Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐˈʁaʃku]; born 4 September 1993) is a Belgian footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Belgium national team as a winger and wingback.
|Full name||Yannick Ferreira Carrasco|
|Date of birth||4 September 1993|
|Place of birth||Vilvoorde, Belgium|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2020||→ Atlético Madrid (loan)||15||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2021
He began his career with Monaco, where he scored 20 goals in 105 professional games, winning Ligue 2 in his first season and finishing runner-up in Ligue 1 in the second. In 2015, he joined La Liga side Atlético Madrid for a reported €20 million, scoring in the final as they were runners-up in the UEFA Champions League. After a two-year spell with Dalian Professional in the Chinese Super League, Carrasco returned to Atlético in early 2020 on a loan basis. In September 2020 it was announced that Carrasco would officially transfer to Atletico on a permanent basis and would sign a contract for four years.
Carrasco was born in Vilvoorde to a Portuguese father and Spanish mother. His father left the family when Yannick was still a child, leaving his mother, Carmen, to raise him and his brother Mylan. He has two younger half-siblings, Hugo and Celia. While initially known as "Ferreira Carrasco" at the time of his professional debut, he later chose to drop the paternal part of his Spanish-style double surname.
Carrasco joined Monaco from Belgian club Genk in 2010 . He made his professional debut on 30 July 2012 in the opening game of the Ligue 2 season against Tours, opening a 4–0 victory at the Stade Louis II via a free kick. On 13 April 2013, he scored both goals of a 2–0 league victory over Auxerre. In his debut campaign with the club, he appeared in 27 games and scored 6 goals as Monaco won promotion back to Ligue 1.
His first top-flight goal came on 5 October 2013 against Saint-Étienne, converting a James Rodríguez cross and helping Monaco to a 2–1 victory. He scored twice in the opening 10 minutes fifteen days later as Monaco drew 2–2 away to Sochaux; the team finished their first season back at the top as runners up to Paris Saint-Germain.
On 10 July 2015, Atlético Madrid announced the signing of Carrasco on a five-year deal for a reported fee of €20 million. On 18 October, he scored his first goal for Atletico in a 2–0 away victory over Real Sociedad.
On 28 May 2016, as a half-time replacement for Augusto Fernández in the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final at the San Siro, Carrasco scored Atlético's 79th-minute equaliser against Real Madrid; his team lost in a penalty shoot-out. He was the first Belgian to score in a European Cup final.
On 15 October 2016, he scored his first professional hat-trick in a 7–1 rout of Granada CF.
On 26 February 2018, along with teammate Nicolás Gaitán, Carrasco moved to Chinese Super League newcomers Dalian Yifang (later rebranded as Dalian Professional), a club owned by Atléti's partial owner Dalian Wanda Group. He made his debut on 3 March in an 8–0 loss to Shanghai SIPG, and scored his first goal in his fourth match for the club on 31 March, in a 1–1 away draw with Henan Jianye, ending his club's season-opening three-game losing streak.
Atlético Madrid return
On 31 January 2020, Carrasco returned to Atlético Madrid on loan until the end of the season. On 8 September 2020, he rejoined the club on a permanent basis, signing a four-year contract. On 21 November 2020, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Barcelona.
Carrasco made his senior international debut in March 2015, as a 69th-minute substitute for Marouane Fellaini in a 5–0 win over Cyprus in UEFA Euro 2016 qualification. He was named in manager Marc Wilmots' squad for the final tournament. On 26 June, in the last 16 in Toulouse, he scored his first international goal to conclude a 4–0 win over Hungary, after replacing Dries Mertens in the second half.
Carrasco was included in the Belgian squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by manager Roberto Martínez. He made his debut in the opening group stage victory over Panama and was deployed as an attacking left wing back in a 3–4–3 formation.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Atlético Madrid||2015–16||La Liga||29||4||5||0||—||9||1||43||5|
|Dalian Professional||2018||Chinese Super League||25||7||1||0||—||—||26||7|
|Atlético Madrid (loan)||2019–20||La Liga||15||1||0||0||—||1||0||16||1|
- Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.
|1.||26 June 2016||Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France||Hungary||UEFA Euro 2016|
|2.||6 September 2016||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||9 November 2016||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||Friendly|
|4.||14 November 2016||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Estonia||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||7 October 2017||Stadion Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|6.||19 November 2019||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Cyprus||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
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