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Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial biography
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Anthony Martial biography

Anthony Martial (December 5, 1995) professional footballer. He was born in Massy, ​​Essonne, France. Currently, he plays as a striker for the Manchester United Football Club of the Premier League of England. He was raised by his parents under Catholic doctrine, he was a calm and shy boy. Martial spent most of his time watching television, occasionally watching Thierry Henry, his idol playing football. Both had mutual friends, so Henry began to train him. Then he entered the CO Les Ulis academy.

When he was 14 he was sent to Olympique de Lyon. He played in the first team in 2012 against Hapoel Shmona for the group stage of the Europa League, they won 5 to 2. The life of this young man and his family changed, they managed to get him out of the in-need life when his son was signed by the A.S. Monaco for five millions of euros. His performance in this team for three seasons was impressive, he scored 15 goals in 70 games, Anthony Martial became the most expensive transfer in the history of football in the U-20 category. Although in his debut, things did not go well because Monaco was defeated by Ajaccio.

In the 2012-13 season, they took third place in the league, played 3 matches in it and one in the Europa League. Martial’s team managed to climb to the top category and decided to reinforce the team to stay in the first division. The young age of Martial, 17 years old, impressed the specialized press, not only that but his attitude to playing soccer. He played for the League Cup against Reims on October 30, 2013, but lost by one goal. In his next Ligue One game against Nantes, he went in for Radamel Falcao and achieved the victory by 1-0.

His first goal came on November 30 in the 44th minute against Stade Rennais, the match ended 2 to 0 in favor. This season was very good, although they wanted a better result, they were in second place in Ligue 1, played 11 matches in it, 3 matches for the French Cup and 1 game for the League Cup. The following season the coach gave him more minutes on the pitch for his great participation in the previous season and for his discipline and commitment to the team. It was on October 5, 2014, when he scored against PSG, he entered the minute 75th for Lucas Ocampos, then scored at the end of the match and tied the game for Monaco.

In this season he played 35 games in the French top league. He played 3 games and scored a goal in the French Cup. In addition, he scored 2 goals in the matches for the League Cup of France. In international competition with Monaco, they reached the quarterfinals in the Champions League, Martial was called up, and played in 7 games. However, in the 2015 season, the Manchester United Football Club signed Anthony for € 80,000,000, the money can increase if it meets the goal of scoring 25 goals with Manchester in the next 4 seasons.

The team promised him a reward of 10 million euros if he stayed with the Golden Ball before 2019. After a while, Anthony was called up for the national team for the first time and had to ask for certain permits from coach Didier Deschamps to travel to England to the concentration. His debut was on September 12 against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the match was played before more than 75,000 spectators, Anthony entered the 65th minute for Juan Mata when Manchester won 1-0 with Blind’s goal.

Later, at minute 70th they got a penalty converted by Ander Herrera, Liverpool scored an incredible goal from Christian Benteke, two minutes later Ashley Young gave a pass to Martial, who from the left wing eluded a defender with a double hook, in the area the goalkeeper Lovren tried to sweep it, but Martial shot before and scored the third goal of the red devils, United won the English Derby by 3 to 1. After this score was in the headlines of the press and he earned the respect and admiration of the fans and the coaching staff. He debuted in the Champions League against PSV but fell 2 to 1.

Martial was a key player in the comeback of his team when on the United’s 6th game of the Premier, being a starter against Southampton Football Club at minute 13th the team was already down, but Anthony scored 2 goals to overcome the match, the match ended 3-2. His first goal at international level marked him on date 3 of the group stage of the Champions League against CSKA Moscow, getting the tie 1 to 1. On several occasions Martial was shown as the savior of the team, is a player who knows how to play with a cool head regardless of the score. For this reason, he obtained the confidence of the coach and the manager. His work was recognized on November 6 when he was nominated for the Golden Boy Award, as one of the 40 best U-21 players of the world that play in Europe. He received the award on December 19, 2015.

In a second match against Liverpool, he played the 90 minutes of the game and won by the slightest difference to the Klopp team, it was the official 100th game for Anthony as a club professional player. It is necessary to mention that the young player has been in all the youth categories of the national team: U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, and U-21. On August 27, 2015, he was summoned for the first time to the France national team, where he played two friendly matches: against Portugal and Serbia. In the first game, he replaced Karim Benzema and won 1-0. Thanks to his performance, coach Didier Deschamps called him up to the Euro 2016. Later, he played in the World Cup, on June 10, 2016, entered in the minute 77 by Paul Pogba, they won 2 to 1 against Romania.

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