Top Facts about Youssef En-Nesyri, the brilliant Moroccan striker

Sun 08 August 2021 | 10:30

We are going to discover top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri including his club and international career, private life, etc.

Youssef En-Nesyri was born in Fez on 1 June 1997. He is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish La Liga club Sevilla and the Morocco national team.

Top Facts about Youssef En-Nesyri, the brilliant Moroccan striker 

Youssef En-Nesyri has spent his entire professional footballing career in Spain, playing for Malaga, Leganes and Sevilla.

He is now a full international for Morocco since 2016 and played for his nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Now let’s review the top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri.

Quick information about Youssef En-Nesyri

  • Date of birth- Age

    : 1 June 1997- 23 years old

  • Place of birth

    : Morocco- Fes

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Gemini

  • Citizenship

    : Morocco

  • Height

    : 1,89 m

  • Position

    : Centre-Forward

  • Current international

    :  Morocco

  • Net Worth in 2021

    : Between $1 Million and $5 Million

  • International Caps/Goals

    : 36/11


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Youssef En-Nesyri Club career

One of the top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is that after he started his youth career at Mohammed VI Football Academy in Rabat at the age of 12. Then Youssef En-Nesyri joined 

Malaga CF

 for a salary of €125,000 in 2015.

At first he was assigned to the Juvenil team and he made his senior debut for the reserves on 16 April 2016, scoring the last goal in a 3–1 Tercera Division away win against Guadix CF. He scored three consecutive goals in the next three matches against CD Huétor Tájar, River Melilla CF and FC Vilafranca and went on to become an important player for the reserve team which narrowly missed elevation to the Segunda División B.

On 8 July 2016, En-Nesyri was one of the players of the first team manager Juande Ramos' pre-season team, and scored a double in a 4–0 friendly win against Algeciras CF eight days he was included in the team.

On 23 August 2016, after netting six goals during the pre-season, En-Nesyri decided to sign a contract extension until 2020. Three days later he made his first professional match in La Liga. In that game, he came on as a late substitute for Keko in a 2–2 away draw against 

RCD Espanyol


En-Nesyri netted his first professional goal on 21 September 2016. He scored the winner goal in a 2–1 home win against SD Eibar, after coming on as a substitute for Charles. 

Youssef En-Nesyri contributed with four goals in 25 league matches during the 2017–18 season, as his side relegated to La Liga 2.


Another top fact about Youssef En-Nesyri is that on 17 August 2018, due to Malaga's relegation from the La Liga to La Liga 2, Youssef En-Nesyri signed a five-year contract with CD


 in the La Liga. 

He netted his first goals in his ninth game, to earn a 2–2 home draw with Rayo Vallecano in the first leg of the last 32 of the Copa del Rey on 30 October, and on 23 November he netted his first goal in the league, which was the only goal of a victory at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque against Deportivo Alavés team that was challenging for top spot.

In late January to February 2019, Youssef En-Nesyri netted six goals in three games as Leganés avoided defeat: a double in a 2–2 draw with


, a late winner at Rayo and then all three goals against Real Betis; this last result made him the first Pepinero to score a hat-trick in La Liga.


One of the top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is about his contract with Sevilla. On 16 January 2020, Sevilla FC signed Youssef En-Nesyri from his former club Leganés for a reported €25 million, on a contract which is valid until June 2025 while the club had just sold their forwards Mu'nas Dabbur and Javier Hernández. 

Youssef En-Nesyri debuted two days later in a 2–1 defeat at Real Madrid, as a 65th-minute substitute for Munir El Haddadi, and on his first start on 9 February he started scoring on a voyage to RC Celta de Vigo with the same result.

On 20 February 2020, Youssef En-Nesyri made his first appearance in a European tournament match, in the UEFA Europa League last 32 first leg away to CFR Cluj in Romania. He netted the late equaliser in a 1–1 draw, that put his team through on the away goals rule.  On 6 August 2020, he netted a goal in a 2–0 victory over Roma in the round of 16.

On 4 November 2020, he scored a double in a 3–2 win over FC Krasnodar in the 2020–21 season UEFA Champions League, which was his first goals in the competition. On 8 December, he scored another brace in 3–1 away victory over the French team Rennes.

In January 2021, Youssef En-Nesyri netted hat-tricks in home victories over Real Sociedad 3–2 and 

Cadiz CF


On 9 March 2021, he succeeded to net a brace in a 2–2 away draw against Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16; though, Sevilla were eliminated as they were defeated 4–5 on aggregate. On 14 March, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over 

Real Betis

 in the Seville derby.

Youssef En-Nesyri International career

One of the top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is that he has had a quite successful spell at Morocco national team.  After playing for Morocco at under-20 team, Youssef En-Nesyri was called up to the senior team by manager Hervé Renard on 22 August 2016, for friendly matches against Albania and Sao Tome and Príncipe.

He made his debut against the former nine days later, starting in a 0–0 draw at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër.

Youssef En-Nesyri was included in the national team for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, and netted in the second group match in a 3–1 victory over Togo. He was a late addition to the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, at the cost of defender Badr Banoun. In the last group game against Spain at the Kaliningrad Stadium, he gave the team a late lead in a 2–2 draw.

At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Youssef En-Nesyri netted the only goal of a victory over the Ivory Coast to send the Atlas Lions into the last 16 teams. At this stage, he equalised against Benin as the game went to a penalty shootout, in which Saturnin Allagbe saved from him to knock the Moroccans out.

Youssef En-Nesyri success at sevilla

It is said that a ‘purple patch’ is defined as a run of success or good luck for a sportsman. Football’s history is full of such instances and the story of Youssef En-Nesyri is one of them.

For example Ruud van Nistelrooy’s first two seasons at

Manchester United

 were defined by record-breaking runs of form, but the most heart-warming examples are those of the unexpected.

We can all name a few. Michu, Michael Ricketts, Rickie Lambert, David Healy and Jesse Lingard are just some forwards who have briefly elevated themselves above their normal levels, scored a load of goals and captured the imagination of neutral supporters.

These purple patches have often resulted in a big-money transfer where the magic is not quite replicated. The question now is that if Youssef En-Nesyri will be the latest example of a footballing trend.

Youssef En-Nesyri was the latest addition to the last winter market. Among all of the candidates who were linked to Sevilla FC, Youssef En-Nesyri finally was the one who was chosen by Monchi to improve the Sevilla team.

As Youssef En-Nesyri was a fast forward and a talented footballer, he quickly adapted to the squad, in a short time and scored several goals.

One of the top facts about is that Youssef En-Nesyri has experienced quite a good season for Sevilla. He was signed from Leganes in January 2020, the Morocco international has netted 22 goals in all tournaments this term, which is already double his previous highest tally over a single season.

Youssef En-Nesyri has scored all different types of goals, from adaptable finishes to strikes bludgeoned through goalkeepers and moments of encouragement. This is a football player whose different qualities make a Swiss army knife look one dimensional in comparison.

Youssef En-Nesyri's link to Premier League clubs

One of the facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is that although he is 23-years old, it’s no wonder that Premier League teams are beginning to attract him. Liverpool and Manchester United are said to be monitoring the Youssef En-Nesyri, but the strongest interest has come from West Ham United.

The Hammers were futile with a £27million offer in January – which was considered “unsatisfactory” by Sevilla sporting director Monchi – and are expected to repeat their interest over the summer.

With West Ham United have an old reputation as a graveyard for strikers, plenty will be doubting whether the club would be walking into another luxurious trap after being seduced by the latest striker in form.

Youssef En-Nesyri playing style

In general, Youssef En-Nesyri is used to attracting a lot of doubters. With exceptional abilities but no associated first team, Youssef En-Nesyri moved to La Liga team Malaga five years later. 

Youssef En-Nesyri’s athleticism impressed managers, but they were reservations about his first touch and decision making. As he was more reserved than the mediocre football player, concerns were also raised over whether he had the vital application to become a success.

But Youssef En-Nesyri earned himself a move to Leganes, then Sevilla. According to The Guardian‘s Sid Lowe, writing in January 2021, there were many people who had not even been that regretful to see him leave Malaga for Leganes. Currently there are doubts about him heading from there to Sevilla.

The Guardian writer said, “Many considered him limited technically, a man with a heavy touch who missed as many chances as he scored, €20million seemed high to them.”

And when the Moroccan was presented with a golden opportunity to win the European Super Cup final against Bayern Munich in September, but he could not lift the cup. Tears followed and the critics seemed justified in their doubts.

In 2020/2021 season Youssef En-Nesyri has attacked with the hunger of a man eager to show every single one of those pessimists wrong. He scored a hat-trick against Real Sociedad in January then another one was followed in the match against Cadiz two weeks later.

And when presented with another hat-trick, this time in the match against Getafe, the outcome was never in any doubt.

Another issue is the capacity of human beings to self-sabotage. And you can be sure the miss against Bayern was at the forefront of Youssef En-Nesyri’s mind when sent through by midfielder Fernando.

When a football player has self-confidence he is already halfway up the mountain. For example, as Getafe goalkeeper Ruben Yanez rushed out to prevent him from scoring a goal, the striker showed the subtlest tricks, shifted the ball onto his left foot and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Yes, Sevilla were already two goals up by this point and the stakes were substantially lower than his Super Cup miss. But it was simply further proof that El-Nesyri is a person ready to answer any questions his doubters may have of him with determination, hard work and no little skill.

These qualities in goalscoring prove that he can be one of the best African players in European leagues.

The most personal side of En-Nesyri

One of the top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is that according to the information on his social pages, he is not married. As it is suggested by his Instagram page and his celebrations on the pitch, Youssef En-Nesyri is a religious Muslim.

In the last days of the last season, in the Roberto Arrocha program a Balon Parado, the Moroccan striker commented on his birthplace and childhood, all despite not being fascinated by interviews: “I don't like interviews very much. the CD Leganés I only gave one or two ”.

As it was mentioned before, one of the facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is that at the age of 12, Youssef En-Nesyri went to La Academia, where, coincidentally, he played a match against Sevilla FC: “The Academy played against Málaga,Sevilla and Almería in a tournament”.

Although his departure from his own country meant that he was temporarily separated from his family, but the player is clear about the difficulty of achieving a dream: “If you have a head you will endure, if you want to go far you will endure. Every dream is complicated, you have to work and be good people”. "I am very familiar with this situation, family comes first," added the Moroccan football player.

Youssef En-Nesyri route to success

Right after playing in the tournament against the three Andalusian teams already named, Malaga CF took an interest in Youssef En-Nesyri. As he said, “After those games, Malaga CF came to see me. When you go up from Morocco to Europe it is different”.

Despite the fact that his signing for Malaga club which was at the La Liga 2 was “important” for him to start his professional career, Youssef En-Nesyri can remember another key moment, saying, “The second important time was when I went up to train with the rest of the team in preseason”.

Youssef En-Nesyri confessed that his beginning was difficult, but the work made him get to where he is today now. Regarding his effort, Arrocha showed him the image of his goal against Spain in the World Cup and was satisfied with the difficulty that it entailed: “Scoring in the first division is difficult, but scoring in a World Cup match and above all in the first World Cup that I played is more difficult”.

Youssef En-Nesyri stay at Sevilla FC

One of the top facts about Youssef En-Nesyri is that the striker quickly adapted to the squad of Julen Lopetegui in Sevilla. To some extent, it was possible thanks to the collaboration of Bono, who sent him a message to which Youssef En-Nesyri responded very gratefully, “I think he is a good partner, he has helped me a lot. When I am in other teams he sends me greetings and gives me advice”. "Bono is like my brother, " concluded the Moroccan football player. Also, if any fan had doubts about his goal celebration , it is dedicated to a Moroccan boy who lives in Algeciras.

At an interview, Youssef En-Nesyri thanked the Sevilla fans for the treatment received during these months: “I thank the fans. They have followed me and have given me condense to score goals and play for Sevilla FC ”.

Youssef En-Nesyri achievements


  • UEFA Europa League in 2019–20

  • UEFA Super Cup runner-up in 2020


  • Leganes Player of the Season in 2018–19

  • La Liga Player of the Month in January 2021


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