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Top facts about Florent Malouda, the hardworking attacker

Sun 27 June 2021 | 4:30

Florent Malouda is a French football coach and former professional player who played as a left winger and spent most of his career at Lyon and Chelsea. Read on to find out more facts about Florent Malouda.

Florent Johan Malouda (born 13 June 1980) is a retired competitive soccer forward and manager in France.

Florent Malouda’s age

is 41. Here we take a look at some of the most important facts about Florent Malouda, the former star.

Retired French international Florent Malouda spent a lot of his club career in the colors of

Olympique Lyon

in France and Premier League giants Chelsea.

Malouda was a France international from 2004 until 2012, appearing in 80 matches for Les Bleus, including two FIFA World Cups and two European Tournaments. He was a member of the French squad that advanced to the World Cup final in 2006. In 2017, he represented French Guiana, his native country.

Florent Malouda won three FA Cups, one Champions League, one Premier League and the Community Shield during his time at the club before becoming a Hero of the Indian Super League.

Top facts about Florent Malouda:

The first

fact about Florent Malouda

is that he served the most of his tenure as a left winger with Lyon and

Chelsea

, earning 4 successive Ligue 1 championships with the first and the UEFA Champions League with the second among other accolades.

Florent Malouda early life

Malouda was raised in the French Guiana city of Cayenne. Speaking about

Florent Malouda’s childhood

, he said in an interview, “It was essentially a family affair. My father was a football player, my mother was a football player in French Guiana, and I was a football player as long back as I can remember. My mother informed me that my first present was a football, so I suppose I was born gifted as well.”

In his adolescent years, he began as a street player, but with time, he developed into an intriguing talent, capable of penetrating defenses with his creative expertise and tactical flexibility. Malouda quickly piqued the attention of scouts from Châteauroux in France, and he went to Paris to join the squad.

The fact about Florent Malouda is that he was able to finish his education and play professional soccer despite the challenges of being away from his family in French Guiana. Malouda played 57 games with Châteauroux, making his professional debut in Ligue 2 at the age of 16 years old. In his second game for the club, he was also sent off.

Florent Malouda personal life

lorent Malouda has 5 children: Kelys (born in 2001), Satya (born in 2003), Aaron (born in 2005), Flora (born in 2010), Thalya (born in 2015) with Florencia Garcez De Souza. The couple are divorced now.

Florent Malouda was especially dedicated to developing young players in French Guiana throughout his active years. In 2009, he established the "One Love" foundation to help them financially. He spent his 2009/10 season bonuses buying vehicles for local football teams.

His brother Lesly Malouda is also a professional footballer and plays as a midfielder. He plays in Ligue 1 at Dijon FCO. On the May 28, 2011 Florent Malouda announced to have become a minority shareholder of the club Dijon FCO among thirty entrepreneurs, he was the first France player that had done it until then.

The FCO is also launching a program that will assist young players who are attempting to establish themselves in France, making their initial steps simpler and smoothing the path.

When asked about which club he prefers his son to play for, he answered: “He currently performs for Chelsea, but he'll be in the Academy wherever I go. When I see him, I remember myself when I was younger; he just enjoys playing football. We have a hard time keeping him from kicking the ball around the house, but he doesn't damage anything, so it's not a major issue. His football is his most prized possession.”

Florent Malouda professional career

Florent Malouda had a successful career in the

Premier League

in the colours of Chelsea whom he joined in the summer of 2007. The 40-year-old signed for Chelsea from French giants Lyon. The Blues were said to have paid £13m to sign him from Lyon.

Florent Malouda made his debut for Chelsea in the 2007 Community Shield loss to

Manchester United

. He was on target as Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after the two clubs had played out a 1-1 draw.

Florent Malouda club career

Following Châteauroux's failure to earn a Ligue 1 spot, Malouda was recruited by top level side Guingamp. His ability was first recognized in French pro soccer at Guingamp. Malouda showed his talent and established a partnership with Didier Drogba, whom he would eventually follow to Chelsea, under the guidance of coach Guy Lacombe.

Lyon

Malouda's outstanding performances at Guingamp drew the attention of French giant Olympique Lyonnais, who decided to sign him after winning his second consecutive title in the 2002–03 season.

Malouda proved himself as a starter on a solid squad that included stars like Juninho, Michael Essien, Grégory Coupet, and Mahamadou Diarra. He was called up by the

French national team

for the 2006 FIFA World Cup due to his outstanding performance.

The fact about Florent Malouda is that he continued to stand out in the 2006–07 season, with great performances in Ligue 1. On August 26 he had a great performance in the 4-1 rout against

Nice

: just 4 minutes into the second half, Malouda took advantage of Tiago's cross and tied the game. On minute 22, it was midfielder's turn to serve Karim Benzema, who had just entered.

On October 9, he renewed with Lyon until 2011. Already on November 21, after the tie at 2-2 against Real Madrid, the group stage of the Champions League, Malouda was voted player of the game.

At the end of the season, Lyon won the sixth consecutive title in Ligue 1 and Malouda was elected the star of the championship, succeeding teammate Juninho. In the dispute, he beat the right-wing Kader Keita, from Lille, the center forward Johan Elmander, from Toulouse, and defensive midfielder Seydou Keita, from Lens.

After Chelsea,

Liverpool

and Real Madrid expressed interest in his signing, in May Malouda confirmed his desire to leave Lyon.

Chelsea

The 8 of July 2007, the president of the Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas announced that Lyon had accepted an undisclosed bid, rumored to be about $ 13 million from the Chelsea. Chelsea later officially revealed that Malouda would be traveling to London on July 9 for a medical test and to discuss personal terms.

Malouda seemed destined to join Liverpool, until Premiership rivals Chelsea intervened, and the opportunity to play for the Reds vanished. At 7pm on the same day, Malouda officially signed a three-year contract with the club. He was given the jersey number 15.

The coach of the Chelsea, Jose Mourinho described Malouda as a mature player and proved he was ready for the challenge of adapting to the rapid pace of English football, and hinted that Malouda replaced the Dutch winger

Arjen Robben

.

The fact about Florent Malouda is that in his first game with Chelsea, a pre-season friendly against the Mexican team Club América, Malouda scored the equalizer and assisted John Terry for Chelsea's winning goal that he won 2-1.

Malouda made his competitive debut for Chelsea against Manchester United in the 2007 Community Shield, on August 5, 2007 in a 1-1 draw, despite Chelsea losing on penalties, he scored in what was an impressive display.

Malouda started against

Birmingham City

on August 12 at left wing, a position previously taken by Arjen Robben and Joe Cole. Malouda scored Chelsea's second goal in the 3-2 win, before being replaced by Steve Sidwell in the 83rd minute.

On August 19, in a match against Liverpool in the Premier League he awarded a penalty. Replays of the incident indicated Malouda had relied on the defense of the Liverpool, Jamie Carragher, after trying to leave to attend the ball Didier Drogba. The penalty kick was awarded to the rivals and Frank Lampard scored.

Referee Rob was eliminated from next week's Premier League matches as a result of this incident and some controversial decisions by others during the game. He scored against Schalke 04 in his first Champions League playing for Chelsea, putting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper

Manuel Neuer

after turning his marker Rafinha Alcantara.

On January 23, Malouda assisted Joe Cole with a long pass to score against Everton in the Carling Cup, Chelsea won 3-1 on aggregate. Malouda scored his second goal in the penultimate game of the season in the Premier League against Newcastle United, with the assistance of Samuel Scicluna. Malouda finished his first season in English football, scoring two goals and one assist in the league.

The important

fact about Florent Malouda

is that he scored his first two goals with Luiz Felipe Scolari against French team Girondins de Bordeaux in the Champions League group stage on September 16, 2008, and in the FA Cup third round against Portsmouth. Both games were 4-0 victories for Chelsea. His first goal of the season came against Middlesbrough in a 5-0 win. The Frenchman scored the decisive second goal in the 2-0 win against Newcastle United.

Malouda then played one of his best games for Chelsea in a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, assisting Branislav Ivanovic and Didier Drogba for goals. He scored the fourth goal in a famous 4-1 win over Arsenal which was the biggest loss in the league at home for 38 years, this being his 50th Premier League game for the Blues. The next game in the Premier League was against

Blackburn Rovers

.

He scored the first goal of the match with a very well executed header. In the 2009 FA Cup final against Everton, he played a pivotal role in Chelsea's 2-1 victory, assisting Didier Drogba, but he was later denied a superb goal when his 36-yard shot hit the bottom of the crossbar, which on replay showed that it crossed the line. Malouda impressively in the last half of the season was solicited by the interest of big teams like FC Barcelona and

AC Milan

.

On June 23, 2009, Malouda proved his loyalty by signing a new four-year agreement with Chelsea that would keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2013. Since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in 2009/2010, a season in that Malouda had found himself playing in a more central role to the left of Ancelotti's preferred diamond formation in midfield.

On September 12, 2009 against Stoke City he scored the winning goal in the 94th minute to get Chelsea's three points. On October 4, 2009, Malouda scored the final goal in a 2-0 win over Liverpool. Malouda continued his fine form by scoring the second goal in a 4-0 win over

Bolton Wanderers

in the Carling Cup. On November 3, 2009, Malouda made his 100th appearance for Chelsea in a Champions League match against Atlético de Madrid.

On November 21, 2009, Malouda scored the first goal in a 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came in the 4th minute and from 25 yards. On December 25, 2009 Malouda was sent off for the first time this season for a warning on Stephen Carr in a league game against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

On January 16, Malouda scored a goal against Sunderland in a 7-2 victory. In a Premier League match against West Ham United, Florent Malouda was voted man of the match, making 16 passes, two of which resulted in assists and scoring a goal. Malouda scored twice against Portsmouth on March 24, in a match won by Chelsea 5-0. On March 27, Malouda scored two more goals against

Aston Villa

in the match that Chelsea won with a score of 7-1.

Another fact about Florent Malouda is that in Chelsea's biggest game of the 2009-10 Premier League campaign against title rival Manchester United, Malouda was instrumental in creating the first goal of the match. By evading Valencia and Fletcher on their way to the penalty area, Malouda was able to deliver a pass from Joe Cole, who redirects the ball with his heel back passing through Edwin van der Sar.

Malouda was one of the standby players in the league during 2009-10. He was not included in the squad of the season, despite an impressive compilation of 12 goals and 8 assists. Overall, he scored 15 goals and provided 15 assists during the 2009-10 season. He finished 12th top scorer in the Premier League on the season, alongside Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

On January 24, 2011, Malouda scored in the 41st minute against Bolton Wanderers at Reebok Stadium., in a 4-0 victory for Chelsea in a game in which they completed 90 minutes. On April 20, 2011 he scored 2 goals in the match against Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge, starting from a 3-1 victory.

As of May 2011, he had scored 41 goals in 179 games in all competitions since his debut in 2007. Florent was also widely known for his hairstyle changes. During the Premier League in the 2010-11 season, he was Chelsea's league scorer, with a total of 13 goals, ahead of the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

Following speculation about his future, Malouda spoke at a press conference after a Eurocup qualifying match between France against

Albania

, being 31 years old, he insisted he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge until the next World Cup.

As captain of France, He said, "I have always been clear in my decisions, it will be very difficult for them to remove me from my club." I still have two more years of contract with Chelsea. My goal is to extend for one year until the 2014 Soccer World Cup. That hasn't changed, and it's not going to change tonight."

Trabzonspor

Malouda agreed to a two-year deal with Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig on July 17, 2013. The contract was said to be worth €2.5 million each season. On November 1, 2013, he netted 2 strikes in a 3–1 victory versus Kayseri Erciyesspor at the Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium.

Metz

The fact about Florent Malouda is that he returned to Ligue 1 after 7 years away, signing for

Metz

on September 12, 2014, after being dismissed by Trabzonspor.

Delhi Dynamos

Malouda joined Roberto Carlos' Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League on August 23, 2015. He appeared in every game for the Dynamos in the 2015 Indian Super League, as they advanced to the playoff semi-finals.

Malouda signed a six-month loan agreement with Egyptian Premier League club Wadi Degla on January 29, 2016, enabling him to continue playing and staying healthy throughout the Indian off-season. He made 18 appearances for his new club, helping them to the Egyptian cup quarter-finals and a fifth-place finish in the league, barely missing out on CAF Confederation Cup qualifying.

Malouda returned to the Dynamos in time for the Indian Super League season in 2016. Before departing the club in July 2017, he spent the most of the season as captain, leading them to another playoff semi-final appearance.

Differdange 03

Malouda reached a deal with Luxembourg National League Club FC Differdange 03 until the conclusion of the campaign on January 25, 2018, after being without a team for almost six months. Injuries limited his playing time in

Luxembourg

, where he appeared five times and assisted three goals as his side finished fifth in the league and advanced to the Luxembourg Cup semi-finals.

Florent Malouda international career

Malouda earned his France debut in a game versus

Poland

on November 17, 2004. He subsequently became a fixture in the team, netting his first strike for his nation versus Hungary on May 31, 2005.

Another

fact about Florent Malouda

is that he was called up to the final team after playing nearly the entire 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification round for France. Malouda proceeded to participate in the competition, when the French were defeated by Italy on penalties in the finals. In that match, he earned a penalty for France, which Zinedine Zidane scored.

Malouda scored a goal against host country South Africa on June 22, 2010, at the 2010 World Cup. The match concluded in a 2–1 loss for South Africa. It was France's lone goal in the group stage before they were ousted in last place after drawing 0–0 with Uruguay and losing 2–0 to

Mexico

.

The fact about Florent Malouda is that while the former captain, Patrice Evra, was serving a five-game punishment, Malouda was given the captaincy in France's first UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers versus Belarus on September 3, 2010. Les Bleus suffered a dismal 1–0 loss in their debut encounter under new coach Laurent Blanc.

Malouda scored his team's second goal in a 2–1 defeat over Germany in February 2012, latching on to a pass from teammate replacement Morgan Amalfitano. Malouda scored his tenth international goal in a 2–0 friendly loss against Serbia on May 31, scoring from the outside of the box to increase France's lead. Malouda was included to France's 23-man team for the Euro 2012 final phases in Poland and Ukraine.

After a five-year suspension from the French team, Malouda was allowed to play for his native country, a non-FIFA organization. He was selected to the initial French Guiana roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup in June 2017 and made his debut in a friendly against Barbados.

Florent Malouda was deemed ineligible for the Gold Cup since the championship's CONCACAF regulations follow FIFA eligibility criteria, and Malouda is still cap-tied to France. Despite this, Malouda was chosen to start French Guiana's Gold Cup match versus Honduras on July 11, 2017, which ended in a forfeit after a 0–0 draw.

Florent Malouda quotes

Speaking about whether his son is playing better than him when he was at his age, he once said: “I hope so; I don't recall how excellent I was at that age, but he is very gifted and passionate about the sport, which is the most essential factor.

I'm not trying to force him to become a professional player since anything may happen, but for now, he enjoys the game. I'm in charge of it since he follows a lot of my matches. He's also seven years old.”

When he initially shared a locker room with Didier Drogba, he claims he was just a mouthy unknown. “Didier came to Guingamp during the winter transfer window,” Malouda said. “We were in a bit of a pickle and had to recruit a player to keep the club afloat.

The management took a chance on Didier since "no one knew who he was. Who is Didier Drogba? they inquired. What sport does he participate in? Is it for Le Mans? But he isn't even a member of their team. So, we did some research and discovered that the man was a Division Two replacement.”

“Then the boy appeared in the locker room. He didn't have long hair back then, but his views were the same as they are today. Imagine someone showing up in a team in crisis, when everyone thinks he's a noob, and immediately acting like a commander, ordering us we had to do this and that.

‘He has the airs of a star,' said one of the team's veterans. He has to pass himself off as someone else.” Before Jose Mourinho signed them both for Chelsea, Malouda went to Lyon and Drogba to

Marseille

.

The intimate life they both had while playing for Guingamp mirrors their understanding on the field in games. “There isn't much to do in Guingamp, so our families got together,” Malouda remembers. “Didier was a younger man, but he already had a family.

I shared the same interests as you, so we were on the same page. We aided each other and developed a genuine friendship over time. Because he didn't have a driver's license, I put him in my car.”

When asked about how he found out that the position he chose was the best for him, Malouda said, “When I first began playing grassroots football, there were no positions; everyone played everywhere, but I've always enjoyed scoring goals, so I was more of an attacking player.

However, when you want to win or play, you may find yourself in situations that you don't want to be in. That's who I am, and it's always been that way throughout my career; I've played nearly every position.”

Florent Malouda social media

Regarding

Florent Malouda social media

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

@fmalouda

) with 133k followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him during personal activities, and of course, his son playing soccer.

Florent Malouda has a Twitter account (

@realflorentm

) with more than 500K followers. He often posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Florent Malouda body measurements

Speaking about

Florent Malouda body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the French former star is 6 ft 0 in (177 cm) and weighs 160 lbs (73 kg).

Florent Malouda net worth and salary

Florent Malouda’s net worth is expected to be about $5.5 Million. reports indicate that Malouda's reluctance to leave Chelsea for a lesser salary in favor of remaining for the last year of his £80,000-per-week deal enraged the club's management.

According to reports, Malouda wanted to go, but his exorbitant salary prevented him from joining Brazilian side Santos or previous club Lyon, so the club hung him out to dry, making him to practice with the Under-21 side.

A fact about

Florent Malouda’s net worth

is that aside from his football earnings, he has amassed a fortune from private partnerships for major brands such as Puma. It should be noted that right now he is working as a FIFA ambassador and certainly makes good money by doing this.

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