Yannick Carrasco

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐˈʁaʃku];[4] 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.

Yannick Carrasco
Carrasco playing for Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Yannick Ferreira Carrasco[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Vilvoorde, Belgium
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Position(s) Winger, Wingback
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 21
Youth career
1999–2001 Stade Everois
2001–2005 Diegem Sport
2005–2010 Genk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Monaco B 30 (10)
2012–2015 Monaco 81 (15)
2015–2018 Atlético Madrid 81 (17)
2018–2020 Dalian Professional 50 (24)
2020Atlético Madrid (loan) 15 (1)
2020– Atlético Madrid 30 (6)
National team
2008 Belgium U15 1 (0)
2010 Belgium U17 2 (0)
2010–2011 Belgium U18 9 (1)
2011–2012 Belgium U19 12 (3)
2013–2014 Belgium U21 11 (1)
2015– Belgium 47 (6)
* 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.[5]

Carrasco made his international debut in April 2015. He played at the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and 2020 and was part of their squad that came third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Personal life

Carrasco was born in Vilvoorde to a Portuguese father and Spanish mother.[6] His father left the family when Yannick was still a child, leaving his mother, Carmen, to raise him and his brother Mylan.[7] 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.[8]

In 2017, Carrasco married former Miss Belgium Noémie Happart.[9]

Club career


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.[10] 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.[11]

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;[12] the team finished their first season back at the top as runners up to Paris Saint-Germain.

On 25 February 2015, he scored the last goal of Monaco's 3–1 away win at Arsenal in the last 16 first leg of the UEFA Champions League, after replacing Dimitar Berbatov in the 75th minute.[13]

Atlético Madrid

Carrasco in 2016

On 10 July 2015, Atlético Madrid announced the signing of Carrasco on a five-year deal for a reported fee of €20 million.[14][15] On 18 October, he scored his first goal for Atletico in a 2–0 away victory over Real Sociedad.[16]

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.[17]

On 15 October 2016, he scored his first professional hat-trick in a 7–1 rout of Granada CF.[18][19]

Dalian Professional

On 26 February 2018, along with teammate Nicolás Gaitán, Carrasco moved to Chinese Super League newcomers Dalian Yifang (later rebranded as Dalian Professional),[20] a club owned by Atléti's partial owner Dalian Wanda Group.[citation needed] He made his debut on 3 March in an 8–0 loss to Shanghai SIPG,[21][22] 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.[23]

Atlético Madrid return

On 31 January 2020, Carrasco returned to Atlético Madrid on loan until the end of the season.[24] On 8 September 2020, he rejoined the club on a permanent basis, signing a four-year contract.[25] On 21 November 2020, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Barcelona.[26]

International career

Exhibition match against Russia in Sochi (2017)

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.[27] He was named in manager Marc Wilmots' squad for the final tournament.[28] 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.[29]

Carrasco was included in the Belgian squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by manager Roberto Martínez.[30] 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.[31]

Career statistics


As of match played 22 May 2021[32]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Monaco 2012–13 Ligue 2 2762022318
2013–14 Ligue 1 1834100224
2014–15 366402110[lower-alpha 1]1528
Total 81151014310110520
Atlético Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 294509[lower-alpha 1]1435
2016–17 35106212[lower-alpha 1]25314
2017–18 173516[lower-alpha 2]0284
Total 811716327312423
Dalian Professional 2018 Chinese Super League 25710267
2019 2517102617
Total 502420005224
Atlético Madrid (loan) 2019–20 La Liga 151001[lower-alpha 1]0161
Atlético Madrid 2020–21 306005[lower-alpha 1]1357
Total 4570061518
Atlético total 1262416333417531
Career total 257632844343533275
  1. Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League


As of 12 June 2021[33]
International goals
Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.
1.26 June 2016Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France Hungary
UEFA Euro 2016
2.6 September 2016GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus Cyprus
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.9 November 2016Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands Netherlands
4.14 November 2016King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium Estonia
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5.7 October 2017Stadion Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
6.19 November 2019King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium Cyprus
UEFA Euro 2020 qualification



Atlético Madrid



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