If you are a football fan and actually watch the English Premier League then you must be familiar with this French international football player known as Alexandre Lacazette who currently plays for the English club, Arsenal as a striker.
Alexandre is said to have started his career in the French league, playing for the Ligue 1 club Lyon and has recorded over 100 goals for the club including outstanding performances in both league matches and European competition. After so many years with the club, he left the team when he signed a new contract with the English giant Arsenal in 2017 and he is still playing for the club to date.
Who Is Alexandre Lacazette?
Alexandre Lacazette is a French international professional soccer player who currently plays for the France national team and the Premier League Club Arsenal, as their top striker. He was born on the 28th day of May 1991 in Lyon France, and he comes from the family of Guadeloupean ancestry.
He is the youngest child in a family of four boys and one of his brothers Benoît is a former professional footballer, who played for the Swiss second division and later became the Lyon Footzik Futsal Club Coach. More so, Alexandre Lacazette is the cousin of Romuald Lacazette, a professional football player, who plays as the Central Midfielder for the German Football Club Darmstadt 98.
Here Are 5 Facts You Need To Know About Alexandra Lacazette
1. His career timeline
The French international started playing football at the very young age of seven for his home club Elan Sportif, in the 8th Arrondissement of Lyon, for which he played from 1998 to 2003. Later on, Alexandre Lacazette joined the Youth Academy of Lyon, where he began training at the Centre Tola Vologe and started featuring in the Club’s Championnat de France amateur (CFA) reserve team, scoring 5 goals in 19 Championnat de France amateur matches.
The French player kept improving in his skills and by the 2010 season, he was called up to the first team by his then manager, Claude Puel and after three days, he played his first-team debut game in a home match against Auxerre. In that same year, on the 3rd of May, Alexandre Lacazette signed his first-ever professional deal in a three-year contract with Lyon. However, due to the fact that he still had one year left of his youth career, his contract extended to start from the 1st of July 2011.
2. His stint with the Lyon Club
Throughout his time with the Lyon club, Alexandre Lacazette was known for his outstanding performance. In the 2010-11 season, he scored his debut goal for Lyon in a home match victory against Sochaux, on the 30th of October 2010, and in the following months, he played his first European match for the club in the UEFA Champions League Group B away match against the Portuguese side Benfica, though his team lost by 4-3 to the Portuguese giant. On the 7th of December the same year, he scored his first goal in a European Competition against Hapoel Tel Aviv, which was the club Group B last match that resulted in a 2-2 draw.
In the following season, Alexandre Lacazette was instrumental in the team’s successful win of the 2012 Trophée Des Champions and also the Coupe De France. He was listed as the UNFP Ligue 1 player of the Year in the 2013-14 season and in the following season, he scored his first hat-trick in October, scoring all the three goals in a home match against Lille and ended the season as the highest goal scorer of the league with 26 goals.
3. His deal is the highest Lyon has received for a player
The day Alexandre Lacazette will never forget in his life is the 5th of July 2017 when he signed a five-year deal with the English top-notch football club Arsenal. Though the transfer payment was an initial fee Of €53 million, it has an additional latent bonus sum of €7 million and this is on record as the highest fee that Lyon has ever received in a player’s sale deal.
4. Net worth
The French professional footballer has amassed a substantial amount of wealth in his football career. Alexandre Lacazette is said to earn an average salary of about $6 million and in addition to that, he is a brand ambassador for companies like Nike for which he gets paid handsomely, making his current net worth rank at a tidy $15 million.
5. Body Stats
Alexandre Lacazette is a dashing young man who has a notable trim and athletic body structure that is complemented with a height of 5 feet 9 inches and a body weight of 73 kg.