was later discovered to be merely protocol in order for Marseille to obtain a higher transfer fee for the athlete.

The youth player was valued at £14 million by the Bouches-du-Rhône club. Nasri's agent and Wenger also admitted that bids had been made for the player ahead of UEFA Euro 2008, and that a return to the English club was inevitable.

The notable

fact about Samir Nasri

’s Arsenal career is that he was assigned the number 8 jersey and earned his team appearance in a 3–1 victory over


in a friendly match.

In August 2008, he made his Premier League start versus West Bromwich in the team's first game of the season. In the game, he achieved his first division goal after four minutes with a near range effort in a 1–0 win.

He became the 83rd player in Premier League record to net on his league debut and the 22nd Arsenal player, as a result of his debut goal. Nasri scored his second goal for the squad versus Twente in the 2008–09 Champions League third round qualification second leg tie on August 27. Arsenal won the match by a score of 4–0, and the draw by a score of 6–0 on aggregate.

Nasri injured his leg throughout a pre-season practice game with Arsenal in July 2009. He missed the first two months of the season due to the injury, which took two to three months of recovery. In a Football League Cup match versus Liverpool in October 2009, he made his debut late in the season. In a 2–1 victory, he played the whole match.

He assisted on goals in two of the squad's last seven league games, a 3–2 defeat and a 4–0 home victory. Arsenal came in third position at the end of the season.

On August 2010, he was called to Arsenal's playing lineup for the new season's first game versus


.  Nasri sustained a knee injury during the match, which would hold him out for a month, according to Arsenal.

Even so, the player was brought back to the squad after just three games, assisting Arsenal in a 6–0 Champions League victory over Braga of Portugal.

Nasri scored twice in the club's 4–1 extra-time win over North London rivals

Tottenham Hotspur

on September 21. From the penalty area, both goals were scored. He netted another double four days later in a 3–2 home loss to West Bromwich.

Nasri was selected for the PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards on the 8th of April. He was beaten out for both trophies by Tottenham player

Gareth Bale

and colleague Jack Wilshere.

Manchester City

Nasri was reported to have entered Manchester City in 2011. The player negotiated a four-year deal and it took £25 million transfer fee. In August, he earned his club debut in a division match against Tottenham Hotspur. As Manchester City cruised to a 5–1 victory, he assisted on three goals.

He scored his second goal for City on 3 December, converting a free kick in a 5–1 victory over Norwich, after almost two months without a league goal. He won his first Premier League trophy on May 13, 2012.

Nasri changed his squad number from 19 to 8 at the beginning of the 2012–13 season. He scored and helped again in a 3–2 victory over newly promoted Southampton on the first day of the 2012–13 Premier League season. After that, he scored in a 3–1 Champions League defeat to



Nasri was chastised in December 2012 for failing to save Robin van Persie from scoring the game-winning goal in the Manchester Derby.

A fact about Samir Nasri’s City career is that due to his poor performances, City manager Roberto Mancini said in March 2013 that he "would like to throw [Nasri] a kick" despite a man of the match effort in a 4–0 victory over Newcastle United. Nasri scored the winning goal in City's 2–1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea in April.

Nasri's first goal of the 2013–14 season came in a 4–1 victory over Manchester United. On November 5, he assisted on goals by

Sergio Agüero

and Negredo as City defeated CSKA Moscow 5–2 to reach the Champions League knockout rounds for the first time in team history.

Nasri netted the second goal in City's 3–1 victory over Sunderland in the 2014 League Cup Final in March 2014. Nasri was awarded the Hardaker Trophy, which is given to the Man of the Match, for his success in the final.

Nasri scored the opening goal in Manchester City's 2013–14 Premier League title-winning 2–0 victory over West Ham United on May 11th.

Manuel Pellegrini announced on November 22, 2015, that Nasri would be out for 4–5 months due to a tendon injury suffered in training. On 10 April 2016, he scored the game-winning goal in Manchester City's 2–1 victory over West Bromwich in his first match back from injury.

Loan to Sevilla

On the August 31, 2016, Nasri was officially on loan at Sevilla FC for a season. He found his way to the net for the first time at the end of September, scoring the only Sevillian goal in a 3-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao.

Absent from the field for a month due to physical problems, Samir Nasri was back on December 7 against Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League. With the stake of a qualification in the round of 16, the Andalusians validated their ticket by obtaining a draw at Parc OL (0-0). In the next round, they were defeated by Leicester.


Nasri agreed a 2 deal with Antalyaspor in 2017 for a record €3.5 million buyout clause. Nasri's deal with the team was officially ended in January 2018.

West Ham United

On December 31, 2018, he signed for six months with West Ham United. The deal was not extended by the London club at the end of the season.


Nasri joined Belgian team Anderlecht on a new contract on July 5, 2019. In 2020, he left the club. After his disappointing time in Anderlecht, he has not played in any other club.

Samir Nasri international career

Nasri was called up to the senior squad for the first time for a Euro 2008 qualifying game versus


.  He was assigned to the reserve for the game versus Lithuania, but he did not play. At the age of 19, Nasri made his international debut versus Austria on March 28.

The important fact about Samir Nasri’s international career is that he started the game and assisted on the only goal, providing the free kick that Karim Benzema scored with. He was selected to the 23-man squad to compete in UEFA Euro 2008 as a result of his performances.

Nasri made his tournament debut as a substitute in the team's opening group stage match against Romania on June 9, 2008.

Nasri played in just three games for the team in 2008–09. Nasri became frustrated with his prospects of playing in the World Cup during the 2009–10 season. He did not make the 23-man roster in the end and did not appear with the side. Laurent Blanc, the new coach, was in charge when he returned.

When asked for his thoughts on the match after France lost to


at Euro 2012, Nasri sent a "foul-mouthed tirade" to a reporter.

Boss Deschamps announced the roster for the 2014 World Cup on May 13, 2014, and Nasri was once again left out. He announced his retirement from international football on August 9, 2014, at the age of 27.

Samir Nasri stats

Nasri had a total of 25 games in his rookie season, scoring one goal and adding two assists. In 2005-06 season, Nasri played in 30 league games, 25 of them as a starter. In a 4–2 victory against Sochaux, he netted his sole competition goal of the season. He played in 49 games in total, including appearances in the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Nasri had a career-high 50 games in next season, with 37 of them coming in the league. He scored a total of 3 goals in these 50 matches. In 2007- 08 season, He played in 42 games, scoring six goals and assisting on another 15 goals, which was a career high.

He appeared in 44 games for Arsenal in his first season, scoring seven goals and delivering five assists. Nasri finished his second season at Arsenal with 34 appearances, five goals, and the same number of assists.

In His third and last season in London, he played 46 games and scored 15 times. Nasri made a total of 124 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 27 goals.

Nasri could not repeat his great performances in Manchester City. During his best season (2013-14) at the club, he played 46 games and scored 11 goals. In two next seasons, he he only scored 3 and two goals respectively. During one year loan at


, he appeared in 30 games and provided 3 goals for the club.

he made eight appearances and scored two goals in the Süper Lig during his five-month tenure in Antalyaspor. In West Ham United, he played only six games and provided two assists. During his final club season in Anderlecht, he played 8 games and netted 2 goals.

Samir Nasri social media


Samir Nasri social media

, it should be said that he has an Instagram page (


) with 670K followers. He mainly posts about his great days of playing. He also has a Twitter account (


) which he has not been using in the last year. Despite this, his Twitter page has nearly 2.5 million followers.

Samir Nasri body measurements

Speaking about

Samir Nasir body measurements

, it should be mentioned that French former star is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) and weighs 165 lbs (75 kg).

Samir Nasri net worth and salary

From Marseille to Arsenal, Manchester City to Sevilla, the diminutive French central midfielder has plied his trade at the top of the game, amassing a net worth of close to 56 million Euros. He also has the potential to mesmerize at the end of his career, and his stock worth is close to 5 million Euro.

A fact about

Samir Nasri’s net worth

and salary is that It is estimated that he earns approximately 1.5 million Euros every year, mainly because of his personal endorsements.




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