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Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti, Big Sam

Wed 06 October 2021 | 19:30

A comprehensive account of the French defender concerning his on and off the field lifestyle in our Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

Sportmob brings you the real story of a great defender who goes by the nickname "Big Sam."

Our Samuel Umtiti Early Biography and Untold Facts provides you with a comprehensive description of significant events from his childhood to the present.

His personal background before celebrity, his family life, and several Facts about his private life (little known) are all part of the writing.

He is a strong and solid defender, as everyone knows. However, only a select few fans are familiar with Samuel Umtiti's interesting backstory which we have gathered using multiple websites.

Umtiti is a rangy left-footed central defender recognized for his physical resilience, anticipation, speed, ability in the air, and tackling, as well as his distribution, technique, and skill on the ball, which allows him to carry the ball out of the defense or start attacking plays from the back with his passing.

Sam Marsden, an ESPN FC journalist, lauded Umtiti's game reading, timing, and risk-taking in 2018, predicting that he may lead Barcelona's defence for the next five to ten years. He said:

“As well as reading the game as if it was a children’s book, timing his challenges to the millisecond and putting his body on the line in the name of a block, [Umtiti] is a daring defender. […] He takes risks, feeding the ball between the lines, and rarely picks the wrong option.”

Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti you need to know

Here is a couple of quick facts about the footballer to get started on knowing him.

Quick Facts

  • Full Name:

     Samuel Yves Um Titi

  • Nicknames:

     Big Sam

  • Date of Birth:

     14 November 1993

  • Place of Birth:

     Yaounde, Cameroon

  • Age:

     27

  • Nationality:

     French

  • Height:

     1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Weight:

     75 kg

  • Marital Status:

     Unmarried

  • Girlfriend: 

    Alexandra Dulauroy (Not Confirmed)

  • Position:

     Center-back

  • Current Team:

     Barcelona

  • Jersey Number:

     23

Net Worth:

 

34 Million Euro or 31.1 Million Pound (According to WTfoot)

Samuel Umtiti Upbringing Years and Family Roots

Samuel Yves Umtiti was born in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital city, on November 14th, 1993. Mrs. Annie Ngo Um, his mother, and an unknown father gave birth to him.

Yaounde is Cameroon's capital and, after Douala, the country's second-largest city, with a population of more than 2.8 million people.

It is located in the nation's Center Region at an elevation of approximately 750 meters (2,500 feet) above sea level.

During World War I, Belgian forces from the Congo captured Yaounde.

Following Imperial Germany's defeat in that war, France took over eastern Cameroon as a League of Nations mission, and Yaounde was chosen as the colony's capital in 1922.

Douala had historically been the more prominent city, but due to the cocoa crisis and turmoil along the coast, Yaounde grew rapidly after 1957.

After the Republic of Cameroon gained independence, it retained its status as the country's capital.

Samuel Umtiti grew up in a poor family. In order to survive, his parents entrusted their boy to a relative, who brought him to France in search of a better life, one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

He was only two years old at the time of the occurrence. Umtiti grew up in a large family of Cameroonian immigrants in France.

That same year, 1995, France and the rest of the globe were stunned by Roger Miller and his

Cameroonian team

's dominance on the world stage. This gave Cameroonian immigrants in France a push.

The Cameroonian team's triumph had an impact on black immigrants in France.

The development of the golden 1993 generation of immigrant footballers like Samuel Umtiti,

Paul Pogba

, Raphael Varane, Romelu Lukaku, and others was mainly due to this, another one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

Samuel Umtiti Career Buildout

In the mid-nineteenth century, a large number of black children in France joined football clubs, and Samuel Umtiti was one of them.

His mother instilled in him the value of hard work as a child, telling him that if he ever wanted to be someone in life, he needed to push himself harder than the rest.

In 1998, there was yet another increase in the number of immigrant footballers dominating French football.

Zinedine Zidane

was the best of them all, thanks to his outstanding performance at the 1998 World Cup.

Samuel Umtiti was inspired to join Menival FC in Lyon, France, after witnessing this.

After seeing him transcend Menival's football ranks, scouts from Lyon became interested in him.

Samuel Umtiti Path to Prominence

Umtiti started the Lyon academy as a forward when he was eight years old, progressing through the ranks to midfield position and finally defense.

On August 16, 2011, Samuel was named to his first

Lyon

squad, however, he was an unused replacement as the team overcame Rubin Kazan 3–1 in the first leg of the Champions League play-off round.

On January 8, 2012, he made his professional debut for the club, playing the entire game in a 3–1 win over local rivals Lyon-Duchere in the Coupe de France.

He made his Ligue 1 debut six days later, playing the full game in a 1–0 away loss to Montpellier. In his first season, Umtiti made a total of 18 appearances across all competitions.

The 19 year old became a more regular member of Lyon's first team in the 2012–13 season, one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

He scored his first career goal against Troyes on January 12, 2013, in a 2–1 away win. He scored two goals in 32 appearances throughout all competitions that season.

Umtiti was a France youth international, having played for the country from the age of 17 to 21. He was a key player of the French team that won the U-20 World Cup for the first time in 2013.

However, due to a red card received in the semi-final against Ghana, he was forced to miss the final versus

Uruguay

.

Samuel Umtiti Ascend to Prominence

Umtiti signed a €25 million deal with La Liga club

Barcelona

on June 30, 2016.

He made his debut appearance for Barcelona on August 17th in the second leg of the 2016 Supercopa de Espana, in which Barcelona won 3–0 and took the cup.

The footballer suffered a knee injury while training with Barcelona in September 2016, which forced him to miss a vital La Liga match against Atletico Madrid.

On March 4, 2017, he scored his first goal for the club in a 5–0 victory over Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou.

After a poor performance in the 2017 Supercopa de Espana, while dealing with the loss of

Neymar

, Umtiti began the season with strong performances under new manager Ernesto Valverde, one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

Samuel hurt his right hamstring on December 2nd and was ruled out for eight weeks.

On 14 April, he scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Valencia CF at Camp Nou.

The Yaounde-born made his debut for Barcelona in the 2018 Copa del Rey Final on April 21, keeping a clean sheet in a 5–0 win over Sevilla at the Metropolitano Stadium.

He signed a new five-year contract with Barcelona on June 3, 2018. Following that, the release clause was increased to €500 million. 

Behind

Pique

and new summer addition Clement Lenglet, Umtiti was picked as a replacement for the 2018 Supercopa de Espana.

Despite not playing, he collected his seventh winner's medal since joining the club, with Barcelona defeating Sevilla 2–1.

Another one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti is that he suffered a knee injury in 2018 that could have been treated with surgery, but he chose conservative treatment instead and went on to win the 2018 World Cup with France.

However, the footballer's decision resulted in him missing the majority of the following season with Barcelona due to injury.

Samuel tested positive for COVID-19 in August 2020, while recovering from a knee injury.

About his senior international career, in a friendly encounter in Paris on June 13, 2017, Umtiti scored his first goal for

France

, equalizing against England in a 3–2 victory for Les Bleus.

He was called up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on May 17, 2018.

On July 10, he netted the game's only goal, heading in a corner, in the semi-final against Belgium.

The now 27 year old was picked as a starter for France's 4–2 victory against Croatia in the World Cup final on July 15th.

Samuel Umtiti Personal & Love Life

The combination of Samuel Umtiti's playing talent and potential, as well as his off-the-field lifestyle, creates a complete image of him.

Nevertheless, it is common knowledge that practically every French footballer has a gorgeous wife or girlfriend.

Samuel Umtiti has yet to confirm his relationship as of this writing. However, Alexandra Dulauroy, appears to be his girlfriend in some images released on Twitter.

According to a series of images, their connection has progressed from bestie status to true love, one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

Alexandra Dulauroy has Colombian and French ancestors, which is noteworthy.

The footballer is a fiery and forceful individual. He is focused and dedicated, and he will explore until he discovers the truth about anything he sets his mind to.

Umtiti is a fantastic leader who is always aware of the situation and demonstrates a high level of creativity. He is able to express emotions and keep a secret whatever they may be.

He is known among his neighbors for being quiet, composed, and living alone. 

His enigmatic appearance only adds to the mystery. People sometimes refer to him as "born fierce," despite the fact that he faced adversity in Cameroon before being adopted by a family member and brought to France.

Umtiti carries the Cameronian gene, which makes him appear older than he is. Nonetheless, he possesses the qualities of a great leader who is committed to his work.

The professional defender wore the Lyonnais shirt for the 100th time in a game against Bordeaux in February 2015, and despite his age, he wore the captain's armband for the first time in a game against Bordeaux in September, demonstrating what a natural leader he is.

Umtiti despises deception and is prone to jealousy and mistrust. Over time, he has honed his ability to adapt to a variety of human behaviors.

At the time of writing, Umtiti and his brother Yannick are living independently in Barcelona.

They could have lived together if it hadn't been for Umtiti's objections, as he prefers his own space.

He is a person who spends a great deal of time at home, another one of the

Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti

.

Samuel Umtiti Family

Samuel Umtiti was raised by his father and mother, Annie Ngo Um, who are both relatively unknown.

His mother was never a football fan when he was growing up.

In fact, as soon as Umtiti become a professional, his entire family became football supporters, one of the Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti.

Yannick Umtiti is Samuel's older brother. Yannick had a big impact on his younger brother.

He is currently in charge of Umtiti's professional life. Yannick has a reputation for being a skilled negotiator.

Roger Miller is close to Umtiti and his family, according to online sources.

He was the one who persuaded Umtiti to declare early allegiance to Cameroon. Umtiti, on the other hand, shifted his allegiance to France when he was just 17 years old.

Samuel Umtiti Networth & LifeStyle

The defender signed a contract with Barcelona in June 2018 that pays him a staggering 5.7 million euros (5.2 million Pound) each year.

According to our calculations, he earns €28,257 (£25,874) every day and €1,177 (£1,078) each hour, one of the mindblowing

Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti

.

This means that to earn the same amount as he does in a month, the average citizen must work for at least 14.5 years.

The Frenchman came through the junior system at Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais, where he made over 130 appearances for the senior squad between 2012 and 2016.

In 2016, he moved to Spain to join FC Barcelona for a cost of €25 million. The French defender's net worth is estimated to be around €34 million (£31.1 million).

His market value is roughly €45 million (£41 million), but Barca has a €500 million buyout clause for the Frenchman.

Samuel Umtiti Less-Known Details

And in our last part of the article, we let you know about the information people are largely unaware of.

Undisciplined Attitude

Samuel Umtiti spilled beer on Helena Condis, a journalist with Cadena COPE, during the celebrations of their La Liga and Copa del Ray title victory, one of the

Top Facts about Samuel Umtiti

.

According to Catalandaily Sport, she said, "He was jumping, dancing, and throwing beer over the bus."

Whatever happened, Umtiti continued to drink gallons upon gallons of beer. Later, the French expressed regret. Samuel offered to take the soaked reporter out for a drink to help her relax.

His Response in an Interview

Umtiti replied to the following questions during an interview:

When did Barça appear in your life?

“My memories are of the time when Rijkaard was a coach. I’ve always been attracted to Barca because of its players and the mentality of always wanting to win. It’s a club that ties well with my personality.”

Who was your idol as a kid?

“I always liked offensive players. The ones who left the biggest impression on me were Ronaldinho and Zidane. They are the players I idolized as a kid. They were the best.”

What does being a part of Barca mean to you?

“It’s the best club in the world. I’m proud to be here and of course, I know that there will be a lot of competition for playing time, but I tell myself: Man, you’re training and playing with the best in the world and this is a stimulus to work, even more, to progress and move up stages. Being here will allow me to evolve to another level.”

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