Real Madrid’s deadline day signing Eduardo Camavinga is the latest top prospect to emerge from France.
Several of Europe’s top clubs have been trying to sign Camavinga over the last couple of years, ever since the teenager emerged at Rennes and proved he is likely to become one of the best midfielders of the next decade. Real Madrid won the race for his signature, signing the 18-year-old on deadline day.
Here comes a look at five things you may not know about him.
He was born in an Angolan refugee camp
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Camavinga was born in 2002 in an Angolan refugee camp to Congolese parents. The family moved to the north of France to escape war the following year, so Camavinga has spent almost his entire life in the European country. His childhood wasn’t always easy, with the family house even burning down when he was a child, but he has always shown great resilience.
Football isn’t the only sport he plays, there is judo, too.
It wasn’t only football that Camavinga practiced as a child. He also spent time as a youngster learning the art of judo. Although he loved learning the martial art, which his father had practiced too, the footballer decided to focus on his first love. By giving his all to football, he has already come so far.
His Champions League experience
Even though Camavinga is still only 18 years of age, he has already featured in the Champions League. After becoming Rennes’ youngest ever debutant as a 16-year-old at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, it was in the 2019/20 season that he started more and more frequently, helping Rennes reach the Champions League spots before the coronavirus pandemic ended that Ligue 1 season. That saw them qualify for Europe’s premier club competition and the youngster faced Chelsea, Sevilla FC and Krasnodar last term.
He has already made his Les Bleus debut
Camavinga is still very much a member of France’s U21s side, but he has already featured for the senior Les Bleus team too. The midfielder has three senior France appearances to his name, the first of them coming in a Nations League clash with Croatia on September 8th 2020, when he was still just 17 years, nine months and 29 days old. That made him the youngest France debutant in over 100 years.
Camavinga is multifunctional
Already in his career, the Frenchman has played in all of the midfield positions. He has been trusted at defensive midfield, but also in more advanced and wider roles. This has allowed Camavinga to demonstrate his ball-winning abilities and his skill at advancing the ball, whether through his passing or his dribbling. He is still young and still trying to find his best position. Carlo Ancelotti will surely help him with this task.