Moussa Wagué

Moussa Wagué (IPA: [waɡe]; born 4 October 1998) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Ligue 1 club Nice on loan from Spanish club Barcelona and the Senegal national team.

Moussa Wagué
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Wagué playing for Senegal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Moussa Wagué[1]
Date of birth (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Bignona, Senegal[2]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Nice
(on loan from Barcelona)
Number 6
Youth career
2014–2016 Aspire Academy
2016–2017 Eupen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Eupen 23 (1)
2018–2019 Barcelona B 20 (2)
2019– Barcelona 4 (0)
2020–Nice (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2015 Senegal U20 7 (0)
2017– Senegal 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:30, 14 March 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:19, 19 July 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

K.A.S. EupenEdit

Wagué joined K.A.S. Eupen from the Aspire Academy in November 2016.[4] He made his professional debut in a 0–1 loss to Genk on 21 January 2017.[5] Wagué spent two seasons with Eupen under coach Claude Makélélé, helping the team remain in the Belgian top division.[6]

FC BarcelonaEdit

In August 2018, Wagué completed a transfer from Eupen to FC Barcelona, for a fee of €5 million. He initially joined Barcelona's B team to begin the 2018–19 Season.[7] On 13 January 2019, Wagué scored his first goal for Barcelona B in a 2–0 win at the Miniestadi against CD Alcoyano.[8]

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde named Wagué as one of the five promising young players to whom he hoped to give first team opportunities.[9] Wagué made his senior side debut on 6 March 2019, starting and playing the full 90 minutes of the Catalan Super Cup against Girona.[10] On 13 April 2019, he made his official debut in a La Liga match against Huesca where he played a full 90 minutes; he described it as a "dream come true".[11] Wagué again featured for the first team on 4 May 2019, impressing despite Barcelona's 0–2 defeat to Celta Vigo.[12] He would appear once more in Barcelona's La Liga finale, coming on as a second half substitute in a 2–2 draw with Eibar.

Wagué was officially promoted to the first team ahead of the 2019–20 season, and given the number 16 shirt.[13] He made his first Champions League start for Barcelona on 10 December 2019 as his side defeated Inter Milan 2-1.[14]

Loan to NiceEdit

In 31 January 2020, French club Nice confirmed a loan transfer for Wagué, keeping him until the end of the 2019-2020 season, with an option to buy for €15,000,000.[15] He made his debut for Nice in their 2-1 victory over Lyon on 2 February 2020, coming on as a second half substitute.[16] On 7 March 2020, Wagué provided the winning assist in Nice's 2-1 derby victory against rivals AS Monaco.[17]

International careerEdit

Wagué was part of the Senegal U20s that came in 4th place at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[18] He made his senior international debut in a friendly 1–1 tie with Nigeria on 23 March 2017.[19][20]

In June 2018 Wagué was named in Senegal's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[21] He became the youngest African goalscorer in World Cup history when he scored in Senegal's match against Japan.[22]

Wagué represented Senegal in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which took place in Egypt. He participated in the first two group stage games and the semifinal match for a Senegal squad that reached the tournament final. [23]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 15 February 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eupen 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 6 1 1 0 8 0 15 1 [24]
2017–18 Belgian First Division A 17 0 2 0 9 0 28 0 [24]
Total 23 1 3 0 0 0 17 0 43 1
Barcelona B 2018–19 Segunda División B 20 2 0 0 20 2 [25]
Total 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
Barcelona 2018–19 La Liga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 [25]
2019–20 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 [25]
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Nice (loan) 2019–20 Ligue 1 5 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 52 3 3 0 2 0 17 0 74 3

InternationalEdit

As of 17 July 2019[26]
Senegal
Year Apps Goals
2017 6 0
2018 6 1
2019 5 0
Total 17 1

International goalEdit

As of match played 24 June 2018. Senegal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Wagué goal.[26]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 June 2018 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia   Japan
2–1
2–2
2018 FIFA World Cup

HonoursEdit

Barcelona

NationalEdit

Senegal U23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 04 de mayo de 2019, en Vigo" [Minutes of the Match held on 4 May 2019, in Vigo] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ GALSENFOOT. "MOUSSA WAGUÉ NE VEUT PAS SE PROJETER PLUS LOIN QUE LA CAN U 23Galsenfoot". galsenfoot.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Moussa Wague quitte l'Aspire Academy vers la KAS Eupen". AS Eupen (in French). 20 October 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ "BELGIQUE, Ligue Jupiler AS Eupen-Racing Genk: 0 – 1 – Football". Maxifoot. Advimedia. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  6. ^ "IN MY OWN WORDS: Moussa Wagué". FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Teenager Moussa Wague Joins Barcelona After Impressive World Cup". Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Barça B 2-0 CD Alcoyano: First win of the year". FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Barcelona's Chosen 5: How Much Potential Do La Masia's New Generation Have?". Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Todibo makes Barça debut". FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Moussa Wague: Barcelona defender's La Liga debut 'a dream come true'". BBC Sport. 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ "The boys from La Masia impressed more than Barcelona's usual substitutes". Marca. Marca. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Moussa Wagué, with the first team". FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Ansu Fati Makes History: What We Learned From FC Barcelona Versus Inter Milan". Forbes. Forbes. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Moussa Wague leaves FC Barcelona for Nice loan". 31 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Dolberg strikes as Nice end Lyon unbeaten run". 2 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  17. ^ "AS Monaco lose to Nice in Riviera Derby". 9 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Tournois FIFA Joueurs & Entraîneurs – Moussa WAGUE". FIFA.com (in French). Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Nigeria v Senegal". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 March 2017.
  20. ^ La Rédaction (23 March 2007). "Amical : Nigeria et Sénégal se quittent bons amis". Afrik Foot. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  21. ^ Crawford, Stephen (4 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Wague And Honda Make History With World Cup Goals". BeIN Sports. 24 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Wague and Senegal advance to knockout stage". FC Barcelona. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Moussa Wagué » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  25. ^ a b c Moussa Wagué at Soccerway
  26. ^ a b "Moussa Wagué". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  27. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/en-us/competitions/allafricagamesmencongo2015/MatchDetails?MatchId=oP8B8vCB10u9KtV1ZruBsnXkcoj49eYM9yi%2f1DXxE5nRfI1qeqpu8mXEGJxeoA6V

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