Adrien Rabiot

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Adrien Rabiot
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Rabiot with France in 2018
Personal information
Full name Adrien Rabiot-Provost[1]
Date of birth (1995-04-03) 3 April 1995 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Saint-Maurice, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 25
Youth career
2001–2003 Créteil
2003–2004 Alfortville
2004–2008 Créteil
2008 Manchester City
2008–2009 Pau FC
2009–2010 Pôle Espoirs
2010–2012 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Paris Saint-Germain B 9 (0)
2012–2019 Paris Saint-Germain 150 (13)
2013Toulouse B (loan) 2 (1)
2013Toulouse (loan) 13 (1)
2019– Juventus 94 (5)
National team
2010 France U16 2 (0)
2011–2012 France U17 5 (0)
2012 France U18 1 (1)
2012–2013 France U19 20 (4)
2014 France U20 6 (0)
2013–2016 France U21 19 (2)
2016– France 29 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:15, 21 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13 June 2022

Adrien Rabiot-Provost (French pronunciation: ​[adʁijɛ̃ ʁabjo pʁovo]; born 3 April 1995) is a French professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Serie A club Juventus and the France national team.

Rabiot spent most of his career with Paris Saint-Germain, making his debut with the first team in 2012 and winning eighteen major honours, including five Ligue 1 titles and a domestic treble in 2015–16 and 2017–18. In 2019, Rabiot signed for Juventus on a free transfer, winning the Serie A title during his first season with the club and the Coppa Italia in his second.

Rabiot was capped 53 times for France at youth level, and made his debut for the senior team in 2016, later taking part at UEFA Euro 2020.

Club career[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Rabiot playing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2013

Rabiot was born in Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne.[6] He played youth football for several teams, including two spells at Créteil-Lusitanos and a few months at Manchester City.[7] On 2 July 2012, after excelling at the Camp des Loges, he signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.[8]

Rabiot was promoted to the senior team by manager Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the 2012–13 season.[9] In the club's pre-season he started in the penalty shootout defeat to Barcelona,[10] and, on 26 August, played his first game in Ligue 1, a 0–0 home draw against Bordeaux.[11]

Rabiot made his UEFA Champions League debut on 6 November 2012, playing during injury time in a 4–0 group stage home win over Dinamo Zagreb.[12] In January of the following year he was loaned to fellow league side Toulouse,[13] scoring his first professional goal on 9 March 2013 which was the game's only goal at Brest, from 25 yards.[14]

Returning to PSG, Rabiot contributed with 46 matches and six goals[15][16] combined as the team won back-to-back domestic leagues from 2013 to 2015, but seemed to be on the verge of leaving the club as his mother Véronique acted as his main advisor during negotiations for a better contract.[17][18] He started the 2015–16 campaign by getting sent off for two yellow cards after only 29 minutes, in the opening fixture against Lille (eventual away 1–0 win).[19]

Rabiot scored his first goal in European competition on 25 November 2015 to open a 5–0 Champions League group win at Malmö,[20] and repeated the feat the following 9 March in a 2–1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, putting PSG into the quarter-finals 4–2 on aggregate.[21] Four days later, he scored in a 9–0 routing at bottom team Troyes that sealed the league title with eight matches remaining.[22]

On 23 April 2016, Rabiot was sent off in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, a 2–1 win over Lille.[23] The following two seasons combined, he scored four times from 60 appearances and conquered the national championship in 2017–18.[24][25]

In late October 2018, both Rabiot and Kylian Mbappé were dropped from the starting XI by newly appointed manager Thomas Tuchel after they arrived late to a pre-match meeting.[26] The following January, after refusing to renew his contract and failing to appear for the first team since the previous month, the former midfielder was forced to train with the reserves.[27]

On 14 March 2019, Rabiot was suspended by PSG until the end of the month for going to a nightclub after a 3–1 loss to Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 which knocked them out of the competition, and for liking an Instagram post by Patrice Evra celebrating United's win.[28]

Juventus[edit]

On 1 July 2019, Rabiot signed for Italian Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer.[29] He made his debut for the club on 24 August, in the team's opening match of the 2019–20 Serie A season, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sami Khedira in a 1–0 away win over Parma.[30]

He scored his first goal for the club on 7 July 2020 – the opening goal in a 4–2 away loss to Milan in Serie A – with a "spectacular finish from the edge of the box – after running with the ball from his own half."[31][32]

On 9 March 2021, he scored his first Champions League goal with Juventus in a 3–2 win after extra-time against FC Porto in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League round of 16; however, Juventus were eliminated on away goals.[33]

International career[edit]

Rabiot was a member of the France U19 side that reached the final of the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Lithuania, losing out to Serbia.[4][5]

On 13 August 2013, aged just 18, Rabiot made his first appearance for the French under-21 team, starting in a 0–0 friendly draw with Germany in Freiburg.[34] He was on stand by for the full side's UEFA Euro 2016 squad,[35] but did not make the final cut.

Rabiot made his senior debut for France on 15 November 2016 against Ivory Coast, starting and being replaced by Thomas Lemar after 78 minutes of the 0–0 friendly home draw, due to a hamstring injury.[36][37] On 17 May 2018, he was put on the reserve list by manager Didier Deschamps for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[38] However, he controversially refused to be put on the standby list, emailing the coach and saying he would not "be able to follow the training programme". Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, commented: "He made a bad decision. He penalises himself and sanctions himself alone."[39]

On 18 May 2021, Rabiot was included in France's 26-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020.[40] He came on as an emergency left back in the final group game against Portugal due to injuries to Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne, and retained a starting role as a left wing back in an untested 3–5–2 formation against Switzerland in the last 16;[41] his side lost in a penalty shootout after a 3–3 draw.[42]

On 13 November, Rabiot scored his first international goal in an 8–0 home win over Kazakhstan, which allowed France to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[43]

Style of play[edit]

He is a complete player, I have rarely seen someone so strong both physically and technically

Andrea Pirlo[44]

A tall, strong, and elegant left-footed midfielder, who combines good technique with impressive physical qualities, Rabiot was regarded as a promising player in his youth. He is known for being mobile, hard-working, quick in possession, and for his ability to make late attacking runs off the ball into the penalty box, courtesy of his intelligent movement; he is also a composed passer, who possesses good link-up play and dribbling skills in close spaces, which enables him to create chances for teammates. A modern, well-rounded, and versatile player, with good defensive skills, he is also known for being capable of playing in several different midfield positions, including in a deep, creative holding role as a number 6 in front of the defence (which is not his favoured role, however), as a box-to-box midfielder, on the right flank, and even as an advanced midfield playmaker, although he usually plays as a left–sided offensive-minded central midfielder, known as the mezzala role in Italian football jargon, which is his preferred position. His Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has also deployed him as a left winger on occasion.

Despite his talent and ability, however, he has come under criticism in the media over his behaviour off the pitch, and has also been accused in the media of lacking professionalism, as well as having a poor attitude and a difficult character, which has led him to have conflicts with several of his managers.[29][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 21 May 2022[53]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain B 2011–12 CFA 4 0 4 0
2012–13 CFA 1 0 1 0
2014–15 CFA 4 0 4 0
Total 9 0 9 0
Paris Saint-Germain 2012–13 Ligue 1 6 0 1 0 1 0 1[c] 0 9 0
2013–14 Ligue 1 25 2 1 0 2 1 6[c] 0 0 0 34 3
2014–15 Ligue 1 21 4 5 0 3 0 4[c] 0 0 0 33 4
2015–16 Ligue 1 24 1 6 1 4 1 7[c] 3 1[d] 0 42 6
2016–17 Ligue 1 27 3 4 1 3 0 5[c] 0 0 0 39 4
2017–18 Ligue 1 33 1 5 1 3 1 8[c] 1 1[d] 1 50 5
2018–19 Ligue 1 14 2 0 0 0 0 5[c] 0 1[d] 0 20 2
Total 150 13 22 3 16 3 36 4 3 1 227 24
Toulouse B (loan) 2012–13 CFA 2 2 1 2 1
Toulouse (loan) 2012–13 Ligue 1 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Juventus 2019–20 Serie A 28 1 4 0 5[c] 0 0 0 37 1
2020–21 Serie A 34 4 5 0 7[c] 1 1[e] 0 47 5
2021–22 Serie A 32 0 5 0 7[c] 0 1[e] 0 45 0
Total 94 5 14 0 19 1 2 0 129 6
Career total 268 20 36 3 16 3 55 5 5 1 380 32
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France and Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b c Appearance in Trophée des Champions
  5. ^ a b Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

International[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2022[54][55]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 1 0
2017 4 0
2018 1 0
2020 5 0
2021 13 1
2022 5 1
Total 29 2
As of match played 13 June 2022. France score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rabiot goal.[54][55]
List of international goals scored by Adrien Rabiot
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 November 2021 Parc des Princes, Paris, France 23  Kazakhstan 6–0 8–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 6 June 2022 Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia 28  Croatia 1–0 1–1 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain[29]

Juventus

France U19

France

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013[61]

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