Odsonne Edouard


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1998 (26 years old)

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Odsonne Édouard (born 16 January 1998) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Crystal Palace. Internationally, he represents the France national under-19 football team.

Having progressed through the youth ranks of AF Bobigny, Édouard signed with PSG in July 2011 before being loaned to fellow Ligue 1 side Toulouse for the 2016–17 season. He has also represented France at various youth levels and was a key player for the nation at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where he won both the Golden Player and Golden Boot awards.

Club career
Paris Saint-Germain
Early career
Édouard joined the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in 2011 from amateur side AF Bobigny. He first gained fame during the 2013–14 season when he was the club's top goalscorer at U17 level; scoring 25 goals in 22 appearances in the U17 National Championship. He scored 22 goals in 14 league appearances for the U17s the following season and was part of the squad which won the Al Kass Cup, ending the competition with a return of three goals in five appearances.

He also played for the club's U19 team during the 2014–15 season; playing two UEFA Youth League matches, a Coupe Gambardella match and seven U19 Championship matches during which he scored seven goals. In two years, he scored more than 60 goals for the club at youth level, earning him the nicknames of "The Rocket" and "Magic Odsonne".

During the 2015–16 season, Édouard played with both the U19 team and the CFA team. In January 2016, he won the 2015 Titi d'Or, an award voted for by the club's supporters for the best academy player for a particular season. The award was notably won by Kingsley Coman and Jean-Kévin Augustin in previous years. PSG also made it to the Youth League final but were ultimately beaten 2–1 by Chelsea. Édouard scored three goals and registered three assists during the competition.

On 27 April 2016, he signed a professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain's senior side, after playing for their reserve team during the 2015–2016 campaign. During the 2016–17 pre-season, Édouard was included in PSG's squad for the 2016 International Champions Cup. Having previously featured as a substitute, he came on in the 79th minute against Leicester and scored in his non-competitive debut, making it 4–0 in the closing minutes of the club's last International Champions Cup game. As a result of the victory, PSG were crowned International Champions Cup champions.

2016–17 season: Loan to Toulouse
On 8 August 2016, Édouard joined Toulouse on a season-long loan. He made his debut for the club on 14 August 2016 against Marseille, replacing Issiaga Sylla after 74 minutes in a 0–0 away draw. Édouard scored his first professional goal on 19 November against Metz, scoring a consolation goal late in added time in a 2–1 home loss.

On 30 March 2017, Édouard was suspected of having shot at a passer-by with an airsoft gun on 11 February, injuring him in the head. As a result of the incident, he was interrogated by police and his loan was prematurely terminated by Toulouse. At the time of his loan being cancelled, Edouard had made 17 appearances and scored one goal for Toulouse. It was later revealed that his teammate, Mathieu Cafaro, had confessed to being the one who had fired the gun. Cafaro later recanted, however, and on 13 June the Toulouse Prosecutor asked that Édouard be charged with a four months suspended prison sentence and a €6,000 fine for his involvement in the incident. Édouard alleged that Cafaro fired the shot while Cafaro claimed not to have been in the car at the time of the shooting. On 4 July, Édouard was sentenced to a suspended four months' prison sentence by the Correctional Court of Toulouse. He was also ordered to pay a fine of €6,000 as well as damages of €2,600 to the victim for the wounds suffered to his ear.

2017–18 season: Loan to Celtic
Édouard was loaned to Celtic on 31 August 2017 with a season-long loan deal. He scored on his debut not away to Hamilton Academical on 8 September, helping Celtic to a 4–1 victory.On 20 September he played in the quarter-final of the Scottish League Cup as a substitute replacing Leigh Griffiths in the 85th minute, he made an assist for a late goal of James Forrest in a 4–0 away win over Dundee. Édouard scored his first career hat-trick in a 5–1 home win over Motherwell on 2 December 2017.

International career
After his impressive performances at club level, Édouard was selected by coach Jean-Claude Guitini for the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which France went on to win, scoring 15 goals and only conceding twice. Édouard was crowned as the Golden Player and the top goalscorer after scoring eight of France's 15 goals in five matches, a record in the competition. He notably scored the match-winning hat-trick in the final against Germany.

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