Franck Kessie

Franck Kessie was born in the Ivory Coast on December 19, 1996. In his native country, he started playing football at Stella Club in Adjamé.

In 2015 the Ivorian team would transfer the midfielder to Atalanta. After a first season in the youth team of the Lombard team, Kessie would go on loan to Cesena of Serie B, where he would become an indispensable player in the Emilia-Romagna team that reached the play-offs for promotion to the Italian First Division without getting a rank upgrade.

His excellent season in the second division made Gian Piero Gasperini, the manager of Atalanta, trust him and incorporate him into the first team, giving him an important role in the midfield of the northern Italian team.

After a good season at Atalanta, Milan agreed with the Bergamo team for a two-year loan with the obligation to buy the African midfielder. At the San Siro, Kessie would become one of the best midfielders in Italy, exhibiting a high level from the Rossoneri team’s engine room for five seasons.

During these five seasons, Kessie defended Milan shirt in 223 games, scoring an impressive 37 goals (he became a regular penalty taker) and distributing 17 assists.

In his last season, 2021/22, at the San Siro, he became one of the most important players for the Rossoneri to break its eleven-year streak without lifting the Scudetto, becoming Italian champions.

Frank Kessie made his debut for Côte d’Ivoire, aged 17, in September 2014, when he started their side’s win over Sierra Leone in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Kessie would become an essential man in midfield for Côte d’Ivoire at the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, becoming the competition’s top assister in the latter.

Franck Kessie is a midfielder with a prodigious physique and excellent ball-handling. He can play in a defensive position, although he is used to doing it in an intermediate situation.

His strength, power, and reading of the game make him a player with an excellent ability to recover balls. With the ball at his feet, he has the judgment and vision to make his team play or to go out driving, asserting his physical vitality. Also noteworthy is his great hitting, which makes him dangerous from the front and makes him a danger from set pieces.