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Thomas Partey – sublime ball competition talent (Part 2)

The back of his shirt says Thomas’s name, not his surname Partey. This is an expression of faith.

“The costume photographer asked why I didn’t choose Partey on the back of my shirt, I told him it was because my name started from Thomas, and everyone knows Thomas better. This is my Holy name.” “My parents are Christian and pray every day. When you were born into a Christian family, you had to live by its culture, and I am a believer”.

His faith also influenced his decision to choose a tattoo. Partey’s right arm has a tattoo of his face, a way to remind him to always follow his heart and be honest with himself. “I believe that every person in the world is a god. If I am a god by myself, I have to make decisions for myself and do things my way.”

In addition, there is an octopus tattoo, Partey’s nickname from the kick to Almenia in loan form. At that time, he impressed the team by winning the ball with a very long stride. “I used to say that, if it were an animal, I wanted to be an octopus,” Partey said with a smile. “They call me the Octopus, because I devour every ball on the field.”

Tackles and cuts are the highlight of Partey’s gameplay. As of August 2017, only three La Liga midfielders tackled the ball more successfully than Thomas, when he played in Atletico’s shirt. The 27-year-old midfielder is also very high in the number of successful dribbles, and he can also be a builder and a destroyer in Arteta’s scheme.

“I still want to develop myself,” Partey said. “I still want to learn more. Arteta is very important to me. He and Technical Director Edu told me about their plans and I feel very excited. I have to adapt quickly, learn everything as fast as I can. I was mentally prepared for this, but I needed to perform in the same style I used to play”.

Arteta’s approach to the match contrasts with the footballing style of Diego Simeone, the coach of Atletico – where Partey has played six seasons earlier. It will take time for the Ghanaian player to get acquainted and adapt to a new city. Thomas was discovered by Atletico in 2011 by a Ghanaian scout, and after being loaned twice, he has been with the team in red and white stripes ever since.

Going from Ghana to Spain at the age of less than 20 is a real challenge. “It’s very different, it’s colder,” said Partey. But he quickly recognized Madrid as home. His connection with the Spanish capital was so deep that he invested in a subordinate side city called Paracuellos Antamira. When Covid-19 raged in the spring, he still agreed to pay the club’s salary. Partey says a lot comes from family. He described Arsenal as a big family, and said that Arsenal fans’ passionate welcome on social media made him feel like he was here a long time ago.

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Thomas Partey – sublime ball competition talent (Part 1)

Midfielder Thomas Partey, in an interview for the first time after coming to Arsenal, reiterated his nickname “octopus” from the Almeria era because of his sublime ball competition.

In the town of Krobo Odumase, eastern Ghana, the Parteys often get up early and run up the mountains. Led by Mr. Jacob, father of five children. He wants to help his children develop strength and improve soccer skills with any tool at hand.

As the eldest son in a family of four half-brothers, from a very early age, Thomas knew what to do: “Dad wanted me to become a professional footballer,” he said. “We’re always aiming for that. He has been with us running up the mountains since dawn. We practice jumping and hitting our heads, with the ball being the leaves in the air. Father is the head coach my fairy”.

Jacob is also sure to know what he wants. He tutored Thomas since he was very young. He nurtured his son’s dream of being a player until he became a good midfielder in Europe. That journey started under the trees in the hills of Krobo Odumase, and now continues at Arsenal, where Partey just landed last week for a fee of $ 58 million.

That transfer fee means sky-high expectations for Partey. Arsenal waits for Partey’s skills and strength to help the team under Mikel Arteta become more fighting and more cohesive. “This is a new challenge for me,” Partey said in his first interview at the club. “I will never give up, even in the worst of situations. I need to work hard. I’ve been here and know that the only way to meet everyone’s expectations is to train hard and kick out”.

Partey’s way of talking in real life contrasts with courage on the field. Polite and somewhat shy, he met his new teammates for the first time on October 13, arriving at the training ground immediately after working on national duties for Ghana in Turkey. He answers questions with a smile on his face, is open and relaxed throughout the interview.

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Top 5 best African star players in the world

A lot of the great African players in the world of football, and in modern football today there are many names on the way.

Thomas Partey – Atletico Madrid, Ghana

Born in Krobo Odumase in Eastern Ghana, Thomas Partey has the temperament of a general in midfield Atletico Madrid. Signing his first contract with the Spanish team in 2011, Partey is now 26 and one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. The Ghana international has been a cornerstone of Diego Simeone for the past two seasons. An indispensable player in the current Atletico team.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli, Senegal

Receiving the award of the best defender in the Serie A season 2018-19, Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world, and easily the best defender in Africa today. Playing for Napoli in Italy, Koulibaly asserted himself to be a world-class center-back at one of the best tournaments in the world. Last season, he played more than 4300 minutes for the club, in which he only conceded 0.8 goals per 90 minutes in Serie A. Koulibaly is now 28 years old, with a few top years still ahead, now is one of the most coveted defenders in the world.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal, Gabon

Gabon national team captain Aubameyang has proven his mettle in Borussia Dortmund for years before moving to the English Premier League, of which he is the best player in Arsenal. As the former best player in Africa, Aubameyang is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, having won the Golden Boot in both the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Since arriving in the Premier League, no one has scored more goals than the former Dortmund player. This season, it would not be an overstatement to say that he has been alone with Arsenal so far.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool FC, Senegal

Especially in this season, Mane has become the best player when Liverpool sit at the top of the Premier League and seem ready to move on to the next phase of the Champions League. Win a decisive situation against Leicester City, scoring the winner in the 95th minute in a tough match against Aston Villa recently in the 11th round of the Premier League. A winner of the Golden Boot last season and having scored 9 goals in the Premier League and Champions League this year, Mane’s pace, burst and determination are a threat to any defender facing him. ta. For his national team, Mane has scored 19 goals in 67 matches and is the former Southampton player who could even be considered the best Premier League player this season.

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool FC, Egypt

Salah’s world-class two seasons with The Kop secured him a top spot on this list. Since Mohamed Salah returned to England and joined Liverpool, he is one of the top 3 forwards in the world. Breaking the record for a Premier League season in 2018, and after that world-class season he won the Champions League, Salah became a true miracle for Liverpool. Known for his speed, dribbling, and finishing in the box, Salah is a constant threat to any defense that faces. Having won the last two Golden Boot of the Premier League, Salah is the former PFA Player of the Year, and the current African Footballer of the Year, having won for two consecutive years.