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Top facts about Wesley Fofana, The Rock

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most intriguing top facts about Wesley Fofana; so without further ado, let's buckle up for the long ride ahead.

Wesley Fofana is a French professional footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Leicester City and the France national under-21 team in the position of a defender.

He is often known with the nickname of “The Rock” on the basis of his remarkable mastery to resist pressure, leaving absolutely no room for opposition players. Back in his early days as he was just six years old, he started his youth career with Repos Vitrolles.

He went through a nomadic youth career as he trained under a chunk of various academies including Bassin Minier, Pennes Mirabeau, Bel Air, and finally Saint-Étienne in 2015, where he went on to complete his development phase.

After a few years later in 2018, he got contracted his first professional deal with them, and just a year later, he made his debut for Les Verts’ first team in a 3-0 win over OGC Nice in Ligue 1.

With his stellar performance, he made huge impressions at the State Geoffroy-Guichard during his debut season, as he played in 24 games for ASSE. He also took part in the French Cup final but AS Saint-Étienne succumbed to


by the solitary goal.

As an aggressive defender who is not only quick across the pitch but also superb in the air, he succeeded to attract the eyes of clubs around Europe as his immense talent took their interest.

Therefore in the summer of 2020 Premier League club, Leicester City tabled a massive €35 million bid which was conducive to our footballer transfer to England so as to play for The Foxes.

Hopefully, it didn’t take him long to mollify doubters on foreign soil, as he starred in the Foxes 1-0 away victory over


, winning widespread praise for keeping The Gunners at bay.

Top facts about Wesley Fofana that you might want to know

With a tender age of 20 years old, Wesely Fofana has made his name as one of the most sparkling defenders of his generation, as he destroyed attackers’ careers, and proved himself indispensable in Brendan Rodgers‘ plans for the King Power outfit.

There is no other defender this season who has managed to establish himself as one of the best just in the blink of an eye. He has played his part in leading the Foxes into regular top four contenders, fighting for Champions League qualification.


top facts about Wesley Fofana

, it is spectacular to mention that he has Leicester’s

Hamza Choudhury

’s level of aggression along with Ndidi's levels of success in tackling. He has been tremendous in this respect.

He has been fantastic all season, utterly deserving his Team of the Season inclusion. If he does not remain at Leicester for a long run, he would certainly get contracted with the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, or

Manchester City

Wesley Fofana facts in brief


  • Full name

    : Wesley Fofana

  • Nickname

    : Wes, The rock

General information

  • Date of birth

    : December 17th, 2000

  • Place of birth

    : Marseille, France

  • Religion

    : Islam

  • Age

    : 20

  • Nationality

    : French

  • Hobbies

    : vacationing, swimming, playing video games

  • Zodiac

    : Sagittarius

Physical status

  • Length

    : 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

  • Weight

    : 76kg, 168lb

Football information

  • Current team

    : Leicester City

  • Position

    : centre back, Defender

  • Number

    : 3

  • Traits

    : Aerial Prowess

  • Foot

    : Right

  • Outfitter

    : Adidas

Wesley Fofana childhood

Wesley Fofana was born on the 17th day of December 2000 in the city of Marseille, located in southeastern France. As one of the top facts about Wesley Fofana, it is fascinating to note that he is the 4th child out of 6 children born to the union between his parents.

His parents have Ivorian family roots, so he is a Marseille native with African roots, while it has been stated that some members of his family have Malian heritage too.

Wesley Fofana childhood

was spent as he grew up in his birth city as a fan of Marseille, while the southern part of the city is home to Stade Velodrome, therefore children who grow up there are just one kick away from becoming football enthusiasts.

He began his journey in football when he was only 6 years old as he started playing competitive soccer with lower leagues sides including Repos Vitrolles, Bassin Minier, Pennes Mirabeau and Bel Air.

Among his spans with all those clubs in his youth career, he cherishes his time at Bel Air as he once suggested that playing with them gave him the best memories of his early years in football.

Then when he became a part of


's youth system in 2015, he was hopeful that the club would help him rise to stardom while he also had mentors in the club like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who were a big source of inspiration for him.

Hense, his rise through the ranks was seamless, as he was thoroughly prepared for his professional debut for the club in May 2019.

Wesley Fofana family

Although Fofana’s family were among the worst middle-class citizens, right from the onset his journey through football was not a rags-to-riches story. Because Fofana has always been into football for the mere reason of passion and not for business and financial achievements.

Notwithstanding having French nationality, some speculated he belongs to a region of the West African population who are living in Ivory Coast.

Regardless of differences among footballers, whether they are popular or underrated, ups or down, right or wrong, they all have a special set of people whom they wig out, stick out, bug out, pop out, hop out, ball out and show out for footballers and it is crystal clear that they are their parents and siblings.

Although there is not much information about his parents, he once gave a glimpse into the fact that how much he gets unfailing supports from his family for instance they were quite contented with the decisions he took for career advancement and mental health.

Keep your fingers crossed as he is yet to unravel information about his parents with the upcoming interviews that he grants. As it was mentioned in the earlier section, Fofana is the 4th out of 6 children born to his mom and dad.

But their nominal names and specific data about them are not available in any source, therefore we do not know exactly who are his siblings. Likewise, his maternal and paternal grandparents and ancestors are not yet clearly known. Respectively he has not revealed much about his uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Wesley Fofana professional career


top facts about Wesley Fofana

, when he moved through the youth ranks of the French football system, he turned into one of the most incredible prospects in Ligue 1.

As a potent and devoted defender of the ball, his style of play was formulated across numerous academies either near to his birth city of Marseille, or up to the north of France and back down again before finally settling in Saint-Étienne.

Whereas the central-eastern city of Saint-Étienne is famous for its arts and history, its football club has been gradually acquiring a reputation for generating some of the most highly-rated young defenders in the modern game.

In 2006, Fofana spent two years at SC Repos Vitrolles, and after spending a further two years at ES Mining Basin he went through JS Des Pennes Mirabeau for a year while it was followed by four years at SC Air Bel, based in Marseille.

In July 2015, he headed to Saint-Étienne, as he first representing Saint-Étienne II before making a breakthrough into the senior set up in 2019 which is the same year he won the Gambardella Cup with the Under-19s side after a 2-0 win over


in April.

But his career at Saint-Étienne had already gathered pace a year prior on 15 May 2018 when he got contracted his first professional deal with Sainté, as 368 days later on 18 May 2019, his first-team debut followed in a 3–0 Ligue 1 win over



At the age of 18, Fofana came off the bench to be a substitute for the injured Pierre Yves Polomat just 20 minutes into a crunch clash with OGC Nice as they went gunning for a top-four finish and eventually qualification for the UEFA Europa League.

A brace of goals from Robert Berić stole the headlines in a 3-0 win, but it appeared to make a phenomenal moment for Fofana, as he finally made his senior bow in Ligue 1, after spending a twisting nomadic youth career.

His first start followed in a clash with Angers just six days later, and when he appeared 20 times in all competitions, including putting away a maiden goal for the Club against Nice in December 2019, he helped the club retain its top-flight status.

Then a further four appearances have followed as Fofana secured three clean sheets for his side ahead of his switch to Leicester City. Afterwards, Fofana joined Premier League club Leicester City on 2 October 2020, making a five-year deal. Reportedly, the transfer fee paid to Saint-Étienne was indicated to be up to £36.5 million.

He also featured in the great FA Cup final game as Leicester City won the trophy for the first time in their history with victory 1-0 over


at Wembley.

He spectacularly was honoured to win Leicester City's Young Player of the Season award on 21 May 2021, according to the vote of the club's supporters.

But unfortunately on 4 August 2021, in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal, he underwent a broken leg after a challenge by Fer Niño. Besides it is notable to suggest that he represented his national side U21 team three times.

Wesley Fofana personal life

In regard to

top facts about Wesley Fofana

, it is fascinating to suggest that, outside the pitch, he has not that much roughness and seriousness as in the pitch in so far as he always flashes his audience a charming smile, a feature that is easily noticeable through his posture in images.

Likewise, his life is not bereft of fun and happiness as he avails himself of vacations while he takes huge delight in taking photos right close to pools. Moreover, he enjoys playing video games when indoors, among other entertainments that make up his interest and hobbies.

As he started to become a true shining light in the Premier League, the curiosity of the fans has been raised in quest of discovering if there is any female presence in his life.

Given his tender age, it seems that he is not involved in romance yet as he is thoroughly plying his trade in English football. Therefore he is just single and tends to somewhat secure a spot for himself at Leicester so as to a decade of top-flight soccer smiles upon him.

Besides, he doesn't seem to have any kind of tattoos inked on his skin, but at the moment he is just 20 years old, and chunks of new experiences in his football career and personal life is yet to come.

In case of the place he is currently residing in, one can suggest that he left his home country in the summer of 2020, as he travelled to English shores to get contracted with Premier League club

Leicester City

. The King Power Stadium would be the house of our football genius for the foreseeable future.

Wesley Fofana net worth and Transfer market status

As far as the top facts about Wesley Fofana are concerned, it is amazing to indicate that in October 2020 he got contracted with Leicester City that saw him gain a whopping salary of 3 Million Euro (2.7 Million Pound) annually.

His multi-million-year contract with The Foxes has made

Wesley Fofana net worth

balloon to an estimated amount of 15 Million Euros (13.3 Million Pound).

Recognized as a qualified player with immense talent and likely one of the next generation's premier centre backs, his current market value went through the roof as it reached its highest amount of €40.00m.

Undoubtedly by the moment, he is swimming in wealth but when it comes to the way he makes and spends his money, we can note that aside from his football profession which he has already shown numerous stellar performance, he also has gained much profit from the endorsements and sponsorship that has led him to have a  luxurious lifestyle.

With his recent move to Premier League, you can't even imagine how many times his earnings have mounted up. But by looking at the rising steep slope of his market value you might probably take a hint.

By the same token, as a defender, he has managed to appear 38 times at his current club and played a total amount of 3.084 minutes as he has provided one assist in his football profession for them.

Giving his tender age and how much he has shown devotedness in his profession, if he continues with the same prowess he has showcased so far, possibly the sky is the limit for our young football sensation.

Wesley Fofana social media

In the last part of our top facts about Wesley Fofana, we can suggest that his activity on Twitter and Instagram is very conspicuous. So in terms of

Wesley Fofana social media

activity, with his account under the username of 


he has racked up around 264 thousand followers while his posts are in line with his football passion.

In these platforms, before his move to Leicester City, there came some foreshadowing about his transfer to the club. After that his leaving from social media platforms, he reactivated his Twitter and Instagram accounts while he was following the official account of Leicester City and the account of centre-back Caglar Soyuncu.

He also tweeted emojis of an hourglass and a plane, as he had written ‘En Attente’, which translates as ‘Waiting’, in his bio.

He also came to the spotlight, as he thanked the Premier League, Crystal Palace and keeper Vicente Guaita for allowing him to break his Ramadan fast during the game against the Eagles in the 2021 season.


Wesley Fofana religion

is Islam he abstains from food and drink in daylight hours during the month of Ramazan, so Eagles keeper Guaita waited to take a goal-kick just after the half-hour mark in the game against the Foxes, so as to let Fofana take in some liquids on the touchline before returning to play.

The brief delay for when there was a normal break in play was agreed in the captain's meeting prior to the game and Fofana expressed "that's what makes football wonderful" in a social media post.

Likewise, Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana, in a 1_0 victory over Chelsea used the occasion of the FA cup triumph to show solidarity with the Palestinian people in pursuit of the recent Palestine-Israel crisis which led to the death of 61 innocent Palestinian children. In case myou are interested to know more about Hamza Choudhury, you can take a look at the

Top facts about Hamza Choudhury, first British-Asian FA Cup winner

as well.

In the same way, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny shared a post on his social media accounts for the sake of showing his support to Palestine while he mentioned Wesley Fofana and Hamza Choudhury and the official account of Leicester City.


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