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September 26, 1989 (34)
Idrissa Gueye is a Senegalese professional footballer renowned for his defensive midfield roles, notably with Premier League club Everton and the Senegal national team.
Gueye’s career took off at Diambars in Senegal, after which he joined Lille’s reserve team in 2008. He transitioned to Lille’s first team in 2010 and played until 2015. During his time at Lille, he clinched a Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 2011. The journey then led him to England, first with Aston Villa in 2015 and then with Everton a year later. In 2019, Gueye pivoted back to France, this time signing with the formidable Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Although he didn’t play in the match, he did reach the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final with PSG.
Gueye has played alongside several football heavyweights during his career. At Lille, he teamed up with Eden Hazard, Moussa Sow, and Rio Mavuba to secure the Ligue 1 title. His time at Aston Villa included working with Micah Richards and Jack Grealish, while his tenure at Everton saw him sharing the pitch with Wayne Rooney, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Richarlison. His move to PSG was marked by interactions with global icons like Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, and Angel Di Maria.
Over the years, Gueye has had significant achievements in international football. He made his debut for Senegal in 2011 and was part of the national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Notably, he has participated in two FIFA World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. A milestone in his career was helping Senegal win the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, and he stands as Senegal’s record cap holder. He also has the distinction of being the first Senegalese player to achieve over 100 caps.