Keita Baldé Diao (born 8 March 1995), commonly known as Keita, is a Spanish-born Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Monaco. Born in Spain, he decided to represent Senegal, his father's country of origin.
|Full name||Keita Baldé Diao|
|Date of birth||8 March 1995|
|Place of birth||Arbúcies, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Forward, winger|
|2010–2012||→ Cornellà (loan)|
|2018–2019||→ Internazionale (loan)||24||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:01, 27 July 2019 (UTC)
Born in Arbúcies, Girona, Catalonia, to Senegalese parents, Keita came up through the FC Barcelona's youth academy. In 2010, Keita travelled with the Barcelona youth team to Qatar for a tournament, where he played a practical joke by placing an ice-cube in a teammate's bed.
As a punishment, Barcelona sent the 15-year-old Keita on loan to satellite club UE Cornellà, despite Keita's reputation as a future prospect for the first team. The loan meant Cornellà held the rights to a fraction of Keita's playing rights. After a season in which he scored 47 goals for Cornellà's youth side, Keita turned down the chance to return to Barcelona, attracting the interest of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
In the summer of 2011, Keita was signed by Serie A club Lazio for a €300,000 transfer fee, of which 10% went to Cornellà. Keita was unable to play official matches for Lazio's youth sides for a year, as he had to wait to be granted Spanish citizenship and the EU passport required for the Italian club to register him. However, he impressed while playing in the Torneo Karol Wojtyla youth competition, where he scored six goals in just four matches.
Keita then spent the 2012–13 season playing with Lazio's Primavera youth side and training with the first team. He was selected by head coach Vladimir Petković to sit on the bench for some matches in the latter part of the season but did not make his senior debut.
Promoted to the first team for the following season, Keita made his league debut in a 3–0 home win against Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico on 15 September 2013, coming on as a late substitute for Luis Pedro Cavanda. Five days later, Keita made his debut in the Europa League group stage match against Legia Warsaw, starting and providing the match's only goal scored by Hernanes. On 10 November 2013, he scored his first senior goal in a 1–1 draw against Parma.
Keita fully established himself in the starting lineup in the 2016–17 season, scoring his first goal of the season in Serie A matchday 6 against Empoli at home. On 6 March of the following year, Keita made his 100th Serie A appearance in the 2–0 win at Bologna. Later on 23 April, Keita scored his maiden hat-trick, contributing in Lazio's 6–2 thrashing of Palermo, taking his tally up to 11 goals, reaching double figures for the first time in his career. He completed the hat-trick in five minutes, making it the fastest hat-trick scored in Serie A since 1974–75 season. One week later, in the Derby della Capitale against Roma for the matchday 34, Keita scored a brace, as Lazio won 3–1, the first win in the league against them since November 2012. He also become the first Lazio player to score a brace in the derby since Roberto Mancini in 1998–99 season.
On 29 August 2017, Keita joined Monaco on a five-year contract for a reported €30 million (US$35.9 million) transfer fee. He was assigned the number 14 shirt vacated by Tiémoué Bakayoko, who left for Chelsea earlier that summer. On 21 October 2017, Keita opened the scoring in the 2–0 Ligue 1 home win over Caen to register his first competitive Monaco goal after playing seven matches in all competitions for the club.
Keita was born in Spain to Senegalese parents. Although he was eligible to play for Spain, he chose to play for his parents' country, Senegal, being called up by their manager, Aliou Cissé, for the match against Niger for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group K. He made his debut for Senegal in a 2–0 win over Niger as a late substitute. He also played a friendly match with the Catalonia national team in December 2015 against Basque Country.
- As of match played 26 May 2019
|Club||Season||Division||League||Cup 1||League Cup 2||Europe||Other 3||Total|
|Inter (loan)||2018–19||Serie A||24||5||0||0||—||5||0||—||29||5|
- 1.^ Includes Coppa Italia and Coupe de France.
- 2.^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue.
- 3.^ Includes UEFA Champions League Qualification and Italian Super Cup.
- As of matches played on 27 July 2019
- Scores and results list Senegal's goal tally first.
|1.||3 September 2016||Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal||Namibia||1–0||2–0||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|2.||8 October 2016||Cape Verde||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||11 January 2017||Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo||Congo||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4.||9 September 2018||Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar||Madagascar||2–1||2–2||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|5.||23 June 2019||30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||Tanzania||1–0||2–0||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
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- Keita Baldé at National-Football-Teams.com