Piątek with Milan in February 2019
|Full name||Krzysztof Piątek|
|Date of birth||1 July 1995|
|Place of birth||Dzierżoniów, Poland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2019
Krzysztof Piątek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf ˈpjɔntɛk]; born 1 July 1995) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Milan and the Poland national team. He is known commonly by fans as "Il Pistolero".
He began his professional career with Zagłębie Lubin before joining Ekstraklasa club Cracovia in 2016, for whom he scored 32 goals across two seasons. In 2018, Piątek signed for Genoa in Italy's Serie A in a transfer worth €4 million. After 19 goals in 21 competitive games in his first half-season, he transferred to Milan in January 2019 for €35 million in Genoa's largest sale to date.
Piątek started training with the Zagłębie Lubin first team on 14 May 2014. He made his debut in Ekstraklasa on 18 May 2014 in a match against Cracovia. Over the course of the next season, he became a regular starter for Zagłębie. He scored his first senior career goal on 12 September 2014 in a 1–0 win to Chrobry Głogów and his first brace on 31 October 2014 at Widzew Łódź. His first league goal came on 14 August 2015 in a 2–1 win against Lech Poznań.
In 2016, Piątek joined fellow Polish side Cracovia and over the course of the next two seasons, he scored 32 league goals in 65 appearances for the club. That tally included a haul of 21 goals during his second season which saw him end the 2017–18 Ekstraklasa campaign as the third top goalscorer in Poland.
On 8 June 2018, Piątek signed a four-year contract with Italian club Genoa for a reported fee of €4 million. He scored four goals, including a hat-trick in the opening 19 minutes, on debut in a 4–0 Coppa Italia win over Lecce. He made his Serie A debut on 26 August, scoring in the opening six minutes of the match in a 2–1 win over Empoli. The following week, he scored his first brace of the season in a 5–3 loss to Sassuolo, which was followed by another strike in a 4–1 loss to Lazio, thus becoming the first player since Andriy Shevchenko in 1999 to score five goals in his first four Serie A appearances.
During his following match, a 2–0 victory over Chievo, he scored his 10th goal across all competitions and in the process became the first player across Europe's major leagues to reach the milestone for the season. On 30 September, Piątek scored a brace inside three minutes in a 2–1 win over Frosinone to make it 8 goals in six matches, the best start to a season by a debutant since Karl Aage Hansen in the 1949–50 campaign. In his very next match, he became the first player since Gabriel Batistuta in the 1994–95 season to score in each of his first seven Serie A appearances when he netted in a 3–1 defeat to Parma.
On 23 January 2019, Milan announced the signing of Piątek on a contract lasting until 30 June 2023, for a reported fee of €35 million. He was signed as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuaín, who joined Chelsea, and he was assigned the number 19 shirt.
Piątek made his debut for Milan on 26 January, in a goalless home draw against Napoli, as a 71st-minute substitute for Patrick Cutrone. Three days later against the same opponents also at San Siro, he scored both goals in a 2–0 win in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, and was given a standing ovation when he made way for Cutrone. He was voted as the team's Most Valuable Player in the match and best footballer in the world by the fans. On 3 February 2019, Piątek scored his first league goal away to Roma, which ended 1–1. He then scored three goals in the next two consecutive matches: one against Cagliari Calcio and two against Atalanta, making him the fastest player to score six goals for the club in all competitions, overtaking club legend Nils Liedholm. He also became the first Milan player to score in his first three starts in the league since Mario Balotelli in 2013.
He made his international debut on 11 September 2018, starting in a 1–1 friendly draw with the Republic of Ireland in Wrocław and making way for Mateusz Klich after 61 minutes. Exactly one month later, he made his competitive debut in a UEFA Nations League match against Portugal and scored the opening goal in a 3–2 defeat.
|Lechia Dzierżoniów||2012–13||III liga||6||0||–||–||–||6||0|
- As of match played 21 March 2019
- As of match played 21 March 2019. Poland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Piątek goal.
|11 October 2018||Stadion Śląski, Chorzów, Poland||2||Portugal||1–0||2–3||2018–19 UEFA Nations League A|
|21 March 2019||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||3||Austria||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
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