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Christopher Nkunku Biography

French Footballer

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Christopher Alan Nkunku (born 14 November 1997) is a French professional footballer known for his versatile skills as a midfielder or forward. He hails from Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, France. Nkunku started his football journey at a young age and rose through the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain Academy. He made his professional debut for Paris Saint-Germain in December 2015, winning multiple domestic titles. Later, he joined RB Leipzig in July 2019, where he was named Bundesliga Player of the Season in 2021-2022 and finished as the league’s top scorer in the following season. In 2023, Nkunku signed with Premier League club Chelsea for a reported fee of £52 million. He has also represented France at various youth levels and made his debut for the senior national team in March 2022.

Christopher Nkunku
Full Name Christopher Alan Nkunku
Born November 14, 1997 (age 25)
Nationality French
Occupation Footballer
Relationship Status Single
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Early Life and Education

  • Christopher Alan Nkunku was born on 14 November 1997 in Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, France.
  • He began playing football with AS Marolles at the age of six, showcasing remarkable speed, technique, and vision of the game.
  • Despite facing rejections from Lens, Le Havre, and Monaco due to his young age and petite physique, he eventually joined Paris Saint-Germain’s youth system at 15 years old, where he further honed his skills.

Club Career

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Nkunku joined the Paris Saint-Germain youth system in 2010 and was part of the team that finished as runners-up in the 2015-16 UEFA Youth League.
  • He made his professional debut for Paris Saint-Germain on 8 December 2015 in a UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • Nkunku scored his first professional goal in a 7-0 home win against Bastia in the Coupe de France on 7 January 2017.
  • He continued to impress, scoring his first brace as a professional in a 5-0 victory against Metz on 10 March 2018.

RB Leipzig

  • On 18 July 2019, Nkunku signed a five-year deal with German side RB Leipzig for a transfer fee of approximately €13 million plus bonuses.
  • He made his debut for the club on 11 August 2019 in a DFB-Pokal match against VfL Osnabrück, securing a 3-2 victory.
  • Nkunku’s Bundesliga debut followed a week later, and he scored his first competitive goal in a 4-0 win over Union Berlin on the first matchday of the 2019-20 season.
  • He became the second player in recent Bundesliga history to register four assists in a single match during a 5-0 victory against Schalke 04 on 22 February 2020.
  • Nkunku made history by scoring a hat-trick in a 6-3 defeat to Manchester City in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage match, becoming the first player in the club’s history to achieve this feat.
  • In the 2021-22 season, he won the Bundesliga Player of the Season award after contributing with 20 goals and 13 assists in 34 league games.
  • During the 2022-23 season, Nkunku finished as the joint top scorer in the Bundesliga, netting 16 goals.


  • On 20 June 2023, Nkunku signed a six-year deal with Premier League club Chelsea, officially starting his tenure on 1 July 2023. The transfer fee was reported to be £52 million.

International Career

  • Nkunku was born in France and is of Congolese descent.
  • He represented France at various youth levels, including under-16, under-19, under-20, and under-21 teams.
  • Nkunku made three appearances for the French under-20 team at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • He received his first call-up to the senior France squad for friendly matches against Ivory Coast and South Africa in March 2022.
  • Nkunku made his debut as a starter in the game against Ivory Coast.
  • He was named in the 25-man French squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar but unfortunately sustained a knee injury during training, which led to his withdrawal from the competition.

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