Blaise Matuidi is a French international footballer of Angolan and Congolese descent who has played for clubs such as Paris Saint-German and Saint Etienne.
In his long career, Matuidi has won 18 trophies and has been twice voted French League Team of the Year, among several other honours. He currently plays with Juventus in the Italian Serie A.
Blaise Matuidi was born as one of five children of Elise and Faria Rivelino on April 9, 1987, in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France. The family later moved and raised their children in Fontenay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris, where their son fell in love with football and saw Jay Jay Okocha at PSG.
He attended the Victor Duruy School, where he stood out as the best footballer of his age group. This prompted his parents to enrol him in the local youth team US Fontenay-sous-Bois at the age of six. He spent five years with the club before joining CO Vincennois in the Paris suburb of Vincennes. Matuidi showed signs that he was the great player he is today and then earned a place at the prestigious Clairefontaine Academy, where he continued his education while playing for his team.
In 2001, Matuidi signed his first semi-professional contract in Creteil after leaving CO Vincennois. He continued his growth as a player in the team’s youth section while attracting the interest of major clubs such as Lyon and Troyes. To everyone’s surprise, Matuidi chose Troyes over the two-time defending champions after four years at Creteil.
Blaise Matuidi played for the club’s reserve side in the fifth division in France but was called up to the senior side twice in two Ligue 2 matches. After a year with the reserve side, Matuidi moved up to the senior side, having made it to the top flight and playing in 31 league matches.
After an impressive personal campaign by the footballer, Troyes offered him a professional contract and he signed a four-year contract with the club. The next season he played 35 games and scored three goals. However, this did not exactly help the team’s fate, as they were relegated this season. Matuidi himself received much praise throughout France and was very satisfied afterwards.
He left Troyes in July 2007 to join Saint-Etienne, where he was quickly accepted into the first team and helped his side secure a place in the UEFA Cup. He played in the team until summer 2011 when he moved to the club he supported as a child, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (PSG).
With PSG, Balise Matuidi enjoyed great success, winning three successive league titles by 2015. In 2016, he helped his side to a second domestic trophy triple: Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. After six years with the club, he joined Italian champions Juventus for a transfer fee of around 20 million euros.
After playing for the French youth national teams, Blaise Matuidi represented his native country in the senior national team, where he has played in over 70 appearances and scored nine goals. Celebrated for his energy, physical strength, agility and endurance, the player was part of the impressive 23-man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Family and Parents of Blaise Matuidi
Matuidi’s parents are from Africa; his father is Angolan, while his mother is Congolese. He has four siblings: Emmanuel, Jacqueline, Sylvie and Junior.
The French Player of the Year 2015 is married to the beautiful Isabelle Matuidi (née Malice), whom he met as a teenager while honing his footballing skills in Troyes. The two are said to have started meeting shortly after they met and have been inseparable ever since. Together they have three children: daughters Myliane, Naëlle and the son Eden, all born before the exchange of vows.
Matuidi proposed marriage to the mother of his children in 2016, and the two made the covenant on July 1, 2017, at a small private ceremony in Paris.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Blaise Matuidi has the perfect height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) and weight of 75 kg that allows him perfectly execute the holding midfielder role; breaking up his opponent’s play and intercepting the ball while also pushing forward the attack if need be.