|Full name||Martin Christensen Braithwaite|
|Date of birth||5 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Esbjerg, Denmark|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2018||→ Bordeaux (loan)||14||(4)|
|2019||→ Leganés (loan)||19||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:57, 11 April 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2021
Martin Christensen Braithwaite (//; born 5 June 1991) is a Danish professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Denmark national team. Mainly a forward, he can also play as a winger.
Braithwaite started out in the academy at Sædding-Guldager Idrætsforening (SGI), after which he joined the biggest club in his city, Esbjerg fB. He then spent a short time at FC Midtjylland's sports academy, before moving back to Esbjerg, signing a three-year youth contract in 2007. During his second stint at the Esbjerg academy, Braithwaite went on trials with both Reggina and Newcastle United. He eventually made his Esbjerg debut in 2009, making 63 Superliga appearances for the club and scoring 12 goals, including nine in the 2012–13 season during which he appeared in every league game for the club. He won the Danish Cup with the club in 2012–13, scoring two goals in the semi-final second leg win over Brøndby IF.
Following his impressive displays for Esbjerg in the 2013 Superliga spring season and the Danish Cup he was called up to the Danish national squad in the summer of 2013. At the same time he was being rumoured to be attracting the interest of a number of European clubs including Auxerre, Rennes, Celtic and Hull City.
On 14 August 2013, while away on national duty for a friendly international against Poland, Danish public broadcaster DR reported that Braithwaite had been sold to French club Toulouse FC for an estimated DKK 15 million (roughly €2 million). Braithwaite started the match and scored Denmark's second goal.
On 13 July 2017, Braithwaite signed a four-year contract with EFL Championship club Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £9 million. Under the initial management of Garry Monk, he became the club's third signing of the season, after Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie.
Braithwaite made his league debut for the club on 5 August 2017 at the Molineux Stadium, where Middlesbrough were defeated 1–0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. He scored his first goal for the club on 30 September 2017, in a 2–2 draw against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.
Braithwaite was loaned out to Bordeaux on 31 January 2018 for the rest of the season. He returned to Middlesbrough for the 2018-2019 season. However, while Braithwaite did start the season in Middlesbrough, he quickly expressed his desire to leave the club and go to Spain to play instead. This was much to the dismay of his Middlesbrough manager, Tony Pulis. After his unsuccessful attempt to leave the club in the 2018 summer transfer window, Braithwaite played the first half of the season for Middlesbrough, scoring three goals in 18 appearances.
Braithwaite joined Spanish La Liga side CD Leganés at the beginning of the 2019 January transfer window in a loan deal until the end of season. He made his league debut for the club on 12 January, in a 1–0 victory against SD Huesca, coming on as a substitute for Guido Carrillo for the last 26 minutes, and scored his first goal four days later in a 1–0 Copa del Rey home win against Real Madrid.
Braithwaite scored his first league goal in a 1–3 loss at FC Barcelona on 20 January 2019, and finished the campaign with four goals in 19 league appearances. On 24 July, he agreed to a permanent four-year deal with the Pepineros for a rumoured fee of €5 million, hence becoming the second most expensive player in the club's history.
On 20 February 2020, Barcelona triggered Braithwaite's release clause of €18 million and signed him on a four-and-a-half year contract. His release clause was set to €300 million. Barcelona were granted an emergency exception to sign Braithwaite outside of a transfer window because of the long-term injury of Ousmane Dembélé. Two days after signing, Braithwaite made his debut in a home match against Eibar, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute. He assisted the fourth and fifth goals in the 5–0 win, both off deflections. On 13 June 2020, Braithwaite scored his first goal for Barcelona following an assist by Lionel Messi in a 4–0 victory against RCD Mallorca.
On 24 November 2020, Braithwaite scored his first two Champions League goals in a 4–0 away win over Dynamo Kyiv, a match in which he also had an assist, in the 2020–21 season. On 2 December, he scored his third goal in the competition in the first half of the match against Ferencváros. On 3 March 2021, he scored the winning goal in a 3–0 win over Sevilla after extra time, to secure Barcelona a place in the 2021 Copa del Rey Final.
Having already represented several Danish national youth teams, in the summer of 2012 Braithwaite was offered the chance to represent Guyana, being eligible through his Guyanese father. He declined the offer and went on to make his senior debut for the Danish national team in June 2013 in a friendly against Georgia, starting the game and playing the first half. He remained in the squad for the 2014 World Cup qualification match against Armenia. Braithwaite scored his first international goal in his second match in a friendly in August 2013 against Poland.
Braithwaite is the nephew and business partner of the Danish-born, American-based, real estate developer Philip Michael. They co-own real estate in the New York Market and are building a historic high-rise in Jersey City, NJ.
Braithwaite is married to French entrepreneur, journalist and TV-personality Anne-Laure Louis Braithwaite. They have two sons together. Braithwaite is also the stepdad of his wife's 2 children from a previous relationship.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Bordeaux (loan)||2017–18||Ligue 1||14||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||14||4|
|Leganés (loan)||2018–19||La Liga||19||4||2||1||—||—||—||21||5|
- As of match played 31 March 2021
- As of match played 25 March 2021. Denmark score listed first, score column indicates score after each Braithwaite goal.
|1||14 August 2013||PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland||2||Poland||2–1||2–3||Friendly|
|2||16 October 2018||MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark||27||Austria||2–0||2–0|
|3||16 November 2018||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||28||Wales||2–0||2–1||2018–19 UEFA Nations League B|
|4||10 June 2019||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||33||Georgia||5–1||5–1||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
|5||15 October 2019||Aalborg Stadium, Aalborg, Denmark||37||Luxembourg||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|6||15 November 2019||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||38||Gibraltar||3–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
|7||18 November 2019||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||39||Republic of Ireland||1–0||1–1|
|8||25 March 2021||Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel||47||Israel||1–0||2–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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