Theo Hernandez

Theo Bernard François Hernández (French pronunciation: [teo ɛʁnɑ̃dɛz, - ɛʁnandɛs]; born 6 October 1997) is a French professional footballer who plays as a left back for Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan.

Theo Hernández
Hernandez celebrating after winning the 2018 Champions League with Real Madrid
Personal information
Full name Theo Bernard François Hernandez[1]
Date of birth (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Left-back
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2007 Rayo Majadahonda[3]
2007–2015 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Atlético Madrid B 9 (0)
2016–2017Alavés (loan) 32 (1)
2017–2019 Real Madrid 13 (0)
2018–2019Real Sociedad (loan) 24 (1)
2019– Milan 60 (10)
National team
2015 France U18 4 (0)
2015–2016 France U19 9 (0)
2016 France U20 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:24, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Atlético Madrid

Born in Marseille, Hernández joined Atlético Madrid's academy in 2007, aged nine.[4] After progressing through the youth categories, he was promoted to the reserves in Tercera División in summer 2015.

On 3 February 2016, Hernández renewed his contract.[5] Two days later, he was called up to the first team for a La Liga match against Eibar due to injuries,[6] but remained an unused substitute in the 3–1 home win.[7]


On 4 August 2016, Hernández extended his contract until 2021, being immediately loaned to fellow league club Deportivo Alavés for one year.[8][9] He made his professional debut late in the month, starting in a 0–0 home draw with Sporting de Gijón.[10]

On 16 October 2016, Hernández was given a straight red card in a 1–1 home draw to Málaga after a hard tackle on Ignacio Camacho.[11] He scored his first professional goal the following 7 May, netting the game's only in a home victory over Athletic Bilbao.[12]

A regular starter during the Basque team's run in the Copa del Rey, Hernández helped them reach the final for the first time in their 91-year history. During the decisive match on 27 May 2017, he scored the equaliser through a direct free kick in an eventual 1–3 loss against Barcelona.[13]

Real Madrid

On 5 July 2017, Hernández signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid after they met his release clause of €24 million.[14][15][16] He made his competitive debut on 16 August, replacing Marco Asensio in a 2–0 home win against Barcelona for that year's Supercopa de España.[17]

Hernández made three appearances during the 2017–18 edition of the UEFA Champions League,[18] helping the club win its third consecutive and 13th overall title in the competition.[19] On 10 August 2018, he was loaned to Real Sociedad.[20][21]


On 7 July 2019, Hernández joined Serie A club A.C. Milan in a deal worth maximum of €20 million.[22][23] The transfer was approved and carried out by Paolo Maldini, who met with him informally in Ibiza to persuade him to join.[24]

Hernández made his official debut on 21 September 2019, playing 18 minutes in the 2–0 defeat against Inter Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.[25] He scored his first goal for the Rossoneri on 5 October, helping the visitors come from behind to win 2–1 at Genoa.[26]

Personal life

Hernández's father, Jean-François, was also a footballer. A centre-back of Spanish descent, he too played for Atlético Madrid;[27][28] his older brother, Lucas, also a defender, was also developed at the club.[29]

Career statistics

As of match played 18 April 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[lower-alpha 1] Europe Other Total
Atlético Madrid B 2015–16[30] Tercera División 901[lower-alpha 2]0100
Alavés (loan) 2016–17[31] La Liga 32161382
Real Madrid 2017–18[31] La Liga 130603[lower-alpha 3]01[lower-alpha 4]0230
Real Sociedad (loan) 2018–19[31] La Liga 24140281
Milan 2019–20[31] Serie A 33631367
2020–21[31] Serie A 27420101395
Total 601051101007512
Career total 138122121312017415
  1. Includes Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia
  2. Appearance in Tercera División play-offs
  3. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. Appearance in Supercopa de España




Real Madrid



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  2. "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017: List of players: Real Madrid CF" (PDF). FIFA. 16 December 2017. p. 5. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. Guerra, Axel (25 October 2018). ""Desde críos se veía que Lucas y Theo Hernández tenían condiciones"" [«One could see Lucas and Theo Hernández were skilled since when they were kids»]. El Diario Vasco (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  4. G. Fuente, Chema (17 September 2014). "Lucas y Theo Hernández, sociedad defensora ilimitada" [Lucas and Theo Hernández, defensive company unlimited]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. "Theo ficha por el primer equipo" [Theo signs for the first team]. Marca (in Spanish). 3 February 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  6. Díaz, Francisco Javier (5 February 2016). "Simeone forced into rookie back line for Eibar visit". Diario AS. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  7. Malagón, Manuel (6 February 2016). "Fiesta completa en el Calderón" [Complete party at the Calderón]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  8. "Theo Hernández renews until 2021". Atlético Madrid. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
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  12. Jiménez, Rubén (7 May 2017). "Theo lía la Eurozona" [Theo befuddles the Eurozone]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2017.
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  24. "Theo Hernandez reveals how Maldini was decisive in sealing Milan move". One Football. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  25. "Milan-Inter 0–2: gol e highlights della partita. Brozovic-Lukaku, nerazzurri primi" [Milan-Inter 0–2: match goals and highlights. Brozovic-Lukaku, black-and-blue first] (in Italian). Sky Sport. 21 September 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  26. Gaetani, Marco (5 October 2019). "Genoa-Milan 1–2, Hernandez e Kessié rilanciano Giampaolo" [Genoa-Milan 1–2, Hernandez and Kessié relaunch Giampaolo]. La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  27. Barrère, Sébastien (21 March 2018). "Lucas Hernandez, l'Espagnol à l'accent français" [Lucas Hernandez, the Spaniard with the French accent]. La Dépêche du Midi (in French). Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  28. "Lucas, el futuro jefe de la defensa" [Lucas, the future boss of the defence]. ABC (in Spanish). 5 December 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
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  33. "Acta del partido celebrado el 13 de agosto de 2017, en Barcelona" [Minutes of the match held on 13 August 2017, in Barcelona] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
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