Adrien Rabiot

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Adrien Rabiot
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Rabiot playing for France in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-04-03) 3 April 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Saint-Maurice, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position 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
2009–2010 Pôle Espoirs de Castelmaurou
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 (loan) 13 (1)
2019– Juventus 7 (0)
National team
2010 France U16 2 (0)
2011–2012 France U17 5 (0)
2012 France U18 1 (0)
2012–2013 France U19 20 (4)
2014 France U20 6 (0)
2013–2016 France U21 19 (1)
2016– France 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

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

He has spent most of his career with Paris Saint-Germain, making his debut with the first team in 2012 and winning 18 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.

Rabiot was capped 53 times for France at youth level, and made his debut for the senior team in 2016.

Club career[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Rabiot was born in Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne, and played youth football for several teams, including two spells at Créteil-Lusitanos and a few months at Manchester City.[2] 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.[3]

Rabiot was promoted to the senior team by manager Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the 2012–13 season.[4] In the club's pre-season he started in the penalty shootout defeat to Barcelona,[5] and, on 26 August, played his first game in Ligue 1, a 0–0 home draw against Bordeaux.[6]

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.[7] In January of the following year he was loaned to fellow league side Toulouse,[8] scoring his first professional goal on 9 March 2013 which was the game's only goal at Brest, from 25 yards.[9]

Returning to PSG, Rabiot contributed with 46 matches and six goals[10][11] 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.[12][13] 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).[14]

Rabiot scored his first goal in European competition on 25 November 2015 to open a 5–0 Champions League group win at Malmö,[15] 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.[16] Four days later, he scored in a 9–0 routing at bottom team Troyes that sealed the league title with eight matches remaining.[17]

On 23 April 2016, Rabiot was sent off in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, a 2–1 win over Lille.[18] The following two seasons combined, he scored four times from 60 appearances and conquered the national championship in 2017–18.[19][20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

Juventus[edit]

On 1 July 2019, Rabiot signed for Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer.[24] 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.[25]

International career[edit]

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.[26] He was on stand by for the full side's UEFA Euro 2016 squad,[27] but did not make the final cut.

Rabiot made his debut 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.[28][29] On 17 May 2018, he was put on the reserve list by manager Didier Deschamps for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.[30] 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."[31]

Style of play[edit]

A tall, strong, classy, 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 creative holding role as a number 6 in front of the defence (which is not his favoured role, however), on the right flank, and even as an advanced midfield playmaker, although he usually plays as an offensive-minded central midfielder. Despite his talent and ability, however, he has come under criticism in the media over his behaviour off the pitch.[24][32][33][34][35][36][37]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 December 2019[38]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Europe[nb 3] Other[nb 4] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain 2012–13 6 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
2013–14 25 2 1 0 2 1 6 0 0 0 34 3
2014–15 21 4 5 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 33 4
2015–16 24 1 6 1 4 1 7 3 1 0 42 6
2016–17 27 3 4 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 39 4
2017–18 33 1 5 1 3 1 8 1 1 1 50 5
2018–19 14 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 20 2
Total 150 13 22 3 16 3 36 4 3 1 227 24
Toulouse (loan) 2012–13 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Juventus 2019–20 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 170 14 22 3 16 3 39 4 3 1 250 25

International[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2018[39]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 1 0
2017 4 0
2018 1 0
Total 6 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain

International[edit]

France U19

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Adrien Rabiot: "Quelque chose de grand"" [Adrien Rabiot: "Something great"]. Le Parisien (in French). 9 July 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
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  4. ^ "Rabiot, la dernière surprise signée Ancelotti" [Rabiot, the last surprise signed Ancelotti] (in French). Le 10 Sport. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
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