Brahim Díaz

Brahim Abdelkader Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [bɾaˈin ˈdi.aθ]; born 3 August 1999), known as Brahim,[2] is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Milan, on loan from Real Madrid of La Liga.

Brahim training with Manchester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Brahim Abdelkader Díaz[1]
Date of birth (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Milan (on loan from Real Madrid)
Number 21
Youth career
2010–2013 Málaga
2013–2016 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Manchester City 5 (0)
2019– Real Madrid 15 (1)
2020–Milan (loan) 21 (2)
National team
2016 Spain U17 10 (3)
2016–2018 Spain U19 10 (1)
2017– Spain U21 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 21 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:52, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Manchester City

Brahim began his career at his hometown club Málaga, before moving to Manchester City in 2015 as a 16-year-old for an initial £200,000 fee.[3][4] On 21 September 2016, Díaz made his first-team debut for City, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute to replace Kelechi Iheanacho in an EFL Cup tie against Swansea City.[5] Five days later, he signed his first professional contract with City, for three years.[6]

On 21 November 2017, Brahim made his Champions League debut against Feyenoord, coming on in injury time for Raheem Sterling.[7] On 19 December 2017, Brahim made his first club start, playing for 88 minutes against Leicester City in the League Cup.[8] He made his Premier League debut on 20 January 2018, in a 3–1 victory over Newcastle United.[9] and on 13 May, he received a winner's medal after appearing sporadically in four more league games over the season.[10]

On 5 August 2018, Brahim played the final 15 minutes in place of Phil Foden a 2–0 win over Chelsea in the 2018 FA Community Shield.[11] Later that season, Brahim would score his first career goal for City, netting both times in a 2–0 win over Fulham on 1 November.[12]

Real Madrid

Following intense transfer speculation, coupled with his contract with Manchester City due to expire in June 2019, Brahim joined Real Madrid on 6 January, for a transfer fee of £15.5 million (€17 million).[13] His contract, which runs until 2025, also includes potential add-ons, which could see the value of the transfer to rise to £22 million (€24 million).[14] The transfer also includes clauses which stipulates a 15 per cent sell-on fee to be received by City, which would rise to 40 per cent should Brahim depart Madrid and transfer to "another Manchester club".[15]

He made his debut on 9 January 2019, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 victory over Leganés in the Copa del Rey.[16] His league debut came four days later, when he again came in as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Real Betis.[17] He scored his first goal on 12 May 2019, in a 1–3 defeat at Real Sociedad.[18]

He made six appearances during the league season, as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.[19]

Loan to A.C. Milan

On 4 September 2020, Real Madrid announced that Brahim would be loaned out to Milan for the duration of the 2020–21 season.[20][21]

International career

Brahim was born in Spain to Spanish parents from Melilla, but is eligible to play for Morocco due to the origin of his father.[22] Brahim is a youth international for Spain, and made his first appearances at age 16, where he received praise for his performances for Spain's U17s in the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[3]

Career statistics

As of match played 21 April 2021[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[lower-alpha 1] League Cup[lower-alpha 2] Continental Other Total
Manchester City 2016–17[24] Premier League 0000100010
2017–18[25] Premier League 5010103[lower-alpha 3]0100
2018–19[26] Premier League 000032001[lower-alpha 4]042
Total 5010523010152
Real Madrid 2018–19[27] La Liga 912000111
2019–20 La Liga 60311[lower-alpha 3]000101
Total 1515110212
Milan (loan) 2020–21 Serie A 2122010[lower-alpha 5]300335
Career total 413815214310699
  1. Includes FA Cup and Copa del Rey
  2. Includes EFL Cup
  3. Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. Appearance in FA Community Shield
  5. Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League


Manchester City

Real Madrid

Spain U17


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  2. "Brahim". Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. "Brahim Diaz". Manchester City F.C. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  4. Ducker, James (21 April 2016). "Manchester City's global scouting mission pays off with 'mind-blowing' talent". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. "Swansea City 1–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. "Brahim Diaz signs new deal". Manchester City F.C. 26 September 2016. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. "Manchester City 1–0 Feyenoord". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  8. "Leicester City 1–1 Manchester City (3–4 pens)". BBC Sport. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  9. Critchley, Mark (20 January 2018). "Sergio Aguero hits a perfect hat-trick as Manchester City end Newcastle's acrimonious week on a sour note". The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  10. Fay, Richard (13 May 2018). "Man City fans loved seeing Phil Foden make Premier League history". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  11. Bevan, Chris (5 August 2018). "Chelsea 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  12. "Manchester City 2–0 Fulham: Brahim Díaz leads holders into EFL Cup last eight". BeIN Sport. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  13. Jackson, Jamie. "Brahim Díaz on verge of joining Real Madrid from Manchester City for £15.5m". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  14. "Official Statement: Brahim Díaz" (in Spanish). Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  15. Lilzino, John. "Brahim Díaz: Manchester City put anti-United clause in Real Madrid transfer to prevent Old Trafford move". The Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  16. "Real Madrid 3–0 Leganés". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  17. "Ceballos rescues Real Madrid in Seville". Marca. Spain. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  18. "Brahim Diaz impresses again with a stunning solo goal". Marca. Spain. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  19. "Real Madrid win the longest LaLiga Santander season". Marca. Spain. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  20. "Official Announcement: Brahim" (Press release). Real Madrid CF. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  21. "Official Statement: Brahim Díaz" (Press release). A.C. Milan. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  22. Abdelkader l'hispano marocain
  23. Brahim Díaz at Soccerway
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  30. "Real Madrid win the Supercopa from the spot". Marca. Spain. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.