26 Facts About Kalidou Koulibaly

1. Kalidou Koulibaly received messages of support from several high-profile figures in world football—among them Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Napoli legend Diego Maradona.

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2. Kalidou Koulibaly is a professional footballer who plays as centre back for Serie A club Napoli and the Senegal national team.

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3. Kalidou Koulibaly said he did not appreciate the problem when he first moved to Italy until he started to understand Italian.

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4. Kalidou Koulibaly began his professional career at Metz, a club from northeastern France with strong ties to Senegal, and it was while playing for Metz in Ligue 2 that he was spotted by scouts from Genk.

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5. Kalidou Koulibaly played for the French under-20 team starting in 2011.

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6. Kalidou Koulibaly joined Belgian club Genk on 29 June 2012 after agreeing a four-year contract.

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7. Kalidou Koulibaly played for the club's amateur team in the Championnat de France Amateur appearing in 15 matches as Metz were crowned champions of the league finishing with 107 points.

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8. Kalidou Koulibaly began his career playing for his hometown club SR Saint-Die's youth team; he spent two seasons playing for the club's senior team in the Championnat de France Amateur 2, before joining the youth academy of professional club Metz on 1 July 2009.

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9. Kalidou Koulibaly began his professional club career with French team Metz in 2010, before moving to Belgian club Genk in 2012.

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10. Kalidou Koulibaly was born on 20 June 1991 and is a professional footballer who plays as centre back for Serie A club Napoli and the Senegal national team.

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11. Kalidou Koulibaly replied to Pogba that he would "see you soon bro"—and that, apparently, is clear evidence he will be signing for United before the month is out.

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12. Kalidou Koulibaly is a Senegalese footballer who plays as defender for Serie A club Napoli and the Senegal national football team, usually as a centre-back.

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13. Kalidou Koulibaly is under contract at Napoli until 2021, and Chelsea failed in a big money move for him last summer with Napoli standing firm.

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14. Kalidou Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout a match against Inter Milan on Wednesday at the San Siro Stadium.

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15. Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to monkey chants by some in the stadium.

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16. Kalidou Koulibaly was the victim of racist abuse during the Partenopei's match against Inter Milan on Boxing Day, per Sky Sports.

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17. Kalidou Koulibaly replied to Pogba that he would "see you soon bro"—and that, apparently, is clear evidence he will be signing for United before the month is out.

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18. Kalidou Koulibaly was a member of the Senegal squad that took part at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

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19. Kalidou Koulibaly played for the U-20 French side starting in 2011.

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20. Kalidou Koulibaly was born and raised in France by Senegalese parents, and was therefore eligible for both nations.

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21. On 29 June 2012, Kalidou Koulibaly joined Belgian club Racing Genk after agreeing to a four-year deal.

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22. Kalidou Koulibaly made his professional debut on 20 August 2010 in a league match against Vannes.

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23. Kalidou Koulibaly played on the club's amateur team in the Championnat de France amateur appearing in 15 matches as Metz were crowned champions of the league finishing with 107 points.

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24. Kalidou Koulibaly began his career playing for his hometown club SR Saint-Die's youth team, and spent two seasons playing on the club's senior team in the Championnat de France amateur 2, before joining the youth academy of professional club Metz on 1 July 2009.

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25. Kalidou Koulibaly began his professional club career with French side Metz in 2010, before moving to Belgian club Genk in 2012.

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26. Kalidou Koulibaly was born on 20 June 1991 and is a professional footballer who plays as defender for Napoli and the Senegal national team, usually as a centre back.

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