André Onana Onana (born 2 April 1996) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester United.
Onana joined Barcelona’s youth system in 2010. He signed for Ajax in 2015, where he made 214 appearances and won three Eredivisie titles. Onana joined Inter Milan on a free transfer in July 2022, where he won a Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana title in his sole season at the club, also reaching the Champions League final. Manchester United then signed Onana for an initial £43.8 million in 2023.
At international level, Onana made 34 appearances for the Cameroon national team from 2016 to 2022.
Born in Nkol Ngok, Onana joined Barcelona from the Samuel Eto’o Academy at the age of 14 in 2010. Because he was under 18 and a non-EU citizen, Onana had to go on loan in the 2012–13 season to the youth team of Cornellà, before being loaned again the next season to the first-team of Vista Alegre.
In early January 2015, it was announced that he would join Dutch club Ajax in July 2015. The transfer was brought forward later that month. He made his debut for Jong Ajax in the Eerste Divisie in February 2015. He signed a new contract with Ajax in May 2017, running until 2021. In March 2019 he signed a further new contract, until June 2022. In November 2019, he said he was interested in playing in the Premier League in England.
In February 2021, Onana was banned from playing for 12 months by UEFA after testing positive for Furosemide, a banned substance. Onana said he took his wife’s medicine by mistake and Ajax joined him in appealing against the decision. The ban was reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June.
In January 2022, he was linked with a transfer to Italian club Inter Milan. In May 2022, he announced that he was leaving Ajax. Onana spent seven and a half years with Ajax, making 214 appearances in all competitions during his stint.
On 1 July 2022, Inter Milan officially confirmed Onana’s signing on a free transfer on a five-year contract.
In January 2023 he won the Supercoppa Italiana against rivals AC Milan and also went on to win the Coppa Italia, defeating Fiorentina in May 2023. He played an integral role in helping guide Inter to the 2023 Champions League Final.
After discussions with the club through the month, on 16 July 2023 it was reported that Onana had agreed personal terms with Manchester United for a five-year contract. Manchester United confirmed the transfer on 20 July, for an initial £43.8 million fee with Inter for the transfer of Onana, with a potential £3.4 million in add-ons, which saw Onana rejoin his former coach at Ajax, Erik ten Hag. He made his debut for the club in a friendly against Real Madrid in Houston on 26 July 2023; he played the full 90 minutes but conceded two goals as United lost 2–0.
He made his competitive debut for the club in the Premier League opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He kept a clean sheet as United won the game 1–0, but was at the centre of controversy after referee Simon Hooper and VAR Michael Salisbury opted not to award a late penalty for a foul by Onana on Saša Kalajdžić.
Onana is a former Cameroon youth international. He was named in Cameroon’s squad for a friendly against France in May 2016.
Onana debuted for Cameroon in a 2–1 friendly win over Gabon in September 2016. He featured in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations third-place game against Burkina Faso. On 9 November 2022, he was named in the final squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He played the first match against Switzerland, before being dropped in the second against Serbia, then he was eventually sent home from the tournament on 28 November by manager Rigobert Song due to a disciplinary issue related to arguments about the latter’s coaching tactics. Onana announced his retirement from international football on 23 December 2022. Just over eight months later, on 29 August 2023, Onana was recalled into the Cameroon squad by Rigobert Song for a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Burundi.
Style of play
Onana is a sweeper-keeper who has strong distribution skills. He regularly comes out of his box to help build-up play and is known for his confidence on the ball and range of passing. In Cameroon’s opening 2022 World Cup game against Switzerland, Onana had more touches of the ball outside of the box (26) than any goalkeeper in a World Cup match since records began in 1966. He was described as resembling a “holding midfielder at times” in UEFA’s Technical Observers’ report on the 2022–23 Champions League.
In July 2023, he was described as “a modern keeper… with the technique of an outfield player”.
Parents and family
Andre Onana was born to his mother, Adele Onana and to his father, named Francois Onana.
Onana has two brothers; Wariner and Emmanuel. Andre Onana’s family is based in Nkol Ngok, Cameroon, where the goalkeeper was born and raised.
His cousin, Fabrice Ondoa, also plays as a goalkeeper.
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André Onana has been in a relationship with Melanie Kamayou for a long time now, others think they are married.
Melanie is his girlfriend, and she’s a very private person. The two were spotted at the Ballon d’Or 2019 ceremony. She looks stunning in that black dress.
André Onana has no child at the moment.
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