Yassine Bounou (Arabic: ياسين بونو; Berber languages: ⵢⴰⵙⵉⵏ ⴱⵓⵏⵓ; born 5 April 1991), popularly known as Bono, is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for La Liga club Sevilla and the Morocco national team.
He spent most of his career in Spain, making over 100 La Liga appearances for Girona and Sevilla, and 56 in Segunda División for Zaragoza and Girona. He won the UEFA Europa League with Sevilla in 2020.
A full international for Morocco since 2013, Bounou represented his nation at two FIFA World Cup and three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He previously played for the under-23 team at the 2012 Olympics.
Early Life and Career
Born on 5 April 1991 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Moroccan parents, Bono moved to Morocco at an early age, and made his senior debut with Wydad Casablanca in 2011, after being promoted to the first-team a year earlier.
On 14 June 2012, Bounou moved to La Liga club Atlético Madrid, being initially assigned to the reserves in Segunda División. He appeared regularly for the team on the bench as a third keeper, and signed a new four-year deal on 31 May 2013. In the summer of 2014, after profiting from Thibaut Courtois and Daniel Aranzubia’s departures, he was definitively promoted to the main squad. He made his first-team debut on 24 July 2014, in a 1–0 pre-season friendly win against CD Numancia.
On 1 September 2014, Bounou was loaned to the Segunda División’s Real Zaragoza, in a season-long deal. Kept out by Óscar Whalley for the first half of the campaign, he made his debut the following 11 January in a 5–3 loss at UD Las Palmas, and finished the season with 16 appearances. In the play-offs, after Whalley’s performance led to a 0–3 home loss to Girona FC in the first leg, Bono replaced him in the second for a 4–1 win and advancement on away goals; Zaragoza lost the final by the same rule to UD Las Palmas. On 23 July 2015, he returned to the Aragonese side, again in a one-year loan deal.
On 12 July 2016, Bounou signed a permanent two-year contract with fellow league team Girona. He played exactly half of games in his first season – sharing with René Román – as they were promoted in second place. In January 2019, now first choice at the top-flight club, he extended his contract until June 2021.
On 2 September 2019, after suffering relegation with the Catalans, Bono joined Sevilla FC in the top tier, on loan for one year. Second-choice to Tomáš Vaclík in the league season, he played regularly in the domestic cup and as the side won the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, earning plaudits for his performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals as he saved a penalty from Raúl Jiménez to earn a 1–0 win, also in the 2–1 semi-final win over Manchester United, and eventually his decisive save of Romelu Lukaku’s one-on-one strike, to win the final 3–2 against Inter Milan.
On 4 September 2020, Bono signed a permanent four-year contract with the Andalusians. The following 21 March, in the last minute of a match against Real Valladolid, he scored his first goal as a professional goalkeeper to secure a 1–1 draw.
Bono was eligible to represent Canada or Morocco, but opted to represent the latter, appearing with the under-20 team at the 2012 Toulon Tournament, playing in one match during the competition. He was also selected in the 18-man under-23 squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but acted as a backup to Mohamed Amsif during the tournament, in which Morocco were eliminated at the group stage.
On 14 August 2013, Bono was called up to the main squad for a friendly match against Burkina Faso. He made his debut in the following day, playing the entire second half of an eventual 1–2 defeat in Tangier.
In May 2018 Bono was named in Morocco’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia, At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt he was first choice for Hervé Renard’s team, keeping clean sheets in 1–0 wins over Namibia and the Ivory Coast to qualify for the last 16.
Bono was also called up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. At the tournament, he made headlines for his defence of Arabic and refusal to speak to the press in any other language.
On 10 November 2022, Bono was named in Morocco’s 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Bono made two saves during the round of 16 penalty shoot-out against Spain, leading to Morocco qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
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Yassine Bono is married to his lovely wife Imane. Yassine Bono and Imane have been together for many years. They’ve been dating since 2016.
It is unknown when exactly did Yassine Bono and Imane tie the knot. The couple got married in a private wedding ceremony.
Imane is famous for being the wife of the Sevilla and Morocco star Yassine Bounou. Imane is an Instagram influencer and a role model for many young women.
Imane was born on 9 November 1992. Imane is one year younger than her husband Bono, who was born on 5 April 1991.
Imane was born in Morocco. Imane’s nationality is Moroccan.
Imane frequently attends her husband’s games for Sevilla and has been his greatest cheerleader.
Net Worth and Salary
Yassine Bono’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $2.5 million – $10 million.
Yassine Bono earns over $1.5 million annually playing for Sevilla FC.
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