Thomas Partey; All you need to know about the Ghanaian midfielder/ Footballer

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.

Thomas Partey; All you need to know about the Ghanaian midfielder/ Footballer

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.

Arsenal

After Atlético Madrid’s £45 million (€50 million) release clause was exercised on October 15, 2020, Premier League team Arsenal confirmed the signing of Partey to long-term contract. 
Nacho Monreal had abandoned the number 18 jersey the previous year, and it was given to him. 
Partey expressed his intention to assist Arsenal in getting “back where [they] belong” after signing with the club. He also credited manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu for helping him make the move, saying that he wanted to “experience new challenges.”
Partey made his Arsenal debut on October 17, 2020, replacing Granit Xhaka in 0-1 league road loss to Manchester City. 
He made his debut for Arsenal in 2-1 away victory over Rapid Wien in the UEFA Europa League five days later. 
He sustained thigh injury on November during game against Aston Villa, forcing him to miss the remainder of the month’s fixtures.
On December 6 in the North London derby, he made a comeback but left with another injury at halftime as Arsenal fell to Tottenham Hotspur 2-0. In a 0-0 tie with Crystal Palace a month later, he made his next appearance off the bench.
Partey scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on October 22, 2021. Partey was selected Arsenal’s player of the month for February 2022.
Thomas Partey; All you need to know about the Ghanaian midfielder/ Footballer

Atlético Madrid

Partey, Krobo Odumase native, came up through the young levels of the neighborhood club Odometah. 
After brief stint with Leganés, he joined with Atlético Madrid in 2012, and year later was demoted to the reserves. 
Partey was recalled to the starting lineup for the match against Real Sociedad on March 10, 2013. 
He did not play in the final 0-1 home loss nevertheless.
On February 14, 2017, Partey and Atlético Madrid agreed to an extension of his contract through 2022. He became the first African to score for Atlético in the Champions League on October 31 when he equalized against Qaraba at home in a 1-1 draw and scored his first European goal with a long-range shot.
He received another contract on March 1, 2018, this one lasting through 2023, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments for the club. He took part in his team’s 3-0 victory over Marseille on May 16 in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final.
Partey entered the game as a late substitution on September 1, 2019, and he scored the game-winning goal in the last seconds as Atlético rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Eibar 3-2.
Four weeks later, in the Madrid derby against Real Madrid, he made his 100th La Liga appearance for Los Rojiblancos with a man-of-the-match performance.
Partey then left Atlético before the start of the 2020–21 season, but he had already made enough appearances to qualify for a champion’s medal when Atlético won La Liga that year.