Rachid Ghezzal

Rachid Ghezzal

An Algerian international winger, Rachid signed for Leicester City in August 2018.
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Full Name
Rachid Ghezzal
Date of Birth
9 May 1992
5'11" (182cm)
11st 0lbs (70kg)
Professional Debut
4 October 2012
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Born in Metropolitan Lyon, Ghezzal joined Lyon’s academy as a 12-year-old and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2010. The winger spent two years with Lyon B before being promoted to the first team and made his senior debut in October 2012 against Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the UEFA Europa League.

The Algerian enjoyed his most prolific campaign for Lyon in 2015/16 when he scored eight goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances. In his final season with the club, Ghezzal played 25 times as his side reached the UEFA Europa League semi-final and finished fourth in the league. The winger finished his time at Lyon with a record of 14 goals and 20 assists in his 110 appearances.
In August 2017, Ghezzal signed for French champions AS Monaco and featured 33 times for the club including four appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
The 26-year-old represented France at under-20 level before playing for Algeria as a senior international. He made his Desert Foxes debut against Qatar in March 2015 and has since been capped 13 times. The winger was included in Georges Leekens’ squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and featured in all three of his country’s group stage games.

Early on in his Foxes career, Ghezzal scored twice in quick succession, against Fleetwood Town and Liverpool, in the Carabao Cup and Premier League respectfully.

Since then, the Algerian spent much of the 2019/20 campaign on loan with Italian outfit Fiorentina, making 21 appearances, scoring once, for the Serie A side. That spell in Italy was followed by an enormously successful spell in Turkey with Beşiktaş.

Ending the campaign as Süper Lig champions and Türkiye Kupası winners, Ghezzal netted eight goals in total across 35 appearances. 

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