Michy Batshuayi Bio

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FULL NAMEMichy Batshuayi-Atunga
BORNOctober 2, 1993
HEIGHT1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
NATIONALITYBelgian, Congolese
ROLEStriker

Michy Batshuayi-Atunga is a Belgian professional footballer who is on loan from Chelsea and plays as a striker for Valencia. He was born in Brussels, Belgium, on October 2, 1993. In the 2013-14 season, the right-footed player was named Ebony Shoe Award winner and UNFP Player of the Month in October 2015.

Background

Batshuayi had a nomadic youth career, spending time with Evere in 2003, Schaarbeek in 2004, Brussels in 2005, Anderlecht in 2006, and Standard Liège in 2008. At the age of eight, he had six distinct spells. In 2011, he was promoted to the first team after three years in Standard Liège’s junior system.

Debut

In February 20, 2011, Batshuayi made his Belgian Pro League debut for Standard Liège in a 4–1 loss away to Gent, when he came on for the final seven minutes in place of Franck Berrier.

During the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage, Batshuayi scored his first professional goal in an away match against FC Copenhagen in the last match of Group B, advancing his club into the knockout rounds.

Batshuayi made his international debut for Belgium against Cyprus in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match on March 28, 2015. He scored in the 77th minute and again in the 80th minute from beyond the penalty area to lead them to a 5–0 triumph at home.

Rise to glory

He scored both goals in a 2–1 win against Lierse in the Belgian Cup quarter-final first leg on November 21, 2011.

On the 14th of January 2012, he scored his first league goal in a 6–1 home triumph over Germinal Beerschot.

Batshuayi scored 21 goals in 34 appearances in the 2013–14 season, leaving him slightly behind Lokeren’s Hamdi Harbaoui for the league’s top scorer with 22 goals.

Batshuayi was recruited by Marseille on August 8, 2014, with a reported £4.5 million fee.

In a 2–1 defeat against Rennes in the third round of the Coupe de la Ligue on October 29th, he scored his first goal for the club.

Club from the Premier League The club approved Crystal Palace’s offer, but Batshuayi refused to accept it and instead accepted a £33.2 million offer from Chelsea.

Batshuayi came in as a second-half replacement against West Bromwich Albion on May 12, 2017, and scored a goal in the 82nd minute, slotting a goal past Ben Foster to give Chelsea their fifth Premier League championship.

Batshuayi scored his first Chelsea hat-trick in a 5–1 home win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round on September 20, 2017.

Batshuayi joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season on January 31, 2018. He made his debut on February 2nd against Cologne, when he scored twice and added an assist. Dortmund won the match 3-2 as an away win.

Low points

Batshuayi was sent off in a 3–2 loss to Genk on April 22, 2012, for stamping on Jeroen Simaeys’ chest, and the Royal Belgian Football Association suspended him for the following four games.

Batshuayi was sent off in a 3–2 win against Mouscron in the Belgian Cup sixth round on September 25, 2012, after elbowing Benjamin Delacourt within the first half-hour. This resulted in a two-game suspension from the tournament, as well as a €200 fine.

Club career

Michy Batshuayi made his first-team debut with Standard Liège in Belgium in 2011. In his three and a half years at the club, he appeared in 144 games, scoring 44 goals.

It was followed by a £4.5 million move to Marseille in France. He appeared in 78 matches and scored 33 goals throughout his two seasons with the club.

He passed up Crystal Palace to join Chelsea for £33.2 million, where he would play alongside Brazilian playmaker Oscar.

Batshuayi joined Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the season on January 31, 2018.

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