Franck Yannick Kessié was born on the 19th of December 1996, and he is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish La Liga club Barcelona and the Ivory Coast national team.
Franck who was born in Ouragahio, began his career in Stella Club d’Adjamé, joining their youth setup in 2010. In 2014, he was promoted to the first team.
Franck Kessié signed a three-year contract with Serie A club Atalanta on the 29th of January 2015. The man marking midfielder was assigned to the club’s Primavera squad upon his arrival, and contributed with seven appearances for the side. Franck’s first match in Europe occurred on 1 March, as he started in a 2–0 away win against AC Milan Primavera.
Franck Kessié, on the 26th of August 2015, joined Cesena in the Serie B on a one-year loan deal. The player made his professional debut on 26 September, coming on as a substitute for Antonino Ragusa in a 0–0 away draw against Perugia.
Franck Yannick Kessié scored his first professional goal on 31 October 2015, netting the last in a 2–0 home win against Virtus Lanciano. The midfielder became an undisputed starter afterwards, appearing in 37 matches and scoring four goals as his side missed out promotion in the play-offs.
Return to Atalanta
After Franck Kessié’s returned from loan, he was promoted to the first team by manager Gian Piero Gasperini. After Franck appeared with the main squad during the pre-season, he made his debut for La Dea on 13 August 2016, starting and scoring the last in a 3–0 Coppa Italia home win against Cremonese. After a frame of six days later, he renewed his contract until 2021.
Franck Kessié joined fellow Serie A side AC Milan on a two-year loan deal with the obligation to buy on the 2nd of June 2017. The player originally, choses 19 as his shirt number but soon was persuaded by the club’s management to leave it for Leonardo Bonucci, who transferred to Milan a few weeks later; as a result, Kessié changed it to 79. After the departure of Bonucci in the next summer transfer window, he was offered his original shirt number back yet refused, citing that he does not want to force Milan fans to spend any extra money on his personalized shirts due to yet another number change.
2021–22: Scudetto winner and departure
Against Lazio, on the 12 of September 2021, Kessie won a penalty kick but failed to convert it; Milan still managed to win the match 2–0. And on the 28th of September, in a UEFA Champions league match against Atletico, as Milan was leading by 1-0, Kessie was sent off in the 29th minute, his side eventually lost 1-2. Meanwhile, on the 31st of October against Roma, he converted a penalty kick to score the second and seal a 2–1 victory for Milan.
Kessié scored the third goal in 3-0 rout against Sassuolo on the 22nd of May 2022, sealing the Scudetto title for the club, after the goal, Kessie went to Milan fans at the Mapei Stadium and did his trademark salute, it was Kessie’s last match and goal with Milan, as he announced his departure few days later and thanked the fans.
FC Barcelona, on the 4th of July 2022, announced that they have reached an agreement with Kessiè after his contract expires with AC Milan on a 4 year deal until 30 June 2026 and his buy out clause will be set at €500m.
The former AC Milan midfielder represented Ivory Coast at under-17 and under-20 levels, appearing in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2015 Toulon Tournament. However, during the former tournament, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation submitted a complaint to FIFA claiming that Kessié was aged 22 and not 16; FIFA later denied that claim.
Franck Kessié at the age of 17, he played his first international game with the senior national team on 6 September 2014, starting in a 2–1 home win against Sierra Leone for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. And on the 4th of January 2017, he was included in Michel Dussuyer’s 23-man squad ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, starting in all matches as his side was knocked out in the group stage.
Franck Kessie’s Market Value, $ Net Worth
During his time in Milan, his market value increased from $20 million to $40 million. The Ambition Group represents this midfielder who wears Nike. Allegedly, his net worth is $3 million.
Franck Kessie salary at AC Milan
As of July 2019, the midfielder renewed a contract with A.C. Milan that paid him $2.31 million annually. According to the latest update from ESPN, he left AC Milan after his contract expired at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Other Facts About Franck
Name: Franck Kessie
Date of Birth: December 19, 1996
Age: 25 years (As of June 2022)
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Place of Birth: Ouragahio, Ivory Coast
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Current Team: Barcelona
Former Team: AC Milan
National Team: Ivory Coast
Skin Colour: Black
Current Residence: Barcelona
Social media: Facebook, Instagram
Marital status: Married
Current Net worth: Around $3 million