Ibrahima Konaté (born 25 May 1999) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Liverpool FC.
Starting off with Sochaux, Konaté moved to Leipzig in 2017 and Liverpool in 2021.
Konaté has been compared to Virgil van Dijk due to his positional play, tackling, pace and strength. Guido Schafer said that: “he is tall, fast, good technique and he is a little bit of Virgil van Dijk… He has very high-class potential. He is a great athlete, he has good speed and there are no silly tackles – he is an intelligent player.” Konaté is also well known for his passing and strength in the air.
Early Life and Career
Konaté was born in Paris, France. Ibrahima Konaté is a Muslim by religion.
Konaté grew up in the 11th arrondissement of Paris and played as a teen for Paris FC youth teams. When he was 14, he left for Sochaux and joined their boarding academy at the age of 15. He started his career as a striker before moving to the defence.
Konaté made his professional debut for Sochaux in a 1–0 Ligue 2 loss to Auxerre on 7 February 2017, at the age of 17.
After a successful debut season, with 12 games and 1 goal in half a season, Konaté joined RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on 12 June 2017 on a five-year contract by free transfer. Konaté scored his first Leipzig goal in a 4–0 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
On 28 May 2021, Liverpool announced that they had reached an agreement with RB Leipzig to acquire Konaté on 1 July, pending international clearance and a work permit being granted. The club had already agreed personal terms with the player in April, and triggered his release clause of approximately £36 million in May 2021. On 18 September, Konaté made his Premier League debut, starting alongside Virgil Van Dijk, and kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace. He made his second start of the season partnering Virgil van Dijk in the first North-West Derby of the season, in which Liverpool beat Manchester United 5-0. It was the heaviest defeat inflicted on United by Liverpool since 1895 and the heaviest defeat United had suffered without scoring in since 1955. Konate won plaudits from fans for how he handled star players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes and also featured in Garth Crooks’ team of the week, with Crooks saying, “No frills or skills but he does use his power and strength to maximum effect. This wasn’t Chelsea versus Norwich but Manchester United against Liverpool and Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford hardly had a kick.”
On 5 April 2022, Konaté scored his first goal for Liverpool, a header in a 3-1 away win against Benfica in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Born in France, Konaté is of Malian descent. He is a youth international for France.
Ibrahima Konaté is currently single and not in any relationship for now. Ibrahima Konaté is also not married.
Net Worth and Salary
Ibrahima Konaté’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $4 million – $12 million.
Ibrahima Konaté earns £3,640,000 annually playing for Liverpool FC.
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