Moussa Niakhate Net Worth: Profile, Age, Salary, Career, Stats, Child, How Rich is he in 2024?

Lyon and Senegal defender Moussa Niakhate: Net Worth: Profile, Age, Salary, Career, Stats, How Rich is he in 2024?

Moussa Niakhate Net Worth: Profile, Age, Salary, Career, Stats, Child, How Rich is he in 2024?

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Lyon and Senegal defender Moussa Niakhate: Net Worth: Profile, Age, Salary, Career, Stats, How Rich is he in 2024?

Moussa Niakhate background

Moussa Niakhate is a professional footballer playing centre-back for Ligue 1 club Lyon after joining them from Nottingham Forest.

Despite being born in France, Niakhate represents the Senegal national team, debuting on March 24, 2023, in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mozambique, a game the Teranga Lions notched a 5-1 victory. 

Moussa Niakhate Profile

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Moussa Niakhate after joining Lyon in July 2024 (Credit: niakhate/Instraman

Full name: Moussa Niakhate 

Birth date: March 8, 1996

Place of birth: Roubaix, France

Nationality: Senegalese, French 

Age: 28 years old (as of July 2024) 

Position: Defender (Centre-back)  

Current Team: Lyon 

Height: 6 feet 3 inches (190 centimetres)

Marital status: Single 

Net worth: $12m (disputed)

Market value: €16m (Transfermarkt)

Instagram: @niakhate

X: @moussa_nkt

How old is Moussa Niakhate?

Moussa Niakhate is 28 years old as of July 2024. 

Moussa Niakhate Profile

After a youth career that saw Moussa Niakhate move through a host of clubs including Lille, Wasquehal U19 and Boulougne U19 in his formative years, the defender made his senior debut with Valenciennes after impressing with the club's B team. 

After two seasons in the first team — 2015-16 and 2016-17 — in which he made 63 Ligue 2 appearances, Niakhate was signed by Ligue 1 side Metz and he made his top-flight debut away at Bordeaux on August 12, 2017. The defender played 34 more times in the 2017-18 Ligue 1 campaign before Bundesliga side Mainz signed him for €6 million.

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Moussa Niakhate spent one season at Metz (Credit: Imago)

The centre-back became a prominent member of the 05ers team over the next four campaigns, playing 128 times in the German top division. Niakhate was installed as the Carnival Club's captain in his fourth season, having worn the armband multiple times before that 2021-22 campaign.

“I'm very happy to have been given this honour. To be the captain of Mainz, it's truly an honour for me,” said the centre-back in September 2021. 

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Moussa Niakhate was named Mainz captain in his final season at the club (Imago)

The French-born centre-back earned a move to Premier League side Nottingham Forest in July 2022, signing a three-year contract in a deal worth up to €15 million (€10m plus add-ons of €5m). 

Niakhate made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United in August 2022 but a hamstring injury limited the defender to just 14 league games in his debut season.

He played another 21 league matches in year two, taking him to 35 top-flight appearances for the Tricky Trees, before leaving for a hefty sum as Lyon made him their record signing after acquiring the defender for €31.9million (£27m/$34.38m). 

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Moussa Niakhate spent two seasons with Nottingham Forest (Credit: Imago)

Moussa Niakhate International Career  

The centre-back may have eventually opted for Senegal, but his eligibility for France saw him feature for the U19, U20 and U21 teams, featuring three, eight and 11 times respectively.

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Moussa Niakhate in action for France's U21 side in 2018 (Credit: Imago)

Even though he did not feature for Aliou Cisse's men until his cameo against Mozambique in March 2023, Niakhate was initially invited to the Teranga Lions set-up in September 2022's friendly games against Bolivia and Iran. 

Unfortunately, a hamstring injury ruled out the defender for several months, seeing him miss the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. 

Since appearing for the first time for the one-time African champions in AFCON qualifying, the centre-back has featured 11 times for the Lions of Teranga, making his debut at a major tournament at AFCON 2023 where defending champions Senegal exited to eventual winners Cote d’Ivoire. 

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Moussa Niakhate in action for Senegal against Brazil in 2023 (Imago)

Niakhate missed a penalty in the shootout defeat to the Elephants. 

Moussa Niakhate stats

According to Transfermarkt, Moussa Niakhate has made 289 senior appearances in France (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2), Germany (Bundesliga) and England (Premier League). 

He played 128 times for Mainz, 72 times in Ligue 2 for Valenciennes and featured in 35 matches for Nottingham Forest. 

Even though defenders are not judged by their goalscoring, the centre-back has notched 11 top-flight goals, with nine coming in the German top division.

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Moussa Niakhate netted nine times for Mainz (Credit: @niakhate/Instagram)

Moussa Niakhate Net Worth

While Moussa Niakhate's net worth is not public knowledge, Salary Sport estimate the player's net worth as £10m ($12m), even if this cannot be verified. 

Moussa Niakhate Salary and Market Value

Moussa Niakhate’s salary details since joining Lyon have not been made public, but the defender earned £45,000 per week at Forest, according to Capology. 

The Senegal international’s market value is €16m as per Transfermarkt. 

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Lyon defender Moussa Niakhate (Credit: @niakhate/Instagram)

Moussa Niakhate Injury

While Moussa Niakhate has typically stayed injury-free for most of his senior career, a hamstring issue in the 2022-23 season kept him out of action for 44 matches for club and country, as per Transfermarkt

He also missed two games in the 2021-22 campaign because of a hamstring complaint and was absent for two matches in the same season after contracting Coronavirus.

Moussa Niakhate Personal life  

Much of Moussa Niakhate's personal life is unavailable publicly, given his private manner. However, it is known that he was born in France and has Senegalese heritage, with the latter informing his decision to represent the Lions of Teranga. 

It is also unknown if the defender is in any relationship, although he became a first-time father in 2021, confirmed in an interview with the Bundesliga.

“It's a huge moment in the life of a man. I'm very happy indeed. A new life has started,” said Niakhate in September 2021. “It's something outside of football in my private life. It has not given me more strength as a footballer. But it's hugely important for me personally.”

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Mossa Niakhate pictured with his child in 2022 (Credit: Imago)

Moussa Niakhate Social Media

Moussa Niakhate is on social media, with Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) especially active. The defender has 33,700 followers on X and 308,000 followers on Instagram as of July 2024.