Musa Barrow

Musa Barrow (born 14 November 1998) is a Gambian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Bologna, on loan from Atalanta, and the Gambia national team.[2]

Musa Barrow
Barrow in 2018
Personal information
Full name Musa Barrow
Date of birth (1998-11-14) 14 November 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth Banjul, The Gambia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Bologna (on loan from Atalanta)
Number 99
Youth career
2016–2018 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Atalanta 41 (4)
2020–Bologna (loan) 56 (17)
National team
2018 Gambia U23 1 (1)
2018– Gambia 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:24, 31 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:50, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Early career

Barrow joined Atalanta in 2016 from The Gambia where he played football locally and in the street, and in his first appearance with the youth squad scored two goals from midfield.[3] He joined the first team squad in 2018 after scoring 19 goals in 15 games for the youth side.[4]


Barrow made his professional debut with Atalanta in a 1–0 Coppa Italia loss to Juventus on 30 January 2018.[5] He made his Serie A debut for Atalanta in a 1–1 tie with Crotone on 10 February 2018.[6]

He had his first start on 13 April 2018 in an 0–0 home draw against Inter Milan.[7]

On 18 September 2019, Barrow made his Champions League debut against Dinamo Zagreb.[8]


On 17 January 2020, Barrow moved from Atalanta to Bologna on loan with an obligation to buy for a fee reported to be around €13 million.[9] Soon after his transfer, Barrow became the starting striker under Siniša Mihajlović and became one of their top scorers of the season despite only arriving in January.

International career

On 1 June 2018, Barrow scored the only goal for the Gambia U23s in a 1–0 friendly win over the Morocco U23s.[10]

Barrow made his debut for the senior Gambia national football team in a 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification draw with Algeria on 8 September 2018.[11]

Career statistics


As of match played 23 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Atalanta 2017–18 Serie A 12320143
2018–19 Serie A 2212064305
2019–20 Serie A 70001080
Total 414407400528
Bologna 2019–20 Serie A 18900189
2020–21 Serie A 38821409
Total 56172100005818
Career total 972161740011026


As of match played 11 June 2021[12]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Gambia 201830
International goals
Scores and results list the Gambia's goal tally first.[12]
1.12 June 2019Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco Morocco1–01–0Friendly
2.16 November 2020Independence Stadium, Bakau, Gambia Gabon2–02–12021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification