Black Stars of Ghana defensive midfielder Thomas Partey has become a key cog in the Atletico Madrid side under Diego Simeone. The 27 year old has made an impressive progress since he graduated from Mallorca youth team in 2013. Here are five interesting facts about the player.
1. He left Ghana without most of his family knowing
When the time came for Thomas to make the move from Ghana to Spain, he left very suddenly. His father was a football coach and, together with Thomas’ agent, had been planning his exit from Ghanaian second division side Tema Youth. One day Partey was driven to the Ghanaian capital of Accra, handed his passport and told he’d be leaving there and then. The rest of his family found out once Thomas was already in Spain, where he signed with Atlético de Madrid!
2. Michael Essien was his idol
When Thomas Partey was starting out on his journey to professional football, the player he looked up to the most was Michael Essien. Thomas has spoken about the…
Source: Complete Sports