Thomas Teye Partey, a Ghanaian professional football player who competes for both the Ghanaian national team and Premier League club Arsenal, was born on June 13, 1993.
Partey started his professional career in 2013 at the Spanish club Atlético Madrid. He later went on loan to Mallorca and Almera before returning to Atlético in 2015, where he went on to win the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2018.
He transferred to Arsenal in 2020 for £45 million (€50 million), making him the most expensive Ghanaian footballer in history.
Partey, a Ghanaian international, has competed for his country in three Africa Cup of Nations (2017, 2019, and 2021). He was selected for the 2018 CAF Team of the Year and awarded Ghana Player of the Year.
Partey made the decision to become a Muslim in a London mosque in March 2022. While maintaining Thomas Partey both legally and professionally, it was reported in June that he had changed his first name to Yakubu as part of his religious conversion. Days later, he claimed that he had changed his name back to Thomas.
As a reward for leading the squad to 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying at the cost of neighbors Nigeria, Partey was named a chief of the Manya Krobo people in June 2022 by their king Sakite II.
Club Career of Thomas Partey
Before a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mauritius, manager Avram Grant made Partey’s first call-up to the Ghana national team in May 2016. On June 5, he made his debut, taking Frank Acheampong’s place for the final 11 minutes of a 2-0 victory away from home that guaranteed the Black Stars’ spot in the championship.
In a 5-1 victory against Congo in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying on September 5, 2017, Partey recorded his first hat-trick in international competition.
In Kwesi Appiah’s 23-man roster for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Partey was selected. He scored in the Black Stars’ 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in their last group match to help them finish first. On July 8, he scored in the last penalty shootout of the match against Tunisia, but his side was eliminated.
In 2018 and 2019, Partey was named Ghana Player of the Year. Partey was chosen as Ghana’s vice-captain ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications and the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.